I give this series 4/5 Hampton socialite paparazzi photographs.
Melissa de La Cruz has written a witty, fun, sometimes heartbreaking, series about three girls who couldn't be more different and the wild ride they embark on starting with becoming Au Pairs for the large and crazy Perry family in the Hampton's. Eliza is a social princess who's family has fallen from grace that she is hiding the true story from all of her former friends. Mara is a to the book good girl from the sticks who is simply trying to save up enough money for a car and college. Jacqui is a stunning Brazilian heartthrob who knows just how to get what she wants.
The series uses the girls alternating points of view and starts of with their first meeting through out four crazy summers of parties, heartbreak, boys, college admissions drama, starting careers in the fashion and journalism worlds, and self discovery with a little help from their best friends; themselves.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series from beginning to end. It held so many funny, glamorous, and even some series moments that just kept me wanting more! I would absolutely recommend this series to anyone looking for a great summer read!
The Au Pairs:
- Three girls with three agendas and the ultimate destination: the Hamptons.
Summer in the city? Way overrated. Everybody who's anybody in New York City summers in the Hamptons. Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui all want a piece of the action, all for different reasons.So the girls answer a classified ad to become au pairs. How bad can it be, watching a couple of kids on the beach all day? They've got the swank address, the sweet ride, and an all-access pass to the hottest social scene on the East Coast. It's shaping up to be the summer of their lives.
- Same Hamptons, all new games.
Not-so-poor-anymore Eliza has traded babysitting for velvet-rope-sitting. And Jacqui, in an odd twist, is doing all the babysitting because Mara's up every night doing her best second-rate party girl impression at the hot club where Eliza works. At first it's annoying, but the new au pair, Philippe, is sexy and French -- but off-limits to Jacqui, who claims she's sworn off guys.Your favorite bikini-clad au pairs are back. But this summer, if it's possible, they will have more fun, more sun, and more romance than they know how to handle.
- Be careful or you'll get burned.
The three hottest au pairs in history are back, and this time they're ready to rule the Hamptons. Mara has all the VIPs in the hottest clubs hanging on her every word. Eliza's family is back from financial ruin; and she's got the platinum charge cards to prove it. Jacqui is newly single and ready for some steamy summer hook-ups. The girls seem to have it all this summer...but looks, as we all know, can be deceiving.
Mara's living every girl's dream: playing house with her boyfriend, Ryan Perry, on his parents' luxury yacht while writing a column about night-life in the Hamptons. With a press pass to every hot event, Mara's ready to hit the red carpet and scoop even the most seasoned journalists. If only she could get a pass from Ryan, who just wants her to stay home and cuddle.
Last summer's "No boys!" mantra is a distant memory for Jacqui. While the new au pair, Shannon, handles the Perry kids, Jacqui searches for some serious fun. And she doesn't have to look far: Three dot.com boy millionaires have moved in next door and are more than happy to compete for her affections. Thus Jacqui's new mantra is, "Why have just one when you can have them all?"
Eliza and Jeremy are in total relationship bliss. She's decided to take the next step with Jeremy and nothing's going to stop her this time. Unfortunately, what she thought would be a cakewalk internship for a famous fashion designer turns out to be more hours of hard labor than she, or her relationship, are ready for. Too bad Jeremy won't stop questioning her work ethic long enough for Eliza to get back in the mood.
- It's been a year since the hottest au pairs ever saw the Hamptons, and Eliza, Jacqui and Mara have resigned themselves to spending summer apart. But when Eliza's new stepmother finds herself in need of some help, Jacqui and Mara wind up with two first-class tickets to a crazy and hot Hamptons summer.