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Side Hustle

(Dawson Family #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,671 ratings  ·  224 reviews
When Scarlet Cooper takes a new job as a nanny, she assumes she’s going to work for the rich couple who hired her. But instead of pulling up to their million-dollar estate, she finds herself on the front porch of a humble farmhouse, looking into the eyes of dark and brooding single dad, Weston Dawson.

It’s bad enough that Weston doesn’t have a fortune to charm out of him, b
Published December 6th 2018
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Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
➳A single father and baby-sitter romance that takes the emotional aspect that makes your heart stop and then beat the fastest that it will ever do with such a compelling romance novel...

➳When it comes down to single father and babysitter, I have such a weakness for them and there is no stopping me from requesting them. So when I see that a new author that I read this year has a single father romance up her sleeve, then you can sign me up! Scarlet and Weston are two individuals in which have
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Side Hustle brings readers back to the Dawson family with single father, Weston, and his new nanny, Scarlet. Scarlet is a down on her luck woman who tosses her morals out the window in order to make the money she needs to care for her father. While Weston is running for town Sheriff. An odd combination for sure, but one that had me intrigued.

Scarlet and Weston just clicked right away and it was clear that they belonged together. I loved the connection these two sha
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scarlet Cooper likes the quick easy money. She’s a professional hustler and her morals are tainted. Her father isn’t well and she will do whatever she can to give him a comfortable life. Scarlet is from the wrong side of town, she has made some bad choices and her sister is currently in prison. She isn’t a bad person. She’s a survivor. It’s time for Scarlet to find a new hustle. A rich family to exploit or a husband to blackmail, but this time she’s about to find more than she bargained for. The ...more
2.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This book felt like too much and not enough at the same time. I felt like there was too much mushiness, too much "insta", too much drama (that felt instant), and (at the end) too much of a rush into a HEA. It also didn't feel like enough character development, or enough development of their connection (other than sex), or not enough resolution (for the big drama). I'm sure others will (and did) love this - but it just didn't work out for me. On a positive note: Jackson,
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4 stars

Side Hustle is a cute, sweet,steamy and heartwarming story. Scarlet and Wes have a great relationship!


I loved the concept, it was one of my favorite and the characters nailed this story.Both of them have their faults and I loved seeing them together in the end.

Scarlet was a strong heroine and Wes was hot and protective.


Adriana Locke
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are few things I like more than a well-written small town love story. There are few of those I like as much as Side Hustle by Emily Goodwin.
This story blew me away. The characters are so relatable. I was cheering for them from the moment they walked on the page. The setting is perfect (small town Indiana girl here!), the banter hilarious, and the feels on-point.
Goodwin outdid herself with this charming, witty romance. I finished hours ago and still find myself thinking of Wes and Scarlet a
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Awesome love story.
If you have a heart at all, you will completely fall for the characters in this book. Starting with Scarlet. She is the epitome of a down on your luck, hard life character who has a questionable past but truly wants to do the right thing.

Goodwin did a fabulous job with this character. Even though the intentions at the beginning were not right, the fact that she is so enamored with a regular life really struck a chord with me.

Then bring in Weston. Totally d
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gah wow. This was an amazing read!

ARC received in exchange for an honest review

I’m a sucker for a good romance, I swear I really am. Romance books are my absolutely weakness, any kind tbh but damn I love them so much and Side Hustle, it’s everything I love about a romance. It’s fun, witty and gives you feels, all the feels.

Wes and Scarlet are two characters you won’t go forgetting anytime soon.

Scarlet hasn’t had in easy in life, with her family scattered she’s alone in love and in need of mone
It wasn't a bad book but I just Couldn't get past my dislike for the heroine.

I know poverty is hard but it isn't enough reason to con people and steal their money and accepting the advances and gifts of a cheating husband then blackmail him for money .

Using poverty as an excuse to do despicable things is not convincing .

She works as a nanny and seduces the husband so she can blackmail him .

"The faster I can get to Quinn’s husband, the better. I need to find a way to blackmail him into giving me
I really liked this one - it's a nanny/single dad romance. I love that there is a redemption component for this story. The hero's family is just so amazing ... in their support of each other and in their embracing of the heroine. Children in romance can go bad but this one handles the child very well, in my opinion. Definitely recommend! ...more
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)

Rate: 5 / 5 stars

Emily did it again! Boy do I love the Dawson gene, not only did I completely swoon over Weston but Jackson completely stole my heart, that kid omg!! He is so special. He and his daddy are the perfect little duo and honestly, there is just no way anyone is able to be around them and not fall madly in love with them both.Well... there is one person but she's wacko so it's explained.

I'd been so excited for this book since Quinn's duet ended and it did not disappoint one bit, it
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 SEXY Stars

I FLOVED Wes and Scarlet, yep whole-heartedly loved them:) . The whole family was great and if I am being honest, I skipped ahead to this book in the series BUT plan to go back from the start.

The secondary characters were all as great as Wes and Scarlet and I know I am knew to this series BUT I am so super intrigued by Dean and most especially, Kara.....not sure wth is going on there and maybe because I skipped ahead I would have known but yeah those two as brief as they were in th
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Side Hustle by Emily Goodwin is book Three in the Dawson Family series. This is the story of Scarlet Cooper and Weston Dawson. I haven't yet read the previous books, so for me this was a standalone book. Scarlet has to walk on the wrong side and do some hustling to get money to take care of her dad. Thinking her next job will be for a rich family she ends up with the totally opposite of that. Weston is a single father who wife up and left him and his son. Now working towards running for sheriffs ...more
I am a sucker for a good single dad romance. There is something so incredibly sexy about a man who loves and takes care of his child. Wes was an amazing father and the perfect hero. Non-manwhore who works hard and prefers to spend time with his son than chase women = perfection! I loved this book, the romance, the characters, the banter - everything! There was a kind of unique plot to thiis one with the heroine being a bit of a bad girl but she's just been trying to survive. This was a fantastic ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Insert screaming face here - seriously, wam-bam thank you ma'am, please give me some more! Emily, you did again, just spectacular. Take all the damn stars and give me more! 

Right off the bat, something I wasn't expecting was to actually enjoy reading a nanny-single dad romance trope. I have read them before, they are cute, but nothing ever strikes me as a WOW factor in these types of dynamics, but Emily just shattered this utterly and completely. Honestly I think the biggest issues I have with m
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a new (to me) book & author. I have not had the chance to read Book 1 & 2 before Book 3 hehe but trust me when I tell you that, you're still in the loop so to say even in Book 3.

What attracted me to this story was the description, somehow it called to me. It's hard to read new books from new authors you don't know so, when I have a 'feeling' i usually trust my gut and it seems to be right every time so far. Glad i trusted it this time too.

This story scared me a little bit because I have
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
"Is the con artist getting conned? Is the universe finally catching up to me, and this is its way of giving me the middle finger while laughing out a big fuck you?"

It was that cover...sigh. Yeah, I admit I kind of have a thing for a man with a man bun. It got my attention and that's how I ended up reading my first Emily Goodwin book. Yes, I know it's the third in the series, but I read it as a standalone. And now, after meeting the Dawson Family, I want to read all of them.

Scarlet has th
April Symes
Side Hustle bring readers back to the Dawson family and this time it's single father, Weston, and his new nanny, Scarlet that heat up the pages for the readers reading pleasure.
Scarlet is a down on her luck woman who tosses her morals out the window in order to make money she needs to care for her father. While Weston is running for town Sheriff. What an intriguing combination- the cop and the con-woman. Fierce and Full of Heat!!! Scarlet knew she was way over her head the minute she laid eyes
Scarlet Cooper is a con-artist. Growing up, caring for her younger brother and sister, she had to do what she could to get by. When she gets a job as a nanny, she thinks she will easily be able to Con the rich couple who hires her- only to pull up to Weston's farmhouse.
Weston Dawson swore off women after his wife left only weeks after giving birth to their son. This former solider, now a cop, doesn't want to admit he needs help. When Quinn hires a nanny for him it took a little time to warm up t
TheBookBoutique Brittany_Elizabeth_Sarah
“I’ve come to believe my heart is shriveled and small like the Grinch’s, but unlike a children’s story, no amount of singing and kindness can make mine grow and start beating inside my chest. It can’t. Because beating hearts get broken.”

I absolutely adored getting to come back to this family! And as with every single one of Emily’s books I’ve read, I absolutely adored this book. She brings the romance but she always puts a little something extra in there - and it really does make the book am
2OCC Reviews
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gemma
Side Hustle was a hot single dad romance with two characters that were absolutely perfect for each other. The connection between the two was evident from the first moment the two met and I was cheering for them from the start. I loved the relationship that the Dawson family have with each other.

Scarlet was a strong heroine that had a lot of responsibility from such a young age. I admired the strength she had in helping her family dispute the fact that she had to do some pretty shady things in or
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Candice

One of the things I love the most about being a reader/blogger is coming across new to me authors and falling in love with their stories.

Side Hustle was my first book by this author, and it’s safe to say I found a new favorite to add to my automatic one click list!

I enjoyed this book so much!

Scarlett, I think did the best she could with the hand in life she had been dealt. She didn’t make the best decisions all the time, but at the core I truly believe she was a good person
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
Are you kidding me? I don’t care how good or bad girl she is but when she almost had sex with a married man and took his money to stay quiet and blamed it on being drunk but she still took the money he gave her and kept the gifts he gave her. What does it say about a woman who does this?

Heather andrews
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wes doesn't have to be told twice at times, “your shirt,” I say, leaning back a bit. “Take it off.” Wes looks me right in the eye and gives me a devilish smile before pulling his shirt over his head." Wes is a crude one and I love it, “you were not a lady last night when you had me pull your hair and eff you from behind.” I loved this book, I fell in with Wes. ...more
Paula  Phillips
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Scarlett for as long as she can remember she has made her living running cons to provide for her family. Now that her dad is in a rest home, she needs to build up her cash flow so that she can get him into a better house with more care facilities — one where he will be treated with the respect and not just waiting to die. It's up to Scarlet as her sister is in prison and her brother is in Afghanistan on tour. Scarlet answers a job working as a nanny. She has the experience and believes that with ...more
Melanie (mells_view)
“You stop being afraid of the dark when you learn how to make your own light.”

Enjoyed Scarlet and Weston’s story. Even though neither of these characters have had it all the way easy, they seem to have it easy with each other. Scarlet may have come into Weston’s life with plans to con him, but things don’t stay that way. While she’s with him and his son Jackson, she learns to love. Them and herself. This was a good read, because both characters grew. There’s some angst, and we also get to catch
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku-book
3.75 stars
menna hafez
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites

This novel is amazing, I really loved Wes and scarlet sooooooo much and the connection between the Dawson family is very lovely and funny 😍😍😍😍😘
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

Scarlet's been taking care of her family her whole life. She left school to care for her sister and now she's taking care of her father, who she's had to put in a nursing home. So she does what she has to to make ends meet. That means she's had to do some things she'd rather not do, things that are wrong, not to mention illegal. But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right?

And then she rolls on up to her latest "job" and she falls in love with Weston and Jackson. She can't help herself be
Samantha Schwerin
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: instalove, 2-stars, meh
I almost gave up at the 40% mark of this and then it took me like 5 days to finish a book that normally takes me two days at most. I just lost interest. The story is the same as alllll the rest. Nothing remotely new about the hot nanny and the hot single dad falling for each other. Everything about this was cliche and predictable.

1. The amount of times Weston references/mentions Scarlett's breasts in the beginning was so often that I started to count: 20 times by 38% in variation (tits, breast
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Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she's not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.

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