A Desperate Daddy: Meet widowed police officer Jason Devlin. Taking care of his baby girl was usually a piece of cake - until his housekeeper quit, leaving Jason desperate enough to hire the first qualified person who rang his doorbell.
A Damsel in Distress: Meet runaway heiress Katie Smyth. The pampered debutante was about to take on her greatest challenge - her first job.
Doorstep Deal: Jason was thanking his lucky stars that Katie had shown up at his house. She was the perfect nanny for his little girl - and beautiful beyond belief, leading Jason to rethink his single status. But wait until he discovers who this nick-of-time nanny really is!
I have read and reviewed this book in traditional form, and coming back to it a second time in AudioBook form was a real treat. Jason is a widowed single father, juggling his guilt, his job and his daughter, Gina, fairly competently until his housekeeper quits without notice.
Jason is not perfect, but he is trying to appease his in-laws, perhaps allowing them more say in his decisions than would be normal if his wife were still alive. When Katie appears at his door, instantly he is attracted but more importantly his daughter is interacting with her as well. Katie instantly is able to manage the little girl, and she is willing to do housework as well.
The two slip easily into a schedule and routine, Jason finds himself looking forward to coming home to Katie and his daughter: and Katie has a much needed reprieve from her society life, commitments and unwanted push toward marrying a man she doesn’t love. With her quiet and competent manner, all is well until Jason’s mother-in-law resorts to drastic measures to run Katie off. His mother in law’s fears and anger over the loss of her daughter, and her continual interference in Jason’s life are easy to Katie to see, and she pities rather than is angry with the woman.
Laura Jennings narrating a Donna Fasano story is perfect casting. Her voice is clear and diction is precise, with small modulations in tone and tempo that delineate characters without undue distraction. There is a softness in her delivery that lends itself to the presentation of the sweeter and gentle romances that Fasano writes, and there are moments when her enjoyment of the text is apparent in the smile you can hear in her voice.
And Fasano has written a story that will make you smile: her characters are honestly realistic with failures and foibles, their pain and hesitations are apparent, and their relationships grow comfortably. Additionally Jason and his two cohorts, Derrick and Reece all meet for some “Dad bonding” time, often with hilarious results. Each relationship is portrayed and developed with care and the stories are certain to leave you with a smile.
I received an AudioBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Jason is desperate for someone to take care of his daughter while he works. Katie is desperate for a job. Katie finds her way to Jason's door and he hires her as his nanny. They are living in the same house and there is an attraction, but Jason is still attached to the memory of his late wife and Katie is keeping secrets. They become friends and things progress slowly. It is very sweet, except you know when someone is keeping secrets it is never easy. I liked this one and would definitely check out the other books in this series for a clean, feel-good romance read.
Laura Jennings is an excellent narrator with the perfect voice for this kind of book. There isn't much difference between most of the characters' voices, but it is still easy to follow. An easy and enjoyable listen.