The Nanny Arrangement

The Nanny Arrangement

by Rachel Harris

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Overview

Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she's loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon's heart.


Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son's nanny. Life couldn't get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF...


With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing's for certain-their story would make one heck of a country song.

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ISBN-13: 9781545583180
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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The Nanny Arrangement

A Country Blues Novel


By Rachel Harris, Stacy Abrams

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2017 Rachel Harris
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-64063-112-0


CHAPTER 1

Packing made Hannah's head hurt. She'd never been very good at making decisions — well, other than ones involving triangular crayons, chicken nuggets, or fun-filled bubble wands — so when it came to choosing outfits for several days and an undecided variety of events, her anxiety level shot through the roof. What if it rained? What if the humidity level rose out of control? What if she woke up incredibly bloated and irritated and decided everything looked utterly horrid?

There were simply too many unknowns to consider.

However, as Hannah stared at not one but three empty suitcases splayed across her childhood bed and contemplated the surreal notion of traveling the continent with country music's hottest band for months on end, she decided she actually wasn't anxious. Nope. That emotion had sailed, and now, she was in a full-blown tizzy. The itinerary Blue's manager, Arabella Stone, had sent her included television appearances, stadium concerts, outdoor festivals, and even a ritzy bash at the Grand Ole Opry. How did she even begin to prepare for such a trip? Everything about it was so far out of her league, she couldn't even see the ballpark. Would people care what the band's nanny wore? More importantly, would Deacon?

That, of course, was the real dilemma ... hell, it was always the dilemma ... and the all too familiar chuckle of a certain fiddle player floating through her bedroom window did squat to ease the nerves hopping like trapped crickets in her stomach. Unfortunately, when it came to the undisputed, unrequited love of Hannah's life, very little ever did.

Biting her thumbnail, she glanced at the window. Now really wasn't the time for a break. She'd yet to make a dent in her lengthy to-do list, and those suitcases weren't going to fill themselves. Blue's itinerary had them meeting in Charlotte at five thirty in the morning, which meant battling with early commuter traffic coming in from Lake Norman. She had a million things to do and zero time to do it in. But in the end, heart won over logic. Hannah never claimed to be reasonable.

Quietly, as if they'd hear her below, she padded across the hardwood floor. With each soft footfall, she recalled a similar afternoon ten years ago — an afternoon that ended up changing her life.

Unlike that long-ago day, this window faced Hannah's backyard as opposed to the street, but after she pulled back the billowing gingham curtain, the view below made her heart beat every bit as wild as it had back then.

"Base!" A little boy with chocolate-brown spikes slapped a pudgy hand on the double swing. The same swing his daddy had helped Hannah's father build in high school. "Me the winner! Me the winner!"

Even from a floor above, Hannah could see amusement shining in Deacon's eyes. "Wow, I see that!" Swiping a hand across his mouth, he covered a smirk and shook his head. "How did you get to be so fast?"

Her favorite two-year-old giggled in pure toddler delight, and the smile that stretched his sweet face beamed with pride. "I not know!"

Max climbed up on the gently rocking swing, all soft elbows and rounded knees, and Deacon's broad shoulders shook with silent laughter. "Buddy, that was sure impressive ... but I'm not sure you understand how chase works. See, you were supposed to chase me."

Max huffed in exasperation. "I know dat."

The "no duh" was all but implied.

Hannah bit back a laugh as Max plopped his bottom onto the seat of the swing and wiggled until he found a comfortable spot. Then, from beneath enviable lashes, he gazed up at his father with hero-like affection. "Push, pwease?"

Tenderness flooded her best friend's face, and Hannah's belly bottomed out.

Her lovesick sigh? Completely involuntary.

The truth of the matter was Deacon Latrell did things to her. All he had to do was breathe and he affected her, but the unmistakable love that shined in his eyes whenever he looked at Max, or his sweet, happy smile whenever he was with her ... they were both her kryptonite.

Deacon sauntered behind the swing, covering the distance with his long-limbed grace. It really wasn't fair. Half the time Hannah tripped over her own two feet, yet Deacon made walking look like some sort of dance. His gait was loose and his steps fluid, disguising the weight he'd always carried on his shoulders. Then again, so much had changed in the last couple of years.

Some days it felt like they were picking back up exactly where they'd left off before she'd left for Paris, and others, it almost felt like they were strangers. While she'd been away, her best friend had formed this entirely new life without her. Joining Blue had changed him in many ways, and fatherhood had settled over him like a well-worn coat. Deacon now had a sense of confidence and purpose, and being a daddy to Max filled a hole that basketball, Hannah's constant encouragement, and even music never could.

For that, she supposed, she should thank Max's mother.

A shiver ran through her. Nope, she wasn't going there. Krista had taken far too much from Hannah as it was. She wasn't about to let old memories steal today's joy, too.

Refocusing on her boys, Hannah watched Deacon nudge the swing higher, and a new memory took over — an afternoon when she'd been the one swinging, her best friend in the world standing behind her as he replaced their classmates' cruel taunts with inside jokes and silly banter. Stitching her back together with each strong push.

Back in those days, Deacon's golden-brown hair had been shaggier, more wild and rebellious like the boy. As the wind tousled it now, Hannah had to admit his current style was just as sexy. Long on top, cropped short on the sides, Deacon's hair shimmered in the late afternoon sun. Hannah's fingers itched to slide through the soft strands.

Trailing her gaze down farther, she felt a pull low in her stomach. A barely there beard showcased his sinful mouth, just enough scruff to tease her whenever he kissed her cheek. Well-worn denim hugged his long legs and narrow hips, and a plain white tee stretched across his muscular chest. Around his neck swung a lone dog tag, a graduation present Hannah had scrimped and saved to buy for him. There was so much to love about Deacon, but seeing that engraved Superman pendant, knowing that it symbolized how much their relationship meant to him, too, made Hannah fall for him even more.

A soft grunt came from behind her, and Hannah turned her back to the window.

"Returning from one trip," Mama remarked, toting a piled-high laundry basket, "packing for another. Guess I should be grateful to see you at all." She grinned as she plopped it onto the dresser. "Well, you and your frilly unmentionables. Can't say I've ever seen underwear that fancy before. Certainly brightened up my laundry room, I'll tell you that."

Almost afraid to look, Hannah peeked at the wicker basket. Sure enough, her more scandalous Parisian purchases sat on top of the heap, and an instant flush scorched her fair cheeks. She'd known she should've done her own laundry.

Fourteen months away equaled a lot of clothes. Along with her old wardrobe, she had the new things she'd bought for the plan. Hannah had fully intended to launder them all once she returned home, but after a stop to visit Deacon in Magnolia Springs ended in a surprising new job offer, things kept popping up. Between filling in at the church daycare, gathering supplies for the tour, and being mentally frazzled from "the mission," her mountain of laundry had slipped through the cracks. Finally, with no time left to procrastinate, she'd lugged it down this morning only to have Mama shoo her away, going on about proper fabric settings and service in love. To be honest, Hannah hadn't put up that much of a fight. Giving in had seemed a whole lot easier.

Now, she was paying for her laziness.

The lingerie in question had been an impulse purchase — an impulse that had then led to an epiphany. As an au pair, she'd had one day off a week to spend as she wished, and Hannah usually spent that time taking long walks around the city. About a month before her return to the States, she'd passed a lingerie boutique, and on a wild whim, decided to step inside.

Blush and jade. Satin and lace. Toile and mousseline ... the colors, styles, and textures had been overwhelming. Trying them on, well, that had been extraordinary. The silk had felt decadent against her skin, almost forbidden, and so unlike anything she'd ever worn before. Living an ocean away from everyone and everything she'd ever known, nursing a broken heart, it had been exactly what Hannah had needed.

Initially, she'd fled to Paris to get over Deacon, but more than that, she'd been fleeing the woman she'd sadly become. A woman who sat on the sidelines of her own life. For far too long, she'd allowed other people to dictate her happiness, and that realization, coupled with naughty lingerie and a few glasses of spectacular wine in an adorable bistro, had birthed her new mission. Hannah liked to call it, Operation Joie de Vivre ... or Operation Find My Happy.

Her mission was threefold.

First up, no more hiding. Hannah's bad habit of shying away from experiences simply because they made her nervous was over. Now, she would be bold. Adventurous. Outgoing. Anything from forming friendships to speaking her mind was fair game, with the number one rule being no more skulking in the shadows. Paris had awoken a desire to start truly living — and to stop putting her dreams on hold.

Secondly, Hannah wanted to find her place in the world. The tour with Blue was a perfect opportunity to explore a new option. So far, her contract lasted only through the national leg, with the idea that they'd extend her stay through the international section once she'd gotten past a short trial period — a test she intended to pass with flying colors.

At twenty-four, she was excited to settle into a career where she could make a real difference, and while she hoped to find that in this position, she was open to just about anything. Band nanny, au pair, or a preschool teacher, they all sounded wonderful. As long as she could make a real contribution, it would fit the bill.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly —

She was putting her heart on the line, once and for all.

Lingerie may've kicked off her mission, but it was the hope of Deacon that gave it life. Denying her feelings all these years hadn't changed them. Neither had leaving the country. The only thing that would, or so she'd decided, was pushing the boundaries of their friendship. Flirting (an activity with which Hannah had zero experience) and letting Deacon know she was ready for love were all part and parcel of her new plan to get her best friend to finally see her as a woman.

Distance had given her perspective on that embarrassing night fourteen months ago. What had seemed romantic and inevitable to her, viewing things as she did through love-tinted glasses, had been just another night for Deacon. The lit candles she'd thought set the mood were purely practical in a storm. As for the kiss she'd felt certain was imminent, well, he'd found it a better time to talk about their friendship ... and how lucky Max was to have his "aunt" Hannah in his life.

Yeah, that part still made her wince.

It had taken a trip across an ocean to realize her mistake. In all her mooning, she'd never once given Deacon a chance to think of her differently. She never hinted at how she felt, much less told him straight out, and ran around town in shapeless tees and mom jeans — at twenty-two! No wonder he'd never fallen for her charms. She'd looked, sounded, and acted like his same old, familiar, safe childhood friend. Like a sexual nonentity.

That was why this job was so perfect. As Blue's nanny, she'd have ample time to show off the new Hannah. The older, better dressed, slightly more confident version. Soon, they'd be living together in a tiny house on wheels, breathing the same oxygen, with plenty of opportunities to flirt and push those boundaries. And if, after the tour was over, Deacon still didn't feel that way about her ... well, then that would suck. But at least she'd finally know. She'd no longer stay up late night after night wondering, what if.

"Oh, to be young again," Mama mused aloud, snapping Hannah's attention back to the present. "It does my heart good to see you living your life, off buying nonsense undies and traveling the world."

Walking over, she cupped Hannah's cheek with a weathered hand. "But I admit it makes me even happier knowing Deacon will be with you for this next adventure. The two of you are at your best whenever you're together. Besides, that boy always did look out for you."

Hannah sighed. That he had. Deacon had beat up bullies, slayed dragons, and wiped away her tears for years. It was why she called him her Superman. But all that protecting had also solidly cemented her place in their friendship — a girl not quite his equal.

"Well, he can retire the cape," she replied, stepping back from her mother's touch. "Living in Paris changed me, Mama. For the better. I'm not the same girl I used to be. Deacon doesn't have to save me anymore."

"Hmm." Her mother pursed her lips and considered her a moment. "The way I remember it," she said slowly, "you two saved each other."

She shifted her gaze to the ribbon board, and Hannah followed the motion, scanning the series of old photos secured on her wall. A thousand perfect moments hit her at once. Deacon saying hey the day that they'd met. Him holding her hand as they walked the halls his first day of school, staring down anyone who dared look at her wrong. His strong, sure voice in her ear whenever mean girls and asshats gained laughs at her expense. Him teaching her self-defense in the backyard, "just in case."

Strolling over to her favorite picture, Hannah smiled at what an unlikely pair they'd made back then. Deacon in an ill-fitting leather jacket, Hannah in her Pollyanna clothes, they'd both been total misfits, only in vastly different ways. No one had seen their friendship coming. Least of all her.

"No," Hannah said softly, tracing a finger over the intense look captured in Deacon's eyes. If she'd only known what a risk he'd taken inviting her to stay that first afternoon. "Deacon saved himself."

Gentle footsteps fell across the floor, and then Mama slid an arm around her waist. She hummed in agreement. "That boy always was a force of nature."

"Still is," she replied, resting her head on her mother's shoulder. "I used to pray that some of that bravery would rub off on me," she confided, chuckling at her own past ridiculousness. "Or soak in through osmosis."

Mama hummed again, a sound that conveyed disagreement. Her mother could have an entire conversation in hums. Hannah lifted her head, and she pinned her with a knowing look. "I reckon it did."

Stepping forward, she slipped the picture Hannah had traced from the ribbon board and then walked over to the bed, placing the old photo in an open suitcase. When Mama lifted her eyes again, they were glazed with moisture. "Your daddy and I are so proud of you, baby girl. Never, ever doubt how strong you are. How strong you've always been."

Matching tears welled in Hannah's eyes, and she dove forward, covering the distance between them and burying her face in her mother's neck. The scent of rosewater filled her head, comforting her, and as she realized it'd be months before she breathed it in again, she inhaled deep, already missing home.

Could Mama be right? Was she brave? If she were, Hannah certainly never felt like it. So many nights she'd spent lying out on the roof beside Deacon, wishing on falling stars that never came true ... or at least, so she'd thought. Now with her mother's words ringing in her ears, she realized that she had left the comfort of home to live abroad, and was now embarking on an adventure with an international music sensation. Furthermore, she had a plan to win over Deacon's heart and finally put herself out there.

What do you know? Maybe there was a bit of courage buried in her after all.

A muffled beep echoed up the stairs, followed by her daddy's voice calling out, "Sweetheart?"

Mama sniffled. Leaning back, she gently ran her fingers through Hannah's loosened curls and then hollered back, "Be right down, Bill!" loudly enough to wake the dead.

Grace and fire, that was Mama.

Hannah grinned, and her mother squeezed her hand. "Pot roast and mashed potatoes sound okay?"


(Continues...)

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The Nanny Arrangement 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
There's so much to love and enjoy in this sweet, adorable, and ardent romance story that hit all the three S's on several occasion - yes, I was smiling, swooning and sighing ( a nice way to say sobbing) while reading, and ended up inhaling this delightfully charming story. One of my favorite type of romances is when the best friends find love with each other. The relationship has such a solid and strong foundation to built on, it is easy to see the romance carry on for ever after. What Hannah Fisher and Deacon Latrell have is something special, it is a unique connection of their minds and souls, and as corny as it might sound, they truly do complete each other. Deacon Latrell had been kicked around as a kid, growing up in rough and tough environment taught him to keep people at arm's length. Until Hannah crossed the street and walked into his life. Then he turned into a protective superhero, who looked after her, kept her safe from bullies, grew up with her, and always had her back. Just like Hannah had his. Hannah Fisher had loved Deacon for ten years, from the moment they met. He was her best friend, her Superman, the one person who saw her true self, not her clothing or her stuttering or her status at the school. She had tried to escape her feelings for Deacon, yet upon failure decided it is time to act and go after her dreams. Hannah is a sweet, caring, and kind person. She loves kids, and her gentleness and genuine caring for others draws people in, her selfless nature makes it easy to be around her. The development of the relationship between Hannah and Deacon is filled with humor, tenderness, and tears. It was impossible not to adore how they relate to each other. The feelings between them are tangible, yet to risk the friendship and everything they have and have had, and to take their relationship to a next level is a step that brings angst and fear into the picture, jitters that can end up wrecking all that they used to have. I enjoyed the good energy and the positivity of the story. The band, even though famous, was not acting like 'famous rock stars', they were fun and lively, family oriented, and a friendly bunch that you wanted to spend time with. Hannah's parents and especially her dad has a special relationship with Deacon. The way the Fisher's embraced Deacon as a young boy, and now as a man is admirable. The love and consideration they have for Deacon and his son Max is a beautiful thing to witness. With humor and tense, deep emotions, the author tells a story filled with devotion, affection, and loyalty. A story that goes from ardent to anxious to tender and doting. Absolutely a delightful tale that filled my heart and left me smiling ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Romwrit More than 1 year ago
Hannah and Deacon have been friends since they were teenagers. He was lonely and from a broken home, and she had a stutter and less than fashionable clothes, making her the target to a lot of bullies. Deacon protected her, and she centered him eventually creating an unbreakable bond. Hannah knows Deacon loves her, but she wants him to love her the way she loves him. She’s afraid to confess her feelings to anyone, and the one time she had, her so-called friend made the moves on him and Deacon ended up a single father. Trust doesn’t come easily to Hannah, but that doesn’t apply to Deacon. When he joins the famous Blue band and they’re in need of a nanny to go on tour with them, it’s the perfect job for the child-loving Hannah. She’s been in Max’s (Deacon’s son) life since they day he was born, and of course she’d love to travel with Deacon. It would give her the chance to get him to see her as more than just a friend. Deacon really does love Hannah. He can’t imagine a world without her in it. He wants her in his life; but because he struggles with forgiving himself for past mistakes, he doesn’t realize just how much he wants her. When he’s feelings become too strong to hide, they embark on a romantic relationship. This is a beautiful story of friends-to-lovers with a unique premise, a well-developed plot, and charming characters. I want to join the women for girl’s night out; and I’d love to be able to sit back and listen to the guys interact with each other. Max and Lizzie are irresistibly cute, and the love and connection between Deacon and Hannah tugged at my heart. I adore these two. I want more!
IreneC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris was a well written and heartwarming read. I enjoyed the storyline, the plot was entertaining and held my interest all throughout the book. Hannah and Deacon were likable, endearing characters that I easily connected with and loved watching them move from friends to lovers. They made me laugh, they made me swoon and they touched my heart with their pain. These two had been through a lot and totally deserved their HEA. I'm a huge fan of Rachel Harris's writing and once again she's given us a beautiful and heartfelt read. The Nanny Arrangement is the second book from the Country Blues series, each book can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend them.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful friends to lovers romance with great characters and a plot that keeps readers guessing to very near the end. Hannah Fisher was the victim of many bullies through her school years. As a red-haired girl wearing unfashionable clothes who had a speech impediment, she really didn’t expect anything else. However, when Deacon Latrell moved into a neighbouring property she was brave enough to introduce herself to him and that was the start of their friendship. He stuck up for her, she looked out for him, he was her Superman and they were BFF. She inspired him to try playing musical instruments and now he’s playing with a top country music group. The problem is, being friends is not enough and Hannah has returned from working in Paris to join Deacon travelling on tour with her working as his son’s nanny. Hannah has also decided that she’s going to stop just being Deacon’s best friend, she’s going to get him to see her as a woman and hopefully get him to love her like she has loved him for years. . . . . The background of the two main characters, their interactions and shared love of Max, shine through this story. They aren’t, however, the only great characters in the story. Other members of the band and their partners all play key roles in this heartwarming romance. Insecurities, dreams, anxieties and new friendships are all going on this band tour, each contributing to the whole melodious composition that is a story of having the courage to move from ‘only’ BFF to give romance and love a chance. I was gifted a copy of this novel via NetGalley, chose to read it and this is my honest opinion after doing so. You’re Still the One is the first book in this series – and I enjoyed that one, too!
JewelsBookPages More than 1 year ago
Once I made it past a very slow start, The Nanny Arrangement turned out to be an incredibly sweet read! I love a good friends-to-lovers trope and Hannah and Deacon fit the bill with charm and grace..even with all their miscommunication hiccups! And Deacon's son Max made an adorable addition to the storyline, as did a great supporting cast of secondary characters. Book two in the Country Blues series, The Nanny Arrangement can easily be read as a stand alone.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
4.5**** What a sweet book with a whole lot of heart! I loved the friendship between Hannah and Deacon. Their nicknames for each other were perfect. The way they were together was beautiful and took years to cultivate. To have a friend who had your back, accepted you the way you were, and was your peace is a beautiful thing. How could you not want to take it to the next level? Hannah had a new-found commitment to going for what she wanted and steps to do. I loved and laughed when Arabella and Sherry helped her. Great new friends those two. And Deacon always trying to protect her. Their story is a heartwarming one and little Max is golden, almost stealing the show. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Hannah and Deacon have a special bond. He had always been her protector and champion. While she's his support and his cheerleader. Their relationship is very special. I enjoyed seeing them start a romantic relationship. Their chemistry is powerful. He's a caring and compassionate man. Hannah has a heart full of love. I liked her immediately. Max, Deacon's son, stole my heart. He's such a bundle of energy. I empathized with Deacon and his worries. He wants the security of being a permanent member of Blue. The band members and their ladies are delightful supporting characters. The Nanny Arrangement is filled with great dialogue plus a charming setting. This is an entertaining and touching story that has it all. There's love, laughter and joy with a touch of drama. Rachel Harris kept me reading. I had to make sure there was a HEA. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read. My comments are my honest opinion.
westgirlds More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Rachel Harris. The characters were well developed. Each showing their own insecurites. I love music, so the back story of a country band tour bus made it more interesting to me! I had not read any of her books before, but will admit she is now on my list of favorite authors! I will be looking for more of her books. “I received a free, advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.”
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I really enjoy a good friends to lovers story so I knew right away I was going to love this one. One of my favorite parts is the backstory on how Deacon and Hannah became friends. I wish I could be more like Hannah and have the guts to go after what I what like she did. A lot of times we always think of the what ifs and that's what Hannah doesn't want to do have no regrets. The interaction between Hannah, Deacon, and Max is so adorable. It just melts my heart. The connection and the feelings these two have for one another is truly beautiful. I highly recommend reading this one because I could hardly put it down that I got so engrossed into the story.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by it's Cover > Looking Deeper Third person ~ Friends-to-lovers trope. Hannah's been in love with Deacon for half her life. After time away in Paris, she returns with a plan to make her best friend see her as more than just the girl next door. Deacon comes from a rough upbringing, Hannah's life has been full of love. Despite a stutter and homemade ultra-conservative clothes, Hannah's optimism and positive nature is just the light Deacon needs in his life to grow and flourish into the young man he's meant to be. Their relationship was not without its faults, as many tend to be. Each made mistakes, Deke moreso. Each time, those mistakes ARE addressed and resolved in a mature and timely manner. Their chemistry was gradual. Sexual content is more "behind closed doors" than detailed. Secondary characters were supportive. If you are new to the series (Which I Was), you will be able to read this story without feeling left behind. Though there is some mention of other bandmates' history, this book can and does stand well on its own. The plot is endearing and dynamic. The story and style are well-written. There were a few hints of predictability, but nothing to detract from the overall experience. It's hard to believe that this is the first time I've picked up a book by Rachel Harris. I'm glad I did, this was a thoroughly enjoyable story. The conclusion is satisfying for the lead couple, providing them a solid HEA. . Rating: [PG-13+] ~ Score: 4.275 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I don't know how it is possible that I forgot just how much I LOVE Rachel Harris and her stories. And while we do get the band and their SOs, all of whom appeared in the previous stories (Your're Still the One and Accidentally Married on Purpose), this story really concentrates on Hannah and Deacon. They have such a deep and emotional connection, and a history that goes back to their childhood - a time when they helped save each other. It's given them a bond that has lasted through a lot of ups and downs, so it is easy to see why romantic feelings could be a complication. I love Hannah and I admire how much she's willing to put herself out there to try to convince Deacon to see her as more than a friend. Having a stutter as a child meant that she spent a lot of her formative teenage years as a bit of an outsider, so she doesn't have a lot of experience being flirty or seductive. Besides the potential embarrassment there is also the chance that any moves on her part could affect her relationship with Deacon so it takes a lot to take that chance. Deacon had an terrible home-life, with a mother who pretty much checked out on him. The day Hannah brought him home to meet her family is the day everything changed. He had people who loved him and cared for him and made sure to teach him how to be a good person. Unfortunately he still has doubts about his worth and doesn't want to take any chance that he could lose that, especially if it means he might not have Hannah in his life any more. Unfortunately for him, Hannah's got a plan :) My heart just turns over for these two. It's scary taking the chance on something more when you could lose so very much. But if they do take the chance and it lasts, their lives can only get better. Harris does a fantastic job of making readers understand their connection and why they mean so much to each other, how hard it is to explore a romantic relationship and how hard it is not to, and delivers a realist look at what happens when proximity (and Sherri) heats things up. Gotta love that girl! Emotionally laden, The Nanny Arrangement showcases Harris talent for delivering genuine characters and captivating plots that draw you in and keep you coming back for more. (Since this does focus a lot on the two main characters, it can stand on its own.) *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
VBartles More than 1 year ago
The friends-to-lovers trope is one of my favorites ever, and Rachel Harris does it so well!
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
I’m a sucker for Rachel Harris’s books. They always leave me feeling giddy inside. And occasionally they make me spring a few tears. I adored Hannah and Deacon’s story. Both characters are so self-conscious of their flaws that they can’t see happiness staring right at them. There were so many times I wanted to hug these characters and tell them they were perfect. We also get to see Sherry, Arabella and the rest of Blue. I loved the friendship the girls formed. It always seems so hard to have friendships when you’ve been burned before. These gals had me laughing hard. And Max!!! He’s absolutely adorable. I loved seeing all the feelings that toddlers have. They have such an innocent view of the world. This book had everything. Heart-touching moments, laughter, swoony times, and basically everything I want romance novels to include. And it’s a friends to lovers book, and I love those with a passion. This would be a great book to kick off the summer! Happy reading!
xCynyx More than 1 year ago
If you know me, you know I love Rachel Harris books. There's something about how she builds up the characters and story that grips me from the start and makes me want to read more. The Nanny Arrangement is not an exception to this. While this book is the second in the Country Blues series, you don't have to read the previous one to understand. For those who follow the series (and her previous one), is great to see the characters we love again make apearences and add their unique personalities to the story. Hannah is shy and had a complicated childhood due to a stutter. So when she meets the new boy in town she befriends him to start new with someone who never made fun of her. Years later, Hannah has grown into an independent confident woman and she's ready to fight for what she wants. Deacon is a single father. The hard and silent bad boy of the band. He feels the weight of the world is on his shoulders and he can't dissappoint anyone. The two of them make a unique pair. Hannah is soft where Deacon is hard. They've known each other or so long that they are in complete sync. I loved the balance between laughs, tears and tense moments. Rachel Harris knows how to keep the reader engaged in the story and deliver an incredible time. The Nanny Arrangement is a beautiful friends to lovers story, complete with tears, funny moments, and grand gestures. If you're looking for a sweet weekend read, this book is for you.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy a well written sweet romance and this author is one of the best at creating them. The first book in this series introduced me to the country band Blue but it's not necessary to have read that book to enjoy this story. I did love seeing the characters again and watching Charlie stumble through his question. Hehe. These characters are a great family that take care of their own. I'm hoping there will be a couple more books forthcoming as a couple more guys need their happy! Deke - oh this boy had me hard - he doesn't believe he's worth love. The world has taught him that over a rough childhood and a fight to get anything in life. But I wanted to shake him, really shake him. Hannah, his Cherry, is exactly what he needs. Of course he doesn't see it or even think he deserves it. But they are adorable together. Loved them together. And Hannah, she's a girl who struggles with some challenges growing up including dealing with the bully's. Deacon was always her superman in high school. She's loved him for years. They're best friends. But it never occurs to Deacon that they could be more. This story is the very best kind of friends to lovers and everyone deserves their happy story. I read it straight through and was just happy. It's got laughs, silliness, and muffins. It has muffins. Love this author and her sweet romance. This is the kind of book you just relax into and stay happily ever after.
Steph_B More than 1 year ago
Sweet but a little spicy, best friends-to-lovers romance mixed with a single dad musician and nanny themes, this story is well written and perfect if you like a quick simple romance with a decent backstory and great secondary characters. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
I love a good friends-to-lovers story and this one did not disappoint. Rachel has a knack for writing funny, feel-good stories with characters who always leave me with a smile on my face. I enjoyed watching Hannah and Deacon try to reconcile the kids they used to be with the adults they have become, and all the feelings that came along with it. If you like your romances with a side of humor, a dose of heart, and extra helping of swoon, THE NANNY ARRANGEMENT is the book for you!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed the stories that Rachel creates and I was pretty excited for this one. Especially since it was a BFF to more story. I loved Hannah and Deacon. She's sweet and he's stoic and it works. They have such a history and it was fun reading them navigate this new portion to their relationship. And one of the best parts was seeing the characters from the previous books. My only complaint {if you could call it that} is that I wanted more of them together. They were adorable in their scenes, but it felt like we got more of each of them thinking about the other instead of actually being with them. Of course there was the push away and the grand gesture and thankfully, the angsty times didn't last too long. The epilogue was perfect and left me wanting more. I can't wait to see who the next book is about. **Huge thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
The Nanny Arrangement, Rachel Harris Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance, Women's Fiction I saw the Rock star connection and clicked, well its an Entangled book and I know from past experience I enjoy those. What missed me was its a Bliss imprint, and though I enjoy those, I do find them a little sweet, cute, and short on the drama.  That's how this book worked for me, great characters, interesting story but very low key, muted dramatics. I was hoping Krista might throw some fireworks in but.... Hannah's lovely, a very genuine person with a great heart. Like any kid who's a bit different she was bullied at school, and as I know from experience kids can be cruel and that does affect confidence long term. That's how it was for Hannah, outwardly she's fine but inside always waiting for the drop.  She's been a great friend to Deacon, wanted for a long time to be more but he seems to have her firmly in the friendship zone. Now she's determined to have one good try at getting his attention instead of always waiting and living with regrets.  Its a fun read, the toddlers are cute, the other band members great and Deke and Hannah? Well its clear they both feel for each other but neither really thinks the other is attracted, there's lots of inward musings about what if, maybe, can I? Etc. Deke's worried about Max too, his little son who adores Hannah, and concerned that if he makes a move and it goes wrong Max will lose Hannah, and he doesn't want to risk that. there's times when I just wanted to shriek at each of them "go for it, can't you see what he/she wants?" but of course that would end the book a lot sooner.  Its an enjoyable read, well written and perfect if you like a sweet, simple romance with a decent backstory. Me? I really like more fireworks, sparks, drama, and sadness I can wallow in. I enjoyed this but as a one off read, but of course as always what I want isn't necessarily what you want.       Stars: Three, good story, well written but a bit light for me.  ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
On tour with Blue!! This second book in the Blue series can definitely be read as a standalone. I became a Blue fan during Accidentally Married on Purpose and each book has increased my fan status a little more. Hannah was an awkward, bullied, 15 year old when she met Deacon, the bad-boy new kid who moved in across the street from her. These two found in each what they never got from anyone else, true friendship. Now ten years later, Hannah has gotten over her speech impediment and is ready to stop living on the sidelines of her own life. It only took a trip to Paris to realize that she wasn't living life as fully as she could. Deacon lives for his son and now that he has been temporarily signed to be the fiddle and keyboard player for Blue, he wants to secure a future for him and his son by making the gig permanent. Deacon has always been able to count on Hannah but when she returned home from Paris, there's something about their friendship that has changed. Are the feelings he's having worth having the only family he's truly ever had enough to risk having yet another person walk away? I loved Hannah and Deacon. They are supportive of each other but are also willing to call each other out when they do something stupid. So many of their issues could have been completely avoided if only they would communicate better but then there really wouldn't have been much of a story!! My only complaint is that I wished there was more of Hannah and Deacon together in this story. I can't wait to read the rest of the stories about this band!! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
The ultimate friends to lovers romance! Such a sweet story! Lots of angst, some sweet friendship and surprise chemistry between them makes for a fun story. A quick and easy read. There wasn't a lot to do with the actual band performing, etc. but it was a whirlwind of a book regardless! Reformed bad boy Deacon Latrell is living the good life! He's recently joined an up and coming country band as their fiddle player, he has an adorable son who is the light of his life, and his best friend is finally back in town and has agreed to go on tour with him to be the nanny for his son! Hannah Fisher has always been quiet and shy, but when she became best friends with Deke 10 years ago, he took her under his wing and brought her out of her shell. She has always been in love with him, but he only considered her his best bud. As a single dad, he has needed a lot of help and she's always been there for him ... until she finally needed a break to go do her own thing for a year. When she decided to come back and go on tour with him, she decided to embark on "Operation Find My Happy" .... either it will include the potential of more of a life with Deke, or she'll move forward and broaden her career like she always thought she would. Close quarters and sweet life moments together make Deacon start to look at her in another way. Will he be able to open his eyes and see what's right in front of him ... before it's too late?
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
What a great book, that I could not put down. This is a friend's to lovers story and it was perfect. I loved watching Deacon and Hannah's Story play out. This is my second book by Rachel Harris and she is an amazing storyteller. I highly recommend this book it is perfect to escape a bad day. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
It’s funny, rock star romances are so not my thing (usually), but country star romances? I’m all over them. This is especially true when they’re written by Rachel Harris. I love my smutty romances, but I also love the sweeter swoons that Rachel delivers. The Nanny Arrangement is just the latest in a long line of her books that I’ve enjoyed. Best friends to lovers will always be one of my favorite tropes. There’s something about them that make them total book crack for me. They just seem so real and they’re not without a certain amount of risk. I mean, what happens if the other person doesn’t feel the same? What if things don’t work out? Is it better to have someone in your life as a friend than not at all? SO MANY QUESTIONS. But, I digress. I love them. Hannah and Deacon’s story was no exception. It’s obvious they were special to each other from the very start. They’ve lived (most of) their lives side by side, so it seemed natural to see them as a pair, even if they were just friends in the beginning. It made them ridiculously easy to root for as a couple. I pretty much dare you to read this book without a giant, goofy smile on your face. It’s friends to lovers romance and its best and it just made me happy. I adored Hannah, thought Deacon was totally swoony and his son Max was too cute for words. I also loved that this wasn’t some typical manwhore musician story. Those have a time and a place, but I was far more in the mood for the story about the guy who was a good man who knows how to keep his pants zipped, so this worked far better for me at the moment. This was a cute, funny and sweet book. It was fairly low on angst and big on swoons. Another hit! I already can’t wait for the next Country Blues book.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
the latest book in the country blues series, the nanny arrangement, follows newest member deacon latrell and his best friend, hannah fisher. since they first met, years ago when deacon was new in town and hannah summed up the courage to say hello to him in spite of her stutter, they've been connected at the hip. and while hannah values his friendship, she is also in love with him and always has been. the problem is that deacon doesn't see her as a woman, or at least she thinks that is the problem. it's a little more complicated though. deacon sees her as a woman all right, he just believes that he has no business lusting after his best friend. his experience with love is that people leave. and he never wants hannah to not be a part of his life. and he's thrilled when for his first tour with the band, he'll have hannah with him. she's agreed to join the tour as a nanny, watching his young son max, and the lead singer's daughter. they'll be sharing a tour bus, and at first deacon doesn't think anything of the forced proximity. but as the sexual tension rachets up between them, it's finally time for them to talk about things openly. the truth is, they both want the same things. they want to spend a life with each other. they want to raise his son together. all deacon needs to do is believe that he is worthy of the love hannah has for him. all hannah has to do is tell him unequivocally that she loves him. this is a sweet, emotional story, and the character's rich history adds to the depth of feeling in their romance. **the nanny arrangement will publish on may 22, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (bliss) in exchange for my honest review.
repsgoddess More than 1 year ago
The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris is Book 2 of the Country Blues Series and is of the best-friends-to-lovers and single dads troupe. While this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. This is a sweet and sexy read that incorporates a good mixing of chemistry, characters, and a titter of drama. There are some areas that need some tightening up and more explanation of how we progressed to this moment as those times it was unclear and no explanation was given as to how we went from there to here. Please note that an ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.