"Welcome to Marazur. She's shy but essential"
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted August 7, 2017
At first glance you might think this may be a rather silly
-- just for fun story -- but those that know Donna Alward
will realize you should never judge a book by its title. I
got THE PLAYBOY PRINCE AND THE NANNY because it's by Donna
Alward. I loved it because the characters were simply
wonderful -- real -- funny -- sassy -- awesome. THE PLAYBOY
PRINCE AND THE NANNY is the first book in Donna Alward's
There is always a black sheep in a family -- the person who
doesn't conform to the norm -- kind of dances to their own
drummer. Well in THE PLAYBOY PRINCE AND THE NANNY that
would be Prince Diego. Since he is not the heir to the
throne he has enjoyed the freedom to live quite a lot out
of the castle -- but not out of the eyes of the paparazzi.
And the tabloids have not been kind to Diego or his playboy
Rosalie Walters was feeling like a fish out of water -- sure
her previous nanny jobs were for many wealthy client but
this was her first foray in the realm of royalty. The new
assignment was to watch over two young children whose
mother and nanny died in a tragic car crash. Rosalie knew
that Max who is four and Emilia who is six were going to
require special care to move on after this life altering
event. Love, hugs, patience and rules and Rosalie had
plenty to spare.
It kind of messes with Diego's mind that this lovely proper
almost shy woman insists on calling him Sir. Rosalie can't
think of any way to address Diego without his royal title.
But mostly she realizes that her biggest fear was
unfounded. Diego has no recollection of ever meeting her
although he comments that she look familiar. Rosalie's
reply will have to do for now -- she just has one of those
Rosalie's job is important and first step was to
familiarize herself with her surroundings, the royal family
and staff. The relationship between staff and royal family
is dictated by the family. Rosalie was impressed with the
concern Prince Raoul -- heir to the crown and father of Max
and Emilia. He seemed to want an active role but actions
speak louder than words and Rosalie would come to realize
that Prince Raoul was still reeling from the death of his
Diego's job was to hire a new nanny and help with whatever
could bring a measure of solace to his brother. One of his
other self-appointed tasks was to deflect attention away
from this grieving family. This was not going to help him
cast aside that burdensome reputation as a playboy -- one he
disliked. The fact that Rosalie seemed well versed on his
reputation set up a course of action to show her the real
Diego but at what cost to the two of them. Rosalie knew her
place but it seemed as though Diego was determined to blur
the lines. Her reputation trumped personal -- it had to.
After all she needed good references to carry on to her
next job. That was the life of a nanny. Rosalie brought out
the human side of Diego. He liked spending time with this
woman who treated him like more than just a title.
The entire household of the Princes of Marazur was going to
flourish under the wonderful care of Nanny Rosalie. She
definitely captures their hearts.
THE PLAYBOY PRINCE AND THE NANNY is a very entertaining
introduction to little kingdom of Marazur. Donna Alward
graces us with some lovely characters who we get to know
very well through her use of dialog. I'm guessing next at
bat will be Prince Raoul's story. Can't wait.
Prince Diego Navarro is the “spare” to his brother's "heir".
While Raoul performs his crown prince duties with the
appropriate sense of nobility and poise, Diego’s garnered a
bit of a reputation as a playboy - despite the good he does
behind the scenes with his favorite charities.
But when tragedy strikes and his sister-in-law is killed in
a car accident, Diego knows it's time for the playboy to
step up. If not for his brother, then for his niece and
nephew, who now find themselves without a mother.
Which is where Rose Walters comes in.
Rose isn't intimidated by money or glitz. The veteran nanny
has worked for the rich and minimally famous, but a manor
house is no comparison to a castle… or the handsome princes
who live there. However, the worst thing she could possibly
do is fall for the gorgeous playboy with a surprising heart
of gold. He’s a prince; she’s the help. He lives in the
tabloids; she loves her privacy. But when her two darling
charges start to play matchmaker, Diego and Rose don’t stand
The Playboy Prince and the Nanny is the first book in
Donna Alward's royal duology.
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