Series: Bencher Family #3
Published by Entangled on November 11, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Looking for Mrs. Right...
Single father of three, Ross Bencher, knows the kind of woman he wants: someone predictable, reliable, and safe, who can give his kids the security they deserve. Someone entirely different from high-altitude mountaineer Kelsey. Kelsey bewitches him with her long legs and wild passion and is about as far from his ideal as a woman can get, but try telling that to his body. Or his heart...
Falling for Mr. Wrong...
When Kelsey agreed to fill in as a temporary nanny for her best friend’s agency before a big climbing expedition, she had no idea she’d be working for drop-dead sexy Ross Bencher, a man she can’t seem to keep her hands off. She knows if she wants to bring herself—and her father—back alive from the Himalayan Mountains, she can’t afford second-guessing, attachments, or distractions. But Ross’s blue eyes and strong hands leave her gasping...and questioning everything she’s ever known about love...
This is another author that I’ve never read before and I have to tell you that this book was a perfect start for me. I absolutely loved this one for many different reasons.
I thought that Kelsey’s character was exceptional. She is this driven athlete, devoted daughter and friend who dedicates her life in caring and protecting those around her no matter the consequences. She is set to climb Annapurna with her father Mick as planned for years. It has always been one of their goals since tragedy had once struck their family on that very same mountain. She knows the risks that she takes and even though it isn’t in her heart to do it she is obligated to do it for her father.
She should have been busy training for that climb but once her best friend called out to her needing her she didn’t hesitate to help. She ends up agreeing to becoming a nanny when she had never been around kids in her life. She was clueless what to do but she didn’t want to let her friend down. That is just her personality – loyal and self-sacrificing.
Ross was a one-night stand from years ago. Their connection was so deep then but because of the circumstances their encounter was just tacked as a hook-up. They never knew that they would see each other again. They also knew that even if they both felt this soul deep connection that they would never work. Their lives are just too different in many ways.
“…she always told me that having a child was like having a piece of forever, right there in front of you. It’s like looking at the summit fresh, every morning…”
Their differences were what made this story work for me. They had all the elements needed to make a relationship work except their goals in life. I thought that the push and the pull between compromising was exquisite. It made for them having some outstanding chemistry in and outside of the bedroom.
I thought that Ross was amazing too. He always had his priorities straight. His kids came first above all else. He would have fired Kelsey in a minute if he thought that she was unfit to care for his kids even if he was very much so attracted to her. I also loved how Kelsey was never set out to befriend his kids not just because it was part of her job description but because she really cared. Involving children in a new relationship could always be a disaster but with Kelsey everything fell into place naturally and I loved how the author did in amazing job with conveying this.
I also won’t neglect to mention the other remarkable relationships in this story. After Mick got over Kelsey’s decision they shared something so profound it brought tears to my eyes. Ross seemed to have a distant relationship with his brother but it wasn’t like that at all. He stood by him and supported him when he needed him the most.
The relationship between Ross and his kids was very touching as well and then there’s the relationship that he had with his ex-wife. I couldn’t believe how supportive she was with everything. She had so much character in this book even if we just got a few sentences about her and I am hoping that the author pens a story about her in the future.
Loved every thing about this book. The writing, the story flow, the chemistry and even the beautiful setting. I fell in love with the characters the most and I know you will too.
“Ross,” she said, swallowing hard to clear the lump from her throat. “I realize I’m not the traditional nanny, and I know I was your last choice for a babysitter. But I can’t do this anymore.”
His gaze flickered from her mouth to her throat.
Her bones began to melt. All at once, her skin seemed to tighten, and her stomach began to fall as her brain fogged over.
He shook his head. “You’re absolutely right. I can’t keep doing this, either.”
“What?” She narrowed her gaze suspiciously.
“Looking at you.” His voice dropped. “Staring at your lips. And wondering if they can possibly taste as good I remember.”