Their story would make one heck of a country song.
THE NANNY ARRANGEMENT
Country Blues #2
Releasing May 22, 2017
In The Nanny Arrangement (Country Blues #2) by Rachel Harris, Hannah Fisher is a woman on a mission; a mission she's even named 'Operation Find My Happy'. Luckily, she has a few things in her favor that will help her to win her best friend's heart such as the forced proximity of the band's tour bus. Will Hannah be able to make Deacon realize she's the right woman for him, or will their chance at happy ever after be smashed by a moment of altruism?
Ms. Harris has delivered a wonderfully-crafted, sweet and extremely engaging read in this second book of her Country Blues series where the characters were well-developed, the dialogue was entertaining, and the ending had me crying happy tears. Because Ms. Harris definitely gave me -- as a reader -- the feeling that Deacon and Hannah are a meant to be couple, no matter how badly they mess up on their journey to happy ever after. The way this story started was an absolute delight, as it gave me great insight into Hannah and Deacon's friendship from the moment they met years ago. Even back then, there was something about Deacon that turned the usually shy Hannah into someone that would do anything to make a friend, no matter how terrified speaking to the hero may be for her.
As for the dialogue, the main and secondary characters bring life to this story with their close friendships, their teasing banter and their willingness to help each other, especially the other women Hannah befriends that are touring with the band. They see how good Hannah and Deacon are together as friends and realize they can be so much more, and I liked how they helped the heroine with her mission to win Deacon's heart. Certainly, they aren't afraid to push Deacon to make him realize that there's no one better for him than Hannah, which is proven when they go out for a girl's night. Furthermore, the heroine is resilient, a tad sassy, knows what she wants and I liked how far she's come since the shy girl she was when she first met Deacon. I also liked the bond the heroine shares with Deacon's son, as it illustrates how loyal Hannah is and how she would do anything for the little boy.
While the hero, I absolutely loved him. I could understand why he was hesitant to get involved with Hannah, because he has serious abandonment issues due to his ex and others that have deserted him. Yet, Hannah has always been there for him, and I liked how he realized that she was different. That she would never do anything to hurt those she cared about. I also liked how selfless Deacon was and that he was willing to do anything for Hannah, even if it meant sacrificing his own happiness. Yet, what I liked most about the hero was the bond he shared with Max, his son. It was adorably sweet, just like Max.
Overall, this was a superb read that entertained me from start to finish, where the romance was on the sweet side, but the chemistry was fervent and present in spades. The way this story ended had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after. What Deacon did to win Hannah back was completely gratifying, and certainly shows how much he loves her. Luckily, Hannah wasn't about to give up on Deacon either, despite what he did to break them apart. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, because it's palpable nothing and no-one will ever separate Hannah and Deacon again. I would recommend The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope, or books by authors Victoria James, Jody Holford, Amanda Ashby or Sonya Weiss.
Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.
Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…
With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.
An admitted bookaholic and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!
Tasty Q&A with Rachel Harris
- Describe yourself in five words or less.
Silly, hopeful, romantic, and loyal.
- What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m a homeschool mom (my main job and passion in life), so you can usually find me with a book in hand and cuddled with my children. Or in my SUV driving the streets of Houston to one of their extracurriculars and hoping like heck Google Maps knows where it’s going ;) Family time is very important to me and our days are hectic and full. If I’m not doing any of the above, I’ll be in drinking wine with my husband or in the bathtub reading a good romance (a yummy candle is a must!).
- A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less.
Love hides in the most surprising places: right under your nose, and sometimes, in the nanny's tour bus bunk #FallingForYourBestFriend #Oops
- What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
I’ve recently discovered that I LOVE writing scenes where the heroine is slightly tipsy lol. It’s so much fun to see how my characters act, what they think, and definitely the things they say, where their guards are down and their confidence is high. Hilarious settings and situations are a definite plus!
- How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?
In some ways, I’ve always been a writer, but I never finished a story or ever considered it a potential career until about seven years ago. My husband bought me the Twilight books and I fell back in love with reading—and I read so much and talked my husband’s ear off so much that he suggested I try writing a book, too. It was summer break for our home school and my girls were very young, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I threw myself into research, studied my favorite books and read every blog post on writing from my favorite authors, and by August of 2010, I started what would later become The Fine Art of Pretending, one of my YA contemporary romances. I finished that by Thanksgiving, started My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by January, and that book released the following year. In 2012, my fabulous editor at Entangled suggested I try writing an adult romance for a new imprint that she was launching, and I’ve been having a blast writing both ever since.
- Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Every book I write has some borrowed real life experience, and every character I create has a piece of me. Hannah’s love of silly made-up songs is totally me (I even put in one of my children’s favorites about muffins in the book, ha!), and I used my own memories with my kids for all things nanny. But the biggest experience that I borrowed for the book is probably a particularly epic moment that happens after Deacon and Hannah’s first kiss! I won’t spoil anything by giving it away, but let’s just say what happens after that is a hodge-podge of TWO epic/embarrassing moments that happened in my own life. Hey, what good is it being an author if you can’t write-in your most mortifying moments to share with the world, right?? LOL