The Alpha Nanny
by Remy Marie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
She needs money. He masks his pain. Life gives them a second chance, but reality may tear them apart.
Deena Zheng is in over her head. With her father’s mounting medical bills, a townhome in disrepair, and more stress than one person should bear, she does all that she can do to stay afloat. Out of options and desperate to pull her family out of the red, she must get out of her comfort zone and accept a nanny position with her firm’s notoriously impossible client or risk her family’s livelihood.
Jesse Grant struggles to get past his grief after losing the love of his life. Ever since her death, the billionaire hedge fund manager has used alcohol to mask his pain and, in the process, lost a part of himself. With a young son to raise and a business to run, he must pull himself together before he jeopardizes everything he’s worked so hard to build.
When they meet, the physical attraction is undeniable, but their personal demons and new professional relationship will make any hopes of pursuing a relationship too complicated for either to handle.Will they ignore their growing feelings for each other and keep their relationship strictly professional or will outside forces force them to reveal the truth?
“There you go again. Her name is like a deadly trigger for you. I bet once I leave here you are going to the kitchen to drink away your sorrows. Just remember, while you are cozying up to the whiskey, you have a four-year-old son losing a father. I know the path you’re heading down, and it’s not going to bring her back.”
“Deena, it’s good to see you, and with a handsome man too. Are you on a date? He looks like a keeper,” Mo Chou asked me in Mandarin.
This is the second time someone suggested Jesse and I be intimate with each other. He’s my boss and that’s it. However…
I glance back at Jesse and he still had a mile-long grin staring at me. It was weird watching him smile. In the short span that I’d known him, not once did he smile. Now, he hadn’t stopped smiling since he came to the house. There’s a certain glow when he smiles. It looks a lot like Lamar’s tiny grin.
“Mrs. Lee, he’s my boss. There’s nothing going on between us. We have come to dinner to discuss business. That’s it.” I replied back in Chinese.
“If a man looks the way he does at you, he only has one thing on his mind.”
“It’s the truth!” She stated in her native tongue. She then turned to Jesse and smiled. “Please excuse me. Deena is like a daughter to me and I haven’t seen her in a while. We were just catching up.” Mo Chou stated in English.
“That’s okay. I love your small restaurant. It shows a lot of history.” Jesse added looking around.
“Thank you. You can stop by anytime with or without Deena.”
“Mrs. Lee stop it. I know what you’re doing.” I snapped in Chinese.
“If you’re not going to claim this hunk of a man then I will.” She quickly retorted in Chinese. “Right this way” she added in English leading us to a table in the back. I fought with every urge not to roll my eyes at her. Jesse looked back at me and grinned as if he knew what we were talking about.
Did he hear what Mrs. Lee said? No that’s impossible. He doesn’t speak Chinese.
However, the thought of him knowing our past conversation filled me with embarrassment.
Why does he have to be so damn good looking too? I wonder if Mrs. Lee would still push me towards him if he was ugly, four-foot-tall and had a peg leg? Who am I kidding? Of course, she would.
The bottle kept me warm and it was the only drug able to numb the pain, but it also blinded me from seeing the fact that it was destroying everything that I held dear.
Family over lust, it was a simple equation, so why was the final decision so hard to make?
Remy Marie is a romance author who loves to write about charming heroes and brave heroines. While writing never came naturally for Remy, he continued to strengthen his craft, by constantly reading and writing. If he is not writing or reading, he is usually watching TV with his supportive wife, aggressively cheering for his college and professional sports teams, playing video games, or crunching numbers at his daytime job.