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Review: His Secret Love by Ava Ryan

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Best one-night-stand of my life. Plot twist: she’s our new nanny…

Commitments? No thanks.

And after my painful divorce I’m also done with secrets and lies.

The occasional hookup is more my speed as a new billionaire, busy doctor and single dad.

But there’s something about Skye. That’s why I swiped right on her profile.

That’s why we enjoyed sizzling chemistry and an unforgettable one-night stand.

I meant it to be a one-time thing.

I never anticipated this growing obsession with her.

I certainly never expected my ex to hire her as our new nanny.

Now my life is full of messy secrets.

And the relentless desire to get feisty Skye back in my bed…

Title:His Secret Love
Author:Ava Ryan
Series:Manhattan Billionaires (Book 3)
Trope(s):Billionaire Romance
Nanny Romance
Secret Lovers
Workplace Romance
Point of View:First Person, Present Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:New York, US
Release Date:1st July, 2021
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Swoonworthy chemistry

This is the third and final book in the Manhattan Billionaires trilogy but fear not, each book stands alone and features a different couple. The trilogy focuses on three billionaire friends – and the other 2, Liam and Michael (from His Lost Love and His Forbidden Love) do appear in this one bringing with them all the ribbing, banter and bromancing we need. However, the focus is definitely on our couple – Jake and Skye.

The story kicks off right in the action as Jake and Skye meet for a blind, swipe right, date. Their connection is immediate and I felt that chemistry oozing out my kindle from the first. The fact that Skye chooses to meet Jake in a bookshop is the stuff that romantic fantasies are made of!

Skye is slightly younger (think she was 23) and in a period of transition in her life after deciding that Law School was not for her. Despite that, she is bright, feisty and never comes across as weak or immature. I loved her – the perfect blend of kick-ass and sweet. There was also no imbalance of power between the couple despite the nanny / boss situation. So don’t worry that you’ll get any icky feelings – you won’t.

But it’s Jake that 100% stole my heart. It’s ridiculously hard to write a hero that is equal parts strong and alpha – but still vulnerable, sweet and completely at the mercy of the girl he loves. The way Jake blushed and got a bit tongue tied around Skye made my heart go pitty-pat! Yet he was still hot, sweet, smart, rich and such a good father. Sigh

“…get yourself some pearls to clutch because [the sex] is swoonworthy!”

As I mentioned before, the chemistry between Skye and Jake was instant and electric. So when it comes to the sex, get yourself some pearls to clutch because it is swoonworthy! They definitely feel like a perfect pairing and you can’t help but root for them to get together and make it work.

As a secondary character, Marlene was just the right kind of bad ex-wife. But the way Ms Ryan gave us a glimpse at her getting her own happy ending was absolute perfection and also made me laugh. And although I’m not much for children in my romances, Charlie and Becca were an adorable delight. If all children aren’t like this – nobody tell me.

The story is written in first person, present tense in both Jake and Skye’s viewpoint. What gave this some extra oomph is the way that, at times, it was like the characters were talking to us, as readers, about the situation. It really worked and not only that, it was hella funny at times. I laughed out loud on more than one occasion.

Ava Ryan is the queen of billionaire romances and this is definitely one of her best. I didn’t want to put it down and felt a bit bereft when I had finished. If you’re new to Ava Ryan – or you’ve read every book of hers – I cannot recommend this tale highly enough. One of my favourite stories this year. 5 stars.

Ava Ryan is an author of sexy contemporary romance. Her favorite things, in no special order, are animals, her family, cookies, people with great senses of humor and love stories.

Currently in her writer’s cave (ostensibly working hard on her next book while also checking Netflix every few hours to make sure she hasn’t missed a new true crime documentary show), she loves hearing from readers via her website or social media.

If you love billionaire alpha males, the feisty women who snag their hearts and books that end with a happily ever after, you’ve come to the right place.

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