Life's Too Short meets The Unhoneymooners in this sparkling, steamy, and swoon-worthy novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken, in which two sworn enemies must share house, home—and maybe their hearts—when they become co-parents after a sudden loss.
Colby's living her best life: as a popular food blogger, she gets to fulfill her dreams of exploring the globe. But her world comes crashing down when a tragic accident leaves her co-guardian of her best friend's two adorable children. Not only does she need to put down roots—fast—but she'll be sharing custody with the one man she can't stand sharing a continent with, let alone a house.
Accountant-extraordinaire Rip values rules and plans. But when he loses his sister and his best friend and becomes an insta-guardian all in one night, Rip sees his organized life imploding. What he really doesn't need is his sister's irresponsible, flighty—albeit kind and gorgeous—best friend making it worse.
Rip doesn't trust Colby to take their new responsibilities seriously, while Colby can't believe Rip thinks children will thrive under his rigid control. Yet soon Rip and Colby discover they need each other more than they hate each other. Could it be possible that following their hearts is just what their new little family needs?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The only thing the main characters of Rachel Van Dyken’s wildly funny rom-com have in common is their love for Monica, who is Colby’s best friend and Rip’s sister. When tragedy strikes, this mismatched pair discovers they’ve been named co-guardians of Monica’s two small children. Now all they need to do is figure out how to parent without killing each other. Van Dyken isn’t afraid of tackling deeper emotions like grief and depression as the pair’s relationship grows into something deep, meaningful, and, yes, hot. Throw in a couple of adorable kids and The Godparent Trap will have you happily ensnared.
Bestseller Van Dyken (the Bet series) tugs hard at the heartstrings with this complex, funny, and poignant romance about polar opposites who are forced to become co-parents. Free-spirited travel blogger Colby Summers and uptight accountant Rip Edison have always mixed like oil and water, but after Rip's sister and Colby's best friend, Monica, and her husband, Brooks, die in a car accident, Colby and Rip accept joint custody of the couple's children, Ben and Viera. Co-parenting two kids under the age of six is a culture shock that only escalates the sniping between the grieving Colby and Rip as they move into Monica and Brooks's old house and adjust to their new normal. But as they learn to work together to care for the sweet, traumatized children, tension turns to lust, then love, then planning for forever until a shocking incident teaches both that tomorrow isn't guaranteed. Van Dyken creates an irresistible mix of laugh-out-loud and tear-jerking moments in an inspired plot that breathes new life into the unexpected child guardian trope. Stellar supporting characters especially Rip's business partner, Banks, who collects indecent coffee mugs, and Colby's high school nemesis, Heather add depth and levity to the story. This is Van Dyken's best yet. Agent: Erica Silverman, Trident Media.
4.25stars-emotional and captivating
4.25 stars--THE GODPARENT TRAP by Rachel Van Dyken is a contemporary, adult, stand alone romance story line focusing on blogger Colby Summers, and accountant Rip Edison.
Told from dual first person perspectives (Colby and Rip) THE GODPARENT TRAP follows in the wake of the death of Colby’s best friend and Rip’s sister Monica and her husband Brooks. Colby and Rip are the godparents of Monica and Brooks two children Ben and Viera, and thusly began co-guardianship of the young children but neither Colby nor Rip had any experience in parenting young children, and the resulting chaos pushed our couple to the edge of insanity. What ensues is the enemies to lovers relationship between Colby and Rip, as our couple struggle to navigate instant the combined fall-out of grief and instant parenthood.
Colby Summers believes Rip Edison is the ultimate evil. One date, years before, resulted in a lack lustre evening, leaving Colby struggling with everything that went wrong. Rip Edison believes Colby is lazy without a real job or direction in life, while Colby sees Rip as a numbers nerd whose ego is bigger than anyone can handle. From the outset our heroine Colby Summers is a mess; a woman inexperienced in child care, cooking, cleaning and basic survival, inexperience that screams failure in the eyes of our hero. Rip Edison is a man solely focuses on his career and the bottom line but he is no better at raising a family, regardless of ability to get things done.
The relationship between Colby and Rip is an enemies to lovers in which our couple are thrown together ,in their time of grief, to raise two young children who have just lost their parents. Rip believes Colby should be responsible for the children at home but quickly realizes neither one is capable of looking after themselves, let alone someone else’s children. Colby and Rip must band together in an effort to look after and raise Monica and Brooks’ children, children that will become a part of their forever home. The $ex scenes are intimate and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.
We are introduced to the children-Ben and Viara, as well as Rip’s best friend and co-worker Banks, and PA Heather.
THE GODPARENT TRAP is a story of loss and grief, family and friendships, acceptance and love. The premise is emotional and captivating; the romance is seductive; the characters are energetic, struggling but learning to cope.
Great summer read!
Another cute funny rom com from Rachel to give you a break from real life! Loved it!