A single dad, a model, and a comedian walk into a bar… They’re all Owen Brodie.
It’s only funny if you aren’t the hilarious struggling comedian who has been hired to be his son’s nanny for the stand-up tour.
Dear Ms. Hogan,
I’m emailing to offer you the job as my son’s nanny because Sam had a temper tantrum when I told him I can’t hire you to come on my stand-up tour with us. “She heckled me at a club a few years ago,” I wanted to say. “She is the sassy little turd who trolls me on Twitter,” I could have told him. “She’s an even bigger pain in the butt when we’re face-to-face,” I thought to myself. What I would never tell him is—things could get complicated. For reasons.
Let me know if you want the job.
With great reluctance,
Dear Mr. Brodie,
Thank you for your email. Please inform Sam that I like him very much and would love to be his nanny and accompany him on your terrible joke of a stand-up tour.
I can assure you—things will not get complicated. For many, many reasons.
Primarily because Owen Brodie isn’t funny, and he can suck it.
Out of financial desperation and a fondness for your son,
|Series:||The Brodie Brothers’ Series (Book 1)|
|Category / Genre(s):||Contemporary|
|Trope(s):||Enemies to Lovers|
|Point of View:||First Person, Present Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)|
|Location:||New York and pretty much all over the USA|
|Release Date:||15th July, 2021|
A snarky, sexy delight
I admit to being a bit of a fan-girl of Kayley Loring and yet with each new book she manages to dazzle and delight me just a little bit more. So I was champing at the bit to get my hands on Funny Business and it was well worth the wait.
The book is about Owen Brodie and Frankie Hogan and is the first in a new series about the Brodie brothers who are all introduced in this book. Also in the book are cameos from Shane, Nico and Alex, the heroes from Kayley’s previous Name in Lights series. But fear not – this book stands completely alone and features a (more than) satisfying HEA for Owen and Frankie.
When we first meet Frankie, oh boy is she a snarky wee thing; So deliciously sarcastic and antagonistic. I kept thinking that I really shouldn’t love her – but I adored every single thing about her. She didn’t lose her snark as time went on and as her relationship with Owen progressed – which is something I love in a book and with a couple. Stay yourself and someone will fall in love with all of you.
Owen wasn’t quite as snarky as Frankie but he still gave as good as he got – but adding in fart jokes, boy thoughts and general silliness. He was slightly arrogant but in a completely understandable (he was HOT!) and ridiculously adorable way. He was all-in with Frankie and he let her be himself while being completely himself, too. They were the perfect pair and by God – when he was sweet he went all out. Teeth aching perfection.
Together the pair were flammable. They were definitely an I want you now, throw you up against the wall and kiss the living daylights out of you kind of couple. They regularly gave me beautiful tummy flutters and, coupled with the sweetness as above, I was in romance novel heaven.
The story is fast moving and, it goes without saying, wonderfully well-written. The chapters are short and I found myself racing through this book, trying to carve out 5 minutes between work and chores just so I could read a little more of Owen, Frankie and even Sam. There wasn’t a ton of drama, and there wasn’t an obvious shoe waiting to drop, but I was hooked from the first and wanted more, more, more. I admit I feel a wee bit bereft now that I’m finished with the book and there’s no more Owen and Frankie to read about. So I will have to impatiently wait for the next book and hope they make cameos!
There are – wait for it – two epilogues in this book. Now you can see why I’m such a fool for Kayley Loring as she knows what I want! And that’s before I even read the epilogues because Oh. My. God – they were everything and more. I may just have clutched my pearls and swooned.
This is a book that is chock full of everything. It’s snarky, hella sexy and oh so funny. I enjoyed every second of it and would happily recommend it. One of my favourites this year and definitely worth 5 stars.
*I received this book in exchange for my honest review.*
Before writing steamy romantic comedy novels, Kayley Loring got her BFA in creative writing from a Canadian university and had a fifteen-year career as a screenwriter in Los Angeles (under a different name). She mostly wrote PG-13 family comedies that studios would pay her lots of money for and then never make into movies. In 2017 she decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and write about all the fun stuff that she wasn’t allowed to write about in those PG-13 scripts. Now she’s breathing cleaner air and writing dirtier words. It’s an adjustment that she’s happily getting used to.