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In addition, I felt that this book lacked conflict. I know what you're saying, "well what about the neighborhood robberies, the maid or even Tito's indecision?" Well, it wasn't enough for me to get me emotionally invested in the story.
Don't you worry though, both characters get there HEA; however, I also felt like the author left it open for more.
All Tino Robbins did that evening was help out his little sister and made a few deliveries of her homemade lasagna. She's only 18 years old but she already has quite a successful business of Italian homemade cuisines. On the doorstep of Channing Lowel he finds more than he ever hopes to find he just doesn't know it yet..
Channing Lowel recently lost his bigger sister and now he is living in her house, taking care of her 7 years old kid Sammy. Frankly, It's more than he can handle. He loves the kid with all his heart, and he's the only thing left of his sister, but it doesn't make things easier with the fact he is a business owner who worked at least 2 hours drive from his sister's house (now his own) and the horrendous house maid isn't helping either. Tino is a breeze of fresh air, arriving at his doorstep with a delicious meal but the almost immediate connection between Tino and Sammy makes him offer something Tino couldn't really refuse (though he tried).
Tino was working hard at his BA, he wants to be a successful businessman but his student loans are a true burden. Channing offers to eliminate these loans if he could be Sammy's manny for the summer. Tino shouldn't refuse but he isn't assured by Channing's riches it makes him second guess the guy yet with every turn he sees there is SO MUCH MORE to Channing than money. First it's his big heart and this heart (with that body..) is more than Tino can resist...
Most of the book Tino and Channing circle around each other, not acting on their mutual desire. Channing wants a true relationship, he wants Tino to stay beyond the summer but he needs Tino to decide that on his own. Tino is insecure, Channing is rich, older in ten years and has his whole life planned out for him while Tino is this "kid" who just finished college and wants to do so much more and is afraid being with Channing and Sammy would take away his dreams. Yet as he comes to care for Sammy and Channing he realizes that when there's a will there's a way and in the end they find the best solution for the life they want to build together.
This book, these two guys were SO SWEET together. This book, told solely from Tino's POV was mostly his accepting what life has freely offered him - a new family of his own. One that cares for him and cherishes him and doesn't judge him harshly as he tends to do. Sammy made the connection between Tino and Channing even more special and I also enjoyed the other supporting characters like Tino's family members and friends it gave this short novel a feeling of a lengthier one.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. How could it not be with two beautiful guys - inside out.
Tags: Contemporary MM Romance
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Reluctantly agreeing to make his sister’s dinner box deliveries for the evening, Tino finds himself face-to-face with one of the most gorgeous men he’s ever met. But Channing’s attractiveness is quickly put aside when Tino is thrust into the unexpected role of nurturer as he tries to soothe a distraught Sammy (whose mother died less than a month ago); as a life saver for the overwhelmed and hungry uncle-now-single dad, Channing; and as a momentary house manager as he takes the ill-behaved maid to task for her insubordination and dereliction of duty. While his actions earn him a job offer as a highly-paid manny, Tino is reluctant to accept because he doesn’t think it will look good on his resume when he begins looking for a job to put his newly earned degree to use. After a series of events at his current job (including an incident which had me wanting to strangle his female co-worker) enable Channing to eliminate Tino’s main objection for leaving, Tino embarks upon a summer of childcare, chauffeur duties, schedule juggling, maid wrangling, romance, falling in love, and learning that “Plans are what you make when you are starting your life, Martin. Life is what happens when you’re making your plans.”
I adored The Virgin Manny. It’s almost a coming of age story for Tino as he has finished his education and is preparing to take his first official steps into adulthood, only to find love when he least expected it. Despite the instant attraction between him and Channing, their situation is such that they get to know one another before their relationship is consummated. Because of this, we get to know both men and watch as they each change their priorities for one another and for Sammy. The intrigue with the maid was a nice nod to soap opera style drama and set the stage for some amusing ribbing at Tino from his mother. Tino’s friends and family add to the richness of the story and provide for more than one chuckle-inducing scene. While annoying in the beginning, Lane did a nice job with Sammy’s early acting out and gradual settling into his new normal as he came to terms with his mother’s death and his uncle becoming his guardian. As expected, John Solo did an outstanding job with the narration, especially as there were far more female characters than I usually encounter in a m/m romance – and not once was I confused as to who was speaking. The Virgin Manny was another enjoyable addition to the Dreamspun Desires collection and a great start to The Mannies series. I’m look forward to the next book in the series.
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