Contemporary Romance

Review: Heartless – Elsie Silver (Chestnut Springs #2)

Working as a nanny for the world’s grumpiest single dad should have been simple.

Except I can’t keep my eyes off him. And he can’t keep his hands off me.

Cade Eaton is thirteen years older than me and barely looks my way. Until I get him in the hot tub one night for a game of truth or dare. Then all bets are off – and so are our clothes.

He’s gruff, a little rough around the edges, and it turns out broad-shouldered ranchers with filthy mouths are this city girl’s kryptonite. So who am I to resist?

But in our quiet moments together, he softens, and I start to realise his hardened exterior is just a facade. Someone once convinced him that his best wasn’t good enough. Yet I’ve never felt more cherished than I do in his arms.

My contract may say this arrangement is only for two months.

But my heart says this is forever.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What can I say about Heartless! Willa and Cade were the perfect second couple addition to the Chestnut Springs series. If you’ve read Flawless, you’ll have already met Cade, the grouchy, single dad big brother of Rhett, and Willa, the rambunctious and sassy best friend of Summer.

Heartless is one of my favourite stories! It has an age gap and falling for the nanny trope, and was simply delightful. Willa and Cade couldn’t be more opposite. But, you know what they say, opposites attract—and in their case, it’s 100% true.

At the time of writing this review, it’s been two months since I read Heartless and I still giggle over their meet cute. There are so many hilarious or tender moments that still sit with me months later and make me want to reread the book again and again.

Since Cade and Willa are such complete opposite personalities, it was fun watching the two characters fall in love. Their feelings really snuck up on both of them and you could see the little changes in their interactions and daily lives as their relationship progressed.

I also really enjoyed seeing Cade as a single dad. His son is so adorable and free-spirited, and clearly loved by all. It was great to see him being raised in such a warm environment despite his family situation, and it was wonderful to see Willa become a big part of his life so quickly. I’ll admit I don’t always enjoy kids in romances, but sometimes it’s done so well that it becomes one of my favourite aspects of the story—and that was the case for Heartless.

As in the previous book, there were more moments with the rest of the Eaton family and smaller cameos with Summer’s family. Each of these moments only emphasised how much I can’t wait to read more of this series. Elsie Silver is a phenomenal author who quickly went from new-to-me to one of my favourite writers.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance, small town romance, and/or single parent romances. It includes lots of hilarious scenes, witty banter, and moments that will melt your heart. Overall, a great read!

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