July 20, 2014
If I Stay by Tamara Morgan
Series: Montgomery Manor #1
Published: May 12, 2014
Ryan Lucas would rather be anywhere but Ransom Creek, Connecticut. After losing his high-adrenaline career as a Hollywood stunt driver, he’s had to tuck his tail between his legs and take up employment as a chauffeur for the Montgomerys, a wealthy hotelier family.
Amy Sanders has returned home to Ransom Creek to take over her mother’s former position as nanny to the Montgomerys—bringing her close to dashing Jake Montgomery once again. She grew up with a major crush on Jake, and it’s not easy to leave those feelings behind, even though her friendship with the hard-edged family chauffeur, Ryan, has a sizzling undercurrent of undeniable attraction.
Amy’s determined to prove to Ryan that life at Montgomery Manor isn’t all bad, but each time they draw closer Jake swoops in. Amy is torn between two men—and two worlds. And Ryan is rapidly coming to learn that if he wants to make Amy his, he’ll have to prove to her that life downstairs can be everything they both want.
**Hotness Rating 3 out of 5**
If I Stay the first book of the Montgomery Manor series by Tamara Morgan is a must-read. The witty conversation and writing alone makes this book fabulous. Throw in the truly likable characters and the story itself and you have a hit.
Ryan Lucas feels like he’s lost his chance for the only career he’s ever wanted or loved. Hoping things will die down and he’ll get a second chance he decides to lay low for awhile. What better way to stay off the radar than to move to Connecticut and take a job as mechanic/chauffeur for the mega-rich Montgomery family. He hates every second of it, but he’ll do whatever it takes to get another chance to stunt drive, again. All he has to do is keep a professional distance and serve his time. It would do no good to make any attachments when he plans on leaving. The beautiful nanny is making it so hard to keep his plans, though.
Amy Sanders has given up her dream life of being a ballerina, okay so maybe it wasn’t her dream, but it was someone’s. She is really happy taking care of the next generation of the Montgomery children just as her mother did before her. It doesn’t hurt that the mechanic is easy on the eyes and presents quite the challenge.
Amy was such a cutie. I found myself wishing she were my friend. I loved the way her mind worked and the funny things that came out of her mouth. How could Ryan resist? The poor guy didn’t stand a chance. The supporting characters just added to this rag-tag group and I can’t wait to read more about all of them.
I give If I Stay 4.5 Flaming Hearts