Let It Be Me

Let It Be Me

by Jody Holford

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Let It Be Me by Jody Holford

Megan Carter’s spent the past five years nannying for a pint-size boss—the adorable Charlie—while also navigating her full-size boss, his somewhat grouchy, way-too-methodical dad, Adam. Now that she’s finally moving on, helping Adam find her replacement should be easy...except he doesn’t want another nanny. He wants a wife.

Adam’s been burned by love in the past, so of course he believes finding someone who can be a partner in raising his son is all that matters. Too bad the woman helping him search is the biggest believer in love at first sight and happily-ever-after he’s ever met.

Even as Adam’s funny, charming, and—who would have thought it?—super-hot side starts to come out, Megan knows that without love, a family would never be complete. But convincing Adam of that might be harder than she thought.

Each book in the Love Unexpected series is STANDALONE:
*Let It Be Me
*Never Expected You

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640634633
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/29/2018
Series: Love Unexpected , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 2,615
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jody Holford has a soft spot for happily ever after, in what she reads and what she writes. She's a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, Carly Phillips, Rachel Gibson, Sophia Kinsella, and Emily Giffen. Her stories blend a bit of heat and humor with a lot of heart. She lives in British Columbia, Canada with her husband and two daughters.

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CHAPTER 1

She might not be a princess, but Megan Carter fully planned on getting her fairy tale. From the time she was a little girl, she'd had her career fully mapped out, and today was the day her pumpkin turned into a coach.

Right after she got her coffee.

Pulling open the freezer above the fridge, her stomach dropped. No coffee. "How can you not have coffee?" she scolded herself.

Because she usually started her days at the main house, where she drank Adam's coffee while making breakfast for his son, Charlie. Megan didn't take days off from her full-time nanny job, but Adam was bringing his son to school today so she could interview for a teaching position in the Brockton Point School District. Her interview wasn't for three hours, and there was no way she could wait that long to put caffeine in her system. Adam and Charlie weren't expecting her this morning, but going without coffee was more ridiculous than busting in there to get some.

Heading down the stairs beside her over-the-garage apartment, Megan sang her own version of the once-popular Black Eyed Peas song. Today was going to be a good day. When she reached the heavy oak door of the one-story brick colonial, she stopped mid-verse. Adam and Charlie didn't need her weak attempt at song before seven a.m. With a smile that felt etched into her cheeks, she let herself into the house as she had every weekday morning of the last five years.

The high-pitched beeping reached her before the smell of something burning. Hurrying through the foyer and down the hallway to the kitchen, she found her boss bare-chested, cursing, and chucking a blackened piece of bread into the sink. He sucked his forefinger into his mouth while Megan's jaw dropped open without her knowledge.

Five years she'd lived in his home and it had never occurred to her that underneath his perfectly pressed dress shirts and ties was a sculpted chest with a light dusting of dark hair that led all the way down to his — "What are you doing here?" Adam's hooded gaze locked with hers, which wasn't hard, since she'd been staring.

She closed her mouth. Opened it. What's wrong with you? Speak. The beeping continued. "I, uh ... I couldn't sleep. Excitement. And I'm out of coffee. Thought I'd come see if you needed some help."

Megan pressed her lips together and kept her eyes wide, refusing to let them wander.

He looked at the machine, which held a full carafe. "Help yourself."

Frowning, Adam walked out from behind the large island that sat in the middle of the room and down the hall that led to the bedrooms. Megan zipped around the counter and over to the toaster oven, pressing the reset button, smiling. She'd made her fair share of burned toast. She grabbed a mug and was pouring the deliciously scented brew when Adam returned a moment later with a T-shirt covering his upper half. It looked a little funny with the dress pants he wore, but it was a lot less distracting. And probably more professional. Not that covering his six-pack — she really never suspected that — would erase the image from her brain anytime soon.

"You made it stop shrieking. Thank you. When you said you needed the morning off, I didn't expect you to come rescue me," he said.

Megan sipped her coffee, not minding the burn on her tongue. She sighed in pleasure but cut off the sound when she saw Adam watching her with a strange expression. Taking another swallow, she set her coffee on the counter as Adam grabbed the bread. Without the incessant beeping, the quiet of the morning echoed in her ears. Where was Charlie?

"I didn't think I'd be rescuing you. Not that you'd let me even if it were needed. But you having caffeine rescued me, so thanks. Is Charlie up yet?"

Adam glanced at her as he slid the bread into the toaster oven. She opened the fridge and saw that he'd already made Charlie's lunch. Smiling, she grabbed the carton of orange juice. Charlie started every morning with orange juice and toast. This month anyway. Last month it had been Cheerios and apple juice.

Adam opened one of the white cupboard doors and grabbed a mug for his own fix of caffeine. "No. Thought I'd let him sleep while I packed his lunch and got breakfast. I went to steam my shirt and forgot about the toast."

"It happens. I can take over here if you still need to do your shirt," she said.

Adam passed Megan a small glass for the juice. She accepted it and the funny buzzing in her stomach. She usually saw her boss in the mornings as she came in, and he left for work absurdly early. They exchanged minimal pleasantries as she did what she'd done this morning — make a beeline for his coffee pot. By the time Charlie got up most days, his dad was almost always gone.

"Sure. Thanks."

When he walked by her, Megan caught the fresh scent of his shower gel and inhaled deeply without thinking. He stopped and frowned at her, his brows furrowing over his dark green eyes.

Megan coughed, trying to cover up the fact that she'd just tried to smell her boss. Who, a lot of the time, she didn't even particularly like. Her excitement over the interview was making her crazy. Literally.

"Are you all right?" he asked.

She stepped back. "Yup. I'm good. Great. Go do your shirt. I'm on toast."

When he walked away, she groaned quietly. I'm on toast? She really should have forced herself to sleep in this morning. Or stayed in her own space.

When she'd taken the job, just before her twentieth birthday, she'd been thrilled to have her own apartment, despite its tiny square footage. It was an adorable little place, and Megan was happy that when Adam got home each night, she had more than just a bedroom down the hall to retreat to. This morning, however, it had just been too cramped to contain the energy shimmering over her skin and in her blood.

Being Charlie's nanny had been the perfect job while she'd pursued teaching. But now, she was ready to make the transition. Mostly. As she put a thin layer of jam on Charlie's toast, she focused on how excited she was about the future and not how hard it would be to leave him at the end of the summer. She'd been caring for him since he was two years old. Adam might be her boss, but Charlie was her family.

"Leaving won't change that. It'll be fine," she said, putting the knife in the dishwasher. It was already emptied, making her wonder what time Adam had gotten up this morning.

"What will be fine?" Adam asked, walking back into the kitchen. He still wore the same shirt, but he had an adorable, messy-haired accessory clinging to his back. Megan's heart clutched at the sight of Charlie, who was getting a bit big to be carried. His face was buried in Adam's shoulder, so Megan couldn't see him.

"Uh, nothing. Sorry. Just talking to myself," she said. Better than singing, at least. "Morning, Charlie."

"Morning," he mumbled, still not lifting his head.

Megan frowned and, forgetting about personal space, stepped closer to Adam. His eyes widened slightly, and she heard his sharp intake of breath. Ignoring it, she leaned around his shoulder.

"You okay, bud?"

"He's just tired," Adam said, looking over his shoulder. "Is he usually hard to get up on school days?"

Megan shook her head and reached out to touch Charlie's forehead. "Hey. You feeling okay?"

"Mmm-hmm," Charlie murmured.

"I'm sure he's fine," Adam said, jostling Charlie a little. "Aren't you, pal?"

Charlie talked like the roadrunner ran. He didn't wake up slow or drift off to sleep. When he was up, he was full of life until the end of the day when he crashed on his Star Wars sheets, surrounded by the protectors of his favorite galaxy far, far away.

"He's warm, Adam," Megan said, her lips still curved downward.

Adam pulled him around and set him on his feet. Charlie came up to Megan's waist. He was getting so tall. Kneeling, she put her hand to his forehead again. He leaned against her, his eyes still closed and a little pout puckering his lips.

This was not her Charlie.

"I don't feel so good," he mumbled.

Adam crouched on his haunches, his knee tapping gently against Megan's. Fortunately, she didn't have time to wonder what the actual hell was with the spark that zipped up her leg at the contact. Adam Klein was not a man who sent off sparks.

Charlie's hand flew to his mouth, and Adam, recognizing the motion, picked him up and hauled him to the bathroom just in time. Megan heard the little guy throw up, and she cringed. He must have picked up a bug at school, which sucked, since it was the end of the year and they had lots of fun activities planned.

She went to the pantry and grabbed a can of ginger ale, grateful she'd come by this morning and doubly grateful it didn't sound as if he was heaving any longer.

When Charlie stumbled in beside his dad, Megan wasn't sure who looked more ghostly.

"I threw up," Charlie informed her.

Megan tried to smile. "I got that. Come here. Have some ginger ale. It'll settle your belly."

"I'm not sure pop in the morning is a good idea," Adam said.

When Megan looked at him, she decided he won the whiter-than-a-ghost-covered-in-a-sheet award. Charlie's skin was more flushed. "The ginger and the carbonation will both help his stomach."

Adam nodded, clearly trusting her as Charlie went to the table and sat down. Megan poured a bit of pop into a glass and set it in front of Charlie, who sipped it.

"Am I going to school?" His big green eyes — so much like his dad's — were more awake now.

Megan glanced at Adam, who pressed his lips together and looked down at his watch. Nerves bubbled in her stomach like a pot boiling over. Adam had agreed to take his son to school, but not to take the morning off from his own job.

With a sigh, he smiled at his son. "Not today, pal. You don't want to share whatever it is you've got." Adam looked at Megan. "Your interview is at ten?"

She nodded, unease bouncing all over her like a kid on a trampoline. Megan never took days off ever since she'd become a nanny, but she was pretty sure Adam had never taken a day off in his life. Even when he was home with Charlie on the weekends, or in the evenings, he worked. Other than hang out with his son, it was all her boss seemed to do.

"I have a couple of files I can work on from home until lunch time, but they're at the office. I'll go in and grab them. Can you stay with him until then?"

Happiness burst in her chest. He really did see how important this was to her. "Yes. Of course. Go."

He turned toward the foyer, but then stopped and looked down at himself. With a half-smile, directed more at his son than her, he huffed out a laugh. "Should probably change first."

Charlie was sipping his ginger ale but giggled. "You do look silly, Dad."

Megan's heartbeat slowed, returning to a normal pace. Everything was fine. She'd make a special dinner tonight to thank Adam for being so accommodating. When he'd left for the office, Megan set Charlie up on the couch with a bucket, a blanket, and Netflix.

"I'm going to run over to my place and grab my interview clothes, okay? I'll be less than five minutes."

Charlie looked up at her, his eyebrows scrunched. "When you're a teacher, will you still live here?"

Megan put the remote on the coffee table and sat on the edge of the cushion he was curled up on. "I don't think so. But we don't have to worry about that until the end of the summer. And, if I get the job, I could end up in your class if your own teacher is ever sick."

Today's interview was for an on-call position, but it was the first step toward a career in the district. She could work in neighboring counties, but when she'd moved to Brockton Point five years ago to be near her brother, she'd fallen in love with the adorable seaside town. Her dream was to build a career and a life, hopefully one with a hot and charming husband and maybe a couple of kids, right here in the Point.

"That would be weird. Would I have to call you Mrs. Carter?"

Megan laughed and brushed a few strands of hair off his forehead. She needed to book him a haircut. "Ms. Because I'm not married."

Charlie scrunched his nose up. "Ew. That would be weird, too."

Still smiling, she pressed her lips to his forehead, happy to feel that the Tylenol she'd given him had cooled his temperature.

"Be right back."

Charlie fell asleep while Megan got ready for the interview. She tried not to watch the time but knew first-hand how easy it was for Adam to get caught up at work. Waiting for her flat iron to heat, she leaned into the mirror and checked her makeup. She'd added just enough liner to highlight her eyes and a touch of mascara. Dressing up was about the only thing not in her job description as Charlie's nanny.

When she'd started, Adam had just divorced his wife, who lived in Hollywood and was an honest-to-God money-making soap-opera-starring actress. She hadn't been at the time of the separation, but it had been the reason for her leaving. At first, Megan took care of Charlie, but very quickly, that came to mean grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, booking appointments, and essentially taking care of Adam's home while he was gone. Which was a lot.

Megan picked up the flat iron and ran it through her hair. The dark tresses had a natural wave, but today she was going for straight and serious. She couldn't remember the last time she'd put any effort into her appearance. Most of her days were spent running Charlie back and forth to school, soccer, and playdates, along with errands, studying, and taking classes that fit easily into his schedule.

She jumped when her phone rang, swiping the screen when she saw her friend Stella's smiling face.

"Hey," she said, leaving the bathroom where she was doing her hair to check on Charlie.

"Hey yourself. I wanted to call and say good luck. Not that you need it. They're going to love you," Stella said.

Charlie was still asleep, and though he felt a touch clammy, he wasn't running a fever. "Thanks. I hope you're right. I'm waiting for Adam to get back from the office and trying not to drive myself crazy wondering what questions they'll ask."

Leaving the living room so she didn't wake Charlie, she went to the kitchen and opened the freezer to see what they had for dinner.

"What do you mean waiting for him to get back? He was supposed to bring Charlie to school."

Megan took chicken out of the freezer and set it in the sink while she filled her best friend in on the morning.

"He couldn't just call and say he'd come in later? Like after your damn interview that he knows you've been waiting on forever?"

Megan smiled. Stella Lane had moved back to Brockton Point about a year earlier. Sadly, it was the death of her father, the town's beloved veterinarian, that brought her home. As a vet herself, she'd planned to take over the practice, but from the bits and pieces Stella actually shared, Megan got the impression that the paperwork had been quite a jumbled mess. The clinic had to close down for six months while Stella sorted it out, all the while dealing with the grief of losing her dad.

Through her brother and his boyfriend, Megan had met Stella, and they'd immediately hit it off. While it was a newer friendship, Megan counted her as one of her closest friends. She was loyal, funny, and a little bit fierce. Being a jilted bride had made her more than a little wary of men. Particularly ones who might take advantage. Megan didn't think that was Adam's intention, but she appreciated Stella's protective streak.

"He should be back any minute. It's fine. He'll work from home until after my interview, but he can't do that if he doesn't have his stuff here. Don't worry about it."

Stella made a loud scoffing sound. "Right. Because Captain Stick-up-his-ass always puts your needs first."

Megan laughed, some of the tension easing from her shoulders. Stella had only met Adam a handful of times, but she knew full well that Megan's love of her job was entirely because of Charlie. Adam was a good man and an excellent father, but he rarely made the effort to extend a conversation beyond polite pleasantries. This morning had been the most time she and Adam had spent chatting in longer than she could remember. Usually, their conversations consisted of Charlie updates, upcoming events, and household needs. Which was fine with Megan because he was her boss, not her friend. If she worked at the library or the shopping mall, she wouldn't expect heart to hearts with her employer.

"Stop it. He's trying to get a promotion, and he's stressed. And you're not really in a position to call him on being a workaholic," Megan teased.

"Fine. Just text me when you're done, okay? I have to go."

(Continues…)



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Let It Be Me 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Megan is the nanny of the adorable Charlie. She loves him with all her heart, but she's ready for the next step in her life, becoming a teacher. This means Charlie's dad Adam has to find a replacement. Megan wants to do anything she can to make this process go as smoothly as possible, but Adam doesn't want a new nanny, he wants a wife. He sees this as a business arrangement and asks Megan to find him a suitable woman. Will Megan be able to fulfill this request? After his divorce Adam carefully guards his heart, because he never wants it to be broken again. Charlie is his world and he strives for his son to have everything he could possibly need. Adam has to work hard to achieve this and it isn't always easy to find the time to be there for Charlie if he also wants to provide for him. When Adam starts to have feelings for Megan he suppresses them, in his opinion nothing good can come out of falling in love. Is this actually true or can Megan teach him a few lessons? Let It Be Me is a wonderful romantic story. Megan is smart, sweet and capable. She's a loving person and Charlie adores her. Adam has two focuses in his life, his son and becoming partner. There isn't room for anything else and because of this he never consciously noticed his nanny. When he finally tries to get to know her he finds out he likes Megan, but he never wants to love again, so being with her is out of the question. I was curious to find out if Megan would be able to break down his walls and change his mind. They have great chemistry and they have something important in common, they both love Charlie very much. He's such a fantastic kid and I liked reading about him a lot. Jody Holford's writing flows easily and I love her warm tone of voice. Let It Be Me is a fun story. Adam doesn't know love can be beautiful and has a lot to learn. It was amazing to see how he slowly defrosts and I kept hoping he'd give Megan a chance. She's a strong woman who can stand her ground, which is exactly what he needs. I like stories about challenges in love and really enjoyed Let It Be Me. It's an entertaining story with a heartwarming endearing ending.
beckymmoe 16 days ago
Absolutely adorable romance! The swoon-worthy ending makes up for 90% of the aggravation I felt earlier in the story... ;) I have to be honest--Adam wasn't my favorite character for about 2/3 of the book. His reasons for asking Megan to "find him a wife" were pretty lame, and he went way too far with that plan considering he'd already started having feelings for his nanny mid-way through. He kept letting his job put itself first in his life, and though the author does a decent job of showing us why, it was still frustrating to read. I'm also not sure when he had time to do the jogging and weight lifting that apparently led to his stellar physique--if he did it while Megan was with Charlie, wouldn't she have suspected his shirtless glory prior to seeing it for the first time in the book? Honestly, believing that neither of them even once thought of each other "that way" for the five years before the story is a bit of a stretch... But still. Put aside all of that, and it's a darn cute story. Charlie is about as wonderful as a fictional second-grader can get; Megan's brother, his boyfriend, and Stella (her book is out next!), her BFF are great too--really, the secondary characters shine here. I liked Megan and was cheering on the single dad / nanny trope with every page, even when I wanted to clock said single dad over the head with his work phone. There were a lot of LOL moments and almost as many swoony ones--you can't deny that Adam does a good grovel, even if things don't go exactly to plan. Looking forward to Stella's book--and likely checking out Ms. Holford's backlist in the meantime! Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
RomanceReader12 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. A quick read that gave me the perfect HEA!
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Such a great story! This book makes you feel every heartbreak, every chance of hope, morsel of love. The transformation of Adam from closed off to everyone but himself to a truly loving come back to life man was beautiful. Megan brought that out in him despite many bumps in the road. I loved how even though she had feelings for him and even before she did, she was never a pushover. She spoke her mind and told him how he was behaving. Their coupling was sweet and endearing. Throw in a way too cute boy who makes you love him too, a very supportive family and friends who have your back but also give it you truthfully, and you have a heartwarming story. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Let It Be Me by Jody Holford is a nicely-written story about a nanny falling in love with her boss. Actually, they fall for each other almost simultaneously, as their business relationship evolves into much more. The nanny, Megan Carter, and her boss, account manager Adam Klein, really don't know each other very well on a personal level. It is only after Megan gives her notice to pursue a teaching career, do they begin to see each other differently. Adam asks Megan to find him a wife, instead of a replacement nanny, which is quite surprising. Interestingly, Megan meets all of Adam's stringent requirements for a wife, with once exception. Megan wants love and Adam wants a companion. Charlie, Adam's son, truly loves Megan and does not want her to move out and on. Megan treats Charlie as her own, so the feeling is mutual. I enjoyed this book and the characters came across as genuine, interesting and fun. I would have liked it even more it there was a bit more heat between Megan and Adam. Also, Adam's constant battle with his past grew tiresome overtime. Charlie was a charming little boy and some of his comments were quite comical. Overall, a solid read. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
A single dad, a nanny, and a slow burn made this book a delight to read. Adam was burned by his marriage and doesn't have any interest in taking that road again. He's doing everything he can to be as successful as possible so his son will never know what it's like to go without like he did growing up. Unfortunately, those experiences have skewed his priorities a lot. But luckily, Charlie has Megan, his nanny since his mom left. The love that Megan has for Charlie was felt through every piece of this story. Even though she was planning on leaving her position as his nanny, she was pushing to show Adam that she would never leave her position as Charlie's family. I would have loved to see more interaction between Megan and Adam but I what I did see of them, I felt the chemistry that they had. They are pretty much perfect for each other, the balance that the other needs. I loved all of the characters in this story and am keeping my fingers crossed that Stella and Declan will also see their HEA. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5/5 This is a story of not recognising what you have in a relationship until its about to end! Megan Carter has spent five years working as a nanny, caring for Charlie. Now she’s qualified to follow her dream of becoming a teacher and has agreed to help Charlie’s Dad, Adam, find her replacement. The only problem is he no longer wants another Nanny, he’s asked her to help him find a wife! Megan is a romantic young lady, looking for love and very aware that Adam definitely isn’t looking for love, he want to avoid it! He’s a workaholic, driven to achieve and striving to become a partner in the company he works for, going where they send him at little notice, reliant on Megan to care for his son, As Megan helps vet potential dates for Adam, the two start to talk more than they have for the last five years and the attraction between them blossoms. However, she’ll be starting a new job in September. . . . Although a heartwarming romance in the end, I really didn’t like Adam’s obsession with money-making, especially when it meant he’d leave his son with Megan if his boss called, even if they were supposedly giving Charlie a day out treat. He really needed to get his priorities right! I’m glad he sorted them out in the end. Megan, on the other hand, is a caring and conscientious person and it is her and her family’s example that helps awaken Adam to what a family should be like. This is a story of learning to value those you love, to acknowledge their worth beyond money and the power of love. I requested and received a copy of this novel. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
I really connected with Adam and Megan's story. Megan works for Adam in caring for his son. She has worked for him for 5 years and they've never spent much time together. As Megan gets ready to quit and move onto being a school teacher, she ends up spending more time with Adam to find a replacement for her. What Adams wants though, is a wife who is more of a partner in raising Charlie than a soulmate. Adam and Megan end up crossing the employee/employer line and Megan falls hard. What Adam doesn't expect is that he falls hard, too. He just won't admit that's what happened. This story really moved me. The fact that Adam had been brought up with no love and then completely gave up on love and hope in his life when his ex-wife left him broke my heart. For the man he became to be so alone yet such a loving parent. Megan saw all that and just needed him to take a chance on love. It was a very touching story and I fell in love with Adam, too. I really enjoyed Megan's friends and family as well. And of course Charlie who is Adam's son moved me to tears, too. Great story!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Exceptional story! This book is wonderfully written and the story just blew me away. I loved these characters and it was fun to see them change their view of not only what they want in life but each other as well. Being nanny for little Charlie was the greatest job Megan Carter could have had while going to school and completely her education degree. Now she's finished with school and ready to move on in her career. Unfortunately leaving the two people who have become so important to her isn't going to be easy. Even worse Adam has asked her to help him find her replacement. Only this new person won't be just a nanny. No Adam has decided that finding a wife is the way to go. No love required, just someone to be there and help him raise Charlie. You'll want to read this book to experience the journey of Adam and Megan as they both come to realize exactly what is most important in life. I highly recommend this book!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! Adam is a divorced single father. His own father drank away their income and his mom left when he was 13, never looking back. Add onto the fact that his ex-wife cared more about her rising career in acting than him or their son, this has greatly affected his outlook on life. When Adam first hires Megan to be Charlie's nanny, he became so focused on building a better future for his son that he has become a workaholic. Over the 5 years that Megan has been with them, he not only has taken advantage of the fact that she's always there to take care of Charlie but he's also lost site in the fact that all Charlie wants is to have his dad around. Megan has finished school and is ready to start her career as a teacher which means Adam needs to find a replacement. This is where things get interesting. Adam work so much that after five years, Megan and Adam have always kept their relationship very professional and yet now he's asking Megan to help him find a wife instead of a new nanny. Adam doesn't want another temporary person in Charlies life. His analytical brain thinks he can find a woman that will be agreeable to marring Adam like a partnership. Megan is taken aback by this request but she loves Charlie and agrees to help Adam find a list of candidates. This has forced an intimacy between these two that they have otherwise avoided over the years. At first I really didn't like Adam. He was pretty cold and there was no warmth towards Megan. As the story unfolds, you learn why this is. With his past and how things ended with his ex-wife, Adam knows that Megan deserves the happily ever after he doesn't believe in anymore. As Megan searches for the stepford wife he is looking for, Adam starts to see what an incredible woman Megan is and how much he and Charlie truly care about her and depend on her. You really get to see the change in Adam and how he thaws from this cold business man to falling in love and not really realizing it. I don't know if this is a series but I'm hoping that it is. I really want the story of the Megan and Adams best friends.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
DNF at 58%. On paper I should love this book. I like the author, I'm a sucker for single Dad and nanny romances, and the premise of the employer asking the nanny to set him with dates in order to find some woman who would be happy to have a polite, marriage-of-convenience in order to provide a mother for his little boy? Fraught with comedy opportunity. Megan Carter is nanny to Charlie. His mother is an actress who valued her career more than her marriage or her child. His father Adam is a good Dad and does everything he can be home to put Charlie to bed and read him a bedtime story each night, but he is also fully committed to partnership at his job (can't recall if he's a lawyer/ accountant whatever) driven in part by his own childhood in which his feckless father couldn't be relied upon to put food on the table or clothes on his son's back. In fact, Adam is a tad obsessive on this point but feels that partnership will help him ensure that Charlie never wants for anything. Sadly, this didn't work for me. Adam's ridiculous scheme needed to be grounded in something other than him being supremely disinterested in lifting a finger to find a mother for his son. Delegating to the nanny, no matter how competent and beloved by the family, is not cool. His poor-me shtick was tedious in the extreme and his priorities were skewed. My dislike reached a peak when he took his son and the nanny to a arcade (to make up for not attending his son's presentation) and then left to pitch to a new client at a moment's notice. Yet when he decides to bang the nanny he can suddenly turn off his work phone for the first time ever - nice priorities dude! And the negative reading vibe continues... I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
DNF at 58%. On paper I should love this book. I like the author, I'm a sucker for single Dad and nanny romances, and the premise of the employer asking the nanny to set him with dates in order to find some woman who would be happy to have a polite, marriage-of-convenience in order to provide a mother for his little boy? Fraught with comedy opportunity. Megan Carter is nanny to Charlie. His mother is an actress who valued her career more than her marriage or her child. His father Adam is a good Dad and does everything he can be home to put Charlie to bed and read him a bedtime story each night, but he is also fully committed to partnership at his job (can't recall if he's a lawyer/ accountant whatever) driven in part by his own childhood in which his feckless father couldn't be relied upon to put food on the table or clothes on his son's back. In fact, Adam is a tad obsessive on this point but feels that partnership will help him ensure that Charlie never wants for anything. Sadly, this didn't work for me. Adam's ridiculous scheme needed to be grounded in something other than him being supremely disinterested in lifting a finger to find a mother for his son. Delegating to the nanny, no matter how competent and beloved by the family, is not cool. His poor-me shtick was tedious in the extreme and his priorities were skewed. My dislike reached a peak when he took his son and the nanny to a arcade (to make up for not attending his son's presentation) and then left to pitch to a new client at a moment's notice. Yet when he decides to bang the nanny he can suddenly turn off his work phone for the first time ever - nice priorities dude! And the negative reading vibe continues... I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
In matters of the heart, it's the clueless that make the perfect match. Jody Holford puts her heart in her stories and Let It Be Me in my opinion shows the most evidence of that. The romantic and the Scrooge is a common theme in romance, but add in an adorable pint sized matchmaker and you have comedy gold to add to the adorable factor. Megan wants to find love, but has been looking in all the wrong places. Adam wants to avoid love at all costs and ends up landing in the middle of a mine field when Megan walks into his life. Will he discover his true feelings before she walks back out again? Losing your heart is a given when Ms. Holford lands on your ereader.