ARC Review: Unexpected by Jenna Hartley (Love in LA #1)

Overall: 4.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
Steam: 🔥🔥
Feels: 💼😤🤔😏💪💗

Genre: Contemporary romance, age gap romance, single parent romance
Location: Los Angeles
MC age range: mid 20s & mid 30s
Lead:  Alexis
Love interest(s): Preston
Tear jerker: No
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Paperback page count: 281
Publisher: Self published
Audible: No
Series: Love in LA
0.5 – Perspective – available with newsletter sign up
1. Unexpected – releases 12/12/19

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative
Possible triggers: self esteem issues, societal pressure, mild violence

The Quick and Dirty: A fun remix of the “falling for the nanny” trope but the employer is a middle aged, highly driven woman and the nanny (or manny in this case) is younger. 

Alexis is a fierce and successful entrepreneur that runs her own real estate firm. She is very business oriented but also a working single mom to a little girl. When her regular nanny becomes available she ends up hiring Preston who is not only great with her daughter but with her as well. She tries to fight her attraction to him but as their mutual attraction leads to more, Alexis will need to decide what’s important and how to juggle what society wants versus what her heart wants.

Preston. Le sigh. I love him. I loved his character and his overall role in the book. And as a mom, I loved seeing the interactions with Sophia, Alexis’s daughter. It really made me root for the relationship. I also loved seeing the characters we met in Perspective again. I’m thoroughly enjoying the web of characters that Jenna Hartley is weaving for this series! Can’t wait for the next one!


I will not sleep with my daughter’s new nanny, no matter how hot he is.

 And boy is he. Preston Hawthorne looks like he’d be more at home on a Hollywood set than playing dress-up with my daughter. But he dotes on her, bringing a sense of calm and order to our home. And the way he looks at me, the way he makes me feel is…unexpected. As if I might spontaneously combust.

I know better than to mix business with pleasure, and I certainly don’t fall for men who are nearly a decade younger than me. But the more time I spend with Preston, the more I’m tempted to break all my rules.


I need to start thinking more about my future and less about screwing my boss.

Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. Especially when she’s doing yoga on the lawn and working ungodly hours to provide for her daughter. Not to mention, she’s successful, savvy, and the sexiest woman I’ve ever seen.

But I’m determined to finally finish my degree, and that means I have to keep my job. A relationship with Alexis Black is the last thing I need, even if she’s the only thing I want.

Unexpected is a fresh take on the single-parent/nanny romance with a guaranteed HEA.


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Contemporary romance author, Jenna Hartley writes about strong, independent women and the men who dare to love them. Her characters aren’t perfect; they’re authentic. Her passion is to make their stories feel as real for readers as they do to her, infusing each one with sexy, sweet, and laughable moments that reflect real love.

When she’s not writing, Jenna spends her days chasing after a hilarious and imaginative toddler, as well as hunting down new allergy-friendly recipes for them to cook together. She lives in Texas with her family and loves nothing more than a good book, good chocolate, and Topo Chico.