Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Performance (Tracy): ★★★★★
Narrator: Tracy Marks
Audiobook Length: 10hr 24m
Release Date: 11-10-2017
Reading Time: 5 minutes
Young and innocent, Julia Ellis has no idea what awaits her at the manor, where she is to become the nanny for Mr. Jonas Fairbanks, a ruthless, yet devastatingly handsome entrepreneur. Julia’s only plan is to earn enough money to fund her studies of French cuisine in Paris.
Julia falls in love with little Sidney, the 10-year-old daughter of Jonas, but can’t help noticing the peculiar way the townspeople talk of the little girl. An omen. The devil’s spawn.
Sidney is not the only young girl who will be groomed at the home of Mr. Fairbanks. What was taught as sinful, now, clouds her moral judgment of right and wrong. Julia fights with her innocence, giving into lust and a world all new to her. She loses all control, when she can no longer deny her attraction to Jonas. But no matter how much she feels love for this man, hidden deep in the house, tell a different story of his past…and what he’s capable of.
First Line: “911. What’s your emergency?”
Narrator Review (Tracy):
Tracy is flawless. I’m pretty sure she wakes up in the morning feeling like a total voice vixen ready to slay the day. She narrates with such authority and passion. It really doesn’t get any better than this.
Tracy has this magical way of dancing over words especially with dialogue. When she flows through dialogue, she’s unparalleled. She can be raspy, she can be sweet. Her vocal range is out of this world. She truly is captivating in the way she embodies characters and emotions. I can’t get enough of this woman!
I haven’t related to a female protagonist in a long time, friends. So long, in fact, that I can’t even remember the last time I read a book and said, “Oh dang, I would have done that!”
Until Julia came along.
Julia is so sweet and innocent. My goodness, it’s refreshing to read a book with this kind of life. Watching Julia meander through life under this veil of purity makes me anxious! It’s unlike anything I’ve read before!
Julia’s dream is to go to culinary school in Paris, but in order to do this, she needs to get a job, and—I dunno—actually move forward with her life. She’s static and these dreams are boiling inside her.
She makes a bold move to take a nanny job. Our sweet Julia was orphaned at a young age, so it’s no surprise she feels this desire to nurture children. Agg. My heart. There are so many layers to this woman.
Speaking of layers…the man she works for is quite…complicated. Jonas and his daughter, Sidney, live in the same house (obviously), but he’s not often present. Sidney is practically on her own emotionally and physically. Thanks, pops.
But Julia sees more to Jonas than he sees in himself. The beauty of her character is that she’s so kind and forgiving, but golly, Jonas Fairbanks is a man unworthy of love! Even his daughter calls him by his first name!
What is a woman supposed to do with an unlovable man? Love him.
Slowly, Julia eats away the walls around Jonas.
The bike is now ascending closer, and the memory of his chest against my cheek triggers a response somewhere deep inside me.
Whoop! Julia fights her desire, but she’s not going to be able to keep this up for more longer.
Jonas is a mystery from start to finish. There are things that happen in his household that Julia can’t quite put together. He’s devilishly swoony, complex, and Julia can’t help but see potential in him that doesn’t quite exist yet. Light, dark. Pure, tainted. How can two people so far apart on the spectrum of right and wrong be perfect for each other?
And ri-i-ight when I’m drooling and getting that juju I crave, the audiobook ends. Stop. It. Right. NOW. I’m lucky I didn’t have a heart attack!
Thank the sweet mother of this Earth that I’ve got Book #2 plugged in and ready to go. Let’s do this.