Please note that I received this book for free via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. This book will be released on June 11, 2019.
Well that was actually a good read compared to the other two books I finished this weekend. There were some weak subplots going on, but I did love the two sisters (Sunshine and Margot) relationship. For once we didn’t get very little scenes with people who are related. These two depend on each other and love each other. The romantic interests were okay, I do have to call BS on Sunshine’s though, there’s a lot there that made me squirmy and I really wish that romance authors would stop with the boss/employee relationship. I read Ask A Manager too much because all I could think was the sexual harassment claims that can come in.
Sunshine is back trying to nanny again after finally ridding herself of the last guy she dated. She is determined to go back to college and get her degree in child psychology. Her new job has her being a nanny to a newly widowed father (Declan) of a young boy. Sunshine is determined to try to date “good” guys this time, but keeps finding more and more men are only attracted to her body. She also realizes that she may be falling for her boss.
Margot is an etiquette coach. She gets hired to transform an aging movie star (Bianca) who has plans to marry a diplomat and live abroad. She realizes this job may be tougher than she thought and she starts thinking about her client’s son Alec.
Mallery does a good job with giving a solid backstory to Sunshine and Margot. There mother ran off and left them as did their grandmother. The great grandmother raised them and had dreams of one of them becoming Miss America one day. I don’t even know what to say about all of that. I can’t imagine having that as a goal for my great grand kids. Anyway, both women have scars due to their mother abandoning them and their lack of solid relationships. Both sisters end up picking losers and or people who just use and throw them away.
I enjoyed all of the dialogue with Sunshine and Margot. It reminds me of similar conversations with my sister and best friends.
I do have to say though that the twin plots didn’t hold up much though. Margot and her job with Bianca starting boring me after a while. And when you realize why Bianca is acting the way she is it felt like a reach and too similar to Stephen King’s Carrie backstory. Sunshine’s plot with her going to school and trying with math was good though. I liked that she was focused on getting a good grade and did laugh at her math tutor going get a therapist, I am not here to listen to your problems.
The love interests were okay. Alec fitting the nerdy but secretly sexy type. Declan though bugged me a lot. We get a whole backstory on what was going on with his marriage. I still say that Mallery included it though so her readers didn’t boo his butt for thinking sexy thoughts about his nanny.
The writing was very good and the flow was great. I have pinged Maller’s other series before due to there being a plethora of characters and very little to tie them together. For once Mallery makes a book about sisters and stays fixed on them. I definitely liked this one better than “The Tulip Sisters.”
The ending felt rushed with Sunshine’s story, but I liked how Margot’s ended.