Temporary Nanny for the Tycoon by @marietuhart is a Fall Into These Great Reads pick #romance
Title: Temporary Nanny for the Tycoon
Author: Marie Tuhart
Genre: Steamy contemporary romance
Blake Ellington doesn’t need the complication of taking care of his niece in the middle of delicate business negations, but what choice does he have. His mother is in the hospital and his sister out of the country. He has no idea of how to handle a baby, let alone one that won’t stop crying.
When Practically Perfect Nannies sends over Abby Thomas, Blake is thrilled, though the spark between them is disturbing. He doesn’t have time for this attraction. It’s only for a week. He can avoid the temptation, can’t he?
With an outrageous amount offered for the nanny job, Abby will have enough to support herself as she goes after her dream of being a full-time pastry chef. She can’t refuse.
She didn’t expect to find her client so irresistible, but he is a client and she has a rule about not getting involved. Besides, she doesn’t need a man in her life. Her job is to take care of the baby and that’s what she plans to do. Until Blake kisses her.
Blake rolled over and picked up his cell phone. Three-thirty on Monday afternoon. At least he’d finally gotten some sleep after being up all night with baby Katie. He noticed he had a text on his phone from Patrick. He’d called the doctor, thinking maybe his mother was being released. After a fifteen minute conversation with Patrick who’d taken over his mother’s case and found out it would be a week or more before his mom came back home. She hadn’t broken her foot, but Patrick wanted her to rest and take it easy, so they were transferring her to a specialty care unit that took care of issues like this. Patrick reassured him that his mother was doing just fine and would recover nicely.
Climbing out of bed, he stopped and listened. Silence. He wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or not. Striding nude to the bathroom, he turned on the shower and stepped in.
Once he was done, he dressed in the suit he needed for his meeting. Since he was meeting with the Hong Kong group it would be eight on Tuesday morning for them, for him five in the evening Monday night. It might be online, but he had a reputation to uphold. He opened his bedroom door. His apartment was silent. He stepped out and stared.
Katie was in some sort of pen, smiling and happy. The nanny was sitting on his light brown sofa folding clothes. All the tables in the living room had their corners covered with something and there was a high chair next to the dining room table.
“Feeling better, Mr. Ellington?” the nanny asked as she continued to fold clothes.
“Yes.” He moved to Katie. “How are you, Miss Katie?”
The baby cooed at him instead of crying. Blake released a breath then turned to the woman sitting on the sofa.
He’d barely glanced at her when she arrived. Now he studied her. Her blonde hair was pulled back into a ponytail, and the light blue t-shirt with the words Practically Perfect Nannies sprawled across was tucked into a pair of tan pants. He hadn’t expected such a stunning woman as a nanny.
“You’re a miracle worker.” The words slipped from his mouth. This woman had worked some sort of magic in the five and a half hours he’d slept.
“Not really.” She glanced up at him. “You were not prepared for Katie, were you?”
The nanny frowned at his words.
“I’m sorry, I don’t remember your name.” He was lucky he remembered his. Katie’s constant crying had scrambled his brains.
He nodded. “Ms. Thomas.”
“Abby, please.” Katie squealed and bounced in her play pen.
“You’ve been busy.” Blake sat down on the sofa, taking in the pile of clothes.
Abby ducked her head. “Poor Katie needed everything, and you did say to get whatever I needed.” There was a little bit of laughter in her voice.
“That I did.” He didn’t care how much she’d spent. It was a drop in the bucket, and Katie was happy now. He kept his gaze on Abby. Her laughter skirted over his skin. When had someone’s laugher been attractive to him? He shook his head. Technically she was an employee. He’d have to think on that; there were loopholes everywhere.
“The crib, play pen, and high chair are all from a rental company. I did have to buy her clothes, diapers, toys, and I took the liberty of ordering food, not only for Katie but for us as well.”
“I had no idea she’d go through all her clothes.” Blake shook his head. Sunday afternoon and night had been a crash course in diapers and clothing. At eleven, he’d called the concierge and asked them to run out and get diapers. When they asked him the size, he had no idea. Luckily, when he told them how old Katie was, they knew what to get.
“I’m wondering what you fed her yesterday?”
Blake frowned. “Some of her baby food, a bottle.” He paused, thinking back. “While I was trying to eat, she kept reaching from my food, so I gave her some broccoli.”
“Did I do something wrong? Katie seemed super hungry.”
“You said you gave her some baby food and a bottle. I’m guessing she’s between eight to ten months old.”
“Ten months.” At least he knew that.
“At ten months they need more than a little bit of food and a bottle. They eat three main meals, a couple of snacks, and three to four bottles.”
“I had no clue.” He resisted the urge to run his fingers through his hair.
“That’s why you called Practically Perfect Nannies.”
Thank goodness his mother had put the business card in the diaper bag. He’d found it late last night, but couldn’t call until eight this morning. When he was told there was no one available, he’d bargained the only way he knew how—with money.
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I was asked to join with several authors in a shared world. One of them came up with the idea of writing a story with a nanny. I was excited to write something new and different for me.
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