When Scarlet Cooper takes a new job as a nanny, she assumes she’s going to work for the rich couple who hired her. But instead of pulling up to their million-dollar estate, she finds herself on the front porch of a humble farmhouse, looking into the eyes of dark and brooding single dad, Weston Dawson.
It’s bad enough that Weston doesn’t have a fortune to charm out of him, but he’s also a cop. After marrying his high school sweetheart only to have her up and leave weeks after their baby was born, Weston has sworn off women for life. All that matters now is taking care of his son, Jackson.
If anyone can break down the tough exterior of the former soldier, it’s Scarlet. But just when she’s close to getting exactly what she wants, she’s faced with a whole new challenge, which just might be the biggest con she’s ever pulled: pretending she doesn’t love him.
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Before Side Hustle I’d read maybe one nanny romance – the one I had read felt a little predatory, so I never picked up the trope again. After reading Side Hustle – which I picked up because I loved the Dawson family series so much after Quinn’s story – I feel like I have been missing out on a really sweet and fascinating trope for years. I will definitely be adding nanny romances to my list.
At first, I kind of wanted to hate Scarlet because I loved the Dawson family so much and the idea of anyone trying to take advantage of any of them made my blood boil. However, she was so flawed, so broken, had been left so devoid of any real love or affection in her life I couldn’t help but care about her. Once I saw how she was with Jackson, and eventually Weston, I was smitten, and I knew I had to forgive her for whatever actions she’d taken or planned in order to survive up to that point in her life.
Weston had pulled at my heartstrings in Quinn’s story, so I knew once I got to know him and Jackson more thoroughly I would be a goner, and I was right. The love Weston had for his boy, and the things he was willing to put up with and sacrifice to make sure Jackson was happy and well taken care of made me melt. Weston’s childhood hadn’t been nearly as traumatic as Scarlet’s, but he was no stranger to abandonment and trauma, and I felt like it was those shared experiences that made them such a great fit.
I absolutely adored this story and the slow(ish) burn of their romance. Scarlet and Weston were beautiful together, but it was when they were both with Jackson and loving that little boy that my heart became overwhelmed with affection for them. I hope I get to see a lot of them in future books in this series because they may have overtaken Quinn and Archer for my favorite Dawson couple, for now, I reserve the right to change my opinion as the series continues.
Archer has always wanted what he can’t have—Quinn Dawson. Since the moment he saw her, he’s been denying his feelings for her, ignoring the void in his heart he knows only she can fill.
Everything about them was wrong, the kind of wrong that felt so right. But none of it mattered. Not the terrible timing. And definitely not the mess it would create if Archer made a move on his best friend’s baby sister.
It was supposed to be one night, but one night is all it takes to make everything more complicated, and they only have nine short months to sort it all out.
No, none of it mattered. Until it did.
Getting pregnant was the last thing Quinn thought would happen. But now Quinn’s focus is to start the family Archer’s always wanted. The hard part should be over, right?
Ghosts from the past begin to surface. No matter how hard they try, the universe seems to have other plans that threaten to tear Archer and Quinn apart.
Archer will not let the one thing he always wanted slip through his fingers. As events unfold, Archer finds himself going to lengths he never thought possible. After all he’s done to keep Quinn…will he lose her anyway?
END GAME is book two in The Dawson Family Series and concludes Quinn and Archer epic love story.
Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.
She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.
Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.