Series: Hollywood A-List #1
Narrator: Andi Arnt, Christian Fox
Published by Montlake Romance on May 1st, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes
From New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss, a standalone romance about a nanny, a Hollywood star, and a love they never expected.
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…
STORY OVERVIEW AND REVIEW:
Hollywood actor Chad Sinclair doesn’t know how to take care of a child, let alone a daughter, but when his five-year-old daughter from a long-forgotten marriage comes to live with him, he has no choice but to learn. First on the agenda—hire a nanny.
Cara DuMont has been a nanny for the children of the rich and elite in Hollywood, and she’s great at it. Her only preference in choosing her employers—no celebrities. She knows the risks of working for a celebrity, and she has no time for wandering hands and snooping tabloids. When her best friend asks for her help in fixing a poopy disaster in the agency bathroom involving a hysterical five-year-old, Cara finds herself becoming Chad Sinclair’s top choice as his daughter’s nanny.
She refuses at first, of course. But she knows the guy needs help, and Nicole is an angel, so she’ll do it temporarily, at least until Chad finds a replacement for her. But with each day she spends at the Sinclair abode, not only does she fall in love with the beautiful little girl, she’s starting to fall for the Hollywood big shot, too. And she doesn’t know if all the trouble and drama that comes with falling for a celebrity is worth it.
I like that Chad didn’t automatically switch from total Hollywood bad boy to doting father the moment Nicole came into his life. I know that sounds bad, but hear me out. Chad’s a guy who’s used to partying and having fun while working hard as an actor. He never imagined he’d have a child—no matter how adorable she is—dropped in his lap out of nowhere at this stage in his life, so it’s not like he’ll jump for joy for it. It showed his character growth when he was finally opening up and trying, really trying, to be a good and active father for Nicole.
The guy made some pretty bad decisions, some I hated. He hid some things from Cara out of selfishness, and he was pretty self-centered at the start of the story. But like I’ve said, the guy had a lot of growing up to do in this story.
I like Cara’s relationship with Nicole. She was a solid and caring person, if not a little distant at first. She knows what it’s like to be disregarded, to not be the priority of her parents, so she wants to do her best to make the kids she’s taking care of don’t feel that way. She knows she shouldn’t be with Chad, and although she resisted at first, she just couldn’t resist. It frustrated me at times, but oh well.
I would have wanted to see more interactions between Chad and Cara to show the progress of their emotional attachment, but most of their conversations and interactions merely highlighted the growing physical attraction they have for each other. Their feelings went beyond that, of course, but I just didn’t see that as much as I would have liked. That’s why I’m rating the story 3.5 stars.
WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE AUDIOBOOK?
First of all, Christian Fox sounds like Chris Evans. Is it just me? Am I the only one who thinks so??? The first time I heard that man speaking, my heart skipped a beat. Both Christian and Andi Arnt—my favorite female narrator—were amazing in their portrayals of the lead characters and the supporting characters. After listening to this audiobook, I bought other audiobooks narrated by Christian Fox. I have a crush. Haha! And all that dirty talk. My ears still feel hot haha!
Andi’s voice was soothing and pleasant to listen to and it was just what I imagined as Cara’s voice. I could tell when she was reading a different character’s line (a problem I’ve had in other audiobooks I’ve read), and I could feel the emotions seeping through my earphones.
For me, their performance was a solid 5 stars.
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK TO A FRIEND? IF SO, WHY?
Yes. It wasn’t my favorite Hollywood book, but it’s still pretty entertaining and hot, especially Christian’s parts. Plus, Andi and Christian performed so wonderfully in this one that I think you should still give it a try.
Tropes: Boss-Employee, Nanny, Celebrities—Actor, Single Father
POV: First Person, Dual POV
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