Bethany reviews ‘The Virgin Manny: Dreamspun Desires Book 25’ by Amy Lane. Published by Dreamspinner Press on January 1st, 2017, 179 pgs. Release on Audible on February 14th, 2017, narrated by John Solo. 6 hrs & 14 mins.
Why I listened to this: This week is audio week and I had just won a copy of this so I thought it was a perfect time to review. Plus its Amy, so yeah.
NOTE: I won a copy of this audio.
Growing up and falling in love….
Sometimes family is a blessing and a curse. When Tino Robbins is roped into helping his sister deliver her premade Italian 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 to live his promising tomorrow?
Ok when I think of an Amy Lane book, my mind automatically goes to angst, pain, tears, and generally raging against it all begging to get through the hurt. Cause yeah, so much hurt in most of her books. But thats why I love Amy so much, I know what I am going to get. She is my go to when I want something dark, gritty and emotionally heartbreaking. Because I know that even though there will most likely be sobbing, plenty of wine and chocolate to get me through it, there WILL be a happy ending.
But this one is so very different that most of the books I have read from her. This one does not have the copious amounts of angst some, like Beneath The Stain, have. I would call it more in the lines of ‘Gambling Men’ in that it has its moments when you feel for the characters, but it doesn’t’ shred your heart. And you know what? Sometimes you just need that from one of your favorite authors. This one, well I just loved it, it was sweetness overload. It was PERFECT.
Tino was adorable from the very beginning, always putting someone else above what he should be doing. He loves his family and would do anything to help them out. I think that is one of the best qualities in someone, how they treat their family. But helping his sister leads to him coming face to face with Channing, whom he prematurely judges as a person who doesn’t care. Ah, Tino, you know what they say about judging a book by its cover.
Channing has been thrown into the job as parental figure for his nephew when his sister dies. And he is doing the best he can while trying to run a business that is nowhere near where his sister’s home is. So when he meets Tino, he makes a business deal with him that Tino can’t refuse.
This is where said business deal leads to so much more. It leads to love. But it wasn’t an easy road for these two men. No, throw in a moody seven year old that misses his mom something fierce, and a housekeeper that has it in for Channing and you have a recipe for disaster. But watching these two men navigate an instant family and all that comes with it was wonderful. Channing is older than Tino and I loved that he never rushed Tino. He knew TIno had to get there on his own time. But when he did get there it was beautiful, and I couldn’t stop smiling.
Now the narrations. Well that was just brilliant, the way John can create so many different voices for the many characters in this book well, I thought is was spot on. I always knew who was speaking, and I appreciate that from my narrator. I will definitely be looking for more books that he has done.
So if you love Amy like I do and looking for something on the low angst scale I highly recommend this book. It was just plain fun.
Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance–and if you accidentally make eye contact, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.
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