Eight Days a Week
by Amber L. Johnson
Release Date: November 6 , 2014
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
Genre: Romance / Contemporary
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-329-4
A "manny" should always mind his own business. And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.
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.
I should be thanking Amber Johnson with providing me with more laughs than I've had in a long time in Eight Days a Week. From Charles In Charge to Who's The Boss to Mrs Doubtfire, Big Daddy, and Mr Mom, this novel deserves some screen time as well. While it works along the same premise, there is a poignancy and originality to this story that I quite enjoyed which had me chuckling well into the night.
Andrew Lyons is your typical man-child who, while being utterly spoilt because he's charming and adorable, needs a dose of reality in order to grow up. Life for him is a revolving door of free meals, drinking, video games, and girls. And he has his entourage, of course, because he's also a millionaire.
But he doesn't have his millions yet. In order to get those, he has to be living on his own and holding down a job. But what kind of job is there for an 8-year old in a twenty-something's body? Craigslist just might help, and it solves one problem: getting him a place to rent.
Gwen Stone is stressed. And pressured. And did I say stressed? She's got a job with responsibility upon responsibility plus two small kids at home while being a single mom. She needs help and badly so she comes up with a simple solution. Advertise on Craigslist.
One misunderstanding after another ends up with Andrew getting a job along with a place to stay. Can a kid really take care of another kid? We'll see.
While Andrew is figuring out how to be an adult, he's also noticing small things, like how Gwen doesn't really know what her kids like and how the kids take more care of each other than any adult at home. There also seem to be some mixed signals when it comes to the heat building up between boss and manny. Should Gwen believe everything she hears or will she trust herself and what she sees of Andrew's relationship with her kids?
The last thing I expected in this comedy of errors is a mystery! And there's a big one in Gwen's corner since she doesn't like to explain her secrets at all. Once Andrew solves the mystery, he now has two very hurt and scared kids to contend with and he must make a choice of staying a kid himself or becoming the adult that they need him to be.
I loved everything about this book, from it's storyline to the cast of characters to the way the build-up when on throughout the novel. Then there are those pesky red herrings that throw you off from discovering what Gwen really has hidden. This was tons of fun!
It's tough to write a good comedy/romance without it getting cheesy or predictable at one point or another. But Eight Days a Week did a bang-up job of it and I must extend my kudos to Amber Johnson. I loved it, loved it, loved it!
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