Author: Bonnie Dee

THE AU PAIR AFFAIR by Bonnie Dee

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THE AU PAIR AFFAIR by Bonnie DeeThe Au Pair Affair by Bonnie Dee
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-06-18
Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Reviewed by Cassie

He left his seamy past...and found a steamy romance. When Louis Guzman signs on with a Hollywood nanny agency and scores a job offer on his very first interview, he’s thrilled for the chance to start fresh—and hopeful that no one will delve too deeply into his checkered work and romantic past. Helping an amicably divorced Beverly Hills power couple raise their two adorable children is the perfect situation. Too perfect to let a vibe of attraction to the handsome producer tempt Louis to flirt his way to a pink slip. Since he came out, Dan Krefman has been too busy with his job to experiment with his newly embraced sexuality. But with undercurrents sizzling like live power cables between him and his kids’ hunky Latino nanny, he’s finding it hard to maintain his distance. Louis promises Dan—and himself—that just one encounter will get the lust out of both their systems. But it’s only the beginning...and when Louis’s past crawls out of the shadows, dirty secrets threaten to destroy not only his own future, but the family he has come to love. Warning: Hot male loving and sweet family bonding—not bondage, bonding, perv!

Louis Guzman really needs a job, so a position as a live-in au pair for the two young children of a divorced Hollywood power couple seems perfect. All he has to do is keep quiet about his less-than-savory past employment history. At first the job seems wonderful. He likes the kids, and their mom. Their father, however, proves to be a temptation Louis doesn’t want to resist.

Dan Krefman’s marriage ended because he couldn’t live in denial any longer. Since he came out, however, he hasn’t really tested the waters of dating other men, preferring to keep busy with work and his children. An attraction to the nanny his kids adore is not in his plans. Too bad the spark between him and Louis is so hard to deny.

Acting on their attraction may not be the smartest move, but they can’t help themselves. Their idea to put their attraction behind them after indulging once or twice backfires terribly. Then Louis’s past comes to light, and both their lives might be destroyed.

The Au Pair Affair is an enjoyable, Harlequin-esque tale of a sexy, younger Latino nanny and his equally attractive, high-powered Hollywood boss. While the resemblance to a Harlequin trope could be construed as negative, in this story I didn’t find it to be so. The rich boss / poor nanny trope gets turned on its head a bit here. Louis may be broke, but he’s always accepted his sexuality. Of the two of them, he is the experienced, aggressive one. That gives him a lot more power than he would normally have in such a situation. I have to say I liked Louis. He’s practical and sweet, and he genuinely likes both the children and their mother. Despite his sketchy past, he’s a great nanny. 

 

I liked Dan as well. He divorced his wife, a formerly A-list actress, because their relationship wasn’t fair to her. He remains friends with her after his revelation, and spends as much time as possible with his children. He wants the best for them, which is one of the major reasons he doesn’t want to act on his feelings for Louis.

 

Of course, they can’t keep their attraction under wraps forever, and once they admit it, they have to act on it. The way their relationship builds is both hot and sweet. Nothing here is terribly shocking or ground-breaking, including the revelation of Louis’s past, but it’s all well-written and fun to read. There are a lot of interesting secondary characters, and the plot is fast-paced. Anyone who enjoys Hollywood tales, or m/m re-imaginings of romance tropes, will find a lot to like in The Au Pair Affair.

 

THE GENTLEMAN’S KEEPER by Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon

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THE GENTLEMAN’S KEEPER by Bonnie Dee & Summer DevonThe Gentleman's Keeper by Bonnie Dee, Summer Devon
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2013-07-09
Genres: Gay, Historical
Reviewed by Cassie

Confronting the darkness of his past, he finds the light of his future. After years gadding about Europe, Everett Gerard can no longer avoid his responsibilities. Word has come that a child bearing the unmistakable Gerard stamp has shown up at the family estate—and he realizes it’s time to face his demons. As his carriage nears the gates of home, he fights the urge to flee the memory of the horrible crime he witnessed as a child. Yet the Abbey delivers surprises and delights he never expected. Miles Kenway was content with his quiet life as the Abbey’s bailiff, until the wild child, clearly a bastard son of some Gerard, upends his peace with constant pranks and mischief. And when the master of the house arrives, an unsettling attraction heats Miles’s blood. As they clash over the fate of the ancestral land, they battle a powerful desire to grapple in ways that could disrupt the delicate balance between master and servant. But when the boy’s real sire appears, they must unite as only true fathers can to protect the boy whose mischievous charm has captured their hearts. Warning: Gothic murder, hot man loving, and emotional family drama

Everett Gerard is none too pleased to be summoned to the family estate by the bailiff, especially over the issue of an illegitimate child that can’t possibly be his, but he decides he needs to go sort out the situation.  Still haunted by a horrible thing he witnessed at the estate as a child, he plans to get the boy’s future arranged and leave the hated place as soon as he can.  Meeting Miles Kenway, the bailiff, face-to-face surprises the jaded Gerard in more ways than one.

Miles Kenway only wants to do his job and be left alone.  The nearly uncontrollable young man who runs loose on the estate interferes with that goal, as does the arrival of the stubborn, arrogant Gerard.  It doesn’t help that an attraction springs up between them right away—one that Gerard doesn’t hesitate to show him is mutual.  It’s not long before Miles is wondering if he’d rather fight with his employer, or do something much more pleasurable. 

Can Gerard and Miles work together long enough to secure the future of one unruly child, even when the real father comes into the picture? 

The Gentleman’s Keeper is another sweet and enjoyable historical romance from Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon.  Seeing their names on a book pretty much guarantees I’m going to like the contents, and The Gentleman’s Keeper was definitely not an exception.  While he may seem like a typical arrogant, uncaring rake, Gerard hides a great deal beneath his surface.  Meeting Miles, and the child everyone believes is his, brings those hidden qualities to the fore.  He goes from worrying primarily about himself to wanting to protect the boy, and from having countless lovers to wanting to have something real with Miles.  It’s a transformation I enjoyed watching a great deal.  The childhood demons he has to battle in order to make that transformation are horrifying indeed. 

Miles initially seems to have nothing in common with Gerard, other than an attraction toward his own sex.  He’s responsible and quiet, preferring solitude and order.  He’s very protective toward the young man in his care, even though he doesn’t have to be.  At first, Gerard’s lack of concern for the estate brings out Miles’s angry side, but once he sees that his employer has a real reason to dislike visiting the estate, his protective side turns toward Gerard as well.    

They have to work together to help a very frightened, damaged child.  As they both grow closer to the boy, they grow closer to each other as well.  The way they deal with the problems facing them was believable, and the resolution more than satisfying.  The cover’s nice, too.  If you like historical romances, pick up The Gentleman’s Keeper.  

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