Review: Rafe – Rebekah Weatherspoon

Review: Rafe – Rebekah WeatherspoonRafe
by Rebekah Weatherspoon
Publisher: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Publication Date: September 26, 2018
Genres: Romance
Pages: 235
Source: Publisher

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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All Dr. Sloan Copeland needed was someone to watch her kids. What she found was the man of her dreams…

After a nasty divorce and a thousand mile move, Dr. Sloan Copeland and her twin daughters are finally getting the hang of their new life in Los Angeles. When their live-in nanny bails with no warning, Sloan is left scrambling to find a competent caretaker to wrangle her smart, sensitive girls. Nothing less will do.

Enter Rafe Whitcomb. He's all of those things, not to mention good-natured and one heck of a whiz in the kitchen. He's also tall, and handsome, and bearded, and ripped, and tatted, wrist to neck.
It doesn't take long for the Copelands to invite Rafe into their home. Just as quickly, both Sloan and Rafe find themselves succumbing to a heady mutual attraction, neither of them wants to deny. With every minute they spend under the same roof, this working mom can't help but wonder if Rafe can handle all her needs...

**This stand-alone romance is fluffy. So fluffy. It’s fluff. Low. Angst. Fluff. featuring a large tatted, motorcycle riding ginger man, who bakes a mean bacon quiche and knows exactly how to wrangle clever six year olds while making their mom feel loved, loved, loved.**

While RAFE is a stand-alone novel here's a suggested reading order to get you to this point
SATED (Fit #3) (Meegan)
SO SWEET (Daniella and Duke origin story)
HAVEN (Meegan)
WRAPPED (Meegan, Shae, Sarah)

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This was some delightfully satisfying fluff!  I’ve read several of Ms. Weatherspoon’s books before, and I’m a fan of her voice – humorous, witty, and usually unapologetically sexy.  So while I don’t normally go for “falling in love with the nanny” books, I took a chance on this gender-swapped version.  I’m glad I did!

“I just—I like things—I just need a little more time. To be ready. For…I’m not sure what.”
“That makes complete sense.”
“And we just met.”
“That’s true.”
“Oh my god, this is so backwards. I’m saying I trust you with my kids, but I don’t trust you with me.”

Sloan is a heart surgeon, highly accomplished but rather young due to being a child prodigy.  As such, she can be somewhat socially inept, and some of that led to marrying her ex, who only wanted to use her skills for his own doctor’s office.  Something good did come out of that marriage, however – her six-year-old twins.  When her nanny leaves her in the lurch shortly before the girls start kindergarten, Sloan lucks out with Rafe, who comes recommended from some of her teacher friends and who’s just left his last position since the family was moving out of the country.  Rafe is ridiculously sexy and traditionally masculine – rides a motorcycle, tattooed, muscled bulky dude – but he also bakes snickerdoodles, makes a damn fine quiche, and remembers to gas up the car.  In other words, he’s delightful wish fulfillment, and I’m OK with that.  They both admit to their attraction to each other fairly quickly, so the main conflicts stem around not letting the kids on to their maybe-relationship, and also Sloan’s stereotypically evil ex.

There’s actually quite a bit to like:

  • The kids weren’t precocious little plot moppets, but rather acted like normal kids, complete with meltdowns over soda and constantly getting out of bed after bedtime.
  • While Sloan is a young black single mom, her race or marital status doesn’t really come up as a point of contention.  I know racism is a a day to day occurrence for black people, especially black women, but it was nice to have a story that didn’t focus on that pain.
  • No secrets – if Sloan or Rafe have an issue, they TALK to EACH OTHER!
  • Both of their families are involved (remotely or local) and clearly both characters are well-loved.

As for what I didn’t like, it mainly revolved around the evil ex.  Most of the scenes with him felt entirely too over the top.  I could’ve done without him entirely, honestly.

“This isn’t a part of your job,” she said when he joined her back at the island.
“It’s a part of the other job I might want to interview for.”
“What job is that?”
“The man in your life,” he said with a little cock of his head.

Overall, this was incredibly fun, and exactly what I needed when I read it.  I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for some low angst fluff!

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