Live-in nanny for newborn. Wolf Ridge area. Mature. Discreet. Experience
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Wyatt Richardson glared at the stack of resumes on the borrowed desk. So far
he’d interviewed three teenagers, a Guatemalan woman who barely spoke English, a
harried mom with her own two-year-old, and a grandmotherly type who confessed
she got heart palpitations at high altitudes. His need for a qualified nanny
bordered on desperation. But so far not one of the applicants was right for the
At least none of them had seemed to recognize him in his faded baseball cap..
But that didn’t solve his problem.
Maybe he should have gone through an agency instead of placing that blind ad
through The Dutchman’s Creek Sentinel. But agencies asked questions, and
this was a personal matter, demanding privacy. Not even his staff at the resort
knew that his sixteen-year-old daughter Chloe had shown up on his doorstep nine
months pregnant—or that she’d just given birth to a baby boy at the local
With a weary sigh he scanned the final resume. Leigh Foster, 26. At least her
age was in the ballpark he’d wanted to see. But the Journalism degree from the
University of Colorado wouldn’t be much help. And her experience handling
children was limited to some babysitting in high school. Glancing down the page
he noticed she’d edited a defunct travel magazine and was currently working part
time for the local paper. He’d bet she was scrambling for money. Why else would
an educated woman apply for this job?
Never mind. Just get it over with. He buzzed the receptionist, a signal
to send in the next applicant.
High heels clicked down the tiled hallway, their cadence brisk and confident. An
instant later the door of the small interview room opened. Wyatt’s gaze took her
in at a glance—willowy figure, simple navy blue suit, dark chestnut hair worn in
a sleek pageboy. An Anne Hathaway type. He liked what he saw—liked it a lot.
Unfortunately he was looking for a nanny, not a date.
“Mr. Richardson.” Her long legs flashed as she strode toward the desk, hand
extended. Her use of his name put Wyatt on instant alert. She worked for the
Sentinel and would have known who placed the ad, he reminded himself. But
the woman was a journalist. Did she really need a job or was she scoping out
some juicy gossip for a story?
Either way, his first priority had to be protecting Chloe.
Rising, he accepted her proffered handshake. Her fingers felt the way she
looked—slim and strong but surprisingly warm. Her tailored jacket had fallen
open to reveal a coppery silk blouse.
The fabric clung to her figure enticingly.
Yanking his gaze back to her face, Wyatt nodded toward the straight-backed chair
opposite the desk. She settled onto the edge, one shapely knee crossed over the
other in her narrow little skirt.
Sitting again, he perused her resume, giving him a reason to take his eyes off
her. “Tell me, Miss Foster. You appear well qualified for work in your own
field. Why would you want a job as a nanny?”
Her lush mouth twitched in a sardonic smile. “I may be qualified, but times are
tough. Right now I’m working twenty hours a week and camping out in my mother’s
guest room. She sells real estate, so she’s struggling, too—and she has my
younger brother to support. I’d like to contribute instead of feeling like a
“So it’s all about money.”
“No!” She stared down at her hands. When she looked up again he noticed her eyes
for the first time. Framed by thick, black lashes, they were the color of aged
whiskey with intriguing flecks of gold.
“There are many factors involved. Most of my friends have children.” The words
sounded rehearsed. “I’ve been thinking that down the road a few years from now,
if I don’t get married, I might try adoption, or even have a child by a donor.
Meanwhile, I’d love the experience of caring for a little baby. Of course I
can’t promise to stay for a long time…” Her husky voice trailed into a breath.
“If you’re still interested, could you tell me more about the job?
Otherwise, I’ll just leave now.”
She clasped her hands on her knees, looking so vulnerable that Wyatt almost
melted. He was interested all right—interested in getting to know this woman
better. But he couldn’t do or say anything that might make her hesitate to take
the job. He needed a nanny for Chloe’s baby, and right now Leigh Foster was his
On the other hand, he had to make sure she wasn’t out to exploit the situation.
Clearing his throat, he reached for the briefcase he’d left under the desk.
“I’ll need to run a background check, of course,” he said, lifting out a manila
folder. “But before we pursue this any further, would you be willing to sign a
Her eyes widened. “Of course. But why—?”
“You’re a journalist.” He slid a single page across the desktop. “And even if
you weren’t I’d demand your signature on this document. Protecting the privacy
of my family is incredibly important to me. You must agree that whether you take
the job or not, nothing you see or hear will be carried away—starting right now.
You’re not to publish it or share gossip with anyone, not even your own mother.
Do I make myself clear?”
She leaned forward to scan the page—a boilerplate document outlining the legal
consequences of sharing information in any form. The open neck of her blouse
gave him a tantalizing glimpse of creamy flesh and black lace before he tore his
eyes away. If he wanted her to take the job, it wouldn’t do to be caught ogling
her cleavage or any other delicious part of her. Especially since she’d be
sharing his home.
“Any questions?” he asked her.
She straightened, impaling him with her stunning eyes. “Just one, Mr.
Richardson. Could you spare me a pen?”
Copyright © 2014 by Elizabeth Lane
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