A Nanny For Nate

Title: A Nanny for Nate
Author: Lisa Worrall
Publisher: White Stiletto Press
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novella/123 pp/27.8K words
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Review Summary: Other than a bit of purple prose I enjoyed this book and the characters.


A year after his husband is killed in a hit and run, the only thing keeping Parker Adams going is his work and their son, Nate.  When his regular child minder moves away, he hires a live in nanny to give Nate more stability.  Due to a mix up with the envelopes, it isn’t the petite Melanie that turns up on his doorstep. Opening the door and finding six feet six of Jake Walsh on the stoop fills Parker with panic.  Not that Jake wasn’t perfect for the job; he was. A little too perfect, with his dark brown eyes and easy going nature.  Which is why Parker had purposely decided to give the job to the other candidate.  In the half an hour of his interview, Jake Walsh had awoken feelings in Parker that he had thought were gone forever.  How was he going to cope with the man under his roof twenty-four-seven?


I mentioned last week that I had read several stories with kids over the holidays, and as you can tell from the cover this is one of them. I’m happy to say that I liked A Nanny for Nate.

Parker had lost his husband Darren 13 months ago and since then he worked long hours at his legal practice to financially support his family. His son Nate took a dim view of his Pop’s work schedule as it seemed he was now deprived of both his parents and shuffled off to babysitters. When the latest sitter moved away she suggested that Parker get a live-in nanny for Nate who was accustomed in the past to his other Dad Darren working from home. After interviewing several candidates Parker made an offer to a woman he felt fit the bill rather nicely, instead of hot looking Jake to whom he was attracted, but Nate took matters into his own devious hands and hired the candidate of his choice. When Jake Walsh showed up on Parker’s doorstep he was shocked, but he didn’t have the heart to retract the offer and tell him there had been a mistake once he saw that Nate’s happiness knew no bounds, so Jake stayed.

Jake was relieved to get the job because he had been considering returning home if he couldn’t find another one soon as the day care centre where he currently worked was closing. Being Nate’s live-in nanny would be good practical experience for his degree in child care.

The attraction between Jake and Parker simmered for a while but became so obvious after Jake had been living in Parker’s house for three months that Parker could no longer ignore it. He was upset at himself that he could even think of another man in sexual terms because he was still in love with Darren, and he felt he was being disloyal to his memory. Matters came to a head when Parker, Nate and Jake went to Pacific Park in Santa Monica during the school holidays and the ride on the Pacific Wheel showed Jake’s caring in the face of Parker’s fear of heights, which changed the dynamic of their relationship.

Jake and Parker slept together that night but the morning after Parker was overwhelmed with guilt and grief as he felt as though he had cheated on Darren, who at this point had been dead 18 months. I thought this was handled well even though at times Parker seemed a bit melodramatic.

This is not a complex romance as the issues facing Parker are typical of those that most spouses left behind by a deceased loved one have to handle, but the way that Parker coped with his fear of letting go of Darren, with Jake’s help, and moving on was sensitively done. I loved how Darren was woven into the story. His humour came through loud and clear by way of his witticisms and one liners in Parker’s head at unexpected times; I thought that was inspired because it brought Darren to life in vivid colour. Jake was also great, showing Parker that there was room in his heart for both Darren and him, and the fact that Nate thought the world of Jake helped Parker to see that moving on did not mean forgetting Darren.

After that great build-up there was one downside for me. The writing was a bit purple at times with phrases like “cinnamon colored nubs stood proudly to attention“silken shaft” and one description that seemed straight out of a het romance:

Red-brown, collar-length hair fell in disarray around a heart-shaped face, and bangs lay against a wide forehead and fell into eyes the color of dark, melted chocolate, surrounded by long dark lashes. Below them sat a long, straight Grecian nose above a wide, generous mouth that currently curved in a lazy smile

I don’t know ANY guy who thinks this way. 🙂 There’s more, but you have to read it in the book. I prefer prose to be simple, fresh and clean without any OTT or purple prose. However other readers probably like a bit of purple in their colour palette although I prefer purple in sweaters. 🙂

If you want to read a story with three dimensional MCs, a kid who is a lot of fun, and a well executed plot I would recommend A Nanny for Nate.




  • I admit I do tend to be a bit flowery – but I promise I don’t use “velvet-covered steel” anymore, or “silken shaft”. Lol

    Thank you for the review – I’m glad you liked it, especially Darren – he was all Brit, just like me 🙂 😀

  • I read this book two or three weeks ago and I liked it a lot. The kid was really great – I loved his sneaky way of making sure that he got the nanny he favored. 😀
    And about the purple prose: I don’t think is was so bad that somebody should be hindered reading it.
    By the way, don’t crucify me, but I love long lashes….. 😛

    • Hi Eve

      Thanks for commenting. I did say that despite the purple prose I enjoyed A Nanny for Nate. 🙂

      I think that M/M authors sometimes forget when they are projecting the thoughts of a MAN that he doesn’t think like a woman. It’s important for writers to get into the heads of their male characters and project THEIR thoughts. As Tj said, purple prose pulls me out of a story

      As for the emphasis on men’s lashes in these books lately, this seems reminiscent of het romances. I’m just wondering how many male characters would notice and go into rhapsodies about eyelashes or even the shape of a face and hair colour. 🙂 I think it’s important for characters to be realistically drawn so that they are believable and that believability includes their thoughts. However this is my personal opinion and I’m sure that many readers love purple prose. 😮

      I thought that Nate’s character was great and to a large extent he was the reason I enjoyed the book so much. 😀

      • Hi Eve I agree with what wave said, but I also want to add that my question was not whether one would notice lashes at all – I am sure eventually I would to, but whether if we go on first date, lashes would be the first and most significant thing which would be an eye catcher. I know that for me it is definitely not. And of course what Wave said about imagining what the guy would notice first in another man. Of course partially we notice because we read so many books for review but sometimes I feel that quite a few authors use the same text book “how to describe looks in most flowery term possible” . I made up the text book of course.

  • Sirius

    Sorry for the rant and thanks for the review Wave, I enjoyed the story despite the lashes.


    I never notice a guy’s lashes 🙂 — I might notice the colour of his eyes but definitely not the lashes. At times I wish for PWP just to get away from all the purple prose. I can’t figure out what the heck is going on but it seems like an epidemic lately. I just wish the authors would stop because it’s difficult to read so many of these books where the descriptions are so flowery they sound exactly the same.

  • Thanks for sharing, it’s a great review, Wave. The story sounds interesting in spite of the purple prose.

    Lately, I’ve seen a lot of that in the product description of books at the Kindle store, and of course, it’s a red flag for me not even requesting a sample.

    Another of my complaints is for example the use of verbs like, growled or hissed, in contemporaries. I read that and I’m thinking demons and shapeshifters. Of course, I might be the only one.

    Maybe you should make a thread about the kind of prose that most of us can’t enjoy any longer, because truth to be told, we were reading this years ago without complain, but now, that writing styles have evolved and we’ve read more, we’re simply tolerating it.

    Editors and critique partners usually are too kind to tell the author that the masterpiece is over the top. Besides, it’s hard to kill one’s darlings.

    • Hi Naaju
      The story was really interesting and funny and the characters were better than most. I think you will enjoy this book.

      Like you, I just wish that authors would stop trying to one-up each other by using prose that’s so over the top, sometimes you wonder what they’re drinking. On balance this one was not bad – but a few phrases made me “stop and stare”. I think many of our authors forget that they are writing about men who don’t think in flowery phrases.

      Another of my complaints is for example the use of verbs like, growled or hissed, in contemporaries. I read that and I’m thinking demons and shapeshifters. Of course, I might be the only one.

      No you’re not the only one. 😆 I am so over that.

      I reviewed a book about a week ago that was so bad I had to ask where the editors were. 😮

      • I did enjoy the story overall, when I read it and just as you did, I especially loved how Darren was weaved in the story and that he was not made a villain in order make it easier for Parker to move on. Re: purple prose and cliched descriptions of body parts, I think Raine may have mentioned our conversation on one of her reviews not so long ago, but I am going to briefly bring it up again. What’s up with lashes even in the best stories? Hands up as to how many people when they see a person notice their lashes as the very first thing? Oh my god, I am sooo tired of lashes as the most significant detail of how person looks lately – in the stories I have read anyway.

        My other pet peeve of cliched writing is his “huge green pools” (do not believe ever used in this story), or dark, or blue, take your pick. I mean, yeah our bodies have a lot of water as part of our constitution, but do you really want to start swimming in other person’s eyes? Yes, sometimes the expression that one can drown in other person’s eyes can be romantic and touching, but taken to the extreme, it becomes silly IMO.

        Sorry for the rant and thanks for the review Wave, I enjoyed the story despite the lashes.

  • Hmm, you had me interested until the purple prose. That’s one of my pet peeves. It pulls me out of a story right away and I have trouble getting back into it.

    I also have to agree with you that I don’t think about heart-shaped faces and long dark lashes, but perhaps there may be guys out there that do.

    And no I’m not thinking about his package size or how handsome he is either. I’m more interested in an honest face and a genuine smile that lights it up. Now that’s sexy. 😉

    Great review Wave.

    • Hi Tj

      How are you? Actually, despite the purple prose at times I think you will like the characters. Darren, the deceased, had a wicked sense of humour. 🙂 I was willing to overlook the prose because there wasn’t too much of it and I really liked the kid. The book is a lot of fun.

    • Hi Tj. You do not notice the heart shaped faces? Or lashes? How about pools? 🙂 What about golden locks of hair? 🙂

      I share your not love of purple prose, but if there is not too much of it, I can enjoy the story anyway 🙂


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