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.
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I need to get me a manny. One who runs around in just bath towels, please?
Eight Days a Week is your typical sweet romance novel. We have the overworked, saint-like heroine, Gwen. And the I’m-here-to-save-your-mess-of-a-life eye candy hero, Andrew.
The story is told entirely from Andrew’s POV, which I found delightfully different. Usually they jump from hero to heroine, or are straight from the heroine’s mouth. I can’t recall reading an all-male POV (romance) book before, so I did like that it had that uniqueness going for it. Andrew had his entertaining moments, especially when it came to his nicknames for his ride, and I enjoyed his Manny Log. I’ve had quite a few of his thoughts on certain cartoons myself.
Gwen was a hard character to feel anything for, maybe because she didn’t have a voice in the book, but mainly she had no depth as a character. She was just kind of…there. I found she came off as irresponsible when it came to the children as well at times, especially when hiring someone to look after them. She left out information; she didn’t reveal personal facts about the kids when interviewing Andrew – although part of that was his fault for not asking. I know it’s only a book, but it’s little things like that that make the characters relatable, and more importantly, believable. Half the time she didn’t seem to have a clue how to take care of these kids any better than Andrew did at first. And I don’t understand what the big deal with her “secret” was.
When it came to Andrew and Gwen as a couple, I wasn’t really buying it. There wasn’t any heat there between them. I felt they were more thrown together out of convenience than anything else. Although, Andrew’s date sabotages were good for a chuckle.
The kids were cute—and probably the most authentic characters in the story. What really made this book possible to finish—and enjoy—was the relationship that grew between Andrew and the kids. It was way cuter and more interesting than the one between Andrew and Gwen, in my opinion. I loved how Andrew got the kids to open up and trust again; and how they taught him to grow up and be responsible. They balanced each other out perfectly and it was the sweetest thing.
Like I said, it’s your typical sweet, short read, and it had its moments, but there was just something missing for me between Gwen and Andrew. They didn’t quite do it, and since the book is about their romance, if the couple isn’t doing it for me the book will always fall a little bit flat.
~~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.
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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