- Series: Hollywood A-List (Book 1)
- Paperback: 364 pages
- Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503943542
- ISBN-13: 978-1503943544
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 420 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I loved thru the story was Nicole and the characters' interactions with her. It was funny and tender. There was one moment that I loved. Brad had fretted that he found his kid cute but didn't feel love for her. Cara told him that when he least expected, it would explode in his face and he would know that he had loved her all this time. When this happened in the book, it was the best scene. IMO, Nicole was the redeeming point of this book.
A-list actor, Hollywood heartthrob and deserving recipient of the title 'playboy', before child services came calling, Brad had no idea that he'd been a father for the last five years. In fact he can barely recall his daughter's mother at all, but after she lost her life an unfortunate traffic accident, the responsibility for raising nicole has fallen to him, and much as he might be unprepared to play that role, it's one that he can't afford to pass on. Not if he values his career.
Naturally, as most in the industry do, he turns to outside help, not just to guide him in raising his newly discovered offspring, but to do most of it for him, and that's where Cara DuMont, professional nanny comes in. Together with her BFF Blakely, she's charged with Nicole's day to day care, and against her better judgement, which generally has her steering clear of celebrities and the almost inevitable tabloid press speculating about relationships between celebrity fathers and the nannies they've hired, she agrees to take on the job on a purely temporary basis.
Given what seems a fairly predictable premise, I found this book to be a well paced read with a surprisingly intricate plot-line, replete with twists and surprises, subplots that took unexpected turns and secondary characters that were well conceived and in one or two cases, just as engaging as the main characters.
Right from the opening chapter, Reiss has a sizzling chemistry burning between Brad and Cara, and their dual point of view, first person exploits almost read like a tell all expose revealing the dirty underside, not just of the Hollywood elite, but of the nannies that serve them.
Quite simply I found that page after page kept me spellbound as the selfish and the selfless, honorable and dishonorable, cowardly and brave all play out their disparate agendas when all the wile, one tragically brave little girl is caught up in the unpredictable currents stirred by those who surround her.
My first read from this author, I took a chance since I usually have a soft spot for stories with single parents and young children, and was pleasantly surprised to find this to be one of the best.
Poor. Bradley. Sinclair.
He CAN be “thick as grits” but he is also lovable and fallible and hot.
Did I mention he’s hot?
“He tasted like the salt of the earth and the breeze brushing through the trees. I was safe with him.”
Christine brought Brad to life in ways I should have expected. But didn’t. I didn’t see the writing on the wall. Didn’t put two-and-two together. And so, some of the challenges the character faced came as a surprise to me. The more obvious plot point (a five-year-old daughter he didn’t know he had was dropped in his bachelor pad lap) was explored with wit and charm and via Christine’s fabulous trademark use of imagery.
Brad is a Hollywood heartthrob, a workaholic, and a party animal. Brad meets a nanny named Cara. Brad wants Cara to nanny his daughter Nicole. Cara is resistant and resilient and a natural parental figure. And Nicole (did I mention she’s five!?!) … well, Nicole happens to be adorable and perceptive and reportedly fashioned after the author’s own daughter.
Enter a motorcycle named — oh wait! I shouldn’t spoil that surprise by telling you the bike’s name, but longtime fans of Christine will know exactly why the name of the Harley has gravitas, and those readers will be amused and giggly.
Enter emotionally charged scenes dreamed up by the delightful CD Reiss.
Clappy hands! Glitter! Smiley faces!
I cried. I definitely laughed — out loud. And when I finished the book … I said, “Wow! Wow! Wow!”
ps: After “the end” I also told my husband and kids (over and over and over) that I wanted to go to Disney World (not Land cause I’m a Florida girl)!
So, come on! What’cha waitin’ for? Git! Take a ride on the teacups with southern boy Brad, his object of desire Cara, and his blessing-in-disguise daughter Nicole!