The Nanny Trap
by Cat Schield
(Harl. Desire #2253, $5.25, PG) ISBN 978-0373-73266-1
There are just so many things that make this story unacceptable and those things outweigh the good writing style of the author.

Here is my list:

1. We have a surrogate mother who fell for the father even though she hid it well.

2. Said surrogate mother (Bella McAndrews) is actually the birth mother, since the “mother” decided at the last minute she didn’t want to be a mother and lied about it. Said surrogate agreed to lie to the father.

3. The father, billionaire Blake Ford, wants a child because he was on only child abandoned by his mother and basically ignored by his father.

4. Blake’s wife, Victoria is a self-centered witch who after lying, decided the Bella was a threat. She then manipulated her to agree to have no contact with the child after the birth, despite the initial agreement that she remain in contact.

5. Victoria then proceeds to leave Blake and the baby, Drew, to pursue her career as an actress. Their divorce occurred after she was caught with another man.

6. Bella is a mix between a naďve innocent from Iowa, a worldly New Yorker, a woman who knows her own mind and a woman who sacrifices time after time to save her family and anyone she deems who needs it.

7. Blake uses that mixture to manipulate her to be his nanny for the summer with the intention of convincing her to become his wife and Drew’s official mother.

I could go on and on but I think you see the pattern of manipulation, lies and yet under it all attraction that will lead to love. It was hard to believe there was love when there was so much scheming going on.

Cat Scheid knows how to write a love scene and she understands how to portray wanting and need. The downfall for this reader was the characters themselves. The Nanny Trap is one I would avoid.

--Shirley Lyons

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