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Heartless by Elsie Silver: FAQs + Books Like It

It's official! I've moved to Chestnut Springs...Mentally at least. Once I read the first book in the series, I realized this was going to be one of those times that I read all the books back-to-back in rapid succession. What can I say? I'm a sucker for the hunky cowboy's Elsie Silver has dreamed up and Cade in Heartless is no different. (Kindle | Paperback)


In this article, I've answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the book, as well as offered you a list of five books like Heartless to check out next. If that sounds like what you're looking for, then keep scrolling! (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Heartless by Elsie Silver

What Is the Book Heartless by Elsie Silver About?

Elsie Silver's book, Heartless, is a small-town, age gap romance between a grumpy 38-year old single dad and his son's nanny, a cheery 25-year old. Here is the full description:


"He’s gruff, a little rough around the edges. But broad-shouldered ranchers with calloused hands and filthy mouths are this city girl’s kryptonite. So who am I to resist?


I’s in our quiet moments together though that he softens. It’s when he takes care of me that I realize his hardened exterior is just a façade. It’s when I watch him go all sweet with his little boy that I really fall for him. Someone convinced him once that his best wasn’t good enough. But I’ve never felt more cherished than I do in his arms.


My contract may say this arrangement is only for two months. But my heart says this is forever."


How Old Are Cade and Willa? What Is the Age Difference?

In the book book, Heartless, Cade Eaton is 38 years old and Willa Grant is 25 years old. This means there is a 13-year age gap between the two.


What Are the Spicy Chapters in Heartless?

There are two garuntees with the Chestnut Springs series - the books are going to be spicy and and the endings are going to be happy. In Heartless, the spicy chapters are chapters 21, 22, 23, 26, and 28.


How Long Does It Take to Read Heartless?

It will take the average reader approximately 5 hours to read Heartless by Elsie Silver.


Is Heartless Part of a Series? Can It Be Read as a Standalone?

Yes - Heartless is part of the Chestnut Springs series! More specifically, it's the second book in the series. That's not to say you couldn't read it as a standalone, because you absolutely can read Heartless as a standalone. You just might be a little bit lost at first when it comes to the characters. Nothing you won't quickly be able to sort out though. If you do wish to read the series in order though, here's the offical order of the Chestnut Springs books:

  1. Flawless (Rhett and Summer)

  2. Heartless (Cade and Willa)

  3. Powerless (Jasper and Sloane)

  4. Reckless (Theo and Winter)

  5. Hopeless (Beau and Bailey)

  6. *A Photo Finish (Violet and Cole)


*As you can tell from the title, Violet Eaton's story is not a part of the Chestnut Springs series; it's the second book in the Gold Rush Ranch series. Despite it being part of another series, you can get away with reading it as a standalone.

Elsie Silver Chestnut Springs Series in Order

Does Heartless Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - Heartless has a happy ending! After Cade breaks a few of his fingers, Willa takes him to this hospital. There the two run into Summer's estranged sister, Winter. When talking to Winter, Willa realizes she missed her period. This prompts her to take a pregnancy test which confirms she's pregnant with Cade's child. When they get home from the hospital, Willa tells Cade, who doesn't give much of a reaction to the news. Willa leaves to sleep at the main house for the night and in the morning announces she's going back to the city for a few days, which will give both her and Cade time to think about what they want. Back in the city, Summer comes to visit and convinces Willa it's time to come home to Chestnut Springs. Willa returns and reunites with both Cade and Luke.


In the epilogue, which is set approximately months later, Willa and Cade welcome their baby, a little girl named Emma Eaton.


5 Books Like Heartless by Elsie Silver

While the books most like Heartless will be the other books in Elsie Silver's Chestnut Springs and Gold Rush Ranch series, here are five similar single-dad romance books for those of you who are willing to branch out a bit farther to different authors.


The Nanny by Lana Ferguson

1. The Nanny by Lana Ferguson

A single-dad? Check. A nanny? Check. Lots of spice? Double check. The Nanny by Lana Ferguson has many of the same building blocks as Heartless, as you'll see in this short description: "After losing her job, Cassie Evans has two choices: get a new job (and fast) or fire up her long-untouched OnlyFans account. But there are no jobs to be found, and as for OnlyFans... Well, there are reasons she can’t go back. Just when all hope seems lost, Aiden Reid, executive chef and DILF extraordinaire, practically begs Cassie to be his daughter's live-in nanny. Cassie soon discovers that Aiden is not a stranger at all, but instead someone who is very familiar with her - or at least, her body. She finds herself at a loss for what to do, given that he doesn’t remember her. As their relationship heats to temperatures hotter than any kitchen Aiden has ever worked in, Cassie struggles with telling Aiden the truth, and the more terrifying possibility—losing the best chance at happiness she’s ever had."


Make a Wish by Helena Hunting

3. Make a Wish by Helena Hunting

For those who are fans of the "single dad falls for the nanny" storyline, Make a Wish by Helena Hunting is a fun book to add to your TBR because it sort of plays out the idea of "what if" Summer left at the end of the summer in Heartless. Read the description and you'll see what I mean: "Ever have a defining life moment you wish you could do over? Harley Spark has one. The time she almost kissed the widowed father of the toddler she nannied for. It was so bad they moved across the state and she never saw them again. Seven years later, she’s totally over it. That is until Gavin Rhodes and his daughter reappear at an event at Harley’s family’s hotel. Gavin, on the other hand, seems oblivious to Harley's inner turmoil. So much so that he suggests they get together for lunch. For Peyton’s sake, of course. It’s the perfect opportunity to heal old wounds. Or it could just reopen them. This is one of those times Harley wishes she could see the future…"


Funny Feelings by Tarah Dewitt

3. Funny Feelings by Tarah Dewitt

In this single-dad romance, we trade in the Canadian Plains for a comedy club. Don't write off Funny Feelings by Tarah Dewitt just yet though. Read the description first and you'll see how it's similar to Heartless in other ways: "Farley Jones is a loud, chaotic, and hilariously clever standup comedian on the way to stardom. The only thing she loves more than the rush of telling jokes in front of a revved-up audience is her hot older manager Meyer, though he doesn’t have a clue. Keeping her feelings hidden from him is agony but she can’t risk ruining their relationship by telling him how she truly feels. A former standup star himself, single father Meyer Harrigan left the stage years ago in order to focus on raising his deaf daughter Hazel. Farley has been everything to them since she came into their lives, and despite his grumpiness, his protectiveness over Hazel, and his disdain for public attention, Meyer will do anything to make her standup dreams come true. When the biggest opportunity of Farley’s career comes along and forces the pair to fake-date in order to stir up publicity, it doesn't take long for their act to bring all those other funny feelings out into the open."


One Night On the Island by Josie Silver

4. One Night On the Island by Josie Silver

If spice is a non-negotiable for you, skip this recommendation because it's essentially a closed-door romance. What One Night On the Island may lack in that department though, it makes up for ten-fold in other ways. It's an incredibly heartfelt book that centers around the idea of found family and of course, features a single dad like Cade in Heartless. Here's what it's about: "Cleo will be spending her 30th birthday on a remote Irish island for a self-coupling quasi-sabbatical - at the insistence of her boss. Mac is also looking forward to some time to himself. With his life in Boston deteriorating in ways he can't bring himself to acknowledge, his soul searching has brought him to the same island. Unfortunately, a mix-up with the bookings means both solitude seekers have reserved the same one-bedroom hideaway on exactly the same dates. Instantly at odds with each other, Cleo and Mac don't know how they're going to manage until the next weekly ferry arrives. But as the days go by, they no longer seem to mind each other's company quite as much as they thought they would..."


To Hate Adam Connor by Ella Maise

5. To Hate Adam Connor by Ella Maise

Last but not least on this list of books like Heartless is one of my favorite spicy, single-dad romances about a famous Hollywood actor and the neighbor his son is set on befriending - To Hate Adam Connor. Here's the description: "Adam Connor is the recently divorced, Academy Award-winning actor who just moved in next door with his kid. Wouldn’t you wanna take a peek over the wall to catch a glimpse? Wouldn’t you melt away after watching him work out as his five-year-old kid cheered him on? While I was being thoughtful by not breaking, instead he had me thrown in jail after a small incident. After that day, I was mentally plotting ways to strangle him instead of jumping his bones. So what if my body did more than just shiver when he whispered dirty little things in my ear? I can’t be held responsible for that. Even if he and his son were the best things since sliced bread, I couldn’t fall for him. But truth be told, I still hoped Adam Connor would be the hero of my story."

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