Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Unexpected (Love in LA, #1)” as Want to Read:
Unexpected (Love in LA, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Love in LA #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  47 reviews
I will not sleep with my daughter's new nanny, no matter how hot he is.

And boy is he. Preston Hawthorne looks like he'd be more at home on a Hollywood set than playing dress-up with my daughter. But he dotes on her, bringing a sense of calm and order to our home. And the way he looks at me, the way he makes me feel is…unexpected. As if I might spontaneously combust.

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published December 12th 2019
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Unexpected, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Unexpected

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.18  · 
Rating details
 ·  93 ratings  ·  47 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Unexpected (Love in LA, #1)
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger

Forbidden love.
Age gap.
An older woman and a Manny (male nanny)
What could you want more from a book...???

"𝗜 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝗴𝗲, 𝗜 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗹𝗮𝘄𝘀, 𝗜 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂.”

35-year-old Alexis is a divorced single parent to a 4-year-old girl. She is a successful businesswoman and her ex-husband is a country music star who is on the road a lot - so she needs a nanny to help her with her daughter during the summer.
But she didn't expect HIM!

26-year-old Preston is trying to
Halle Reads
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reads
5/5 Stars

Hot. Male. Nanny. Do I really need to say more?


Preston is a 26 year old university student who works as a nanny to help pay his bills. After his current employer no longer needs his services he is placed with a new family. He is kind, nurturing, sweet, sensitive and super sexy.

Alexis is a 35 year old single mother to daughter Sophia, aged 6, she is super hard working, career focused, guarded at times, pragmatic and is a good mother, she is also warm, caring and compassionate

Kimberly Chambers
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Y’all. This book was BRILLIANTLY written. The story, the passion, every single thing about this book I loved.

Preston and Alexis were EVERYTHING. Gahhhhhhh I can’t even tell you how much I freaking enjoyed this book.

As much as I wanted to devour this book, I didn’t. I read it slow, and soaked in each page. From Chapter 1, I was hooked. #hooklineandsinker

Sophia, Hunter, Lauren all the extra people in this book played a significant role.

This book is available December 12, and when I say you
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[image error]

[image error]

'𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆' 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀

A manny, successful business woman, reverse age-gap romance that will make your heart leap with love and excitement for more of Jenna Hartley in this Love in LA series

Alexis is a 35 years old single mother who is an estate agent that attempting to exerts her hard works and efforts of parenting her six years old daughter, Sophia as much as at works. When her long-term nanny abroad and ex-husband is busy with tour she's
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Unexpected” is a reverse age gap, forbidden romance book Not only because I am a huge fan of both these tropes, but because this book was so much more than that. Preston is a survivor. He has overcome so much in his young life that he no longer takes anything for granted. He is sexy as sin and smart to boot, but more than that, he loves children, which is why he works as a nanny. Alexis is a highly successful businesswoman, she is sexy, and confident (or so she ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I loved this book! I love reading forbidden romances and this one was done very well! An older woman and a manny! Where can you go wrong? Alexis is a divorced older woman who is single and hires a nanny who ends up being a you the oh so swoon worthy, Preston! He eases his way into Alexis and her daughter Sophia's life and literally rocks Alexis' world!

Since she's an older woman, she lacks some confidence because she feels she's too old for Preston he is quick to show her
✨The Quick & Dirty Bibliophile✨
Review forthcoming
Brit *My Little Book Nook*
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unexpected is the first book I’ve read by Jenna Hartley, but it won’t be the last. I’m giving it 3.5 stars.

Alexis Black is a single mom who is also a powerful and successful career woman. When he ex-husband bails on taking their daughter for the summer, Alexis has to seek the last-minute help of a nanny placement service. Enter Preston Hawthorne. He’s 26, hella hot, and he’s Alexis’s new nanny.

First, I really loved that Hartley flipped the script on the popular nanny romance trope. I loved
Carly Wilson
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘Unexpected’ by Jenna Hartley, is the first book in the LA love series. Hartley is a new to me author, and I was excited at being given the opportunity of reading this book.

The book is about Alexis Black, an estate agent who is a single mother attempting to find a balance of parenting her six year old daughter, as well as working during the summer holidays. When her Ex-partner drops out of helping her with childcare, and her long-term nanny abroad, Alexis is forced to seek help in the form of
Rachel Dunk
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is the definition of something feeling “right”. Everything about this story screamed perfection. A puzzle coming together. I cried, I laughed, my heart was so warm. I’m so happy right now, I’m basking in the afterglow of this incredible bookgasm.

Thinking back, I don’t know if I’ve ever read a more ideal male lead. Preston is perfection personified. I know He went through so much, only to come out on the other side so strong and wise beyond his years. It’s why he and Alexis work so
Danielle Melo
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alexis 35 she divorced Cal, he is a musician, you know the type that can't put family first. Always on the road. The music is the number one priority, completely free-spirited. Alexis is the main bread-winner even when Cal was around, she busted her butt to be where she is today a Real Estate agent and mother to her wonderful daughter Sophia. Sophia is six-years-old and smart as a whip.

Preston is a 26, he is a child care provider, NOT a "manny" he's a college student and needs to pay his steep
Skye Yanovsky
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love reverse age gap romances then Unexpected is the book for you. This book had so much heart that it made me tear up so many times. From a single mother struggling to balance raising her little girl alone with the demands of her career to a young man trying to find his path in life after overcoming so much in his life, this book just touches your heart. I loved every second of this book.
Alexis and Preston were everything. Two people who shouldn’t fit but were a perfect match despite
The Lusty Literarians
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jenna Hartley delivers a delightful novel with Unexpected. I've never read a reverse-age-gap romance before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Hartley perfectly captures the double standards that women in society face when it comes to dating a younger man. Older men don't even think twice about dating a younger woman, in fact it is considered the norm. Alexis, the main character in Unexpected, initially struggles with the idea of not only dating a younger man but also one that is in her employ. I ...more
Kitty Rio Sol
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Alexis! If you are a working mother, you need to read this book. I could relate to her on so many levels.

Alexis, 35, is a successful working mom, who’s constantly juggling to keep the façade of her perfect life afloat, but what she needs (what EVERY working mom needs when they get home) is a little tenderness. .

Preston, 26, is a college student who is wise beyond his years and his harrowing backstory shows the reader why. Instead of stripping or tending bar to make ends meet, he’s a
N. Biggs
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Unexpected by Jenna Hartley
My Rating: /5

Gahhhhh I loved this book so much! Forbidden romances aren’t typically my thing; but when written well is amazing. As is the case with this book. It has it all: complexity, steam, angst and great secondary characters that’ll have you in stitches. I have read age-gap tropes before but this one was no comparison. This was my first time reading a reverse age gap romance and was pleasantly surprised.

Alexis is the main character and struggles
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected by Jenna Hartley is an age-gap, single parent/nanny, contemporary romance novel that I devoured in less than two days. I was instantly intrigued from the, since its a fresh twist on the single parent/nanny trope.

The characters in the book were very well developed. I felt like I could relate to most of them on some level. Alexis, the heroine is a strong AF single mom. She's successful in her career, and incredibly confident on the outside. However, she struggles with a lot of the same
Tracy Wilkin
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This author is new to me and i thank goodness that social media posts about amazing authors such as Jenna Hartley. I was totally swept away by this story and love every single aspect of it. Unexpected was EVERYTHING I love in a romance and more. It dealt with a lot of different issues and the characters faced many hurdles together. I loved the way they intricately threaded themselves together and the secondary characters were a saucy mix that only added depth and excitement to the story. The ...more
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just like the title this book was Unexpected in the best way possible. I loved that it was a different take on the single parent/nanny romance, plus throw in a reverse age gap. I was completely sucked in from the beginning.

Alexis and Preston had INSTANT chemistry, but there was the whole, he is my daughter’s nanny, he is young debated that Alexis experienced and I was sitting there yelling at my kindle telling her to just go for it! I loved that Preston wasn’t immature and I easily would forget
Pretty_Book_Whore  Narissa
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book!!! I felt it in my heart! Slight age gap with the female being older and the Male being a nanny. Preston hasn't had an easy adult life. Alexis is a strong independent single mom who wants to make sure her daughter has all the best. So that means she works alot. With her ex-husband never around for their daughter she needs a nanny. He bails on Sophia and the only person an agency has is a man with great reviews. Preston has had a crush on Alexis since he first saw her and now that he's ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was perfect from start to finish and totally my catnip! Older woman, younger man, he’s the manny, she’s the single mom employer and their chemistry is off the charts!! I read this book in one sitting on an airplane and could not put it down. The writing and story flowed naturally and Alexis and Preston were so steamy together! This is my first book by JennaHartley and I am so glad I read this book. I definitely recommend it! Sweet, touching with just the right amount of heat! I ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unexpected, book one of Love in LA, is incredible. Talk about a slow burn. Alexis is a single mom, who works her butt off and hires, Preston, a nanny to help take care of her daughter during the summer. Sparks start flying from the moment these two met and it doesn't stop there. Their connection is so intense you can feel it yourself as you're reading. This book can easily be read in a day or two, it is so hard to put down. There were ups and down throughout the book, some that I wasn't ...more
Yazmin Martinez
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The chemistry started from the get between Preston & Alexis. This book had it all Drama, heat, push and the pull between the characters and factor in a 7yr old who was just the sassiest little princess it was great.
Angela McClellan
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy macaroni! This is a slow burn that will have your heart pumping and your skin sizzling with the connection Alexis and Preston have! Un-put-down-able is what this beauty is! Their push pull relationship will have you gritting your teeth and yelling at your phone... This book has so many ups and downs... Secrets and past experiences... Throw in a psycho ex and you have something so Unexpected you don’t know how to cope!! A must read y’all!
Kim Whitehead
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome, heartwarming story!! Older women, younger man! A daughter and an unexpected pregnancy make for a heart warming book!
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well I loved this story!! The sexy older woman falls for the hot Manny!! I loved everything about Alexis straight away and it was nice I think to read about an age gap romance but for the woman to be older for once!

I really enjoyed this book, thank you Jenna!!!

4 stars from me!!!
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
This was such a sweet romance!
jos (sportschicreads) Ochoa
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This debut novel by Jenna Hartley is steamyyyy. It has a great storyline mixed in and I really enjoyed it. Its not every day you read a book with a manny. An amazing older woman younger man book ...more
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great age gap romance novel! And I sooo loved the humor the little girl Sophia brought into the story! Wonderful job!
C. Standing
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Jenna, and I really enjoyed it! Preston, the lead male protagonist, is a 26-year-old college student who's just had his scholarship withdrawn.

To make ends meet, he takes care of people's children.

Enter Alexis.

She is in need of a nanny, given that her ex has bailed on her, and Preston's agency sets her up with him.

I enjoyed their chemistry, and I adored how in love he was with her from the get-go. My only issue was that I prefer a male character to be a little more
Holly _boozeandbooks
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three words: 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘺. 𝘏𝘰𝘵. 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘺!!

This book was just the feel-good romance that I needed in my life. Alexis is a strong-willed, hardworking, single mother who doesn’t need a man or love to complete her. That is until Preston crashes into her life to be the “manny” to her daughter, Sophia. Will she be able to resist her temptations or will she mix work with pleasure?

This book made me happy guys. The book is so cute and the characters are lovable. I mean Sophia is legit daughter goals! Also can we
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Liar (Voyeur, #5)
  • Tangled (Emerson Falls Book 1)
  • Manhattan (Becker Bothers, #3)
  • Throttled (Dirty Air, #1)
  • Watch With Me
  • Rejected (Imperfectly Perfect, #2)
  • Wait for Me
  • The Trouble with Gravity
  • Hometown Heartless
  • Keeper
  • Chase the Butterflies
  • Fake It 'Til You Break It
  • Rebel Soul
  • The Younger Man
  • The Husband Checklist
  • The Rise of Monsters (Angelus, #1)
  • Doughn't Let Me Go
  • Sleeper
See similar books…
Contemporary romance author, Jenna Hartley writes about strong, independent women and the men who dare to love them. Her characters aren’t perfect; they're authentic. Her passion is to make their stories feel as real for readers as they do to her, infusing each one with sexy, sweet, and laughable moments that reflect real love.

When she's not writing, Jenna spends her days chasing after a hilarious

Other books in the series

Love in LA (2 books)
  • Irresistible (Love in LA, #2)