Review & Author Interview: The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris

Their story would make one heck of a country song. 

Country Blues #2
Rachel Harris
Releasing May 22, 2017
Entangled Bliss
and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life
finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new
mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour
bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.
Former bad
boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a
new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny.
Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the
daylights out of his childhood BFF…

With one friend set on
pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for
certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.

Hannah and Deacon have been friends since they were teenagers. He was lonely and from a broken home, and she had a stutter and less than fashionable clothes, making her the target to a lot of bullies. Deacon protected her, and she centered him eventually creating an unbreakable bond.

Hannah knows Deacon loves her, but she wants him to love her the way she loves him. She’s afraid to confess her feelings to anyone, and the one time she had, her so-called friend made the moves on him and Deacon ended up a single father. Trust doesn’t come easily to Hannah, but that doesn’t apply to Deacon. When he joins the famous Blue band and they’re in need of a nanny to go on tour with them, it’s the perfect job for the child-loving Hannah. She’s been in Max’s (Deacon’s son) life since they day he was born, and of course she’d love to travel with Deacon. It would give her the chance to get him to see her as more than just a friend.

Deacon really does love Hannah. He can’t imagine a world without her in it. He wants her in his life; but because he struggles with forgiving himself for past mistakes, he doesn’t realize just how much he wants her. When he’s feelings become too strong to hide, they embark on a romantic relationship. This is a beautiful story of friends-to-lovers with a unique premise, a well-developed plot, and charming characters. I want to join the women for girl’s night out; and I’d love to be able to sit back and listen to the guys interact with each other. Max and Lizzie are irresistibly cute, and the love and connection between Deacon and Hannah tugged at my heart. I adore these two. I want more!

Rating system: Cups of Coffee (the less the better)

0: You won’t need any coffee to stay up for this one. It’s intriguing enough all on its own.
1: You’ll stay up late, but not all night. Brew one cup.
2: You’ll read as long as you’re not tired. If you are, two cups should do the trick.
3: I hope you got plenty of rest; you’ll need it, or at least 3 cups.
4: If the cable goes out, read the book. It’s better than nothing, I guess. Oh, don’t forget your brew!
5: Find anything else to do- it doesn’t matter what it is. Don’t waste your coffee. Too much caffeine is bad for you.

My rating: 0 cups of coffee

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing. 

An admitted bookaholic and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

Tasty Q&A with Rachel Harris

1. Describe yourself in five words or less.

Silly, hopeful, romantic, and loyal.

2. What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m a homeschool mom (my main job and passion in life), so you can usually find me with a book in hand and cuddled with my children. Or in my SUV driving the streets of Houston to one of their extracurriculars and hoping like heck Google Maps knows where it’s going 😉 Family time is very important to me and our days are hectic and full. If I’m not doing any of the above, I’ll be in drinking wine with my husband or in the bathtub reading a good romance (a yummy candle is a must!).

3. A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less.

Love hides in the most surprising places: right under your nose, and sometimes, in the nanny’s tour bus bunk #FallingForYourBestFriend #Oops

4. What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

I’ve recently discovered that I LOVE writing scenes where the heroine is slightly tipsy lol. It’s so much fun to see how my characters act, what they think, and definitely the things they say, where their guards are down and their confidence is high. Hilarious settings and situations are a definite plus!

5. How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

In some ways, I’ve always been a writer, but I never finished a story or ever considered it a potential career until about seven years ago. My husband bought me the Twilight books and I fell back in love with reading—and I read so much and talked my husband’s ear off so much that he suggested I try writing a book, too. It was summer break for our home school and my girls were very young, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I threw myself into research, studied my favorite books and read every blog post on writing from my favorite authors, and by August of 2010, I started what would later become The Fine Art of Pretending, one of my YA contemporary romances. I finished that by Thanksgiving, started My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by January, and that book released the following year. In 2012, my fabulous editor at Entangled suggested I try writing an adult romance for a new imprint that she was launching, and I’ve been having a blast writing both ever since.

6. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Every book I write has some borrowed real life experience, and every character I create has a piece of me. Hannah’s love of silly made-up songs is totally me (I even put in one of my children’s favorites about muffins in the book, ha!), and I used my own memories with my kids for all things nanny. But the biggest experience that I borrowed for the book is probably a particularly epic moment that happens after Deacon and Hannah’s first kiss! I won’t spoil anything by giving it away, but let’s just say what happens after that is a hodge-podge of TWO epic/embarrassing moments that happened in my own life. Hey, what good is it being an author if you can’t write-in your most mortifying moments to share with the world, right?? LOL

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