Review: The Nanny With the Skull Tattoos by Elizabeth Barone
ABOUT THE BOOK: Single dad Max isn’t looking for love—he only needs someone to help take care of his two-year-old daughter, Chloe. Or so he thinks. After being kicked out of his parents’ house, he’s determined to make it on his own. But juggling a full-time job, an undergrad program, and childcare is pretty much impossible. When his best friend jokingly suggests he post an ad for a live-in nanny on Craigslist, he goes for it. After all, he has nothing to lose… right?
When artist Savannah quickly responds to his ad, Max is thrilled. Her resume is perfect and Chloe seems to like her, despite the slightly menacing tattoos decorating her arm. Savannah brings a light and warmth into his life that he never thought possible. Max hasn’t so much as dated since Chloe was born, but he’s willing to give it a shot with Savannah. There’s just one problem.
Everything is perfect just the way it is. Even his daughter is happy. If he messed up things up with Savannah, how could he ever forgive himself?
REVIEW: This story is about a young father who is kicked out of his parent’s house and forced to raise his daughter alone. Max and Chloe end up in a three bedroom apartment while he works at a music store and attends college. With no one to assist him with taking care of Chloe, his friend gives him the crazy idea to go online and post an ad for a live-in babysitter. This is how he meets the nanny with the skull tattoos; however, will she always be a nanny or something more? When I first started to read about Max, I really felt sympathy for him but everyone else saw his situation as a mistake. He was two years out of high school with an ex that didn’t want to know her daughter. He was still protected from all of the harsh reality of life, able to live with his daughter in his parent’s basement so he still had a lot of growing up to do. Once he gets kicked out, he wakes up and realizes that he has to make the ultimate decision to care for his daughter at all means necessary. It wasn’t easy, but that sympathy turned into courage. I wanted to read the whole story to find out if there was light at the end of the tunnel. Savannah’s character is wonderful. Her attitude towards life is carefree, but she doesn’t completely share her past with Max. What she does say makes him feel a sense of comfort knowing that life wasn’t easy for either of them but they found each other in some aspect or another. In my opinion, this story was beautiful and well written. I enjoyed reading it and would highly recommend this story to others. Looking at the title, I was interested in finding out what the book was about. I like how the author throws some morals into the story; for instance, you can’t always JUDGE a book by its cover and life is what YOU make it. I give this story four stars because the author really brought her characters to life in my mind and I really loved the read. However, at the end of the read, I still found myself extremely curious about Savannah’s tattoos and what they symbolized in her life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Barone is an American novelist who writes contemporary New Adult romance and suspense, starring sassy belles who chose a different path in life. Her debut novel, Sade on the Wall (writing as Kaylene Campbell), was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She is the author of the South of Forever series and several other books.
When not writing, Elizabeth is very busy getting her latest fix of Yankee Candle, spicy Doritos chips, or whatever TV show she’s currently binging.
Elizabeth lives in northwestern Connecticut with her husband, a feisty little cat, and too many books.