Ethan Carter is a soon to be single father of two young children trying to manage their care and his ranch near Austin, Texas. His mother is helping out with his children but the demands of a toddler and a 4-year old is proving too much. Tori Duran needs a job since she detonated her life a year ago after a relationship that soured in the worst way. When her brother-in-law recommends her to be the nanny to his friend Ethan’s children, she reluctantly pursues it as it will put her near her very pregnant sister. However, Ethan is also reluctant once he takes a look at the very appealing Tori.
This is such a great story. After a very rocky start, Ethan and Tori work well together as a team in the care and nurturing of the children. It’s not long before their relationship evolves and that care and nurturing extends to each other. Both have recently emerged from bad unions and are wary of moving into another too quickly but these two really are well suited. There’s lots of humor, family drama and romantic moments, so very well written and delivered. The pacing is flawless as the story moves from one scene to another with ease. I adored Tori who has a big heart, a quick wit and a propensity for getting into trouble, unintentionally of course. Ethan is honorable to a fault and is a devoted father, working tirelessly to keep everything together. You just couldn’t help liking each of them individually and rooting for them as a couple.
I’m thrilled that I agreed to listen to this story as both narrators seem to capture the essence of Ethan and Tori’s personalities while effectively managing the other characters nicely. I especially liked how Tori was portrayed, delivering her self-deprecating lines in a way that endeared me even more to the character. This was a wonderful reading experience and now I need to go back and listen to the first connected story, Shameless.
- Release Date: April 24, 2018
- Series: This is a sequel to Shameless
- Narrators: Savannah Peachwood & Stephen Dexter
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 8 minutes
(I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review)