If I Stay by Tamara Morgan

Posted June 24, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

If I Stay by Tamara MorganIf I Stay by Tamara Morgan
Series: Montgomery Manor #1
Format: eARC
Published by Carina Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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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.

I totally liked this book, this book was actually on my wish list for quite some time before the opportunity to review it came my way. I don’t know if it was the cover that spoke to me or if it was two people both at kind of a crossroads in their lives coming to live and work for an insanely wealthy family.

I liked Amy, I liked Amy a lot. She’s just so carefree and sweet and kind, and she really just sees the best in everyone. She goes out of her way to be kind to people and to involve people in activities and just her life in general. She’s the nanny at the manor and she is so good with the kids, you can kinda tell that she’s one of those people whose happiness would be infectious. That being sad Amy is also pretty unsure of herself and her path in life, she came back to the manor where she grew up and took over her mom’s old job because her “path” as a dancer just wasn’t working out.

Like Amy, Jake is also unsure about how his life is going to turn out. A mistake at his old job being a stunt driver resulted in the loss of his career, and now he spends his days washing his bosses cars and driving him around, hardly the glamorous life he used to live in. He feels trapped in this small town, and more than that he plans to do whatever it takes to not end up there forever, and to keep him from getting attached to this place he refuses to let anyone in to his life. Until of course Amy finds a way to force her way in.

I loved the two of them together, they are so amusing together, and they ooze chemistry. Even when there was another potential love interest for Amy in the picture, Jake is really just a good guy and super respectful of everyone. I liked that Jake’s priority was Amy and her happiness, and when it turns out that Amy has some secrets from her past that not even she knew about he’s the first one to be supportive of her.

This book was super cute, and such a fun read. I would easily recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary romance. I think part of the appeal of this book was that Amy and Jake are two completely ordinary people, while they may work for a rich family, they are totally relatable and I enjoyed reading them from beginning to end.

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About Tamara Morgan

Tamara Morgan is a contemporary romance author of humorous, heartfelt stories with flawed heroes and heroines designed to get your hackles up and make your heart melt. Her long-lived affinity for romance novels survived a B.A. degree in English Literature, after which time she discovered it was much more fun to create stories than analyze the life out of them.

Whether building Victorian dollhouses, consuming mass quantities of coffee and wine, or crying over cheesy 1950s musicals, Tamara commits to her flaws like every good heroine should. She lives in the Inland Northwest with her husband, daughter, and variety of household pets and only occasionally complains about the weather.

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