Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny by Rebekah Weatherspoon is a delightful romance that doesn’t skimp on the heat factor. Our heroine, Dr. Sloan Copeland, has recently moved to Los Angeles with her twin daughters. She left behind a crazy ex to start her life on her own terms. When her nanny unexpectedly quits, she is really in a bind. She is a surgeon and can be stuck at the hospital for long hours. Thankfully, Rafe comes into her life at the right time. The previous family he was with moved abroad, so he is available. He has some reservations when he meets Sloan because he is undeniably attracted to her. As the professional that he is, he keeps his hormones in check. Sloan is recently divorced and does admire his physique. He is very easy on the eyes. Things get electric when Rafe confesses his attraction in an attempt to get it out in the open. But once pandora’s box is opened, this romance gets VERY STEAMY.
If you’re looking for a cinnamon roll hero, I don’t think you can do any better than Rafe. Great with kids, cooks gourmet meals, a good listener, and looks hot AF on a motorcycle. I am looking for a Rafe of my own. He’s not without a past and could improve some of his communication skills. What I love most about this character though is his willingness to take it slow. He lets Sloan lead the courtship. As one may expect, Sloan worries about being his boss. She also worries about how it will look that she is shacking up with the nanny. Her best friend Xeni urges her to give in and see what happens. And she (and the reader) is not disappointed.
Even though the story is about Sloan and Rafe, there’s ample space given to the people around them. The twins, Avery and Addison, are beyond adorable with their curious personalities. Xeni (who has her own book) and Rafe’s stepmom are both hilarious. And Sloan’s ex is a real piece of work when he meets Rafe. As the story unfolds, we really get to know the couple and their motivations. This may be a whirlwind romance, but it all makes sense. Nothing felt forced. I was swooning because Rafe really is just that nice and Sloan is that amazing. And there’s so much humor, especially with Xeni’s reaction to all this. I appreciated the story didn’t dance around the interracial dating issue either.
If you’re a fan of romance in any form (and honestly, everyone should be IMO), you will enjoy Rafe. I love the mix of comedy, humor and honesty. Parts of it reminded me of the rom-com, Something New. It’s a must-read for anyone who loves to read about Black women killing it at their job and finding the love they deserve. I absolutely love to see it. I cannot stress enough how great this book is! If you’re not following Rebekah on Twitter, go do it now. You can buy her signed books from The Ripped Bodice.
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