Saturday, December 31, 2016

ARC Review: The Virgin Manny by Amy Lane


Growing up and falling in love...

Sometimes family is a blessing and a curse. When Tino Robbins is roped into helping his sister deliver premade dinners when he should be studying for finals, he’s pretty sure it's the latter! But one delivery might change everything.

Channing Lowell’s charmed life changes when his sister dies and leaves him her seven-year-old son. He’s committed to doing what's best for Sammy… but he’s going to need a lot of help. When Tino lands on his porch, Channing is determined to recruit him to Team Sammy.

Tino plans to make his education count—even if that means avoiding a relationship—but as he falls harder and harder for his boss, he starts to wonder: Does he have to leave his newly forged family behind in order live his promising tomorrow?

Sandra's review:

Cute, fluffy, sweet. A real feel-good book, no angst between the MCs, virgin butt-secksing, a ridiculous over the top villain - yeah, I dug it. Most books in this series aren't meant to be taken seriously, and neither is this one.

Tino, 22, a last year college student about to take his finals, is out delivering pre-made dinners for his younger sister's business, when he ends up at the doorstep of Channing, who's raising his 7 year old nephew, Sammy, after his sister recently passed away.

Since Tino is almost done with finals and doesn't have any immediate job prospects, and since Channing begs so nicely, Tino somewhat reluctantly ends up as the newly hired manny for said boy. Of course, his insta-lust for the hunky Channing plus the money Channing offers help convince him that he can do that job.

There are some serious undertones here too - Sammy is struggling with his loss, acting out as part of his grieving process, Channing is at his wit's end and grieving himself, the housekeeper is a bitch, and while Channing is a great guy, he can't cook and he needs to work, and he needs help.

The housekeeper subplot was a wee bit far-fetched, but whatever, these stories are meant to be OTT so that fit right in.

I liked the main characters a lot - Tino was a nice young man, and he really cared for Channing and for Sammy too. Channing was a good guy, wanting to do right by his nephew. Sammy himself was described very well, and I thought that the author really nailed the character.

They fit, even if Channing is 10 years older, and much more established than Tino who still has to trade in his v-card, but their personalities meshed well. Tino has plans and he only takes the job as a tie-me-over for the summer, though falling in love with his new employer wasn't part of the plan. Channing too didn't quite see falling for the manny in his future, but he too falls hard and fast, so that's that. They complement each other though, and Tino's developing relationship with Sammy worked for me as well.

There's a bit of drama toward the end with Tino's sister that seemed a wee bit unbelievable, but fit within the theme of the book - life is what happens when you're busy making plans.

As I said, cute, fluffy, sweet. Perfect for this series, adorable, and very enjoyable.

** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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