I read the blurb and my mind went straight to Three Men and a Baby, a movie I had watched way more than was probably healthy when it came out on VHS (Yes, I have dated myself) and decided to give it ago. And though I read the book in record time, I find that I only liked it, not loved it like I wanted to.
My biggest issue with this book was Collin. I can say that I ended up liking him, but it’s the kind of like that comes about because of a love/hate relationship. The man, unfortunately, took the whole broody, large and in charge, caveman alpha male thing too far for me, and believe me when I say that even I was surprised by my reaction to it because I typically LOVE that kinda male. I got why he felt he had to do it, I really did, but I was ready to knee him in the balls. What saved him from being on my sh*t list was how much he loves his daughter and truly cares about his friends and family. His heart is huge and he truly does want to take care of everyone.
Addison/Addie I actually loved. She’s doing her best to keep her head above water and do it all on her own. There is a lot of hurt in her past, but she’s come to terms with it and simply wants to live life on her own terms. I loved Addie’s strength and heart. She may have a penchant for running, but the girl wasn’t a doormat. She stood up for herself and though there were times when her reactions were a bit over the top, I couldn’t help but be firmly on Team Addie.
Collin and Addie’s relationship is a rocky one thanks not only to the crazy that they bring upon themselves, but the crazy their friends and family bring into the mix and I’m not ashamed to admit that it made my head spin. But even as it drove me wonky, I wanted to see them work their issues out and get to their HEA. The angst was high, but the sweet and smexy evened it out and I think that they ended up right where they were supposed to be.
This was my first read by Ms. Van Fleet and despite the things that made my head spin, it was still a book that I had a difficult time putting down because I wanted to know how everything worked out. The 1st person dual POV was done well, though I could have done with a little less inner monologuing. And though the supporting cast of characters drove me batshit, I found them intriguing and want to know more about what is going on in their heads.
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley ~
Between boot camp and two TOD’s in Iraq, my buddies Max, Gavin and me have been through some serious hell. So the last thing I ever expected was to find the biggest challenge of my life back home.
My girlfriend died. I couldn’t even attend her funeral, let alone tell her goodbye or that I’m sorry I wasn’t there like I should’ve been.
But she left me a gift. The best and scariest one I could’ve ever asked for. One I didn’t think I could handle…until the day I saw her tiny blues looking up at me in that airport. Chloe.
Now here I am, raising my baby girl—with the help of my two best friends. Things couldn’t be better. Until she walked into my life.
All I wanted was a nanny. Someone to take care of my girl when I couldn’t. What I didn’t count on was Addison, the brown-eyed temptress with a body of sin, and everything I didn’t need, but suddenly wanted.
Heather Van Fleet is stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s a wife to her high school sweetheart, a mom to three little girls, and in her spare time you can find her with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee.
Heather graduated from Black Hawk College in 2003 with an associate degree and has been working in the publishing industry for over five years. She’s represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary and her Reckless Hearts Series is Forthcoming from Sourcebooks starting in February, 2017.