Aspen Parker's life can be summed up in one word. Unexpected. For instance, she never expected to become a mother at twenty. Her divorce at twenty-one really threw her off. She certainly didn't see losing her promotion at the bank to that weasel Stephen. And she most definitely didn't see Miles Wickham, better known as Taron Taylor--international bestselling author, the man whose words have captivated her--offering her a job to be his nephew's nanny.
But there's a caveat to accepting the position; she must sign a contract agreeing to no romantic entanglements between her and the debonair Brit. Aspen doesn't expect this to be an issue seeing as she's not particularly fond of men. Once again, though, life is not turning out how she expected.
While Aspen and Miles traverse single parenthood together, there's no denying the chemistry between them. She can't figure out how her charming boss knows how to pierce the protective layers of her heart, and it's driving her mad. Mad with desire that is. Miles, too, is finding it hard to resist the reserved beauty who brilliantly takes care of his nephew and him. But with both their tentative hearts on the line, can they risk taking a chance on each other? Which will win? Love or the contract?
Ooh la. Ooh la la. I am in love with Aspen and Miles. L.O.V.E. Here's why:
Sexy Brittish author with a swoony accent? ✅
Sweet three year old who will steal your heart? ✅
Tension so thick you can't even cut it with a knife? ✅✅
While it isn't insta-love for these two, it IS insta-attraction. Aspen nearly faints away when she realizes that Miles is her fangirl crush of an author. Yeah, I can totally relate to Aspen. There is zing and a tangible growing tension throughout that I absolutely crave. But, it was more than just that. It was real characters with real struggles and flaws, trying to figure life out. I connected to Aspen on a deeper emotional level and that's the true test, right? When your emotions become involved in lots of different ways? I think so.
Aspen is kind, caring and smart. Her sensitive mothering nature comes naturally to her. She is patient with not only Henry and Chloe but with Miles as well. Aspen is guarded though. She keeps things close to avoid being hurt. But she is tough when she needs to be. She stands up when the need arises and doesn't take crap. I really loved her.
Two of my favorite bits? The "research" (😍) and of course the phrase "strictly business".
"Wow, did he follow directions well. The butterflies in my stomach gave him an A+"
You know what I really want? This book in audible with dual male/female voices and of course, the male needs to have an authentic British accent. Yup, that's my fantasy, I mean dream. My dream. My really good dream. And then me and my book friends can have a listening party. At a beach setting. Drinking yummy, fruity drinks and eating chocolate. Oops, getting carried away. 😳
I love this book and I love this series. I love that the characters from previous books are still part of each book and I don't have to miss them. This book was everything I've come to expect and love from Jennifer Peel. I don't know how she does it but I hope she never stops. My heart finds it's happiest place in her books.
This is available on Kindle Unlimited if you have that.
Content: kissing, mention of affair
To celebrate this new release, you can pick up My Not So Wicked Step Brother for just $.99!