by Lauren Blakely
Published by Lauren Blakely Books on October 17, 2016
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Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move…
1. She works with me every single day.
Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?
2. She works in my home.
Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means…
3. She's the nanny.
And that makes her completely off-limits…But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.
The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.
I can't risk my job for a chance at something more…can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…
Lauren Blakely has become one of my go-to authors for romantic comedy. Her standalones Big Rock, Mister O, and Well Hung are some of my favorite romances. The Sexy One still brings the humor, but it’s also more of a slow burn with a forbidden element.
Simon is a divorced dad who shares custody of his five-year-old daughter, Hayden. In his previous career, Simon worked on Wall Street. When his marriage started to fall apart, he became consumed with his work. Realizing that he needed to make a change, he left that career. Now, he’s a restaurant investor, a job that he loves and that allows him to spend more time with his daughter. In everything Simon does, he puts his daughter first. So he finds himself in a major quandary when he realizes that he’s falling for Hayden’s nanny, Abby.
Abby is a terrific nanny who not only takes care of Hayden, but also clearly cares about her, too. Abby is a whiz with foreign languages and teaches classes on the side when she’s not caring for Hayden. Abby finds herself struggling as well, though, when she admits to herself that she has romantic feelings for Simon–aka, her boss.
Here’s where the forbidden element comes into play. There’s a huge amount of delicious sexual tension for much of the book, simply because Simon and Abby try to resist their strong attraction to each other. Also, there’s the whole employer/employee aspect. Lastly, Abby is eight years younger than Simon, which I didn’t think was a huge deal, but in the context of Simon’s position as a divorced single dad on top of being her boss, that additional fact just complicates matters even more.
As I mentioned, they try to resist each other for a large portion of the book before giving in. When they finally get together, it feels right. As always, Lauren Blakely excels at writing some seriously steamy scenes. While The Sexy One is definitely hot and humorous, it’s also quite sweet and romantic at the same time. It’s an unexpected combination that works well.
If you’re a fan of slow burn romances with a hint of the forbidden, you’ll likely enjoy The Sexy One.
Rating: 4 stars