158th out of 417 books — 326 voters
Meet Clarissa, a young, divorced LDS mother in desperate need of a job to support herself and her little girl. Bring in Slade, a handsome Hollywood star, also divorced and also LDS, in desperate need of a nanny for Bella, his four-year-old whirlwind of a daughter. Throw them together in Hawaii and the scene would be set for the perfect romance – except that Clarissa had to...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Bookcraft
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Sep 20, 2012 Kathy rated it 5 of 5 stars
September 2012: When I found out the author was republishing this (should be out in a couple months), I decided to re-read it. I think she'll be making some slight changes, making it more mainstream. I'm curious to see how she will update it, I also really hope she adds an epilogue. Anyway, I enjoyed this as much the second time around. The last chapter was especially good. When I first read this three years ago I didn't have any kids, now I have three toddlers and I could appreciate Slade and C...more
You'll like this book if you're a romance-lover like Jenice or Julia (if you know my sister). I personally thought it was pretty good, but yeah, I don't really get into this stuff. Basically, this one single mom (of a like, 5 year-old or something girl) get employed by this one super-hot movie star (who's an LDS convert)to baby-sit his daughter (who's like, another 5-year old devil girl). However, that one single mom doesn't tell that one super-hot movie star turned LDS dude that she isn't marri...more
I enjoyed it. I kept feeling that Clarissa was, basically, as worldly as Slade, which puzzled me. He's a convert of 5 months and she is long-time member. But their attitudes were so similar. Funny, but that bothered me all the way through. However, it was all redeemed by the action and interaction of the children. The author does a good job with that. I enjoyed that VERY much, and it was so realistic that I chuckled. Children's dialogue that IS realistic always is a BIG hook for me. That is prob...more
When I was in high school, I spent a lot of time and money on LDS fiction love story/mystery novels. Over the years I've weeded out the ones thatr didn't leave a big impression or were too cheesy until all I have left is two of them and both of them are by Sierra St. James (this one and Trial of the Heart). I really like this book. It's fun, and while the situation is unrealistic, the protagonists are not. The main character, Clarissa, is a mother to a three year old and a nanny to a four year o...more
I picked this up last night after the kids went to bed. A friend had recommended it as a hilarious romatice comedy. I was reluctant as I was reading terms like "bishop" and "convert" and thought I was going to be reading some Mormon story, not that they are bad, but I don't want to read about my life. Anyway, I was so pleasantly surprised. This was so funny and a great romance. The story line involves a movie star that is a recent conver to the Mormon faith. He's divorced and has a little girl a...more
I am not a romance novel fan. I will tell you why, the people in it are usually over exaggerate things and are too ditsy. This one was pretty okay. Pretty unbelievable, but I found myself rooting for them to get together. So, for a romance novel, it was cute and I enjoyed it. I didn't feel like I was laboring through reading it. One night I even found myself up until 11PM reading. I enjoyed the ending the best, at the masquerade party. The things she does are wonderful.
Had some funny moments, but I didn't really fall in love with Slade, who is supposed to be the hot, but also caring father, actor. I didn't really feel the connection between him and Clarissa, the main character. I also thought the ending was kind of abrupt and didn't really fit thier characters. But it was a quick, entertaining read.
Fun, fluffy romance for LDS readers. A gorgeous actor who joins the church, a girl who falls in love with him, beautiful scenery (Hawaii, no less!), who could ask for more? Parts of the story stretch your imagination to the outer limits, but it's all in good fun and everyone ends up where they are supposed to be in the end.
It was ironic for me to be reading this now, in the middle of my 2-week, 24/7 babysitting job (except the 7 part is not true, it was more like 5), because the main character is a nanny for a week to a little girl who is "difficult". In that way it was very easy to relate to (not that the girls that I took care of were "difficult").
Sierra St. James and I share a similar sense of humor. I am actually reading this book again (as my in-between books before I can get my hands on another book :) and I forgot how witty it is. I am reminded of how cute it is, and I'm pleasantly surprised.
I thought this was such a great plot. It was a fun book even though I'm so uncomfortable with lying. Poor Slade thought he was going to hell for lusting after a married woman...shame on Clarissa. Cute love story anyway!