Unsuitable by Ainslie Paton


Can they make trailblazing and homemaking fit, or is love just another gender stereotype?Audrey broke the glass ceiling.Reece swapped a blue collar for a pink collar job. She’s a single mum by design. He’s a nanny by choice.She gets passed over for promotion. He struggles to find a job.She takes a chance on him. He’s worth more than he knows.There’s an imbalance of power. There’s an age difference.There’s a child whose favourite word ...

Details Unsuitable

Release DateOct 27th, 2014
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary

Reviews Unsuitable

  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    Audrey is a single mom in her thirties.Mia is her adorable (and very picky when it comes to Nannies) 3-year-old daughter.Cameron is the Nanny who's leaving and moving to London.Enter:Reece.He's a 27-year-old male Nanny.Everybody is giving him shit about his choice of careers, but he loves it.And he has lots of experience - professional and private: as a Teenager he raised his four little sisters practicly by himself while his widowed mother had t...
  • MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
    Working in a male-dominated corporate environment, single mother Audrey already has her hands full trying to find a balance between work and home, so when her nanny, Cameron, resigns, she’s faced with the uncertainty of finding a suitable replacement. When, Reece, arrives for an interview, Audrey is shocked to realise that her final applicant is very much male – even if he does has the same first name as Rees Witherspoon although spelled diff...
  • maggieandteddy
    The premise of this book hooked me. I pre-ordered it & it was a good price. I enjoy reading books by Aussie authors. There's a lot of slang that I've never heard before. That didn't bother me. I got about 15% in and the story seemed get get caught in mundane details. It also went in a different direction. This book is not just about the H, Reece and the h, Audrey. Reece's 4 younger sisters' role in the first part of the book almost made me dnf. T...
  • Anika
    This book had a great set up but sadly the execution left a lot to be desired. The random cast of characters seemed to only serve to lengthen the plot, most of them didn't add anything to the romance storyline. There was two clear plot devices which made little sense to me. The main one for me was when the heroine broke up with the hero, if she had talked to him it could have all been resolved. The book contained manufactured conflict rather than...
  • Rhyll Biest
    Shocking fact: I don’t particularly like children, and I like them in romance novels even less. It’s therefore a testimony to the author’s writing skill that I liked this book a lot.Reece, the nanny (or manny, if you will) is a delicious hero. A hot blend of expert nanny, former fighter and passionate lover—an ingenious, magical mix of alpha and beta. And I felt for Audrey, still suffering emotional frostbite from her loveless family afte...
  • Jennifer
    After loving Grease Monkey Jive, I was on the lookout for another book of Ainslie's to read and I'm so happy I picked this one. I adored it! Now I can't wait to read more of her books. I read lots of romances and so many of them are just the same old, same old. This book just goes to show that even in romance it is possible to write a story that is fresh and original, that takes the usual romance tropes and gives them that added little twist. I w...
  • Anna
    Why, why why why why why why?This book was ok, it had a great set up to be an amazing novel. Role reversal, breaking social stereotypes, the resulting psychological issues. But what does this book focus on instead? How often can we make the heroine sick. She gets spoiler: (view spoiler)[meningitis (hide spoiler)] as an utter plot device. If you are going to choose a potentially deadly illness, do some research. If she had this particular plot dev...
  • Danna Iuliana
    Can t say I enjoyed this too much. It has adorable parts but the main drama that breaks them up was so forced that it ruined the whole book for me. Her reason for writing him off from her life and Mia's was ridiculous to me. Ok, maybe get upset that he kept a secret but her reaction was way over the top. I would feel more secure knowing he can fight, she didn t even ask him if he was hurt after the fight, it was all ab her. The drama felt forced ...
  • Kaetrin
    Why I read it: I received a review copy from the author. What worked for me (and what didn’t): I moved this one up the TBR queue when I realised it had a male nanny. Not only is he a male nanny, he’s tall and broad, so he doesn’t fit the physical picture of a male nanny one may naturally assume. That’s not me being sexist – that’s made explicit in the book. His body actually works against him when he’s looking for work in his chosen...
  • Lea Darragh
    This book really gave me something to think about. A person's perspective can only be understood when you take a walk in their shoes, and I was excited to be able to wear so many different pairs throughout this book.Single mothers. Career driven women. Stay at home dads. A male nanny. Loveless fathers and mothers who find it too easy to walk away from their children. It was an interesting story for me, a domesticated married mother of three. It w...
  • Roz ~ My Written Romance
    5 out of 5I love it when I read a story that plays with the established standards, but still manages to have that air of truth and authenticity about it.Unsuitable, the upcoming release from Ainslie Paton, is one of those books. It’s a book that will make you laugh, make you cry, make you think. I am an unabashed fan of Ainslie’s work – I have been since the moment I opened my copy of Floored – and judging on what she has done here with U...
  • Lyn
    This book was on the fast track to 5 stars for me until the author turned Audrey into a selfish, insecure idiot. The whole reason behind it seemed forced.,,,like the author was looking to create a conflict to extend the story. Why she felt the need to add a sour twist to a sweet story, I'll never understand. There was still a chance to turn it around and put it back on track if a) the author had Audrey grovel more because Reece deserved a better ...
  • Pixie
    This book started out as a 4 or 5 star for me. I liked the concept, the characters (even the side ones) felt real. About 70% in is where I started having issues. Where the couple should have been solidifying and overcoming their set back & obstacles the author threw in yet other drama. It was unnecessary & in my opinion made me hate Audrey. At the end while I was happy for Reece I felt Audrey was undeserving.
  • Sharryn
    I have to say that I am amazed every time I read something that Ainslie Paton has written. She writes about subject matters that are not run of the mill such as you find in so may books. Who would have thought a story about a career obsessed single mother and a hulking giant of a man who is nanny to her child would keep me enthralled from start to finish.Brilliant, yet again.
  • Kanoko
    3.5Love the idea and love this book, but Paton does have a tendency to write rambling descriptions of anything and everything. I don't think it worked particularly well here—at least not like in her other books. Book needs a tighter edit.
  • Bérengère
    DNF 69%
  • NicoleHasRead
    Great storyI really enjoyed this story, and the focus on gender politics, but there were so many errors in it that I found myself dragged out of the story on many occasions.
  • Susan
    3.5 starsAinslie Paton makes a great point in Unsuitable about sexism, gender roles and society's expectations, starting with the characters' names (Charlie and Les: female; Polly and Reece: male). I'm just not sure that she makes a great romance. I loved the fact that Audrey was unapologetic about wanting to pursue a high-powered career while also being a mom. I loved the fact that Reece was unapologetic about wanting to be a nanny. I loved the ...
  • Lily Malone
    I think I'm getting boring when it comes to rating Ainslie Paton's books. Except for one that wasn't right for me (Detained didn't press my buttons), I've 5-starred everything I've read by this Aussie author.Even knowing that I am a fan of her work, there was something about Unsuitable that I thought wouldn't grab me. Possibly the premise, of a gender-switch type book, mixing an older career woman with her younger (male) nanny. Anyway, I read Uns...
  • Karen Wellsbury
    Really enjoyed this, first m/f contemporary romance I have read in ages.The role reversal twist was excellent, but I felt that it could have gone further (for me) and expanded on some of the gender stereotyping especially for Reece, as the romance takes centre stage. Also as characters they were too traditionally male and female, and I would have liked to see more challenge to their characters here as well.However, I found Audrey endearing, and h...
  • Dani
    This is book is fairly predictable, but still a pretty good read. The single mom needs a new nanny when her current one suddenly resigns. The best candidate for the job is actually a huge bulk of a man. She hesitates to hire him because he is a man and what man would want to do this for a living, but Audrey has gone up against so much discrimination in her own job working in an all boys club atmosphere that she feels she can't discriminate agains...
  • ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    Ainslie Paton has done it again.I love that each and every one of her books is different from the cookie cutter romances that we get inundated with these days.I loved the role reversal between Reece and Audrey, the power exchange going on her favour.what is there but to love about Reece? from his first interactions with Mia, Wiggles time, propellers. He is just walking perfection.The chemistry between Reece and Audrey is amazing. the sparks fly o...
  • Karen
    Ainslie Paton did an amazing job of writing complex characters while raising the question of gender stereotypes. Some of my favourite books make me think about how I see the world, and I enjoyed reading this story for that reason. But at its heart, this is a romance novel and all of the beauty of two people coming to care about each other was at the forefront. There are many other aspects of this story I loved - the humour, the emotion, and yes, ...
  • Beth Todd-freeman
    I was so very lucky to be given an advance copy of this book to read. It is fantastic!!! I highly recommend it. I had great difficulty putting it down. Ainslie addresses the gender roles issue very well in a realistic way, without it having an overpowering presence. The characters are so very loveable & there are many very, hot & steamy scenes.... Oo la la!!
  • Saskia James
    I know from the first page that I loved the writing. I knew from the first few chapters I loved the book. One of the best I've read in a while. There weren't bells and whistles, it was just an enormously sweet, realistic, thought-provoking book about two characters you can't help but love, and a whole cast more that are pretty damn great.
  • Krista
    I just wish this had an Epilogue, but other than that I loved this book! Author did an amazing job bringing up the topic of gender roles and inequality in modern society, all while keeping your attention with a unconventional romance.
  • Angie
    I loved this book! Two people who no one thinks belong together prove everyone, even themselves, wrong as they learn about who they really are and what they really want. A strong female character with a male character who is happy to be her equal.
  • Christine
    Kind of read like a thought experiment to me and then the "surprise" pregnancy at the end just ticked me off--"knowing you're not ovulating" because you've been ill is a monumentally stupid form of birth control.