Review: If I Stay by Tamara Morgan

If I Stay by Tamara Morgan
Series: Montgomery Manor (# 1)
Release Date: May 12, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 224
Source:  book provided by publicist for review



Ryan Lucas would rather be anywhere but Ransom Creek, Connecticut. After losing his high-adrenaline career as a Hollywood stunt driver, he’s had to tuck his tail between his legs and take up employment as a chauffeur for the Montgomerys, a wealthy hotelier family.

Amy Sanders has returned home to Ransom Creek to take over her mother’s former position as nanny to the Montgomerys—bringing her close to dashing Jake Montgomery once again. She grew up with a major crush on Jake, and it’s not easy to leave those feelings behind, even though her friendship with the hard-edged family chauffeur, Ryan, has a sizzling undercurrent of undeniable attraction.

Amy’s determined to prove to Ryan that life at Montgomery Manor isn’t all bad, but each time they draw closer Jake swoops in. Amy is torn between two men—and two worlds. And Ryan is rapidly coming to learn that if he wants to make Amy his, he’ll have to prove to her that life downstairs can be everything they both want.


Review: Ms. Morgan gives a nice start to a new series with If I Stay. This is about the Montgomery family who own the town of Ransom Creek and those that work for them. This is a somewhat contemporary look at the class differences. This is a story that deals with the issues that everyone has…to just belong.

This was a nice easy read with light drama that revealed secrets, dealt with money and power, the past, desire, lust and mystery.

Ryan Lucas has a secret…former Hollywood stunt double; with a drinking problem and a past the deals with a million dollar car…a bad accident. Wanting his career back he has to find a way to strip the past away and find a way back into the good graces of the Hollywood crowd. As a chauffeur for the Montgomery’s he is hoping for that chance.

Enter.. Amy Saunders who grew up with the Montgomery’s; her mom used to be the nanny which allowed her opportunities such as being able to take dance lessons. Giving her a career she may not have actually wanted. Now she has come back home to be the nanny to the younger Montgomery children.

There is chemistry between Amy and Ryan. Admit it or not they are bonding and falling for each other. Ryan just wants to get back to Hollywood when along comes Amy a breath of fresh air and sunshine.

Right from the beginning you get pulled into the maze that is the story. Even the struggles that each character is going through become real. I found this to be like a readable version of a soap opera. You have everything that your average soap opera deals with…class issues, secrets, power, romance, money, lust. I liked this engaging story especially when Jake came home. He is your proverbial bad playboy whom Amy used to be attracted to. He wants nothing more than to get her to go to bed with him. After all she has grown up. It has the makings of a love triangle perhaps? There is allot of lust and sexy interaction implied with these three. Who is going to get Amy?

I found that although the beginning was a bit slow once you hit the middle it took off and was rather fun. The easy friendship between the characters was believable. The history was vague at times but it was usually revealed later on so that wasn’t much of a problem. Overall I enjoyed this nice easy read where sometimes you find that you can actually go home and find what you are looking for.