Author: Staci Hart
Release date: October 24, 2017
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with the nanny.
When my wife left, she took the illusion of happiness with her, and I’ve been caught in a free fall ever since. For nine long months, I’ve been fighting to figure out how to be a single dad, how to be alone.
For nine long months, I’ve been failing.
When Hannah walked through the door, I took my first breath since I’d found myself on my own. She slipped into our lives effortlessly, showing me what I’ve been missing all these years. Because Hannah made me smile when I thought I’d packed the notion of happiness away with my wedding album.
She was only supposed to be the nanny, but she’s so much more.
The day my wife left should have been the worst day of my life, but it wasn’t. It was when Hannah walked away, taking my heart with her.
Falling for you nanny, a good idea or not? A Little Too Late is the latest book by Staci Hart, and tells the story of Charlie and Hannah. Given the description I expected a bit of a taboo story, but A Little Too Late is sweet with some drama. I’ve enjoyed reading it.
“A moment hung between us, just a few heartbeats with our eyes on each other. And then he looked away. I took a step back, embarrassed and confused. I’d wanted him to kiss me. For one brief, careless moment, I’d thought he would, wished he would.”
Hannah is a Dutch girl who’s working in the United States as an au pair. She left her last employment on bad terms, but she’s willing to give the au pair experience a try with another family. Landing a job with the Parker family turns out to be something different. Hannah has a click with single dad Charlie, his children and the housekeeper.
After his wife has left him, Charlie is in a bad place. He questions everything, most of all his fatherhood; is he doing it okay with his children? Hannah is a bit younger, but she seems the perfect fit, not just for his kids, but also for himself.
“She reached for my arm and gave it a squeeze that wasn’t meant to be anything but friendly but held something more, something in the pressure in her fingertips and the depths of her eyes. It was something I did my very best to ignore. But I felt the heat of those fingertips long after they were gone”
A Little Too Late is a standalone book which is told from Hannah and Charlie’s POV. Charlie isn’t an unfamiliar character though, in A Thousand Letters we see him and his now ex-wife, and I’m so happy he’s getting a chance at real love after what Mary has put him through. I love the fact Hannah is from the Netherlands, and that she’s teaching Sam and Maven Dutch words, it makes the story more realistic.
I have to be honest, when I read the blurb of A Little Too Late, I expected a bit of a ‘taboo story’; single dad of two falling for the younger nanny. I imagined all kinds of drama, but the story turns out to be pretty sweet. Instead of opposing, the friends and family of the couple are supportive and don’t question their motives. Hannah and Charlie are a sweet couple who bring out the best in each other, they (and the kids) just belong together.
“Are you mine now?” I stepped closer. “Hannah, I’m yours for as long as you’ll have me. I’m yours even if you don’t want me. My heart was in your hands the first moment I saw your face.”
I adore this sweet story, I give A Little Too Late 4 stars.