Reiss’s delightful, diverting contemporary pits independent Hollywood nanny Cara DuMont against completely incompetent new dad Brad Sinclair. He’s movieland’s latest shooting star, complete with all the women, booze, and instability that goes with it. He has no idea he’s a father until his one-time fling dies in a car crash and five-year-old Nicole is dropped in his lap. Meanwhile, Cara finally has her dream job: nanny for the child of two gay men. Not a chance of dodging grabby hands while tending their tot. But when Nicole suffers a bout of severe gastric distress at the nanny agency office, Cara goes into supernanny mode, and Brad and Nicole both refuse to settle for anyone else. When Cara, against her better judgment, agrees to help save Brad’s paternal hide, he can’t help falling for her. It’s challenging to open a romance with “a wall of poop stink” and make it work, but Reiss guides her narrative as firmly and kindly as Cara guides Nicole and Brad, taking all three of her central characters down an enchanting path to a happy ending. Agent: Amy Tannenbaum, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (May)
Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair always gets his way, whether it’s the role he wants or the bikini-clad model he has to have. But when a bombshell gets dropped in his lap in the form of a dimpled five-year-old from a forgotten relationship, he knows his life is about to change forever.
Cara DuMont isn’t exactly thrilled when she gets assigned to be the nanny for the latest box-office king. She has one rule: no celebrity fathers, especially single ones with devilish good looks and rock-hard abs.
But as soon as Cara meets Brad and his adorable little girl, she knows she’s in for a world of trouble. Because there’s something about the way Brad looks at her that makes her believe that some rules are meant to be broken…
A Hollywood heartthrob finds his life thrust into chaos when he meets the child he never knew he had and a nanny who hates being in the spotlight.A-list actor Brad Sinclair never knew he had a daughter. But when 5-year-old Nicole is left in his care following her mother's death, Brad must adapt to fatherhood more quickly than he'd like. That means balancing a complicated and demanding work schedule while attempting to give up his partying playboy ways. In a desperate search for a nanny, Brad discovers the one woman who can ease his daughter's sensitive nature, but he'll have to work hard at convincing Cara DuMont to be on the payroll. She doesn't do celebrity dads, especially not ones who often make the front pages of gossip magazines. Given Brad's fame, he has a large circle of acquaintances, both personal and professional, who are hard to keep straight: assistants, PR guys, old friends. However, it's the slow and tense romance between Cara and Brad that truly takes center stage here. As Cara helps Brad adjust to being a single dad, her attachment to the actor and his little "bombshell" grows, putting Cara in jeopardy of violating her foremost rule to never become tabloid fodder. To prevent Cara and Brad's tentative relationship from veering into melodramatic territory, Reiss (Separation Games, 2017, etc.) weaves a touch of humor through the romance via a mischievous preschooler who has a penchant for ponies, light-up shoes, and speaking her mind. The story's pace intensifies as Brad and Cara spend more time together and every interaction increases the stakes of their relationship, though an unnecessary epilogue pushes the boundaries of realism. A heartfelt contemporary romance that shows family is what you make of it.