About The Secret: Being butler to a widower and single father is a dream job in more ways than one for Charlotte “Charlie” Emerson. She helps keep businessman Ethan Archer’s household running without a hitch and enjoys every minute she has with his six-year-old son, Wells. But as time passes, the situation feels alarmingly intimate and when her heart starts beating faster each time Ethan steps through the door, Charlie must exert rigid control over her feelings.
With her secret, falling in love would be all kinds of bad…
Ethan Archer values the woman who keeps his life in order and cares so much for his motherless boy. He and Charlie act in harmony with each other and it’s not hard to picture them as a little family…in fact, it’s so easy, one reckless night he proposes a marriage of convenience.
What will he do if Charlie says yes? And worse, what if she tells him no?
Review: I liked this book, it was okay. It wasn’t a terribly long read and I managed to whip through it in a few hours. Charlotte “Charlie” is an amazing but too hot butler. I say that because she is a modern-day Mrs. Doubtfire, and I know that Ethan(H) is a widow, but I couldn’t help but think about all the celebrity marriages that ended because someone hired a hot nanny. Well, I’ll be damned if I’d ever hire a hot nanny! However, considering I don’t make enough to hire a nanny I shouldn’t worry about that right?!!? Probably, but if I win the Mega Millions trust and believe, I am NOT hiring a hot nanny dammit! Back to this book…Charlie is super efficient and I love how much she adores little Wells. Wellington is Ethan’s cutie patootie son whom, like I said, Charlotte simply adores.
The story would’ve done better with a little more build up to Ethan and Charlie’s “arrangement.” I didn’t feel like the connection was truly there between the adults although the sexual tension was. This story needed a little bit more interaction between the H & h for the marriage of convenience or the hookups to truly work for me.
Now, if you are anything like me, you will have figured out the secret by chapter two and spend the rest of the time figuring out how it’s going to come out. When it did I was expecting a helluva lot more than I got. So again, this story could’ve benefitted from more drama than it was written on the page. They say less is more, but in this case, that didn’t do this book justice. There was a “mean girl” dropped on us and I expected a lot more from her character. Her involvement would’ve been the perfect addition to give this story the extra push it needed to be great. I like that wrapped itself up in a neat bow at the end, but it needed to get a little messier first. With that said, I give it 3 stars.