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Ian Grant isn’t a man who accepts help easily. After promising his young son that he could participate in the strawberry festival, and then missing the admittance deadline, Ian’s in a bind and forced to ask the mayor for a favor. The mayor agrees, on one condition: his niece has run into hard times and needs a safe place to stay: Ian’s place to stay. She’s great with kids and Ian needs someone to look after his rambunctious son Andy while he ranches. Ian agrees, expecting some college-aged girl who’d flunked Algebra. Instead, he finds a full-grown woman—a beautiful and sassy one to boot.
Katie Rylie has always dreamed of helping others by teaching them to cook. Her online persona was thriving—until a scandal with her forthcoming cookbook rocked her career. Not only did she have to pay back the entire advance, but her once-loyal fan base has turned against her. Defeated and with nowhere to go, Katie feels it’s better to hide out in the country until she can get her life back together. The offer of a free home, an open range, and a wily six-year-old to focus on sounds like just the escape she needs.
When Andy’s diet restrictions force Katie to become creative in the kitchen, she finds herself drawn back into the food world, just as she’s falling in love with Ian and Andy. But Ian, who likes having control of everything, doesn’t know how to ask Katie to become a permanent part of their lives.
If their love is ever going to work, Ian and Katie will need to learn that having it all doesn’t mean giving anything up.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating by chapter.
I like Leslie North’s books when I’m in the mood for a quick read that still feels like a complete story. I selected Cowboy’s Surprise Nanny because I’m on a nanny trope kick lately and this was a fun way to spend a couple of hours. There’s just enough background and a little revealed during the story that we get to know grumpy Ian, a widower, and cheery but hiding Katie. Add in the adorable six-year-old Andy and it’s like instant family. Except not without a few bumps in the road. While technically set on a ranch, if that’s your main jam know that it makes up very little of the story. Much centers on Katie’s career as an internet infamous cooking star and her helping the Grant guys reconnect as father & son. There’s only one sex scene so perfect for when you want more story than steam.
This is the first in the series and while we do get a quick intro to Ian’s brother Nate – I do wish there had been a bit more to entice me to read the next book, The Cowboy’s Contract Marriage.
About the author:
Leslie North is the USA Today Bestselling pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.
The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.
Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.
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My Favorite Quotes
All of her life, she had been looking for a place that felt like a real home, and now she knew she had found it. – The Cowboy’s Surprise Nanny @leslienorthbook #GrantBrothers #SingleDad #Romance #KindleUnlimitedTweet
She made his kid happy, and that was a hard thing to ignore. – The Cowboy’s Surprise Nanny @leslienorthbook #GrantBrothers #SingleDad #Romance #KindleUnlimitedTweet