Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
Okay, so I want to be honest. Is it possible to be both excited and reticent with a new release from an author you’ve grown to seriously like? When Ava Ryan announced her Manhattan Billionaires series, I was in. She really stole my heart with her Cinderella series, and a fan connection was created. With the first two books of this current series, I was reminded of the reasons why I love her storytelling: her ability to seamlessly navigate complex characters while using usual tropes in a fresh manner. I had been waiting for Jake, though. The single dad trope is one of my favorites. However, I am not a usual fan of the nanny with the single dad because it feels done. So…I went into her newest book, His Secret Love, ready for more of Ryan’s storytelling while preparing myself for a stale trope. And I was pleasantly surprised. This newest book of Ryan’s illustrates her capacity to breathe fresh life into the usual, into the dependable. I fell in love with Jake and Skye regardless of the single dad/nanny trope. Here’s why…
- For one, it isn’t really a nanny/single dad trope. For one, these two meet through a dating app, they hit it off, and they have a steamy one-night stand that messes with their understanding of relationships. I don’t think either of them is looking for anything serious, but something about their one-night stand upends their plans.
- The way in which Jake and Skye meet a second time is not an orchestration on their part. There is a third party responsible for it. This means that their second meet-cute is a shocker.
- Jake, while a total alpha in the bedroom, is a bit of a pussycat. His ex-wife is horrendous, and Jake is the type of dad who adores his children. As such, that compassion and care translate into other areas of his life. Ryan crafts it that Skye and Jake, aside from the complications of their work relationship, are easy together. You will adore Jake; you will adore Skye; and you will adore them together. So while there is tension with the parameters of their relationship, Ryan ameliorates it in a way that you become emotionally connected to them with very little angst involved.
- You have the promise of a happy ending, and the epilogue to this book is the most complete of the three stories in the series, in my opinion. However, Ryan drops hints at a potential new book in a chapter or so before the end. I’m hoping and praying she’s going that route because I love an enemies-to-lovers’ type of story.
Why else should you grab this book and read it over the weekend?
- It’s a quick read. I didn’t want to put it down because the story flows.
- Nothing is better than Liam, Michael, and Jake together. There are moments of hilarious banter between these three, but as you see with the earlier books in the series, these three generally love each other as brothers and provide counsel in a way that makes you adore their friendship.
- The ex-wife gets hers.
- The kids are ADORABLE, and their relationship with Skye will make your heart sigh.
Again, Ava Ryan is a deft storyteller who I’ve come to rely on for stories that put a smile on my face. If you’re looking for a read for that purpose, then you’ll want to read His Secret Love.
In love and romance,