Friday, December 2, 2016

ARC Review: The Virgin Manny (The Mannies #1) by Amy Lane

The Virgin Manny (The Mannies, #1)
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?
Todd's rating:

This one was cute, fun and sweet, but didn't totally blow my skirt up over my head, if you know what I mean. I think my main issue was the low level of conflict, both between the MC's and with the bratty 7 y.o. kid.

Both Tino, the 22 y.o. recent business school graduate, and Channing, the 32 y.o. wealthy business owner, were just so completely nice that I can't remember either of them having anything close to what I would consider as being a flaw. Yes, Channing worked too much and Tino worried too much, but I don't think that really falls into the character flaw category here.

By half-way through the book, they were both into one another and worked well as a team to take care of the little family that they were creating, but nearly all of the conflict was all external, which left me wanting a bit more from the MC's.

When there was banter between the MC's, I did especially enjoy those interactions and look forward to more of that in the rest of the series.

I suspect that the next book may be Taylor's story (an immature, amorous, recent high school grad) and since he seems like he can be a bit of a bitch, I would definitely be looking forward to see how that plays out on page.

As I mentioned before, this story is very sweet, so it did hold my interest and keep me entertained. I just wanted the volume turned up another notch or two on the drama and the feels, so I'd rate this one at around 3.75 stars.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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