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Chicago ex-socialite Amanda Delmar's father has cut her off, and now she must do the unthinkable--work. Single father Danny Tucker hires her to babysit his daughter, not knowing that this debutante might just find a place in his heart.
Published: Penguin Group on Jan 3, 2006
ISBN: 9781101158029
List price: $7.99
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The Story: a rich girl from the city on vacation in the country gets cut off from her father’s money. She gets a job as nanny and housekeeper for a local farmer and falls in love.My Thoughts: What was supposed to be a light, mindless read turned into a wonderfully engaging story. Characters, especially our heroine Amanda, are well-conceived and entertaining. It’s a sweet and funny story, with as much emphasis on Amanda’s self-discovery as the developing relationship between her and farmer Danny. If this book is any indication, Erin McCarthy will be finding her way onto my 'Must Read' list.Recommendation: Read it!read more
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An enjoyable contemporary romance about a shallow Paris Hilton-like heiress who is disowned by her father, moves to a small town, and starts working as a babysitter for a single father farmer (newly in charge of an eight-year-old daughter). The two opposites, of course, fall in love and the heiress finds out what's really important in life. An extraneous ghost subplot falls flat, but McCarthy writes likable, human characters in a way that reminds me of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. A sweet summer read, recommended for romance fans.read more
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2 1/2 stars

I probably wouldn't have picked this one up on my own, but it was left up for grabs at our work castoff table so I figured I'd give it a shot. The plot line was farfetched in a lot of ways, but it was funny and light and just what I needed right now.

A rich heiress runs off to a middle of no where town named Cuttersville trying to escape her problems and boredom. Now if I'm bored regardless of being rich or not Cuttersville, Ohio is not the first place I would think of to go, but okay I went with. The story took off pretty quickly after the first page and you learn that Amanda, the wealthy heiress, is surprise, surprise much deeper than what she is given credit for. Of course Danny, the poor farmer, sees this deepness right away. *rolls eyes* As if that farfetched plot is not bad enough the author decided to throw in a crying ghost for the hell of it. Mmmm hmmm, I'm still trying to work that one out.

Despite all this I still enjoyed it. I found lines like this one: "Men are alike. Different dick, but still the same prick" funny. Plus, the smuttiness of the novel more than made up for its silly premise. Mmmm, I never thought farmers could be so sexy, but yeah there you have it. ;)read more
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The Story: a rich girl from the city on vacation in the country gets cut off from her father’s money. She gets a job as nanny and housekeeper for a local farmer and falls in love.My Thoughts: What was supposed to be a light, mindless read turned into a wonderfully engaging story. Characters, especially our heroine Amanda, are well-conceived and entertaining. It’s a sweet and funny story, with as much emphasis on Amanda’s self-discovery as the developing relationship between her and farmer Danny. If this book is any indication, Erin McCarthy will be finding her way onto my 'Must Read' list.Recommendation: Read it!
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An enjoyable contemporary romance about a shallow Paris Hilton-like heiress who is disowned by her father, moves to a small town, and starts working as a babysitter for a single father farmer (newly in charge of an eight-year-old daughter). The two opposites, of course, fall in love and the heiress finds out what's really important in life. An extraneous ghost subplot falls flat, but McCarthy writes likable, human characters in a way that reminds me of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. A sweet summer read, recommended for romance fans.
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2 1/2 stars

I probably wouldn't have picked this one up on my own, but it was left up for grabs at our work castoff table so I figured I'd give it a shot. The plot line was farfetched in a lot of ways, but it was funny and light and just what I needed right now.

A rich heiress runs off to a middle of no where town named Cuttersville trying to escape her problems and boredom. Now if I'm bored regardless of being rich or not Cuttersville, Ohio is not the first place I would think of to go, but okay I went with. The story took off pretty quickly after the first page and you learn that Amanda, the wealthy heiress, is surprise, surprise much deeper than what she is given credit for. Of course Danny, the poor farmer, sees this deepness right away. *rolls eyes* As if that farfetched plot is not bad enough the author decided to throw in a crying ghost for the hell of it. Mmmm hmmm, I'm still trying to work that one out.

Despite all this I still enjoyed it. I found lines like this one: "Men are alike. Different dick, but still the same prick" funny. Plus, the smuttiness of the novel more than made up for its silly premise. Mmmm, I never thought farmers could be so sexy, but yeah there you have it. ;)
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The heroine Amanda is a rich girl whose father has cut her off in an attempt at tough love. Danny gets a big surprise when his eight year old daughter Piper, who he had no idea existed, is dumped on his doorstep. Danny is a wonderful beta hero who becomes an instant father and knows instinctively how she is starved for love and attention. I'm not crazy about children in romance but as long as they are well behaved I can tolerate them. Piper has been terribly neglected and emotionally abused and it doesn't take Danny and Amanda (and the reader) long to fall in love with her. Amanda was a bit shallow and I didn't completely buy her transformation from a spoiled rich girl whose only concern is her clothes, hair, shoes, etc. into a responsible adult that takes care of Piper while Danny works on the farm. The humor was good and not too silly but I didn't see the need for the paranormal aspect with the ghost. I loved the way Amanda related with Piper and understood her needs. Amanda's character growth was believable but the ending resolution with her father was a bit too convenient. (Grade: B)
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I approached this one with skepticism. Poor little rich girl who's cut off by her father takes a job babysitting a hot farmer's 8-year-old daughter that he just found out about. I expected Paris Hilton & The Simple Life, with sex and "romance." I expected cheap laughs and cheap sentiment, but she made it work. Not that I know any heiresses, but Amanda's personality certainly felt real. She had compassion and insecurity overlain with bravado and a slightly brittle carefree attitude. I really enjoyed the parallels between herself and the little girl, Piper, though their circumstances couldn't have been different, they had a lot in common. And Danny and Amanda both thinking the other is too good for them is classic romance. My only quibble is that there were several abrupt jumps in time of a couple weeks or so--on the one hand, it makes the development of the romance more believable, but the transitions were clunky and left me mildly disoriented after each one. I'm suspecting there's at least one previous book that's connected to this one. I'll have to look for it.
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Just finished reading "Heiress for Hire" by Erin McCarthy and I loved it! The characters hooked and engaged me from chapter one. There was humor, dry wit, vulnerability, charm, tension, longing, wounds needing healing, trust, love, friendship, sex and lots more. The story is about a rich social butterfly heiress named Amanda Delmar who gets cut off from her endless supply of money from her father while she is in the country. The credit cards are cut off, the bank accounts, everything. She's got next to nothing to live on but her rental house is paid for a few more weeks. She needs a job, only there isn't much she's qualified to do in the country. Danny Tucker is a divorced farmer who wants nothing more than to keep his life on the farm and get himself a wife and children. Part of that wish comes true right off the bat when a skinny dirty eight year old child is dumped on his doorstep. Apparently years ago, Danny had a brief intimate encounter with a woman while he and his wife were split up and the encounter had produced a child. Piper. Danny never knew about the girl until her step father dropped her off telling him the mother was dead and he didn't want the kid. Danny was shocked and thrilled at the same time. He had a daughter and loving Piper came easy and naturally to him. But what did he know about eight year old little girls? And what was he going to do with her while he ran the farm? He was desperate for help and Amanda was desperate for a job because she was beginning to starve to death eating stale cereal every day. Danny hires Amanda (of all people) to be Piper's nanny. Amanda likes Piper from the get go and the two form a bond. Danny had felt an attraction to Amanda the first time he'd laid eyes on her, but thought her a rich snob from another world so avoided her whenever he could. But when it became apparent the Piper was desperate for clothes, shoes and all the basics a child needed Amanda stepped in to take them shopping (doing what she does best). The shopping at Walmart chapters were hysterical! These two very opposite grown ups trying to work together for a little eight year old girl was cute, funny and full of 'aw' moments when I wasn't laughing. Before long, Danny sees just how much Amanda has to offer and that she is not what he had first judged her to be. And he wants her. But...Danny isn't very secure. Now I really loved this part, it was refreshing. Danny thought he sucked in bed and he was nearly crippled by the thought that he would fail miserably compared to the rich sophisticated men Amanda must be used to. He wants her, but he's so unsure of himself and talks himself out of it several times. Meanwhile, Amanda has nearly the same issues. She had overheard her last boyfriend talking on the phone with his girlfriend (he was cheating on Amanda and using her for her money) about how bad Amanda was at sex and making fun of her body (tiny breasts, flat butt etc). This cut Amanda deeply and made her very self conscious about her body and sex. But there is heat between Danny and Amanda and when they kiss there is no denying what they both want. Aside from their insecurities the other problem is Piper. They don't want to hurt her as she's already had a hard life full of disappointment and pain. The thought that Danny and Amanda starting a relationship then ending it might hurt Piper, so they try to stay away from each other. They can't, of course. So they decided just once to be together. That's all it takes for both of them to realise that they are already in love with each other. More doubts arise. Danny wants marriage, but doesn't believe a rich heiress would have him. And Amanda has never been told she was loved or wanted by anyone, so she finds it all hard to believe that it could be true or that it could work. She decides to stop having sex with Danny because it will hurt too much when she leaves. Danny proposes then finds out Amanda is set to inherit millions within a decade and that sends him reeling into more insecurities. This could have been annoying but its not. Not at all. It's real and like I said it was so refreshing to read that the hunky hero of the romance story is vulnerable and unsure of himself yet still sexy as hell and all man. He even blushes a few times! I loved the characters in this story. Amanda the heroine is probably one of my favorite heroines of all time because she was so real in her charming befuddlement of going from rich to poor in a heartbeat and what that might be like (Erin McCarthy was a master at depicting this). She's so full of compassion and totally unselfish putting others -even her dog before herself over and over again. There is nothing not to like about Amanda.
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