May. 22nd, 2017

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The Virgin Manny, by Amy Lane

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? 
Rating: 4.25 out of 5

This one is all tropes, all the time, but that doesn’t make it a bad thing. Heck, that’s what the Dreamspun Desires imprint is all about. It is saved by Amy Lane’s fantastic and lighthearted writing which frequently had me smiling and laughing. Tino and Channing are adorable together, and make a fantastic couple. The secondary characters are a delight, especially Tino’s sisters and Jacob.

I avoided this book for a while because of the stereotypical romance-novel cover, but I recommend looking past that (again, it falls squarely within the Dreamspun Desires branding.) I’ll admit Tino’s will-he-or-won’t-he was dragged out a bit too long and I would have liked to have known more about Channing’s background. Mind you, he’s still hotter than heck so it’s not a total loss.

I listened to the audio version of this and John Solo’s performance was excellent. The voices of the characters were easy to distinguish, and the emotional delivery was spot-on. Also, the purr that he put in Channing’s voice…oh my goodness!

I recommend this one highly for an enjoyable, uncomplicated, and not overly-angsty read/listen.

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