Author: Lauren Blakely
Release date: October 16, 2016
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
From NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy new standalone romance…
Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move…
1. She works with me every single day.
Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?
2. She works in my home.
Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means…
3. She's the nanny.
And that makes her completely off-limits…But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.
The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.
I can't risk my job for a chance at something more…can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…
I know Lauren Blakely mostly for her funny and hilarious rom-coms, written in the guy’s POV. Yes, the books are bit over the top and I wonder if my hubby thinks that much about sex, but I just love these stories. In Mister O we’ve met Simon, the hot single dad. The Sexy One tells us his swoony story.
“You have…” “What?” “Blueberry sauce,” he says, his voice low and husky. “I do?” I swipe the side of my mouth, but he shakes his head. “Missed it.” “Where?”
Simon is a hardworking guy with one big responsibility; his five-year-old daughter Hayden. Simon is divorced from Hayden’s mother, and although she gave the marriage the final blow, he doesn’t deny his crazy work schedule wasn’t part of the problem. And because Simon still works a lot, he has hired the best nanny he could find for Hayden, so he knows she’s well taken care of. But said nanny becomes much more than just the nanny, as Simon thinks about her all day.
“Good luck tonight,” she says, upbeat and cheery. Her eyes meet mine, and for a few seconds they linger. Neither one of us says anything. I just enjoy the view of her gorgeous face. That gorgeous, untouchable face. I repeat that word silently. Untouchable. She’s off-limits to me.”
Abby is a sweet young woman who excels in learning different languages. It’s no surprise she teaches different languages at schools. But life in New York is expensive, and since Abby loves children, she also works as a nanny. The last seven months she has worked for Simon, to take care of his daughter. Falling for the girl’s dad you take care of is a big cliché, but she just can’t help herself.
“Hey, Abby,” he says, with an easy grin. My pulse speeds up, and I wave back. But I don’t blush. I don’t stammer. See? I live with this attraction, and I’ve mastered the art of self-control, revealing nothing as we hand-off the kid here at the pool today. “Hey there.”
It has been seven months since Abby has started working for Simon.. And for seven months they dance around each other. Simon doesn’t want to fall for Abby, who is amazing with his daughter and who makes him smile. Abby doesn’t want to lose her job, but she also doesn’t want to lose the adorable girl she takes care of and most importantly Simon. But you know this is a romance book.. So staying away from each other and keeping body parts to yourself will not happen for Abby and Simon. Together they are sweet, funny and the sex..
I love The Sexy One. It’s a sweet read that just puts a big smile on my face. Yes, Simon is a very attractive man, but what makes him most attractive is how he is with his daughter. He isn’t your typical divorced guy going through the dating scene like a kid in a candy store; he puts his daughter first. Simon and Abby are a cute couple that just fit, they (and Hayden) belong together. My one issue with this book.. It’s too short. This doesn’t mean the plotline or the characters are a bit flat. I just want more of Simon and Abby, I wanted to read more about them and Hayden.
“I didn’t plan this. I don’t have a ring. But I’ll take you shopping tomorrow. All I know is I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I want this,” I say, casting my gaze around the room, “for us. Forever.”
I’ve enjoyed reading The Sexy One, I give this story 4 stars.
“I want to talk to you about the other day.” He sounds so serious.
All of a sudden, the weight of my mistake crashes down. “Are you firing me?” I blurt out.
His jaw drops. “What?”
“I’m sorry,” I say, and the wild anxieties consume me once more. “I love this job, and I love working with Hayden, and I didn’t mean to jeopardize it by . . .”
By making out with you? By touching you? By murmuring your name when you kissed me senseless in the cab, and would you please just do it again?
He steps closer. My stomach makes like a skydiver.
“You did not jeopardize a thing. I’m not firing you. I promise.” His blue eyes are locked to mine. “I hope I didn’t make you uncomfortable. And I hope I didn’t lose you, either. You’re so good at what you do, and I value your skills so much. You’re great with Hayden, and I don’t want to mess that up. I’m sorry for crossing the line.”
I shake my head. “It’s okay. I crossed it, too.”
He licks his lips. “And I really appreciated you inviting me out with your friends. I wanted to go, but I didn’t want to mess up your night. I didn’t want to make you uncomfortable.”
A grin threatens to take over my face because my heart soars. I thought he was turning me down. Instead, he was thinking of me. “You wouldn’t have messed it up.”
“I wouldn’t have?”
“No.” I latch onto Harper’s advice. Talk to him. “I wanted you there.”
My breath comes fast, and the hairs on my arms stand on end. We’re so near to each other—our words, our voices, our bodies. Everything in me reaches for him.
“I’m glad,” he whispers.
“And you don’t make me uncomfortable. I promise.”
He doesn’t say anything in response. Just nods. I press my teeth into my lips. My back is against the sink, and he’s standing so close I can smell him. The faint scent of his soap intoxicates me. He must have gone to the gym after work and taken a shower, and oh God, now I’m imagining him naked in the shower, soaping up his strong body. I go up in flames.
“What happened in the cab was”—he pauses, as if he’s searching for the right word—“crazy.” But the way he says it in a voice full of longing doesn’t sound like crazy-bad. It sounds like . . .
“Crazy-good,” I supply.
He nods. “So good,” he whispers, and inches closer.
“It was so good,” I echo, my voice breathy, full of this potent need for him.
He stares at me, his eyes brimming with heat. I exhale, and my lips part slightly. He’s looking at my mouth now, and I’m burning all over.
His hands are in my hair, and his lips crush mine. My fingers race up his shirt and around his neck. I pull him against me, his strong, hard body aligned with mine. His erection presses against my belly, and the realization that he’s already hard thrills me. Sparks fly through me as I register how hard he is, and my God, I want him. I want to feel him slide into me, I want to take him deep into my body. I want him to know what he does to me, too—that I’m as turned on as he is, and I can’t stop kissing him.
His big hands curl around my head, and I moan into his mouth. I love how much bigger he is than I am—taller, broader, stronger. He meets every primal desire I have to be taken. I want this man to consume me. I want to be under him, I want to be pinned by him—I want the full weight of him moving over me.
His lips are demanding, coaxing out more and more kisses from me. More murmurs, more sighs. As I arch into him, he groans, rough and husky.
Then, he breaks the kiss.
“This is bad,” he says firmly, his breath coming heavily. But then, he’s not so certain at all. “Is this bad?”
“Yes,” I answer quickly. “It’s bad. But it’s so good.”