Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review: A Little Too Late - Staci Hart

"A Little Too Late came right on time. Five stars!"-Brittainy C. Cherry, Amazon #1 Bestselling Author
A Little Too Late by Staci HartPublishing Date: October 24th, 2017Genre: Contemporary Romance
I wasn't supposed to fall in love with the nanny.
When my wife left, she took the illusion of happiness with her, and I've been caught in a free fall ever since. For nine long months, I've been fighting to figure out how to be a single dad, how to be alone.
For nine long months, I've been failing.
When Hannah walked through the door, I took my first breath since I'd found myself on my own. She slipped into our lives effortlessly, showing me what I've been missing all these years. Because Hannah made me smile when I thought I'd packed the notion of happiness away with my wedding album.
She was only supposed to be the nanny, but she's so much more.
The day my wife left should have been the worst day of my life, but it wasn't. It was when Hannah walked away, taking my heart with her.
Review4 Stars
Hannah feels drawn to help Charlie and his two children, like she's their only hope. She'd wanted to run, to return home to Holland, but the au pair position was available and it felt right. Charlie's wife had abandoned him, left him broken and not suited to rear their two children. She also left him lonely and lost, a feeling Hannah knows well. Together she helps him, by caring for his children and overtime caring for him as well. They both have issues though, pasts that make their dreams difficult and a lack of trust that may tear them apart before they even begin. 

"A moment hung between us, just a few heartbeats with our eyes on each other. And then he looked away."

I expected something illicit, the promise of forbidden love between a nanny and her employer drew me in, but the sweet cover and blurb promised so much more. Staci Hart's A Little Too Late is the kind of contemporary romance that draws you in like a warm blanket does on a cool day. You think you'll read a few pages and soon you're weeping, desperate to continue turning pages to find that Hannah and Charlie can find the happiness they so deserve. I loved Hannah from Holland, I loved her mannerisms, her dialogue, her love of baking, and every chapter written from her point-of-view. Charlie, too, is the kind of character you find yourself falling for. He's honest and flawed, his chapters filled with insecurities and struggles, but also with hope and longing. 

"And I touched my lips that had almost tasted him and wished he'd whispered a lie."

Their romance is the kind you'd find in old classic romance novels, a bit forbidden, over the top sweet, and the stuff dreams are made of. Their love is the sweep you off your feet kind, the kind that changes everything, but it also is the easiest to break, tumbling like a tower of cards. I loved how realistic the relationship was, Staci Hart makes it come to life and the difficulties they face felt true to the situation. The scenes with the children were so accurate, there were so many laugh out loud and awe-so-sweet moments. Together, as a team of five, with Katie the cook included, they shared love and laughter, lessons and heartbreak. Like all good books, particularly those written by Staci Hart, there is angst and twists that keep the story moving forwards. As a reader I was desperate for a happily ever after, left anxious turning pages as fast as I could to reach the end. I was so wrapped up in A Little Too Late, so in love with the characters and their darling story that I never wanted it to end.

"We would try. I would have her, and she would have me."

A Little Too Late is a sweet, slightly predictable contemporary romance that all love story fans will want on their shelf. It's the sort of book you read again and again, slipping into Hannah and Charlie's sugary world and leaving the real one behind. It's fantastically written, just the right length, and a passionate romance readers won't be able to put down. I have a bit of extra sentimental love for A Little Too Late as I've been raised with my Swedish heritage surrounding me always and Hannah and her family felt so similar to mine. It made me cry a bit and it made me happy, in fact this book will be one of those I read at Christmastime, when I miss my Grandmother the most.

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About the Author

AuthorPicsStaci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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