Release Date: September 26, 2018
Received From: Review copy from the author
All Dr. Sloan Copeland needed was someone to watch her kids. What she found was the man of her dreams…
**This stand-alone romance is fluffy. So fluffy. It’s fluff. Low. Angst. Fluff. featuring a large tatted, motorcycle riding ginger man, who bakes a mean bacon quiche and knows exactly how to wrangle clever five year olds while making their mom feel loved, loved, loved.**
ROMANTIC ORIENTATION: heteroromantic
TROPES: employer x employee, employer x nanny, single parenthood, class disparity
TAGS: adult, contemporary, romance, black character, POC character, black author, POC author, interracial romance, interracial couple
WARNINGS: child abandonment (nanny at beginning of the book leaves the 6 year olds unattended for hours), slurs, gendered slurs, ableism, cancer mention, past abusive relationship, gaslighting, parental death mention, violence, police, cheating mention
This book is actual perfection, and I’m not even joking. It’s an incredible read! Funny, sexy, and full of heart, Rebekah Weatherspoon has provided us with a book that would be enjoyable at any time, but is especially welcome in the current hellscape in which we live. It’s the ideal marshmallow fluff for helping you escape reality for a little bit and for making you happy.
All the characters in this book are absolutely delightful. (Except Drew. Because fuck him.) I fell in love with Sloan and her daughters, Avery and Addison, from the very first chapter. Sloan is a strong, intelligent, brave woman who is also unafraid to be vulnerable and put herself in situations that might make her uncomfortable, in an effort to make things better for herself and her children. I simultaneously want to be her and to wife her. And then there are the twins, who are absolutely adorable! So many writers don’t quite hit the nail on the head when it comes to writing children, but Weatherspoon’s Avery and Addison are so on point. Weatherspoon manages to achieve the perfect mix of deviously precocious and sweetly innocent in both of these little girls. They reminded me a bit of my friends’ children, which was a lovely thing to see.
Then, of course, there’s Rafe, the title character and other main. He’s a big, tattooed ginger with a love of motorcycles and a short stint in juvenile detention on his record. And he’s wonderful with children. The interactions between him and the girls were some of my favorite parts as they’re able to be uninhibited with him as their nanny, and he knows how to talk to them, whether it comes to humoring them or being serious. Also, it was really soothing to read a hero who is generally pretty calm and collected in most scenarios. I was able to connect to him on a better level without all the possessiveness and posturing that often comes with romance heroes.
And, with the aforementioned exception of Drew, all of the supporting characters were really amazing! One of my favorite things about Weatherspoon’s work is the great families that she surrounds her characters with, as well as the amazing friend groups. The group of women that Sloan is part of, as well as the group of men Rafe was friends with, was such a wonderful thing to read and I just want to read books about all of them! (Some you can, as a few already have books!)
The overall plot was lovely and comforting to read. With the exception of the blowup with Drew near the end, everything was so relaxed and easy to lose yourself in. And the domesticity that Sloan, Rafe, and the kids fall into so easily was like a balm to read.
An absolutely wonderful read, I cannot wait for more from this series and author!
Rebekah was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Southern California with an individual who is much more tech savvy than she ever will be.
Her interests include Wonder Woman collectibles, cookies, James Taylor, quality hip-hop, football, American muscle cars, large breed dogs, and the ocean. When she’s not working, writing, reading, or sleeping, she is watching Ken Burns documentaries and cartoons or taking dance classes. If given the chance, she will cheat at UNO.