Nanny Negotiations (The Brotherhood: Legacy Book 1) by Merry Farmer

“And then he let it go. He gave up, let himself embrace the attraction he’d been fighting for a month, and ogled the bits of Aubrey’s body he could see.” Nanny Negotiations.

From the blurb:

Will a bi-reawakening be what this single father needs to heal his wounded heart? Looks like a job for nanny….

When Heath Manfred is left in a lurch after an acrimonious divorce, he turns to the Brotherhood for
help with finding a nanny for his three-year-old daughter. But the last thing he expects is for the nanny who shows up to interview for the job to be a hunky man. Correction, the last thing he expects is for Aubrey to assume the nanny position is live-in…and for him to go along with that and have Aubrey move in.

Maybe Heath’s attraction to men wasn’t just part of his wild university days after all…

With few other options in life due to a shameful event in his past, Aubrey is overjoyed to move in with Heath and his daughter. He adores Eugenie…and he adores Heath as well. It’s against the nanny code to fall in love with your employer, but Aubrey is helpless when faced with Heath’s grumpy ways and the smoldering attraction between them.

But when Heath’s ex shows up again to cause trouble, Heath’s and Aubrey’s budding love will be put to the test. Can the Brotherhood help them weather the storm, or are the two men too different to form a lasting relationship in the face of struggle?

Nanny Negotiations is the first book in The Brotherhood: Legacy series…which tells modern-day stories of the men of The Brotherhood. It involves a grumpy/sunshine relationship that includes class differences, a bi-reawakening, unexpected living arrangements, a really great dad, a really horrible ex, love saving the day, and, of course, the nearly two-hundred-year-old organization known as The Brotherhood. You can read more about the origins and Victorian doings of The Brotherhood in The Brotherhood: Origins and The Brotherhood series.

Ms Aimers Review:

Reading Nanny Negotiations by Merry Farmer was like meeting up with an old friend. I’m a fan of her writing across the genres she writes. The Brotherhood was the first MM series I ever read. I was excited when she wrote The Brotherhood: Origins, and I was thrilled when I heard she was bringing The Brotherhood into the present day. That being said, she was skillful in how she referenced details from the prior series. Nanny Negotiations is able to be read without needing to read the other series in advance.

Heath and Aubrey captured my heart. I enjoy stories where falling in love happens when it’s least expected. Heath just came out of a terrible heterosexual marriage, and he and his daughter Eugenie are in need of some TLC. He wasn’t looking for a relationship. I appreciated how Merry deftly handled Heath’s bisexuality, especially when his ex wife tried to use it against him and Aubrey. Gemma is truly awful to Aubrey, and this is when the Chameleon Club and The Brotherhood shine. 

This book showcases Merry’s talent for educating us through her engaging storytelling, along with her sense of humor. An example of the humor I found is Aubrey’s nickname for Eugenie: Princess. Might it be a tongue-in-cheek reference to a current member of the British Royal Family? I hope we get to read Casper, The Brotherhood’s historian’s, happily ever after.

Next up: Heath’s brother Oakley’s story. I can’t wait!

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I've read a smattering of Merry Farmer's historical MM romances and love the way she develops characters, so I was excited to see what she'd do with her first contemporary story and I wasn't disappointed!  I have only read a couple of the Brotherhood historicals, but now the rest are going on my TBR!

I love the characters, I love the Brotherhood setting and the way Merry describes it's evolution into the modern world and I absolutely love the humour that she brings to the story - both overt and subtle.... particularly Heath's daughter's name Eugenie and the fact that Aubrey calls her Princess... but so many others... 

I know Merry is headed back to England for another working trip, so I look forward to seeing more great modern London references in future books.

Rating: 5 Stars

Miki J's Review:

What a little gem of a book!! I loved it - yes, cliche trope "nanny falls for the boss" but this one is filled with genuine and heartfelt emotions. And I really loved the banter between the MC's - funny & sassy and honest.... once they admitted their feelings.  

Then there's the drama and angst of their pasts, which causes a few anxious chapters. And The Brotherhood... this and the history of that organisation give the story another "oomph" factor.  

Overall, I truly enjoyed this book - it's sweet, romantic, funny, suspenseful and just a really really good read!!  

Rating: 4 Stars

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