One thing about me is that I will never shy away from a good romance novel. And an especially steamy romance novel? Complete swoon. That's exactly what I got when I read an ARC The Nanny by debut author Lana Ferguson.
Cassie Evans is a grad student who just lost her job and needs to find a new one fast. When she spots an ad for a live-in nanny, she jumps at the opportunity because the alternative is to restart her OnlyFans account…and that’s not an option. Single dad Aiden Reid is desperate and practically begs Cassie (who is the most qualified candidate to apply) to accept the job, which she does. What neither knows is that Aiden is already familiar with Cassie…or at least with her body. When Cassie finds out that Aiden used to be her top subscriber, she struggles with a way to tell him the truth and maintain the budding relationship that is developing.
I loved absolutely everything about this book. It’s steamy and spicy and has a whole lot of heart. Each of the major characters is completely fleshed out and relatable in their own way. Each character also has their own trauma, big or small, to work through and it humanizes each of them in a way that makes you feel like yeah, maybe I could meet someone like this in real life. The standout is definitely Wanda, who is the living embodiment of the idea that women have power and don’t need saving. Despite being in the later years of her life, she has sass and spunk to spare. I would like to enter my Wanda era now, please.
This book is low stakes and high spice. Going in, you think the climax (giggity) of the story will be one thing but it ends up being another - and it works so much better than I could have even imagined! Nothing feels like life and death (at least, not to the reader - Cassie may tell you differently!) and it’s easy to get sucked in without getting unhealthily emotionally attached. AND THE SPICE. I don’t know where Lana has been for so long, but she is going to take the romance genre by storm. This book is beyond H-O-T HOT and I cannot wait to see what she brings us next.
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