15 Governess/Nanny Romance Books You Must Read

Governess/Babysitter Romance

Do you need a Nanny or a Babysitter? What’s the difference? Sometimes, people get confused and call nannies, babysitters, and babysitters. But they’re not the same things. A babysitter can be someone from 12 to 13 years older, who works part-time, for a few hours at a time. They might be paid less based on their childcare experience.

However, a nanny is usually 18 years older and works part-time but most work full-time and should be paid well. They have more responsibilities and experience than a babysitter. Nannies are trained in childcare development and seek out extracurricular learning.

Therefore, nannies bring childcare expertise to the parenting table. They already know how to handle different life situations like sleep training or potty training, and they know the products they use. A relationship with the nanny is very common, but it is still a forbidden romance because of the professional view. If you want to read nanny romance, then you are on the right track.

15 Nanny Romance Books (Governess/Babysitter Love Story)

A nanny can take the children to doctor’s appointments and extracurricular activities. Also, they are constantly assessing the overall growth of a child mentally, physically, and socially. They are in constant communication with the parents about the children’s daily life, and they are invested in the long-term growth and development of the children in their care.

A nanny can be a babysitter, but a babysitter is not usually a nanny. Many readers love the nanny trope in the romance genre because it has secret thrilling vibes and intense attraction. I will review the 15 best nanny romance books for you to read anytime. Let’s go!

1. A Nordic King (Nordic Royals)

This book follows Aurora looking for a new job as a nanny. But she never thought that she would have the opportunity to interview for the nanny position for two princesses of Denmark. They do not get along when she meets her boss, King Aksel. Aksel is used to getting what he wants. But Aurora is such a spitfire, and she does not care to put him in his place. So they are like oil and water.

They don’t mix at first, but they develop connections over time. While Aurora is starting to feel things for Aksel, she has already developed a deep love and relationship with his two daughters. Her relationship with his daughters was beautiful, and eventually, the four of them created this little family and their relationships.

Aksel’s so standoffish that seeing him changes for Aurora and his daughters throughout this book. So Aksel in Aurora’s relationship was intense and forbidden because he is a king and she is a nanny.

A Nordic King

Author: Karina Halle
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Family Saga Fiction, Billionaire Romance
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2. Reckless (Texas Nights)

The story follows Tori and Ethan. Tori doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. She has no direction, and she’s hit a low point in her sister. She is pregnant who asks her to come and be with her. But also, one of her sister’s friends is in desperate need of help with his children. So her sister convinces Tori to come and work as a nanny for Ethan.

Ethan is a single father, and he is also trying to run a horse farm. He trains horses and teaches people how to ride them and put them in shows. So he’s a very busy man, and when Tori meets his children, she immediately falls in love with them. But when Tori and Ethan meet, they don’t like each other. But he ends up giving her a chance, and slowly he starts to develop feelings for her, and their relationship is so pure. Tori and Ethan have so much passion and love for each other.


Author: Lex Martin
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Multicultural & Interracial Romance
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3. Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends)

This one follows Sloan Copeland, a very successful surgeon, and she has two twin daughters. She’s got a lot on her plate and not a lot of help. At the beginning of this book, her nanny walks out on her, and she’s left in a tough spot. Then one of her friends tells her about Rafe, a male nanny.

Rafe has been a nanny for quite some time. When he hears about Sloan and her situation, he knows that he has to help her, so they meet and are instantly attracted to each other. They immediately addressed that attraction, and they both agreed that they would not act on it because it would complicate things. But they couldn’t stop that attraction in that pool to each other. Also, this has some steamy sex scenes. So it is one of the hot governess romance I have ever read.


Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Average Customer Review: (4.3 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Multicultural Romances
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4. Too Wilde to Wed (The Wildes of Lindow Castle)

In this book, we have Diana and North. They were in a relationship before, so this is also a second chance romance. Diana jolts North out of nowhere. North is pissed, and he goes off to war. Then two years later, he comes back home and finds that Diana is working as a governess for his siblings and that they will be living together.

So he is pissed about that. But he is more pissed about Diana having been spreading rumors about North. North doesn’t want anything to do with her, but he does. Diana has been spreading these rumors, not that he cares what people think about him, but he wants an explanation from her. North does not leave her alone and then being under the same roof. It makes things even harder for him to get away from her.

Too Wilde to Wed

Author: Eloisa James
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: American Historical Romance
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5. Eleanor & Grey (Chances)

Eleanor and Grey meet when they are teenagers, developing a powerful relationship. Eleanor was in desperate need of a friend, and Grey was that person for her. When Eleanor’s mom dies, she moves away. Over time and the distance, they grow apart. Then many years later, Eleanor is applying for a job as a nanny, and she does not realize that it is for Grey.

So Grey has been married. He has two daughters, and his wife died in a car accident. He is grieving over the loss of his wife, and his daughters are grieving as well. This whole family is in desperate need of healing, and Eleanor comes in and quickly realizes that Grey is not the person she knew. He is very cold and does not want to bring up the past.

Also, Grey is so mean to her at first, but Eleanor takes it with a smile on her face. After some days, Grey returns to how he used to be, and their connection starts again. It will weigh on your heart.

Eleanor & Grey

Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Romance
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6. The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke)

This one follows Alex, a professional clock setter, and Chase runs into chase at a bookstore. Alex doesn’t realize that she will become his governess to two words that have come in a very short amount of time.

This book is so much fun. Alex’s never been a governess/nanny. So she has no idea what she’s doing, but she does it, and she’s good at it. The connection that she made with the kids was so cute. Try it if you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced, lighthearted read.

The Governess Game

Author: Tessa Dare
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Regency Romance
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7. Zack (Cold Fury Hockey)

Book three is in the Cold Fury Hockey series, but they can all be read as standalone. So this follows Zach, a single father after his son’s mother dies in a car accident. He is carrying a lot of pain and guilt because he was driving the car. So he has taken some time off from hockey to heal from everything going on in his life.

After a few months, he is ready to get back into the game and practice. So he hires Kate to look after his son Ben while he is away. Kate is so quirky, spunky, and very much sunshine. But Zach is so rude to her at points, as he’s grieving. He is trying to go through the motions of life. Somehow he falls in love with Kate because she knows how to smile on her face.


Author: Sawyer Bennett
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Action & Adventure Romance
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8. The Highlander (Victorian Rebels)

Our hero Liam is layered, also known as the Demon Highlander. Our heroine, Mena, is an English woman. She is married to a Viscount, so she is a Viscountess. Also, she is on the run from her abusive husband, and he has put her in an asylum. At the beginning of this book, you get scenes from her being there and how she is treated, which is very hard to read.

Two heroines from another book help Mena out, and they send her a witness protection program. So they send her to Liam’s house, and she will act as a nanny for his children. This nanny romance is a slow-burn. Mena is keeping secrets from Liam, and Liam knows this, and he is dark.

His children are in desperate need of a woman’s presence. But Mena’s never been a governess, so she’s figuring things out as she goes, and she develops a relationship with his kids. Liam is so protective of his kids that he becomes very protective over Mena. So this one is also an alpha hero with possessive romance.

The Highlander

Author: Kerrigan Byrne
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Scottish Historical Romance
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9. Irresistible (Cloverleigh Farms)

This is an age gap romance, but it’s not a taboo age gap at all. The story is about a girl named Frannie Sawyer, twenty-six years old. She is falling for the business manager of her parents, and she has been nannying his three girls for him (Mack). Mack and his wife have recently got divorced. He’s also an ex-Marine, and he is falling for Frannie.

Mack is only ten years older than her, and he doesn’t want to have any more kids. Frannie was sick when she was a kid, so she had a heart condition. But her family has always surrounded her and taken care of her. I love how these two get together and how she’s the one who’s ready to go for this.


Author: Melanie Harlow
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Romantic Comedy
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10. Married by Morning (The Hathaways)

This one is about Catherine Marks, who she’s been more of a companion to the youngest Hathaway girls. But she was also like teaching them deportment and manners because they grew up without anyone teaching them. So Catherine has been their nanny/companion for the last few years, and we’ve been watching through these years.

You’ve been watching her sparks with Leo, and he has gone through some crazy stuff in the previous novels. We watched him get over the grief and get over addiction. He and Catherine have always had a sparking relationship with each other. Catherine is holding some pretty dark secrets. We keep secrets from people that we care about. But this one’s also so fun because it is real hate to love, and they go ten rounds with each other. The chemistry is so strong, and I love this nanny romance.

Married by Morning

Author: Lisa Kleypas
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Victorian Historical Romance
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11. Rules for a Proper Governess (Mackenzies & McBrides)

It is the seventh book in the Mackenzies & McBrides series. We have Sinclair McBride, who is a Scottish barrister. He works in the court system defending people, and he gets picked pocketed by a woman named Bertie. Sinclair ends up catching her because she steals a watch that his wife had given him. Also, he has two young children. So after their interaction with each other, Bertie ends up following him. She’s stalking him a little bit because she’s in awe of him.

Sinclair is a sad man, and he still talks to his wife. He’s been asking her for a sign to move on. So it’s cute because then he runs into Bertie, and she tries to pickpocket him. But she ends up saving his children from an accident. The governess who is taking care of them ditches Bertie with the kids.

So Bertie brings the kids home, and Sinclair threatens her that she’s going to stay and take care of his kids until he finds someone new. It is because she’s the only one who can handle them. Also, it’s not a big imposition for Bertie because she already has strong feelings.

Rules for a Proper Governess

Author: Jennifer Ashley
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Medieval Historical Romance
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12. Seven Minutes in Heaven (Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers)

Our heroine, Eugenia Snowe, is an orphan. She runs a nanny company. Then we have Edward Reeve, who all of the governesses she’s been sending him haven’t been working out for his wards. They haven’t been strong enough to handle them. So he demands that the company owner needs come and watch his kids. He’s intrigued by her, and he wants her around him. So he kidnaps her into this part of it.

They end up making a deal about it, but Edward wants to get it. But anyway, Snowe’s supposed to be there for seven days, and she promises to help reform his children. I love the tension that Eloisa James (author) has. This is one of her standalone that fits in with some other books.

Seven Minutes in Heaven

Author: Eloisa James
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: 20th Century Historical Romance
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13. Unexpected (Love in LA)

It is the first book in the series, a single mom and nanny romance. A nanny is a man, and this is about Preston and Alexis. Preston is a male college student, and he is a nanny. But the family that he normally nannies for no longer needs one. So he needs a new job fast because he needs to pay for school. On the other hand, Alexis is a single mom. She’s career-driven, and her ex-husband is a famous rock star.

She normally uses the nanny out of the country on vacation, thinking that the daughter would be with the dad. So she needs a nanny so she can work. Then she ends up hiring Preston, which she’s hesitant about because she’s attracted to him. They end up starting up a secret relationship. He’s happy to shout from the rooftops that they’re dating, but Alexis isn’t. She doesn’t want people to think poorly of her because she’s quite a bit older than Preston.

This isn’t quite a closed-door romance. It does explicitly talk about foreplay. But when you get to the actual act of sex, it is a closed door. So if that’s something that would bother you, I do want to preface that here.


Author: Jenna Hartley
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Sports Romance
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14. Park Avenue Player

This is about Hollis and Elodie, who have a fender bender. They get into an argument because they ran into each other, and they part ways, never expecting to see each other again. But as it turns out, Elodie has a job interview and Hollis’s employer she’s interviewing with. He’s looking for a nanny for his niece because he took custody of her when his brother went to prison.

So he is in desperate need of a nanny because he is into his career, and he ends up hiring Elodie. There were some twists I did not see coming, and Elodie is a sassy heroine. It’s an enemy to lovers. There is a lot of chemistry steam that makes me blush a little bit.

Park Avenue Player

Author: Penelope Ward
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Romance
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15. A Little Too Late

The story is about Hannah and Charlie, and Hannah is an Au Pair. She’s from the Netherlands, and Charlie is a single father. He has a couple of children, and Hannah needs a new job because of the Au Pair position. She had a bad experience with her father, so she needs a new job to stay in the United States. Otherwise, she’ll be sent back to the Netherlands, and she gets hired by Charlie.

Hannah’s very hesitant because she had such a bad experience with her previous employer. She’s very nervous about working for a man and not like a couple, but he ends up winning her over. They have a very sweet romance, and she is into baking Dutch bakery treats. So if you like cooking and baking nanny romance, this one is for you.

A Little Too Late

Author: Staci Hart
Average Customer Review: (4.2 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Women Fiction
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