Monday, March 30, 2015

The Nanny Plan - Sarah M. Anderson (HD #2366 - Apr 2015)

Series: Billionaires and Babies (Book 56)

This billionaire bachelor has a baby challenge…

Being a father to his orphaned infant niece is out of this tech billionaire's comfort zone. Lucky for Nate Longmire, Trish Hunter is a natural at motherhood, and she's agreed to be his temporary nanny. But long glances, slow kisses and not-so-innocent touches are strictly off-limits…

Trish's goal is to help Nate in exchange for a big donation to her charity for Lakota kids. Falling for her bachelor boss -- and his adorable baby girl -- is not part of the plan. But when the month is up, will she be able to walk away?

Very good story with a bit of a Cinderella theme. Trish is a young woman,just finishing up her Master's degree. She runs a small charity that she started to help the children on the Lakota reservation where she grew up. Her current goal is to raise some more money by asking billionaire Nate Longmire, in public, for a donation. She's successful in getting his attention and is invited to come to his office in a couple weeks to make a presentation to him.

When that day comes, she's sent to his home instead because of a mistaken identity. There she discovers a totally stressed out Nate, who has just been made guardian of his infant niece. Nate is totally clueless on what to do and hasn't been able to hire a nanny yet. When Trish steps in and brings order out of chaos, he offers her a large donation for her charity if she will be nanny for the month.

I loved Nate and was slightly less fond of Trish. I understood her issues, I just thought she went a little overboard with them. Trish is the oldest of nine children. She grew up on the reservation with a mother who was always looking for love. She would get immersed in a new relationship, have a couple babies, then the man would have enough and leave. Trish was the one who took care of the family. The living conditions were terrible and there never seemed to be enough to eat. She swore she would get off the reservation and get an education and do whatever she could to help other children. She was also determined that she would not get involved with a man so deeply that she would lose sight of who she is and what her goals are. When she meets Nate, she is attracted to him, but refuses to allow herself to succumb to it. She impulsively gives in to his pleas for help, but lays down ground rules to try to protect herself. 

Nate was simply adorable. One of the sweetest things is the way he actually blushes when he's embarrassed. He is the stereotypical geek, somewhat awkward socially and has been burned in the past by a woman he thought he loved. He guards his privacy zealously. When he meets Trish he is impressed by her straightforward attempt to gain his support for her charity. He's also quite attracted to her, but before he can do anything about it, he gets word about his brother's death and his own need to care for his niece. I loved the first sight of him as he's trying to get Janie to stop crying and his utter relief when Trish shows up to save the day. The businessman in him will do whatever it takes to get her to help him, and he won't take no for an answer. I loved his awkwardness with the baby, but how he wanted to do things right. 

I loved the growth of the relationship. They started by becoming friends, drawn together by the need to care for Janie. I really liked Nate's determination to keep to the requirements of their deal and how his word and promises are so important to him. I loved seeing them getting to know each other. Trish has been afraid that she would fall in love with Nate and forget about her dreams, so she just kept trying to push him away. Even when she finally admitted her feelings she wouldn't look for ways for them to be together or trust that he wouldn't ask her to be less than she is. Nate was much more open to the possibilities. I loved seeing him overcome his own fears and takes a chance on telling her how he feels. I loved his big moment and how he showed her just how much he cares. The only thing that might have made it better would have been an epilogue. I'd like to see how things are going for them a year or two down the road.

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