Series: Ravenwood #2
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What happens when a bad boy becomes a man?
Nate Davis didn’t plan on returning to his hateful hometown. But then, he didn’t plan on being widowed in his twenties, or on his mother getting sick, either. Turns out, life doesn’t give a f$*k about plans.
Hannah Kabbah thought her career in childcare was over. After all, no-one wants a woman with a criminal damage conviction watching their kids. But when her high school crush returns to Ravenswood with two kids in tow, she gets the second chance she never dreamed of.
She also gets to know Nate – the real Nate. The one whose stony exterior hides aching vulnerability. Who makes her smile when she wants to fall apart. Who is way, way more than the bad boy persona he earned so long ago, and way too noble to ever sleep with the nanny.
So it’s a good thing she’s completely over that teenage crush, right?
Please note: this book contains discussion and depiction of depression and anxiety that may trigger certain audiences.
FTC : I was given a review link for this but I missed the DL deadline (ooops) so I bought this copy because I wanted to read it.
Book Tags : #slow-burn #Forced-proximity #Nanny-widower-romance #kids-in-plot #own-voices #mental-health #bereavement #smexy #pierced-tattooed-hero #Bi-sexual-heroine
Content Warnings : death of a spouse (prior to story), Cancer, anxiety, depression
Heat Level – 4/5
Author-Style – Talia Hibbert writes diverse, inclusive stories with dialogue heavy stories. I enjoy her work immensely and struggle to put them start.
Quick Scores –
Before I get to this part of the review, I just want to make a note about this book. I knew I would enjoy it but what I didn’t know is how personal this story would be for me. Without spoiling a plot point, there is a particular disease explored (which I never expected to see in ANY book) and the difficulties that suffers face in getting accurate care. It took me aback reading it because I had never heard of this illness before my husband was diagnosed with it 5 years ago. At the time we’d been told it was everything but for nearly 4 months. I think this book will hold a bit of a special place for me, and I don’t know that I can be unbiased about it, but I will say that I keep reading this authors work so you can trust that I like her author voice.
Heroine – 5/5. Hannah is an amazing, complex character that is never defined by one of her roles within the story. We see her as a woman falling in love and we meet a warm, funny, insecure woman who struggles to see herself as a sexual being. We see her as the nanny and meet a protective, maternal woman who sets bins on fire to discuss the structure of the sun. We also see her as a woman who struggles with depression and has open and honest conversations about that impacts her. She is fabulous.
Hero – 5/5. Nate is a widower who puts everyone else before himself. He buried his grief for the sake of his children and then he uproots his entire life to look after his sick-mother. He is the epitome of a good guy. This is compounded by his willingness to fight his own emotions because he genuinely struggles with taking advantage of is position as Hannah’s employer by pursuing her. I adored him and his sexy dimple.
Plot – 4.5/5. Talia Hibbert’s plots are mainly around emotional conflict and this one is no different. It’s angsty, thought-provoking and absolutely lovely.
Cover – 5/5. Sooo pretty.
Re-Read? – Yes.
Favourite Part – Honestly, I loved the book but I enjoyed the text-message interaction at the start of the chapters.
What didn’t work for me? – There is nothing that didn’t work for me.