My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Re-vamped, re-written and with scenes not in the original!
A year after his husband is killed in a hit and run, the only thing keeping Parker Adams going is his work and their son, Nate. When his regular sitter moves away, he hires a live in nanny to give Nate more stability. Due to a mix up with the envelopes, it isn’t the young woman he was expecting. Opening the door and finding six feet six of Jake Walsh on the stoop fills Parker with panic. Not that Jake wasn’t perfect for the job; he was. A little too perfect. Which is why Parker had purposely decided to give the job to the other candidate. During his interview, Jake Walsh had awoken feelings in Parker that he had thought were gone forever. How was he going to cope with the man under his roof twenty-four-seven?
Jake Walsh is a force of nature. Having worked at a day care until the tiny business folded, he’s looking for something more secure, but doesn’t expect to find it with his first interview. If he’s honest, he didn’t think he’d get it. Although he’d hit it off with Nate, Parker Adams was a whole different story. After the feeling they’d made an initial connection, Parker’s demeanor had changed and Jake had been left with the impression he didn’t have a chance-until the letter offering him the position dropped onto his doormat. Moving in with Parker and Nate seems like the perfect job, until he realises he’s not only fallen in love with Nate, but Parker, too, and that it’s nigh on impossible to compete with a ghost?
So what did I think?
I found this to be a really beautiful story that deals with grief in a really sensitive way.
Parker had lost his husband, Nate’s father, in really tragic circumstances and was struggling to come to terms with his loss. Even a year after the event he still felt the loss terribly. He works long hours and Nate has to visits a babysitter more than is ideal and the pressure is taking it’s toll on his relationship with Nate. Nate just wants his ‘pop’ back.
When the sitter advises she is moving from town, Parker is forced to look at alternative childcare and interviews for a live-in nanny. Due to his attraction to Jake, Jake wouldn’t have been his first choice but thanks to Nate’s interference, Jake joins the household.
Jake and Nate naturally bond but Parker struggles with his feelings, spending more and more time at the office to hide from how he really feels.
I have not lost anyone in such circumstances, so cannot even pretend to understand how hard it would be to come to terms with the loss of a lover but this story had a true sense of realism. The new relationship progressed at the appropriate pace and Parker’s pain and struggle was obvious. It was wonderful how his friends and loved ones wanted him to move on and find happiness but it was equally as wonderful that Jake understood that Darren was an important part of Parker and always would have a special place in the family.
This was a truly lovely story. It wasn’t overly long but full of emotion with a real sense of hope for second chances.
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