The Nanny & Bear with Me Now

Posted April 11, 2023 by Carole in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Nanny & Bear with Me NowThe Nanny by Lana Ferguson
Narrator: Samantha Summers, Jameson Adams
Published by Penguin Random House Audio on April 11, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Length: 13 hours 15 minutes
Pages: 423
Format: Audiobook
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A woman discovers the father of the child she is nannying may be her biggest (Only)Fan in this steamy contemporary romance by Lana Ferguson.
Suddenly unemployed and on the brink of eviction, Cassie Evans is left with two choices: get a new job (and fast) or fire up her long-untouched OnlyFans account. But the job market is terrible, and as for OnlyFans. . . . Well, there are reasons she can’t go back. Just when all hope seems lost, an ad for a live-in nanny position seems like the solution to all her problems. It’s almost too perfect—until she meets her would-be employer.
Aiden Reid, executive chef and DILF extraordinaire, is far from the stuffy single dad Cassie was imagining. He shocks her when he tells her she’s the most qualified applicant he’s met in weeks, practically begging her to take the job. With hands that make her hindbrain howl and eyes that scream sex, the idea of living under the same roof as Aiden feels dangerous, but with no other option, she decides to stay with him and his adorably tenacious daughter, Sophie.
Cassie soon discovers that Aiden is not a stranger at all, but instead someone who is very familiar with her—or at least, her body. Given that he doesn’t remember her, Cassie is faced with what feels like an impossible situation. As their relationship heats to temperatures hotter than any kitchen Aiden has ever worked in, Cassie struggles with telling Aiden the truth, and the more terrifying possibility—losing the best chance at happiness she’s ever had.

This was fantastic! I thought that the premise was interesting and unique and the characters were incredibly well done. Cassie and Aiden were fantastic together and the chemistry between them was intense. Aiden’s daughter, Sophie, was great and I loved seeing the bond that she shared with Cassie. This was one of those books that was very hard to put down once I started listening.

When Cassie takes a job as Sophie’s nanny, she has no idea that she already knows her new employer, Aiden. About a year earlier, Cassie had a favorite subscriber to her OnlyFans account who just happens to be Sophie’s father. Cassie seems to fit into her role as nanny perfectly and even seems to be able to smooth things over with Sophie’s Aunt Iris. I really loved Cassie’s former neighbor and friend, Wanda, who doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind.

Samantha Summers and Jameson Adams did a great job with the narration. The female narrator handled the bulk of the narration since most of the story was from Cassie’s point of view. I thought that their voices complimented each other very well and I liked the various voices they used for both the male and female characters. I thought that the narration added to my enjoyment of the story.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I fell for these characters right away and wanted to see them figure out a way to make things work long-term. I hope to read more of this author’s work in the future.

I received a review copy of this book from Penguin Random House Audio.

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Nanny & Bear with Me NowBear with Me Now by Katie Shepard
Narrator: Savannah Peachwood
Published by Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Random House Audio on April 25, 2023
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Length: 10 hours 28 minutes
Pages: 368
Format: ARC, Audiobook
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Love makes life a little wilder in this romantic comedy by debut author Katie Shepard.
After a panic attack puts him in the hospital, charity executive Teagan Van Zijl is dragged by his sister to a wilderness therapy retreat in Montana. Lost in the woods while absconding from midafternoon meditation, Teagan is nearly eaten by a bear before his rescue by a furious angel in muddy hiking boots: the program’s handywoman, Darcy Albano, who was mostly worried for the bear. 
Darcy thought she was going to work as a trail guide when she was hired onto the camp staff but ended up cleaning and hauling instead—merely the latest screwing-over she’s endured since her ex stole her car and her parents ruined her credit score. Teagan becomes the silver lining she didn’t expect, a man clearly going through something yet willing to commit to Darcy’s unique brand of wilderness education as the cure for what ails him.
After weeks in the mountains with Darcy, Teagan doesn’t want to return to New York without her. He hires Darcy as his sober companion—a position he doesn’t actually need filled and for which Darcy is completely unqualified—hoping she can help him figure out a way to move forward. But once they get to the city, all Teagan can think of is how to confess the truth without losing her. Together, they begin to imagine what their lives might look like if they could depend on each other for help—even in outrunning a bear.

I had a great time with this book! After finding himself in the hospital for panic attacks, Teagan is talked into going to a wilderness rehab by his sister, Sloane, who also is attending. Teagan has no desire to attend of the activities so he spends his day working alongside Darcy. Darcy and Teagan soon form a bond and I thought that there were good for each other.

I really liked Darcy and Teagan. They had fantastic chemistry together and really seemed to be meant for each other if they could each figure out their individual issues. The story did have a bit of a different feel during the second half of the book but I found it equally enjoyable. I did wish that they would have been more honest and listened to each other a little better but they did eventually learn and I enjoyed seeing the growth of their characters.

I listened to the audiobook and thought that Savannah Peachwood did a fantastic job with the audio. I found the narrator’s voice to be very pleasant and I loved the fact that she was able to bring this cast of characters to life. I thought that she did a great job with both the male and female characters’ voices. I do believe that the narrator’s performance added to my enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was a fun story filled with great characters that I wanted to see find a way to a forever together. I do hope to read more of this author’s work in the future.

I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group and Penguin Random House Audio.

12 responses to “The Nanny & Bear with Me Now

  1. I reviewed these both together too. Great minds! I liked the Nanny a bit more than Bear. The story lagged a bit for me when they returned to NY. I liked the fun of when they were at the retreat.

  2. Both of these look really good though Bear With Me Now really appeals to me. It sounds a bit like a Hallmark movie premise but much better.