Shotgun Nanny by Nancy Warren was my favorite of the two stories. It’s set in Vancouver, British Colombia (how refreshing!) and involves a former RCMP (Mountie) and the woman he hires to take care of his orphaned niece. This story has a lot of well-written humor in it, making it a very fun read.
Annie Parker is a professional clown (where the “shotgun” part of Shotgun Nanny came from, I don’t know). Just a couple more gigs, and she’s off on a long-anticipated trip to Asia. But when she shows up at Mark Saunders’ house to entertain for his 8 year-old niece’s birthday party, she finds herself so attracted to him, and by his subsequent offer of employment, that she puts her travel plans on hold. For fear-of-commitment Annie, this move could prove fatal for her plans.
Mark Saunders is a hunky former Mountie who now owns his own security firm. His home is more difficult to get into than Fort Knox, a fact that disturbs Annie. But Mark is terrified of any harm coming to his niece, Emily, who was orphaned a year earlier. Mark takes his parenting duties very seriously, too seriously as far as carefree Annie is concerned.
Mark and Annie are attracted to each other immediately, and act on their attraction as soon as they get the chance. Sad and shy Emily is drawn out of her shell by the vivacious Annie and when they all begin acting like a family, Annie gets scared. This isn’t what she wants, but oh, Mark is so hot, and Emily is so sweet.
There are some very funny lines and situations in this story and I enjoyed it a lot. A German Shepherd named Kitsu, who washed-out of police dog school, adds a funny element to the story as well. Annie and Mark are a solid couple and it’s easy to see why they’d fall in love.