Published: 7th January 2020
Author: Piper Rayne
When a famous music producer moves to Lake Starlight it can’t just be a coincidence. It’s the universe helping to move things along in the right direction so that Griffin Thorne can discover me.
I have to confess—I’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Confession #1: I may have overhead that he was in search of a nanny. What can I say? My brother has a big mouth.
Confession #2: It’s possible I helped along the assumption that I had nanny experience. Hey, babysitting my nieces and nephew counts, right?
Confession #3: There’s a good chance I oversold my qualifications. But my Grandma Dori backed me up, so it’s not completely my fault.
And it worked. He hired me. Only for me to find out that he left the business.
I guess it’s on to Plan B.
When he accidentally overhears me singing, I expect nothing from him. Then he asks to work with me on a song for our town’s Founder’s Day Parade and it feels like a dream come true. Until…
Confession #4: I’ve fallen for him.
Interesting getting inside Phoenix’s head to see what makes her tick. She wants to make it as a singer but doesn’t want to admit to her family that she couldn’t make it in LA on her own and that’s why she came home. Comes across as immature to begin with in her plan of action of getting close to Griffin. He might be new to Lake Starlight but not new to the music business and in need of a nanny. Can you guess how she wants him to notice her? Though to be fair Dori did play a hand in selling the idea that she was a nanny and not just watching her nieces and nephew.
Bad news for Phoenix is that Griffin is out of the music business. He just wants a fresh start for him and his son Mav in Lake Starlight. A place where hopefully he can start acting like a little boy again and not so focused on his phone. Though should an 8 year old really have one? I guess it’s more to do with how he has been brought up by that point. New place, new people, new school, and now a new nanny, will they all cope? Her duties will mostly entail dropping Mav to and from school, cooking and a bit of cleaning. Did I mention it was a live in position? Seems both might soon be having a problem with that fact, how long before they stop fighting what they are both clearly feeling?
Family duty for Phoenix is always on her mind, as with all the Baileys, with the Founders day coming up and having to sing. It’s when Griffin hears her voice that things change. Mad for a moment in thinking she’s using him but agrees to help after her quick sort of reason. It’s when he starts helping with her voice that the walls come down and we see more of the real Phoenix and not what she shows everyone. She evolves throughout the story the longer she is in the carer mode. Has a connection with Mav, as well as his dad, growing more each day, wanting to look out for them. Did like the hike where cards were put on the table – think he liked being a bad cliché by having the hots for the nanny.
Starting something that is doomed to end when secrets are revealed, or if/when Phoenix wants to try and make it again in LA. Her confidence got knocked more than her family realised and putting herself out there again is scary. Not as much with Griffin in her corner. But will he stay there?
Love all the other Baileys making appearances throughout. When it rains it pours comes to mind when three of them have interesting announcements to make at the end. Dori is her classic self. Loved when she was trying to get a certain persons head on straight and started going off on tangents to help but realising some of those will be for other people later down the road. She really does have it all sorted out with how to pair up all her grandchildren. Might have a tricky job with the next one though. Juno my girl what have you done. I really need to know what’s going on in your head. You’ve had the perfect guy waiting for so long and have both always pushed the whole ‘we’re just friends’ thing forever and a day. Just when you get your head out of the sand you might see that your window has closed shut.
4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from Wildfire Marketing Solutions for my honest review.