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- ASIN : B00O2HBEA2
- Language : English
- File size : 2467 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 356 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 462,908 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This story is about Reese the nanny (I hate the word manny too), Audrey is a single mom with a career as a corporate executive and Mia the little gem that brings them together.
One of the things I look forward to reading in Ainslie's books is the input of the supporting characters (familiy and friends), they are great and make the story so real, they have a way of making it all seem true to life.
Even knowing that I am a fan of her work, there was something about Unsuitable that I thought wouldn't grab me. Possibly the premise, of a gender-switch type book, mixing an older career woman with her younger (male) nanny.
Anyway, I read Unsuitable during the week, and if I hadn't had to eat or sleep, I would have finished it faster.
It has all of Ainslie's trademark passion, tension, emotional drag and push, highs and lows. She is a great example of pushing the limits in story-telling. For example, someone gets sick in a book and it's often flu, or a cold... in an Ainslie Paton book, it's bacterial meningitis...
I've seen some reviews that are critical of the latter part of the book with 'misunderstandings' and also reviewers who felt the trouble in Reece's past that causes conflict for Audrey was unbelievable... so I was looking out for this, but I didn't get this feeling. For me, Audrey's troubles with Reece were absolutely credible/understandable.
So once again, I end up with an Ainslie Paton read which twists me in knots, and leaves me with happy tears at the end. And Reece as a hero is just beautiful. I loved him.
Even though I’m a bit of a romance buff I haven’t failed to notice that most of this genre follows the same kind of conventions, although I do believe that Ainslie has broken the mould. Instead of giving us the traditional Hero and Heroine, Ainslie has decided to reverse their roles by giving us a high-flying female executive, who is a single mother by choice, and an all-out gorgeously buff male (think Channing Tatum) who really is a big softie at heart and just wants to work with kids.
There is no fluff in this novel. It is pure real-life and, although the romance is central, Ainslie skilfully weaves in themes of gender equality, older woman/younger man relationships, single motherhood, family dynamics and friendship.
She brings her characters to life by making them face real, everyday situations and fully deals with their very different back stories by offering us the narrative from both their perspectives. For me, this is a sign of great storytelling as it allowed me to get to know the characters intimately thereby enabling me to get a great feel for their emotions and hang-ups.
Her secondary characters of Mia (bless her little heart), Les, Polly and Reece’s mother and four sisters are just as well drawn which adds much depth to their story and allows her hero and heroine to become fabulously three-dimensional.
While the book is long and can slow down at times, it is not without substance and Ainslie keeps the tensions and emotional angst high enough to sustain her reader’s interest. I do believe that she writes straight from the heart and I look forward to reading more from her.
An entertaining story with great sizzle and some poignant moments
Top reviews from other countries
Das dritte Problem ist, Mias Tagesmutter ist ein Mann, und schon halten ihn alle ( andere Mütter, Babysitter, ihre besten Freunde) zunächst einmal für einen Pädophilen.
Audrey hat eine erfolgreiche Karriere und verdient viel Geld, kann sich daher eine Ganztagesmutter leisten. Das geht aber nur solange gut, wie sie selber gesund ist. Als sie im Krankenhaus liegt, entlassen die kinderlosen Vormünder Reece und wollen sich selber um Mia kümmern, eine Aufgabe, die sie unterschätzt haben.
Der Handlungsverlauf gibt viele Denkanstösse, legt den Daumen auf die vielen Vorurteile, die im Berufsleben herrschen.
Das Benehmen der kleinen Tochter erinnert an das Benehmen der eigenen Kinder, ich habe das Buch mit großem Vergnügen gelesen.
Ein Stern Abzug für den langsamen Beginn, es gab zu viele innere Monologe sowohl von Audrey wie von Reece, im zweiten Teil waren sehr viele orthographische und grammatikalische Fehler.
Reece, the nanny (or manny, if you will) is a delicious hero. A hot blend of expert nanny, former fighter and passionate lover—an ingenious, magical mix of alpha and beta.
And I felt for Audrey, still suffering emotional frostbite from her loveless family after so many years.
Once Audrey and Reece give in to their attraction despite their employer-employee relationship, the intensity of their relationship is breath-taking. Which then makes it all the more devastating when it seems things aren’t going to work out. Audrey’s lack of faith in herself and their relationship causes her to sabotage their happiness, and she reminded me of the creature in the Stephen Crane poem that gnaws upon its own heart and declares it enjoys the bitter taste.
Polly and Les serve as wonderful secondary characters, as do Reece’s sisters and Barrett the sperm-donor dad, offering comic relief during some of the more dark moments of the relationship.
Ainslie is another writer, like Charlotte Stein, who cares about words, and I found myself highlighting the more delicious metaphors in the same way an antique book collector runs their hands over limited edition tomes.
Here’s one of my favourite quotes: She chose him all the way from his boat size feet to his quiet domestic heroism. She made a cocoon of them, an alternate world for the two of them and Mia to exist in.
I also enjoyed the way the author played with conventions and stereotypes (e.g. how parents and carers should act, physically mis-matched couples) and explored deeper themes around workplace discrimination and sexual harassment.
Unsuitable definitely delivers the hyper-real romance that the author is known for. You won’t find any cardboard characters, over-the-top dialogue or improbable scenarios to choke on, just warmth, wit and an intelligent love story.
Audrey is a high powered manager in a men's world, while she has made it to where not many other women are, she has still been discriminated against. She has a darling daughter Mia, and the need of a new nanny because her previous one is leaving. Among a number of women applying for the job is one man. Audrey is drawn to employing him, but is just not so sure. Mia of course has already made up her three going on four year old mind. Will Audrey be discriminating against him if she passes him over?
Reece would be amazing in a romantic suspense novel - he would be the hero bodyguard or Seal going into rescue missions. He is just not your usual idea of a male nanny. He is no female version of the role. But... he is actually perfect, he might not look the part but he has the experience, character and personality to make any child happy and secure. He has four sisters whom he virtually brought up because his father died when they were young and his Mum has had to be the bread winner for the family. His relationship with them is both funny and beautiful to behold. And when needed those sisters sure will go into bat for him.
I don't want to give any of the plot away, I think it moves along really well with enough twists and turns to keep any romance reader happy. I would have loved an epilogue but ... really I wanted for it to just go on and on, so that I could continue to be involved in these characters' lives. When I am disappointed that a book has come to an end, I know it has succeeded. Thanks Ainslie Paton you have done it again.
The plot for Unsuitable as described in the blurb involving a male nanny, Reece, and a female executive in suits, Audrey, sounded like it might go down a predictable path: lots and lots of sex = love. That did not happen. There was nothing predictable about this novel. I was so surprised by the plot, the twists and turns, the humour, the fantastic character development, the slow burn, the heart-break, and the world-building in this story. In this one book there was a whole community of characters to get to know and love. They built a strong foundation for the main players. The children in this story are incredibly engaging. The story was wonderfully written. I want to meet these people.
The pulling on my heart-strings hit me out of left-field and I loved it all.
I also loved that the author’s Australian voice, her use of Australian slang and speech was given free reign. It made for a refreshing reading experience.
My one complaint: This novel doesn’t have an epilogue, and I really want to read one!
My last complaint (to the publisher): I bought this on Amazon Nov 2017 and I was really surprised by the number of avoidable typographical/spelling errors. They were distracting.
Despite this, the story was excellent.
I think I’m hooked on this author because of Unsuitable and her 5+ star book, The Love Experiment (Stubborn Hearts) .
The plot is pretty straightforward - single mom with high-powered career is looking for a nanny, ends up hiring a younger man who raised his much younger sisters and loves being a caregiver, but is finding it hard to get jobs because of reverse discrimination, especially since he's quite a big guy and tends to intimidate people with his physical size. She hires him mainly because she feels sorry for him and because she recognizes that he is suffering from the same kind of gender discrimination that she faces in her own career. Since this is a romance, of course they fall in love. I found their romance completely believable, especially since it wasn't a case of insta-lust but rather a warm regard that grew and grew between them.
In addition to the obvious twist of having the heroine, Audrey, be the partner holding the power in the relationship, I also loved that she was a woman who loved her child dearly, but at the same time, was perfectly willing to admit that she didn't want to give up her career or make compromises in it just for her child. She didn't suddenly yearn to be a stay at home mom just because she had a child. I also thought the author did an amazing job at portraying Reece as a strong man, even though he much preferred to be a nurturer rather than a hunter and pretty much rejected all of the usual male gender roles. Please can I have a Reece of my own? I can't wait to see what Ainslie has in store for me next. I just wish more romance authors were willing to take the chances she takes with her stories.