A Hollywood heartthrob finds his life thrust into chaos when he meets the child he never knew he had and a nanny who hates being in the spotlight.
A-list actor Brad Sinclair never knew he had a daughter. But when 5-year-old Nicole is left in his care following her mother’s death, Brad must adapt to fatherhood more quickly than he’d like. That means balancing a complicated and demanding work schedule while attempting to give up his partying playboy ways. In a desperate search for a nanny, Brad discovers the one woman who can ease his daughter’s sensitive nature, but he’ll have to work hard at convincing Cara DuMont to be on the payroll. She doesn’t do celebrity dads, especially not ones who often make the front pages of gossip magazines. Given Brad’s fame, he has a large circle of acquaintances, both personal and professional, who are hard to keep straight: assistants, PR guys, old friends. However, it’s the slow and tense romance between Cara and Brad that truly takes center stage here. As Cara helps Brad adjust to being a single dad, her attachment to the actor and his little “bombshell” grows, putting Cara in jeopardy of violating her foremost rule to never become tabloid fodder. To prevent Cara and Brad’s tentative relationship from veering into melodramatic territory, Reiss (Separation Games, 2017, etc.) weaves a touch of humor through the romance via a mischievous preschooler who has a penchant for ponies, light-up shoes, and speaking her mind. The story’s pace intensifies as Brad and Cara spend more time together and every interaction increases the stakes of their relationship, though an unnecessary epilogue pushes the boundaries of realism.
A heartfelt contemporary romance that shows family is what you make of it.