Title: Hot Nanny Next Door
A Practically Perfect Nannies Series Standalone
Author: Cathryn Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 7, 2021
No way was I going to marry some guy to bring two rivalling crime families together.
I was not a pawn, and my virginity was not for sale.
That’s why I snuck away, and took a nanny position in a nice neighborhood.
The next thing I knew, I was all tangled up in another position—with the hot millionaire next door.
Not my smartest move. Not when I knew it could put him and his son in danger.
We were strangers, but that didn’t stop me from giving him…everything.
For the first time in my life I felt free, until danger tapped me on the shoulder.
That’s when I realized I was in trouble…
And that falling for the hot neighbor was going to cost more than my heart.
His dark eyes narrow in on me, and I try not to shift under his scrutiny. Sweat breaks out on my forehead, despite the air conditioning in the grocery store, and my heart crashes a little harder against my ribs as I give him another once over. Tall. Foreboding. Powerful. He represents everything I’ve been running from.
Is this one of my father’s men? Have they found me already? I’d been so careful, so secretive the last few weeks. Using burner phones each time I called the Practically Perfect Nannies in search of a job. Thanks to my mixed heritage—I can speak English and Italian fluently—I was promptly placed with a Sicilian family who wanted me to teach their daughter English and still be able to communicate with them all in Italian. While Chicago’s Gold Coast is gorgeous, I would have preferred a place a little further from my home, but I was desperate, so I jumped on it, being careful to keep a low profile until I can save up enough to get out of Chicago altogether.
Then I can go to college like I want, instead of marrying at eighteen. I have my whole life ahead of me. I want to experience things, to travel, and hopefully someday own my own restaurant. I could have asked my father for college money, but he’d want me married first. Once married, he’d tell me I didn’t need an education. In the world I was born into, it’s still an old fashioned one, where the men rule the roost. I’m a modern woman and want a life in the modern world.
“Are you okay?” the man asks as he smooths a big hand down his tie. I follow the movement. I take a breath, and then another, working to pull myself together long enough to find my voice.
“Yes, sorry.” I point to the apples as I work to figure out if this man is going to drag me from the store by my hair. From the way people are giving him a wide berth, I don’t even think they’d try to stop him. “You go ahead.”
I size him up again. I’ve gotten good at reading others over the years. Who is friend and who is foe? Everything about him, from his expensive suit and shoes to his perfectly shaven face and combed hair—that wouldn’t dare to tumble out of place—screams wealth and power. He’s everything I despise. Guys like him rule the world, telling girls like me what to do and how to do it. I am so over that, and truth be told, I’m a little surprised he’s getting his own groceries. You’d think a man in a suit that costs thousands of dollars would have servants, and many of them. Unless, of course, he’s one of my father’s henchmen, buying groceries under pretense, when he’s actually here for me.
“No, you go ahead.” He checks his watch. “You seem to be in a rush. I have a few minutes to spare.”
I hesitate for a second and narrow my eyes. Is he waiting for backup? As I study his handsome chiseled face, recognition niggles in the back of my brain. Do I know him? Have I met him before? If he’s not one of my father’s men, he could be from a rival family, keeping his eye on me. Arianna Milano. Though I’ve changed it to Miller to keep my identity hidden. The prized little virgin who can bring the Sicilian and Russian mafia together.
My virginity is not for sale, thank you very much.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cathryn Fox is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. Cathryn lives in beautiful Nova Scotia with her husband, who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. When not writing, Cathryn can be found Skyping with her son living in Seattle (could he have moved any farther away?) shopping with her daughter in the city, watching a big action flick with her husband, or hanging out and laughing with friends.