Sammy Lowell has his hands full juggling his music, college, some pesky health problems, and making the uncles who raised him proud. He needs help fulfilling his after-school duties with his siblings. Nobody can be in two places at once—not even Sammy! An injury puts Cooper Hoskins in a tough spot—if he can’t work, the foster sister he’s raising can’t eat. But years in the foster system have left Cooper short on trust, and opening up to accept help isn’t easy. Luckily, family intervenes—Cooper needs a job so he can care for Felicity, and Sammy needs someone who can see past his illness to the wonderful things he has planned for his life. Each heals the damaged places in the other’s heart. But falling in love is a big responsibility for young men deep in family already. Can the two of them get past their fear of the immediate future to see forever with each other?
Stand by Your Manny is pure adorable, fluffy goodness. If you're looking for a book about family that's all sweet feels and little angst, you'll love this story (which I suggest reading as part of The Mannies series).
Sammy is a college student majoring in music and the best big brother ever. But in some ways Sammy behaves like a child. He has emotional issues related to eating and often forgets to eat all day. I'm guilty of that too, but I don't have aplastic anemia. Sammy does though, and his body can't handle his crazy schedule.
Cooper, a foster kid who aged out of the system and is taking care of his younger foster sister, carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Cooper is so used to going at it alone, he hates asking for help and depending on anyone. But when he's seriously injured on the job, he has to accept help from Sammy's family, who takes in every stray (seriously, just knock on their door).