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And Manny Makes Three: Gay Romance [Kindle Edition]

Trina Solet
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mark, a struggling college student, has been working as a nanny for a nice family, but they don't need him any more. Zack has been raising his son, Al, by himself and needs help. Al is a funny kid, and Zack is a funny dad, but more serious issues lurk under the surface. Will Mark be able to deal with these two? And how will Zack and Mark deal with their mutual attraction?
Mature content
90,000 words

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  • File Size: 1777 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written September 13, 2013
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And Manny Makes Three is a well-written old-fashioned love story. The characters are eminently likable, the plot simple and consistent, and the pace pretty good.

It is the story of two men, 9 years in age between them, who fall in love. The problem is that the older one has an adopted son and keeps finding reasons why their having an open relationship would be bad for the kid.

And therein lies the rub. The kid would love to have two daddies, even though one of them is paralyzed by the fear that the younger one will desert them to go sow his "wild oats".

Which is my major criticism of both this and many other gay romance novels: the obstacle so often seems to be manufactured - or the characters are just too stupid to act on what they feel, constantly finding excuses why they can't be together or "it just won't work". I understand, a common plot device. However, the best M/M novels do not revolve around synthetic obstacles, which is the only reason I didn't give this book five stars. That, and the fact that so many books I've read recently have a really good first half, leading up to the moment the two MCs have sex for the first time, and then devolve into third-rate erotica with endless and repetitive sex scenes that, ultimately, just aren't sexy.

Nonetheless, I do recommend this book for its innocent and passionate love story and a lot of cool teasing dialog among the three - the two guys and a precocious, but realistic, kid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Story September 8, 2013
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Great story. It's written in a very simplistic straightforward style that manages to be very funny, sexy, and emotional. I liked the fantastic characters and realistic feel to the storyline. I've got to say, 5 y/o Al steals every scene. What an awesome little kid! He reminds me so much of my own favorite little guy who is also a self-aggrandizing proud kindergartener. I'm very glad I bought this one-- it was a great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, poor literacy September 26, 2013
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I was very excited to read this story and did not hesitate to purchase after reading the free sample. The concept was amazing and it was, overall, a pretty good book! However, the one thing that really ticked me off is the fact that this book was poorly written! I would expect any author to proofread their work like crazy, this author did not care and it is evident in his/her work. The wrong words were used and some misspelled. There was even an occasion where the author mixed up the characters! The editing of this book (if any) presents a vast room for improvement! This piece, honestly, deterred me from reading any more of their work in the future. I do not mind a few mistakes, however, when they are repeated numerous times it can get extremely annoying!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Romance September 10, 2013
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this book is just a bit different, it is told I believe this is called 3rd person. I usually don't care for that style, but in this book it works. I just loved both Zachary and Mark, and Al oh my goodness this is the first book since the Bear and Otter books that I honestly loved a child's voice. He was hilarious! I did think that the part where Zachary was afraid to commit dragged on too long, Mark had his way in the end. Simply a delightful laugh out loud romance with a to big for his britches 5 year old and two lonely men who form a loving family. very long read and well worth the price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A 5-Star rating for "And Manny Makes Three" by Trina Solet. This heartwarming story highlights the challenges faced by non-traditional families. The relationship between a gay man and his adopted son. As life often does, life gets to be complicated when a gay male nanny is hired to help care for the young boy. As others have mentioned, the angst may be drawn out a little more than it should have been, but I can understand from experience the fears and tensions of a relationship with a significant age difference.

I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy human interest stories as the dynamics of this evolving family is a great storyline to explore the emotions and fears that come into play within this situation. Dialogue is key to creating a great story. The combination of strong personalities, including a 5-year old boy make for some great reading. I particularly liked how the main characters personalities played off of each other. Not only was this entertaining, but thought provoking. There are frequent erotic descriptions of intimacy between consenting adult male characters. The scenes are described in a manner that depicts the attraction, love and affection shared by the characters within the story.

Those who enjoy finding grammatical and spelling errors will find them in this self-published novel. I am comfortable with the imperfections and focus on the story. Of course, there are those that will not be able to look beyond these imperfections.

Personally, I really liked the story for all the reasons above. I enjoy romance and stories were the characters face fears, take risks and sacrifice for those they love. I couldn't help but feel warmth for each of the characters. As their strengths, weaknesses and insecurities were brought together, I became captivated in watching to see how the story would turn out in the end.

I highly recommend this story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, but a bit annoying, too September 10, 2013
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Part of this is a sweet story, and part of this can be annoying. Zack's dementia concerning"telling" his son that he and Mark are in love is annoying, and mostly dragged out far too long. Zack's general insecurities start out as tender concern but go on for so long that I quit caring. The story needs the services of a good editor to reduce the verbal clutter and possible provide some focus and clarity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
I really liked the story but was very afraid that Zach was going to blow it because he took to long. Very happy for the ending.
Published 2 months ago by Kealy beatty
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor PJ! (smile)
To start, PJ is the house have to read it to understand! LOL This was a really sweet book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This reads like a light hearted collection of filler, containing the old single gay father, a precocious child, and an affair with the hired help. Nothing special here.
Published 7 months ago by jonboy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure I enjoyed this as much as I expected
The very sad thing about this book is that it tiptoed through the theme of the story: falling in love and being/feeling accepted. Read more
Published 9 months ago by TOM
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have such a hot nanny
The story of Mark and Zack and little Al. Zack is a devoted father. He needs a nanny; enter Mark, a kid kicked out by his religious parents for being gay. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bettetoo
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Sweet read. A nice feel good read that makes it hard to put down. Enjoyed it very much. Good read.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Like with exception
I thought it would never end, and it would never stop relating the protagonist's problem over and over and over and over..... well, you get the message. Read more
Published 12 months ago by tomron
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read
This is a very enjoyable book. It is the first this thing by this author by it will not be the last. It was funny and poignant. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lidia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was the first book I've read by this author and it was a great read. Long in length and a great story. A little cheesy at times but that's okay.
Published 13 months ago by Harleigh J.
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The stories I've written are both hot and sweet. I like characters with a little bit of an edge but also guys who are full of goodness and light. And I definitely have a weakness for the rich boy/poor boy dynamic so I have a few things with that theme.

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