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Twenty-five year old Sophia Ashwood, part-time nanny, has just graduated college and is ready to write the next best seller; however, she needs a full-time job flexible enough for her to fulfill her dream.

When Sophia steps into the Bishop home to care for emotionally neglected Victoria, she’s positive Dr. Collin Bishop, aka The Anti-Christ, despises her. The intensity of his glare is unsettling and frustrating.

Sophia’s determined to bide her time, until she can gain publication and freedom from the Bishop’s snobbery. However, the longer she cares for Victoria, the more wrapped up in their drama filled lives she becomes.

Getting close and developing maternal instincts comes with being a nanny. But cussing out the cold, bitter family of the little girl you shouldn't be so attached wasn’t in the job description. Neither was garnering the attention of her father - the Antichrist. Hello, my name is Sophia Ashwood, and I'm about to become a cliché.

531 pages, Paperback

First published March 22, 2011

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Sadie Grubor

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I'm a self professed foul mouthed, book nerd who seeks world domination with her sinister side kick, evil minions, fatal depth dwelling felines, hell hound, and fanged lagoon creature.

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Profile Image for Irish Zulu.
130 reviews1 follower
June 3, 2014
So last year i read quiet a few Sadie Grubor novels and ended up pregnant....I kid you not! If this is what she is putting out this year I'm in serious trouble.

Sadie has got to be one of my favourite authors and i get all tingly when i see she's writing or about to release a book. I fucking love her!

So this book was amazing, not that Miss Grubor could ever be doubted. It was a fairly lengthy book but it was a Sadie Grubor novel so its very much welcomed. I loved every single character, even the bitchy ones. I loved how Sophia was always the strong one or the level headed one. I loved the relationship between Victoria and Sophia, it seemed so easy for the get go. Collin, Collin, Collin....i went to school with a boy called Collin and he was a right twat so i always associate Collins as being twats but this one......OMG! I can use a Dr Bishop!I loved him, he was so intense all the time, i loved it. I was literally sweating spinal fluid reading this book, my kindle slipped through my sweaty fingers a number of times, I'm not even joking. If i was Aidan Iverson, Collin Bishop or Christopher, I would totally give Sadie one!

Well worth the wait, a must read.
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514 reviews71 followers
July 11, 2015
I didn't hate this book - reasons for low score:


1. HATED what happened with the older couple. Any man who cheats on his PREGNANT wife with the nanny (or anyone living in the same house as your poor wife) is a SICK selfish w*ank*ker who has little to no respect for women.

And to add insult to injury - the cheating couple are made out to be the victim!!!


2. The judgemental clichés throughout this book was tiresome.

Clichés on Women:
$luts & Gold-diggers (Grace)
Rich, cold Society Queens (Ilene /Allison)
Beautiful Adoring Wives (Larissa)
Maternal Sweet Homemakers (the heroine)
Poor put-upon mistresses (Juliette)

There were hardly any career women. The only doctors and businesspeople appeared to be men.


The male clichés were the usual having affaires with with the "help" (Jonathan) etc meh. And the put-upon husband married to a "frigid" woman (Connor)

3. I wanted to punch Connor and kick him where it really hurts. It's always the woman's fault for men like him.


4. Heroine depicted as is some sort of Domestic Goddess combined Mary Poppins who started to get upon my nerves with her judgemental righteous attitude. And her ideas of parenting weren't much better either (catwalks for little girls - talk about regressive gender attitudes).

5. Just too many clandestine illicit "lovers" and games for me. And we're swamped with characters.

6. I generally don't mind poor grammar and spelling, but this book did get confusing at times. The weird spelling e.g. the past tense for "drag" is "dragged" not "drug" and terrible usage for "their" "there" and "they're" throughout the book. But these I could forgive if it weren't for the confusing sentence structures

7. There was a lack of chemistry between the MC's. I can't put my finger to it. But it wasn't terrible either. I think the clandestine nature of it was more "meh" than "forbidden hot" due to the other character's (Juliette) sub-plots turning it into something seedy

8. There was something fake about the heroine's attachment to Victoria.



1. I liked that there is an age gap between the couples

2. No insta-lust. I hate insta-lust. This was a gradual build-up, which would have worked if it weren't for all the other cliché stories (Allison., Connor etc) crowding it in.

3. heroine thankfully isn't swooning over the hero and she's level headed - she's a well rounded character (if a bit self-righteous at times).

4. No one (apart from Grace) is shown to be a complete baddie, which is good. There's some good news for all - which is nice. I loath cliché baddies and the OTT comeuppance reserved for them


Overall not a bad book. If it weren't for all the other subplots, cliché affairs (Connor - whom I hated) then I'd be definitely giving this much better marks.

Profile Image for ☮ mary.
280 reviews
May 1, 2016
This is the longest, dullest and least imaginative book I read in awhile...


We read about every single useless detail about the nanny job description and we're unlucky enough to know all about the cringing relationships of the Bishop family ... This dysfunctional family has nothing to do with the love story ... it serves as page filler (a lot of mundane descriptions and overwhelming exposition) This is the only rhetoric figure Grubor seems able to conjure up !! In other words: don't waste your time on this failed attempt at a romance novel :)
Profile Image for Pavan Kaur.
Author 16 books295 followers
June 1, 2016

I like and I didn't like.
The first half of this book was great really enjoyed and then the second half, I didn't like how Collins would have a tantrum and instead of making him feel bad about acting like a baby all was fine, and when he was being way too jealous, she wanted to work and he would be please don't go, but he had to go to work it was fine.
I like the family drama that was going on around the two, Bishop Family everyone had a good role in the story, I have to give it to the writer for remembering everyone as there was so many others in the story x
Profile Image for Catriona Laurie.
18 reviews
November 28, 2016
I have enjoyed Sadie Grubor's works immensely in the past, unfortunately I can't say the same about this novel. 'Live-In-Position' suffers from an excess of extraneous exposition, making the tedium of laboriously chewing through the reams of unimportant day-to-day trivia to get to the meat of what is actually a good romance, ruin what could have been an enjoyable experience. The story could have been told better with half the word count, it certainly would have been less of a chore to wade through.
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1,047 reviews8 followers
June 7, 2014
Nanny becomes the wife.
It's ok but kinda boring. Scheduling kids life, number of times cooked showered & brushed teeth blah
Profile Image for Serena.
16 reviews
June 22, 2014
This review was originally published on Snarky Romance Recs.

Sometimes you see a book from an unknown author that kind of intrigues you, but you gotta ask yourself: is it worth it to take a chance on a total unknown, when your TBR pile is so huge? Well that's what the excerpt Amazon function is for! I got an excerpt for Sadie Grubor's Live In Position. Come with me on this magical journey to find out if it's worth our hard earned money. Spoiler alert: it's not.

If I had actually paid for this whole book, I would be freaking pissed right now. Here's something from the first page:

[...] My nerves began to collect in the pit of my stomach as I approached the front door.
"Rand wasn't lying," My words almost echo around the vast driveway. The house is huge and definitely expensive.
I took one deep breath and headed to the door. Before I could knock Miranda opened the door with a flustered expression. She pulled me in for a quick hug and whispered in my ear.

Yes, in case you're wondering, she just switches from past to present to past tense again. This is a published book (the publisher is "Book Nerd Revelation", which I don't think is actually a real publisher, but whatever. You're charging people money for this), and you can't even keep your tenses straight?! In the first page?!

Now I was tempted to just abandon this book, but I went to the trouble of clicking a button on Amazon to get the excerpt, right? I owe it to myself or whatever to stick it out for a few more pages.

So Sophia gets to her interview with Dr Anti-Christ. In her resume, she had written that she could speak three languages. Dr Satan, for reasons that probably make sense only if you sprung fully formed from Lucifer's loins, decides that she must have been lying. This lovely exchange ensues:

"This states you are familiar with three languages." His eyebrow rose again, this time it was as if he were challenging my information. I felt a little bit insulted, as if he were calling me a liar. Now, that ticked me off.
"Je me demande comment familier vous sont véritablement?" He sneered as he questioned.
"Connaitre suffisamment d'obtenir grâce a une conversation." I responded with my eyes narrowed at him. "O quizás premiere Español?" I paused. "O italiano? Se la mia italiano e un piccolo rusty?"

Okay, so I don't speak French or Spanish, but I do speak Italian, and - DO NOT PUT A SENTENCE INTO GOOGLE TRANSLATE AND PRETEND THAT'S ITALIAN!! THAT'S NOT ITALIAN!!

Actually, let me take that back. I didn't mean to insult Google Translate. If you put the sentence "if my Italian is a bit rusty?" into Google Translate, it actually gives you the correct translation. I can't even imagine what the eff this author even did that gave her "la mia italiano", "e" instead of "è", and "un piccolo" instead of "un po'". It's actually quite a feat to manage so many mistakes in so short a sentence.

Is that enough? Do you want a little more? Here's some more:

Miranda had told me about Victoria's not being around; having left her at a young age, so I assumed Dr. Bishop would try to compensate.

That's not how a semicolon works!! The punctuation in this book is terrible, honestly. One of my huge pet peeves is when authors write sentences like "Thanks Sophia." (that's a few lines below the aforementioned semicolon murder) instead of "Thanks, Sophia.". Commas, how do they work?! Let us take this opportunity to thank the world's editors for being there to catch our commas when they fall, and learn this lesson: editing is not optional!

I think I've made my point. Putting out a work like this and charging people money for it is just disrespectful. I don't have anything against self-publishing your work, I actually think it's great and I love some self-published authors, but it doesn't mean you get to skip the editing.
958 reviews16 followers
May 31, 2014
I believe it is a stand alone (possible that stories could be told about some of the other characters, but it seems like it wraps everything up.) Do I recommend this book? Ultimately - yes. I think going into it you should know this is an incredibly lengthy book and to be patient with its pacing. It's a book you can savor every detail and feeling of the characters over a year plus of their lives.

What I really liked and appreciated:
As long as it was, I never really felt like it dragged for about the first 50%+ of the book. It held my attention and I thought the author really has a gift of telling a story . She kept me invested with the characters, particularly the heroine's and her situation. I kept turning the page to find out what was going to happen next. Except for a bit of a rushed ending, I liked the way the story was planned out and took its time.

What pulled me out of the story:
I was really surprised by its length (600+ pages, 11+ hours) and the amount of detail. (I'm pretty sure Harriet Klausner didn't review this book yet b/c even she couldn't speed read through it.) Although I enjoyed it for the first half of the book, I grew impatient and wanted the story to move along. At one point, I thought we had gone over three years worth of her time with the family, but it turned out it had only been one year.

This is a tiny personal preference, but how many times can one person be startled in a story when someone snuck up on her? I'm jumpy if someone sneaks up on me, but reading it numerous times in a story takes me out of it and wondering if I'm re-reading a page.

The book needs a little more attention with its editing (many things that spell check wouldn't pick up) and most of it was in the last half of the book. A few times I wasn't clear who she was speaking to until mid-way through a scene "he" was identified, etc.

And finally... I laughed out loud at this quote: "Like a boy scout with two sticks, his slow in and out motions were building the fire inside me." The last thing I want to think about during a sex scene is a boy scout. And also to over think if boy scout should be capitalized as Boy Scout.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS: I was disappointed how quickly it was wrapped up in the final chapter and then the epilogue jumped forward a few years. The epilogue surprised me that she did hire help. I wanted her to stand up for herself and what she wanted to do. Plenty of women raise children and have careers without a live-in nanny, much less a housekeeper in addition. If she didn't want to do the social things, then don't. When Chloe and Collin first hook up, I really wasn't sure about Chloe's feelings on it. It almost came across that she feared her job if she didn't go along and he kept pushing himself on her. Eventually she admits her feelings, but after several situations, I was starting to wonder how she really felt.

I'm definitely going to try other stories by this author b/c in the end I really liked her style of writing and way she tells a story.
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546 reviews44 followers
June 2, 2014
So I really wanted to like this book, but I swear, it was WAY over written. There was so freaking much that had no importance what so ever that I just started skipping after 30% so I could actually get to what the book was intended for- a romance. The h in this book was OTT annoying with her constant questioning of the "relationship development" and she was OTT sweet, perfect homemaker, nanny, friend...etc.
The H was too dry and cold and couldn't really care less about his daughter. The only one that really cared was the h, who was her live in nanny. It could have been really good, but it was just dry and boring until finally things started happening to develop a relationship, and even then, there was too much unnecessary details on everything else that really made this book too drawn out and boring. There were way too many other story lines going on between couples, that I just couldn't keep up and I felt the relationship took a huge backseat until the last 10% or so. When the smex scenes finally hit the pages, they were very hot totally yumm to read, which is why I gave this 2 stars instead of just the one. I say that, if this book would loose about 60% of all the other stuff, it'd be a great little read.
Now, this is just my opinion, several others adore it, so I recommend that, if this sounds like something you'd be interested in, go for it! You just might find that this was your perfect read :-)
Profile Image for Frankly Frankie.
337 reviews
May 15, 2016
Aaaand I'm done.

The "plot" was going nowhere, 1D characters that suddenly appear without any explanation or introduction, missing words and poor grammar up the wazoo are only some of the flaws that book has.

Never mind that the alleged hero burst into her room while drunk and aggressively came on to her when she wasn't even interested. No way of recovering from that in my eyes. Then on top of that they moved on as if nothing happened. How the heck is it okay for you boss to...nah. Not going there. Woosah.

And for something that was revamped, edited and rereleased I was expecting just a tad but more polish. I shudder to think of what the raw version of this one looks like.

Not wasting a perfectly good Sunday on this.

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1,494 reviews21 followers
May 30, 2014
At first I was soooo into this book, I just couldn t put it down. I loved the characters, specially Victoria she is so cute!!! Dr Bishop was very intense but the way Sophia referred to him as the Anti-Christ was just hilarious!!! And let me say, this family is way crazier than the average haha. A real drama for sure, you never knew what might happen next.
However, the 2nd half of the book was much less intense and surprising, I got a but bored :( I loved how they all came together but I wanted to shake Sophia to make her wake up and realise things. And to stop degrading herself.
So my say is that I liked this book but I could have loved it!
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3 reviews71 followers
June 26, 2014
So I never write reviews, as in, this is my first so bare with me. I felt it was totally necessary though because I feel this is one of those books that you either love it or you hate it. And I LOVED it. Call me "cliche" but as a nanny myself I loved putting myself in Sophia's shoes and riding out the fantasy. I can see where some may feel it was "overwritten" but I really enjoyed that aspect. It helped me stay in time with the story and drift along. I was so sad when it ended but I really loved the ending as well as the epilogue. 5 stars from me. Can't wait to read more from this author!
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239 reviews2 followers
June 26, 2014
Pretty lengthy book. It was well written and quite enjoyable. Loved the dysfunctional family and the crazy drama.

Collin was quite insecure, but he learned to get over it. Loved Victoria, the daughter. The extra characters were also great. I also loved that our heroine got to have her HEA without losing herself to Collin's sometimes overbearing ways.
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72 reviews7 followers
January 27, 2015

Decent read started off really good. Very fast paced ( at first i was kind of difficult keeping up with the characters)
Lots of unpredictable drama but about 50%
through the book it became too long and at times I was kind of bored.
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374 reviews22 followers
June 1, 2014
Absolutely looovvvvved it!!!!!!! Full review later!!
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486 reviews15 followers
January 1, 2015
Sadie has a way to suck me in in her books... i loved that she had a nice Veronica in all grown up... and this book was awesome... im totally using the Nanny swear with my nieces and nephews
663 reviews3 followers
March 30, 2015
If you ever enjoyed a "gothic" romance, you will love this story! A really fun read with a cold, aloof hero, a crazy family, an adorable kid, and lots of sexy times.
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1,866 reviews59 followers
April 18, 2021
This was an interesting, if familiar, plot, but it had some problems that made it hard to fully enjoy:

* There were some glaring, distracting spelling errors

* The story brought in a lot of characters, but many of them had no distinguishing characteristics except for their role in the heroine's life

* The heroine was a mega Mary Sue. She had a flawless figure, loved kids, and once she finally had time to write her first book, it was immediately a best-seller. The only flaw she was given was sometimes to lose her temper and take a passionate stand to protect the plot moppet.

* The book was way too long, and it was largely because the author included so many mundane conversations and activities like listing everyone in the room, showing people answering the front door, etc.

This author shows potential, but needs a good editor.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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21 reviews
March 5, 2021
Patriarchal FanFic

If this were a fanfic, I probably wouldn’t even mention it, but since I paid for the book, I’ll just say that this story was regressive and patriarchal. There were spelling and grammar errors on nearly every page. And since this was a fanfic at one time, there were several characters that the author failed to ensure their name was changed from the fanfic version.

Overall it needs more editing.
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67 reviews
June 18, 2017
A very sweet story about maternal feelings and at the same time a passionate love story between a tormented and insecure hero and a feisty but kindhearted heroine. I loved that the book was so long but was a standalone and was not cut by the author to several pieces in order to be sold as a trilogy, tetralogy etc.
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259 reviews2 followers
July 11, 2017
This was the last book of ms grubor I had to read, going in I was like hmmmm but once again she caught my attention and reeled me in and I read in a whole setting I can see this being another one of her books I will re read many times, damn you ms grubor 😂
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232 reviews43 followers
December 4, 2019
If you love slowburn romances and childrens you are going to adore this book!

The only thing I hated a little bit was but overall the book is fantastic, the scenes are soooo good I swear I enjoyed it a lot.
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Author 2 books47 followers
May 30, 2016
I received an ARC for this book and I reviewed it for Bookwhore Addicts.

I'll be honest, when I first saw this book, I was on the fence. I read the blurb and misunderstood it (my own fault. I blame the blond roots I once had). But then I received her book Falling Stars (review to come) and that changed my mind so I went back to this book, reread the blurb (realized my mistake when I first read it) and signed up to read it.

I was not disappointment.

So you know from the blurb that this is a romance between a nanny and her employer and it is a BIG cliche. But this book is more than just a cliche.

Reasons I liked this book so much:
1. It was not Insta-Love. Do I believe people can fall in love at first sight? Ehh...debateable. But this book you were able to see the attraction between the two even if it started out as hate and then it developed into something so much more.
2. Supporting Characters. Yes, there were several but they helped to show who Collin and Sophia really were. They helped to give them depth instead of just being words on a page.
3. Story line: Yes this is about Sophia and Collin and their love story, but it is so much more. It's also about a selfish woman who is a gold digger, it's about the lies and secrets people keep with the intent to keep their loved ones safe only to hurt them in the end, it's about how people can do anything they want to do if they want to, you just have to let them free and not keep them in a bubble. It's about real people and it is those characters that helped bring this book to life for me. I could totally see it playing out in my head.
4. This book (not counting the epilogue) covered around 2 years. Sure it might seem like a lot, but with all the different story lines you needed it to cover a long period of time. You saw the struggle that Collin and Sophia had trying to deny what they felt for each other and then you saw their insecurities time and time again. Collin with his fear that Sophia would leave him, and Sophia's fear of just being seen as the nanny, just the cliche.
5. The Length of the book. This was a long book. I won't lie. It's not something you can sit and read in a few hours, it will take longer than that, maybe a few days. But every loose end is met and answered and given the ending that you wanted with a few laughs along the way. With everything going on, it would have been a shame if it was cut short, so you needed it to be longer.
6. The characters (yes it bears repeating) were the best part. Everything was realistic to me. This wasn't about a rich man and his nanny and their perfect lives. No one has the perfect life, especially those with money, they have their problems to that make them human and Sadie shows this.

So overall-Great book. This is truly more than a cliche.

So if you are on the fence-don't be. Take the leap. And I have a new favorite author to stalk....umm....follow..... :)
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