Release Date: August 27th, 2021
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Turns out it was.
Becoming the nanny for the grumpiest hockey coach in the NHL was more like a nightmare.
Liam Cartright was infuriating, stubborn, and impossible. Oh, and he happened to be my new boss.
I should have signed my resignation with a giant kiss my ass the moment he opened his mouth, but I couldn’t.
I fell for his little girls before I realized it was happening, and my resolve began to weaken.
Our roles were clearly drawn out.
He was the boss, and I was the nanny.
But then we crossed a line.
I wouldn’t lose my job over a chiseled jawline and a few stolen kisses.
I couldn’t. Not when so much was at stake.
But Liam was the one who made the rule book, and I had no choice but to play by his rules.
I’m such a big fan of this trope, where the parent falls for the nanny, because it’s forbidden, but it’s also a secretive relationship. It’s always so much fun to see just how much willpower these characters have before they snap. And I was even more excited to get my hands on The Newspaper Nanny by Maren Moore, because I liked The Enemy Trap and I have been curious about this story since it was teased in that book!
Liam is a former professional hockey player and after retirement, he’s taken over coaching duties for the Chicago Avalanche. And he’s also a single dad to two precious little girls. So Liam’s got his work cut out for him. There’s a lot of pressure on him to deliver the team to victory and to keep them out of the tabloids, which is adding to the pressure he puts on himself to be a present and awesome father to his two little girls. After going through a million resumes, he finally puts an ad in the newspaper looking for a nanny to help out with his family. Juliet is struggling. She’s not making enough money working at the diner to pay the bills for her grandmother’s care at the assisted living home, but she’s not going to give up. Her dreams are on hold as she tries to make ends meet and she’s having a rough go of it. But when she sees the ad in the paper (an old tradition she started with her grandfather), Juliet decides to take it!
This was a really quick read, with lots of funny and quirky situations with Liam’s kids. Liam, himself, is a great character. I love that he’s so focused on giving his kids the best life, including making sure they eat healthy and have a good time every single day. He’s also a pretty great dad, indulging them and learning the things they like and what they want out of life. The kids were really cute too – wild and noisy, just like I’d imagine little girls would be. Especially with their obsession with Frozen and Moana.
When he hires Juliet, it’s an instant attraction between them. She’s obviously good with his kids, which just makes him even more certain that what they have is real. But it’s also something deeper and Liam knows there are lines they cannot cross. Their relationship – professional and personal – goes through a bit of a rollercoaster. There’s desire lurking in the shadows and it’s all kinds of intense all the time, but there’s also this awareness that they can’t really do anything together. Despite all this, they do cross a few lines and while it’s hot, it felt wrong. Even as a reader, it felt weird that it happened so fast.
A lot of the choices Liam and Juliet make come back to bite them in the butt. With a TMZ-like website dedicated to hockey players doing deep dives into their lives, nobody is safe. And Liam, who has been trying to keep his name and kids out of the tabloids suddenly finds himself in the middle of it all. Liam makes the tough decision to protect his career and his family in the midst of this, I was just really unhappy with the way Juliet took it. Their relationship might have moved fast, but her being outraged by the choices he made didn’t sit well with me. I would have expected her to be far more understanding than she was.
The Newspaper Nanny had lots of cute moments, especially with Liam’s kids meeting Juliet’s grandmother and her friends at the home. And it was also hot and steamy. It’s an easy and light read, low on the angst, higher on the chuckles. And if you’re looking for something to read this weekend, this is a good bet.
Thanks to Maren Moore & Wildfire Marketing Solutions for generously providing me with an advance copy. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.