He’s a billionaire single dad who needs help.

She’s a sassy single gal who needs work.

Live-in nanny? What could go wrong?

Remington Key: I left the Navy, scored a billion in tech, got married, and had a baby. I did everything by the book. Happily ever after, right?

Fast-forward four years, and I’m alone, raising my daughter, caring for my mother-in-law, and trying to keep my stuff together. How did this happen?

I was clearly drunk the night I offered a gorgeous girl in a bar $500 a day to be my live-in nanny. Or maybe it was my dick talking.

So what if I’ve been alone since forever? I’m focused on launching my new business, not bedding the sexy siren who sleeps down the hall.

At least that’s what I keep reminding myself…

Ruby Banks: Remington Key is distant, brooding, and ridiculously sexy. And when he scoops up his adorable four-year-old daughter Lillie and blows raspberries on her tummy while she squeals with delight, my ovaries literally explode.

Bumping into him at our local pub that night slightly drunk and overly frustrated was a total accident. He needed help, and it was the Christian thing to help a man in need. Right?

Only, Remington Key does not make me feel very Christ-like… No matter how committed I am to being a responsible employee.

(A small-town STAND-ALONE CONTEMPORARY Romantic Comedy. This is Ruby and Remi’s hilariously adorable love story.)

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My Review

After watching Ruby Banks in action in Make You Mine, her best friend’s story, I couldn’t wait to see what Tia Louise had in store for this sassy and strong character in her own story, especially when I discovered that the hero would be a certain gorgeous single dad looking to get a little bit of himself back while also making sure his daughter is loved and cared for when he’s working.

The pull between Remi and Ruby is evident from their first interaction at the bar, and the fact that they’re attracted to each other and want to act on their lustful emotions complicates an already complex situation. Lines were going to be crossed as soon as Remi offered Ruby the job as his 4 year-old daughter’s nanny…how could they not be when the air around these two is as sexually charged as it is. But while Remi doesn’t seem to have too big of an issue when it comes to acting on his feelings for Ruby, she has a lot more to lose, which means that her desperate need for him as well as her desire to find a new path for herself, which can be jump started by the money she’s making as Lillie’s live-in nanny, contradict one another and make things a bit more problematic than she would like them to be. 

Like Remi, I was captivated by how effortless it was for Ruby to care for Lillie, not just by making sure she got to school or ate the right things at meals, but Ruby got down on Lillie’s level, proving that Lillie’s ideas were important to Ruby and that Ruby was interested in allowing Lillie to express her individuality any way she wanted to…she allowed Lillie to be a little girl, kept her secrets, and made her own version Disney magic, and that meant everything to both Lillie and Remi. 

My one point of contention with Remi was his inability to put Eleanor in her place when she needed to be. It frustrated me that Remi allowed her to speak the way she did to Ruby and to Lillie, and I didn’t understand why he let her dictate so many things in his and Lillie’s life, and while it probably has something to do with the fact that she stepped up in major ways when her daughter and Remi’s wife passed away, Remi’s alpha male tendencies in other areas of his life didn’t mesh well with the version of Remi that was brought out when Eleanor was in the room.

Despite my one issue with Remi, I truly enjoyed my time spent with him, Ruby, and Lillie. They made such an amazing little family, and despite uppity bitches’ criticisms and judgments, they were exactly where they were meant to be, and I loved seeing Remi fight for Ruby in all ways that mattered, especially when Ruby wanted to run from her feelings and the complicated mess that they put her in. Ruby definitely had a less than ideal childhood due to her father’s extraordinarily  high expectations, her mother’s submissive personality, and vindictive girls who always judged her, and she may have even struggled to find her place in life and love for a bit, but as soon as she moves into Remi’s house, she’s home in ways that she never thought possible, and despite the bumpy road it took to get to this point, she learned who she was, what she wants, and ultimately, what she deserves.

4.5 Poison Apples 

Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of When We Touch, the “Bright Lights,” “One to Hold,” and “Dirty Players” series, and co-author of the #4 Amazon bestseller The Last Guy.

After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped.

Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat.

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 Also by Tia Louise

Books in Kindle Unlimited

Stand-Alone Romances

Make You Mine, 2018

When We Kiss, 2018

Save Me, 2018

The Right Stud, 2018*

When We Touch, 2017

The Last Guy, 2017*

One Immortal, 2015

One Insatiable, 2015

The Bright Lights Series

Under the Lights (#1), 2018

Under the Stars (#2), 2018

Hit Girl (#3), 2018

(*co-written with Ilsa Madden-Mills)

Books on ALL Retailers:

The Dirty Players Series

The Prince & The Player (#1), 2016

A Player for A Princess (#2), 2016

Dirty Dealers (#3), 2017

Dirty Thief (#4), 2017

The One to Hold Series

One to Hold (Derek & Melissa), 2013

One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine), 2014

One to Protect (Derek & Melissa), 2014

One to Love (Kenny & Slayde), 2014

One to Leave (Stuart & Mariska), 2014

One to Save (Derek & Melissa), 2015

One to Chase (Amy & Marcus), 2015

One to Take (Stuart & Mariska), 2016


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