Country Set in: Romania
My rating: 4 stars
Summary: Most schoolteachers count the days until summer vacation, but not Gwen. Sure, she loves her job, but it doesn’t exactly pay well. So when a student’s father asks her to fill in for his nanny for the summer, Gwen should be thrilled. After all, Alexander Romanescu is insanely wealthy, and she adores his daughter, Isabella. And yet… And yet she can’t shake the nagging feeling that saying yes to this man could lead to much more than she bargained for. Not to mention that the gig isn’t even in Los Angeles — it’s at the Romanescu’s isolated estate in Transylvania, the land of Dracula and Vlad the Impaler. But creepy bloodsuckers will be the least of her worries if her bank account balance drops any lower. And so Gwen says yes: yes to the job, yes to a European excursion…and yes to a summer that will change her life forever.
Work has been very busy lately, I am on the computer reviewing file after file after file. So while this is very busy, the nice thing is I can listen to an audio book while I do this. SO when I went into work I searched Romania on my Kindle Unlimited and came up with this book.
I didn’t do much research into the book so when I went to add it on my Goodread’s currently reading list I was immediately concerned because this book is on many lists that also include Shades of Gray. I hate that series, which I won’t get into here but I had already downloaded the audio so I was invested.
The first two hours of listening I was concerned this was going to be Shades of Gray Romanian style but alas it was not. Sure the “broke” school teacher gets an offer she can’t refuse and takes a job as an au pair in Romania for the very rich and sexy Alexander.
Now, that is where the similarities with Shades of Gray end. Praise Jesus. 😉
I found Gwen very believable and he actions did not seem exaggerated or over the top. She did have insane dreams that at first I was like what and the hell is wrong with this creepy girl but never fear those will be explained.
Alex the single father of Isabella was indeed very sexy. He was a little possessive and controlling that I tend to find very NOT sexy but it very much worked for this character.
This book did end up having a little supernatural that got a little predictable but I really started to enjoy this book.
This book had many twist and turns and a bit of supernatural. While at first I was hesitant about the book at first I am glad I finished the book, it really ended up being a great book.
The book did not end the way I wanted, but I am glad there is a sequel
Sites visited in this book & inspire Wanderlust
You can’t go to Romania without visiting Bran castle, there were some facts in this book, that I did fact check. Like did you know Vlad didn’t really visit here??? I didn’t.
Before this book I didn’t know much about Romania, but since the book was pretty much based in Brasov I did a little research and this very beautiful city is now on my list, and I am inspired to go to Romania now. (shocker I know)
The spent a few days in the capital city and seriously could this city be more stunning? I think more people (including me! need to visit Romania)
Duuuuuuuuddde. When they visited this castle I googled it, and man why wasn’t I born a princess? I would have made an amazing princess