Published by Lauren Blakely Books on October 15, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a sexy new standalone romance…
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…
I listened to so many wonderful audiobooks at the beginning of 2016. It was fantastic. But the last few months I’ve been struggling with finding new romance audiobooks that I love. I’ve also fallen deep into Podcast land, but that’s another story. Anyway, I think I saw a positive review for The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely somewhere in the blogosphere and decided to check out the audiobook. Which turned out to be fantastic, because The Sexy One was utterly adorable.
What I Liked:
- Sebastian York’s narration is, as usual, AMAZING! I will never get sick of York’s voice. He always brings so much more to every book, and he was just stellar here. He made me love Simon all the more.
- Now let’s talk about Simon, the hero of the novel. He’s the kind of hero I can get behind. He’s smart, works hard, and adores his daughter. He also is has strong feelings for Abby, but he doesn’t want to do anything that will hurt his beloved daughter, Hayden, who adores Abby, too.
- Abby was seriously adorable. I loved how wonderful she was with Hayden, and her obsession with the baby eagles. So cute. I also loved how Abby handled the whole “sleeping with the boss” thing. It was very mature, and I so appreciated that. Sometimes characters in novels, regardless of if it’s a romance or not, act silly to create conflict or move the plot in a certain direction. But not so with Abby! And the story still moved the way it needed to.
- Abby and Simon had SO MUCH chemistry. I wanted these two to be together so much. I felt their connection, and didn’t need any convincing. I loved the romance between these two, and again, I loved how mature they were about addressing the problems that would occur if they got together.
- I liked the portrayal of Simon’s ex-wife and Hayden’s mother. She wasn’t down right even, as ex-wives are often shown as in romances, but she wasn’t wonderful either. I also really enjoyed how Simon handled any issues with her. It just worked for me.
What I Struggled With:
- The only thing that wasn’t my favorite was the narrator for Abby’s point of view, Andi Arndt. While I didn’t hate her narration, I didn’t love it, either. Especially when I compared it to the fabulousness of Sebastian York.
I need to read MORE by Lauren Blakely. The Sexy One worked for me on almost every level. I loved the characters, the interesting story that was still angst-free, and the romance was amazing.
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