Eight Days a Week
by Amber L. Johnson
A "manny" should always mind his own business. And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.
Release Date: November 6 , 2014
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
Genre: Romance / Contemporary
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-329-4
~~SUMMARY~~Gwen Stone has secrets she’s not ready to reveal. After a recent promotion at work, she needs a caretaker for her children. She’s frenzied and in a lurch and pretty much ready to hire the first person who comes along. So she does. Andrew Lyons needs to get out of his sister’s apartment, and a Craigslist posting may be the answer to his prayers. But what he thought was an ad for a room rental turns into a job offer he can’t refuse. Accepting the nanny position could change his life, if only he had a clue how to be a grownup. A working mother, a shirtless “manny” who looks good in a towel, two children who need more than a babysitter, and hours of kids’ TV can only spell disaster for everyone involved. Because a manny should always mind his own business. And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
Amber is a full-time mom and a full-time wife who is employed full time and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day—despite the obstacles real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has two rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa,’ because she’s a rebel. If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and her eyes closed, waiting for the drop.
Elise's Review of Eight Days a Week
I fell in love with Amber Johnson's work while reading her YA/NA stories, Where We Fell, Puddle Jumping, and then Beatless. She has a relaxed and intimate writing style that easily engages the reader and brings her characters to life. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to review Eight Days a Week, a story aimed at a more mature audience with adult language and sex scenes.
Eight Days A Week is a fun tale of a young man who sees himself as irresponsible and a disappointment to his impossible to please father. He discovers a whole different side to himself when he takes on the job of a 'Manny' to two young children, Brady and Bree. Andrew/Andy/Drew/Dee (he has a lot of names!) is a great character, with a childlike irreverence, an inexhaustible sense of fun, a natural way with kids, and surprising depths of which he is initially unaware.
I found the heroine, Gwen, harder to like, as we are deliberately deprived of her backstory and she is either missing or kept at arm’s length for much of the first part of the story. Some inexplicable parenting choices on her behalf had me shaking my head in frustration, but an unexpected reveal about a third of the way into the story makes her a more sympathetic character. I still would have liked to have seen a bit more development in the relationship between Andrew and Gwen before they tumble into bed . . . or onto the couch, as the case may be! But by halfway into the story, I could understand their attraction for one another and found myself hoping they could overcome the obstacles in their way to be together as something more than bed partners.
I particularly loved the relationship between 'Dee' and the two children. He was a natural with them, and their connection was endearing and believable. I adored his 'Manny logs' and the names he came up with for the dreaded Hyundai 'Daddy Mobile' – that's one of the cleaner ones – were hilarious.
Amber Johnson creates wonderful characters and tells fascinating, touching, and in this case, incredibly funny stories. I highly recommend all her books, and I look forward with eager anticipation for her next offering.
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Praise for Eight Days a Week
"Laugh-out-loud story about a guy who goes to look at a room to rent and discovers it comes with a job - that of live-in nanny to two damaged kids. So Andrew Lyons accidentally becomes the "manny". Written in his POV, this book chronicles his hilarious escapades as he looks after and grows to love Bree and Brady, and his employer, Gwen. His pranks and spot-on observations about kids' TV shows had me giggling, but there were a few serious moments worthy of a sniffle as well. The star of the show may be Don, though - you'll just have to read this book to find out about him! Highly recommended."
- Andrea Goodreads Review