Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ARC Review: Rainbow Sprinkles by Anna Martin

Rainbow Sprinkles (States of Love)
Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. He’s no celebrity—just the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and that’s the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isn’t sure if that’s a code, because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.

Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. He’s as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drew’s head is in the clouds, Cooper’s feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.

Todd's rating:

This 77 page short story was a bit vanilla with a hint of licorice, when what I really was looking for was more double Dutch chocolate. With rainbow sprinkles, of course.

Cooper slung ice cream at Dreamy Creamery and also worked as a bartender in order to barely afford his crappy studio apartment south of LA, but he didn't really have concrete goals as to where his life's path might ultimately lead.

Drew was an actor, working at Disneyland to pay the bills until his acting career took off. For years he'd focused on his career and avoided any serious relationships, despite his charm and good looks.

Yet Drew was unable to stay away from the temptation that was the Dreamy Creamery. Well, more precisely, the beautiful guy working the window.

Cooper had also been crushing hard on the attractive customer with a penchant for bizarre ice cream flavor combinations.
"Your hottie is here.
This story was fine, short and cute, sweet and light, as the MC's finally got over their awkwardness and began seriously dating. I wasn't expecting this one to dig deep in the substance department, so I was more than okay with the book's fluffy texture.

However, the story lost me almost entirely when "the big drama" hit in the form of a minor discussion, not even a true argument, which led to their (apparent?) break up. Over pretty much nothing.

“Are you seriously walking out?”

“I’m ending this conversation, since it doesn’t seem to be going very well.”


“Why can’t we talk it out?”

“Because I don’t like confrontation! I’ll talk to you later, Cooper.”
But 'later' apparently meant 'never', because there was immediately a three week separation and the relationship was (apparently?) over.

The entire situation felt a bit like an errant attempt to fill an "[Add 'Dramatical' Break Up Scene Here]" section of a plot outline and came across as juvenile and felt extremely contrived.

Overall, the story was still cute, but the manufactured-feeling drama definitely didn't add anything to my enjoyment, so I'd rate this one at just under 3 stars.

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


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