A Buff Male Nanny
Book 1 in the Loose Ends series
Author Rebekah Weatherspoon
Narrated by Lacy Laurel
Publisher: Tantor Media
Publication date Feb 19, 2019
Running time 6 hrs 16 min
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
All Dr. Sloan Copeland needed was someone to watch her kids. What she found was the man of her dreams . . .
After a nasty divorce and a thousand mile move, Dr. Sloan Copeland and her twin daughters are finally getting the hang of their new life in Los Angeles. When their live-in nanny bails with no warning, Sloan is left scrambling to find a competent caretaker to wrangle her smart, sensitive girls. Nothing less will do.
Enter Rafe Whitcomb. He’s all of those things, not to mention good-natured and one heck of a whiz in the kitchen. He’s also tall, and handsome, and bearded, and ripped, and tatted, wrist to neck.
It doesn’t take long for the Copelands to invite Rafe into their home. Just as quickly, both Sloan and Rafe find themselves succumbing to a heady mutual attraction, neither of them wants to deny. With every minute they spend under the same roof, this working mom can’t help but wonder if Rafe can handle all her needs . . . https://tantor.com/rafe-rebekah-weatherspoon.html
I’ve known author, Rebekah Weatherspoon for several years now, and enjoyed her early paranormal erotica, but, haven;t seen her for a couple of years now. Bit I did notice when the New York Times featured this novel last November in the article: “The Latest Romance Novels: Firefighters, Buff Male Nannies, Astronauts and More.” The author, Jaime Green, wrote: “If you want smoldering and fluffy — fluffy and delightfully filthy, too — then look no farther than Rebekah Weatherspoon’s RAFE… subtitled, with endearing directness, “A Buff Male Nanny.””
I agree, it is a great fantasy of hot erotic writing. A gorgeous and brilliant doctor is the perfect match for a very smart, more working class, superbly well-mannered, nanny who just happens to be a gorgeous guy in amazing (hence “buff”) condition. Did I mention how good he is with children, and that her kids are remarkably cute?
Westherspoon gives us instant attraction between the main characters as well as a great relationship between the children and Rafe. He’s a perfect male character: hot, thoughtful, romantic, and respectful. When you read it you may want to have or adopt some kids so you could find this guy and hire him.
I don’t want to focus on the interracial aspect of the story, because for the characters it’s not the biggest deal. Also, for Sloan and Rafe, the gender-role reversal is not a big deal. They’re both pretty evolved. But both issues are there for us to look at. We can examine our reactions to both. Reading or listening to a book is a safe place to look at how we react to both variables without ridicule or embarrassment.
For both characters the big deal is more that Sloan’s ex-husband is a major jerk. And, what could make Rafe even more perfect is that he doesn’t resort to violence when it is in the offing. Weatherspoon does s a good job with the one incident of conflict.
I loved how together, Sloan is. Having been a super smart kid, she is a cardiac surgeon and so has to measure her time and actions very carefully. As a Nanny, Rafe also cooks and does laundry. You’re going to want a Rafe of your own – at least he needs to be an action figure.
And, of course, the most important thing: Sloan and Rafe put the children first, always. And, it doesn’t detract from the story or the romance.
Although I would have enjoyed it if the book had been longer, the narrator was not my favorite aspect of the novel. I found a few mispronounced words (“village-ance” for “vigilance”) and occasionally the cadence for a sentence was off. Otherwise she handles accents well, but I didn’t like how she voiced Rafe.
All in all, I think the NYT got it right on the button! Enjoy this short, sweet and hot story!