As part of the Love London series, Zoe returns home to London to find her sister Melody has been left jobless and homeless by music producer Matt. So she decides to take matters into her own hands and somehow ends up becoming nanny to his children.
I eventually liked this story but I had some problems with it in the beginning. I had a hard time with the fact that Matt chucks Melody out of the house without giving her a chance to explain. I also had a problem with Zoe’s motivations in going to Matt’s house to confront him. I personally felt it was impulsive and rash and not her place. When she is mistaken as an applicant for the nanny position and doesn’t set the record straight, that also bothered me. Zoe is coming out of a very bad relationship and I suspected she was using her pain and outrage at the cheating fiance to get revenge on Matt. When the plan of revenge was revealed, this book nearly became a wall-banger.
I also had a hard time seeing how these two flawed characters with major trust issues between them would ever manage to become intimate, much less build anything solid together. However, as I read and got to know Zoe and Matt better, I began to warm up to them. Zoe brings a breath of fresh air into Matt’s world, though he really isn’t prepared for it or wants it. She gets him to see that he has withdrawn into himself since his wife’s death and that his children are suffering for it. Through Zoe’s efforts, Matt’s relationship with his children changes drastically for the better and that was wonderful to see.
I admired that Zoe was committed to the welfare of the children and was really good with them but it bothered me how long she waited to tell Matt the truth. The finale also felt rushed and there is no closure between Melody and Matt.
Fans of chick-lit stories about forgiveness and second chances will enjoy this story. If deception, misunderstandings and miscommunication in the plot is frustrating to them, they may want to take a pass. (SB)