Nanny for the Millionaire's Twins
I thought I knew what to expect. The laughing couple playing with twin babies on the cover sent a clear message to me; this is a sappy, sweet, light-hearted romance. Boy, was I wrong. This is a serious story about a couple in an incredibly difficult situation. Sure, there are babies, but there’s pain and real emotion. It touched me.
Sometimes we become so obsessed with our own problems that we fail to see how lucky we are until we encounter someone with serious problems. The author plays on this theme by introducing a hero who has held onto both old and new bitterness until he’s unable to trust anyone. It’s only when he learns about the depth of the heroine’s problems that he begins to change.
Chance Montgomery has moved back to his mother’s estate with his six-month old twins. Chance left home years earlier after discovering the secrets his family was hiding. But when the woman he thought was the love of his life left him and then returned months later to abandon his children at his door, Chance decides to move home. Chance is still bitter and feels he can’t trust anyone. Chance doesn’t want the nanny his mother hired for him, but is clueless about his children. And truth be told, Tory Bingham doesn’t want to work for him either.
Tory and her fiancé Jason were in a horrific motorcycle accident five years earlier. Tory nearly lost her leg, can only now walk while Jason remains in a coma. When not in rehabilitation or surgery, Tory has spent the last five years at Jason’s side. Tory’s parents pushed her to take the job as nanny, encouraging her to get on with her life.
This isn’t an easy, straightforward romance. Tory and Chance are in an incredibly difficult situation. While Tory lives in Chance’s home, and they’re thrown together constantly, the specter of Jason is ever-present. The pain and awkwardness they feel is as real as their gradual, mutual attraction.
I’ll have to admit that I didn’t care much for Chance in the beginning; he’s so focused on past hurts that he can’t recognize how much his family truly cares about him, how much they’re willing to do for him. But it’s these initial feelings that make his growth over the course of a short book all the more remarkable. In contrast, I liked Tory from the beginning and felt the pain she goes through trying to resolve her feelings about Jason and Chance.
Readers who hate children in romances will want to avoid this. The twins are featured prominently, providing a safe means for Tory and Chance to interact and get to know each other.
I gave a B- to the author’s Maid for the Millionaire, finding too much time spent inside the hero and heroine’s heads. There’s still a lot of time spent in Tory and Chance’s heads, but it seems to fit with the story and doesn’t bother me.
This was an unexpected read. It captured my emotions so much so that I bawled reading the last 20 or so pages. I will definitely watch for future books by the author.