Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Nanny Rules by Melynda Price ~ Review

Don’t touch the nanny. It’s one rule I’m most certainly going to break.

Since becoming a single father, I have two things that keep me sane—my daughter Lily and playing football for the NFL. But when my meddling sister hires a nanny without my knowledge, I’m not thrilled to come home and find the woman has taken over my house. Our instant attraction is one more complication I don’t need in my life.

But my daughter loves Amelia, and I will do anything for that tiny munchkin. Even if it means walking around with blue balls most of the time. Why does the nanny have to be so sweet—and drop dead gorgeous? She’s driving me crazy. Never in my life have I wanted a woman more.

I just need to make it through this season. I can do that. Hands free, of course. But then there’s that moment, and I know she’s thinking what I’m thinking and, well, yeah. Screw the rules...

I'm a very character driven reader.  These characters were never real to me.  

It's really hard to get to know the characters when there is too much tell and not enough show.  Weeks would go by from one scene to the next with only a sentence to explain some of what happened during that time.  I don't always have issues with that but I have to have already made a connection to the characters.  That wasn't the case with this book.  These characters are just flat words on a page that I just don't care about. 

Sometimes I questions if the characters would even do something.  I really don't like it when an author forces the characters into things that they just wouldn't normally do.  That happened in this book.  I will admit that it's hard to tell if a character is forced when you don't know them well enough to even like them.  But this book is about a football player.  There are some things that are just a given in that situation.

The whole set-up of the NFL star and a nanny that has a masters in Psychology is just contrived.  Yeah, there's a reason given as to why she would take such a job but I'm not buying it.  This NFL player has had a traumatic experience and his daughter is recovering from that.  The perfect person to understand them both is someone who understands about how the mind deals with lose.  So it just felt too contrived.

Pretty much could have told you where and how this story was going.  Totally predictable.   Well except the idea that the Browns would EVER win the Superbowl.  That is just plan ridiculous.   And while it was nice that everything fell into place for the ending, it just was too easy.  Too predictable.  Boring, really.

About the only thing I can say I enjoyed was the idea of this story playing out in the NFL.  I love sports stories and football is my favorite.  There was a good balance between the story and the sport.  

Reading time is way to precious.  Skip this one.  


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