Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Tino Robbins’s sister, Nica, and her husband, Jacob, are expecting their fifth child. Fortunately, Nica’s best friend, Taylor Cochran, is back in town, released from PT and in need of a job.
After years in the service and recovering from grave injury, Taylor has grown a lot from the callow troublemaker he’d been in high school. Now he’s hoping for a fresh start with Nica and her family.
Jacob’s cousin Brandon lives above the garage and thinks “Taylor the manny” is a bad idea. Taylor might be great at protecting civilians from a zombie apocalypse, but is he any good with kids?
Turns out, Taylor’s a natural. As he tries to fit in, using common sense and dry wit, Brandon realizes that Taylor doesn’t just love their family—he’s desperate to be part of it. And just like that, Brandon wants Taylor to be part of his future.
Manny Get Your Guy (The Mannies #2) by Amy Lane is a sweet, heartwarming romance. I’m just in love with this series! The first, The Virgin Manny (The Mannies #1), with Channing Lowell and Tino Robbins gave us the foundation families and characters with Tino as the original Manny. It was a terrific story but I have to admit I loved this one better. Taylor Cochran was a shallow, sort of bad guy in that story. Here in Manny Get Your Guy Tay gets his redemption, a new family, and a HEA love. Yep, I’m all behind that. That’s Tay on the cover with one of the Nica brood and it’s a perfect representation.
Taylor’s horrible upbringing, his deep friendship with Nica, his issues with his sexuality and his injuries while in the service are all brought up and inspected here. We see what made Taylor act the way he did in the first story and the growth he shows here. It’s an incredible range of character development and it works to not only bring the reader closer to Tay but also to make us see just how badly he needs the family slowly forming around him.
Brandon, with his snap judgements, actually was harder for me to like, funnily enough. It wasn’t until he got over them and decided that Taylor was ok with with children that I started to connect with Brandon as well.
The children here are a real plus! They are genuine, funny, and their interactions with Taylor made me laugh and sometimes cry. Amy Lane does this family thing so well, pulling at our hearts with so many elements in play, children, family, romance and more. It all works.
It also makes me wonder where the series will go next. Goodness knows Nica has enough children for 4 mannies. I can hardly wait for book three.
I highly recommend Manny Get Your Guy. Its heartwarming, tender, well-written and wonderful. That cover says it all.
Cover art by Paul Richmond. This has to be one of my favorite covers. As the most famous nanny in the world would say ” Practically Perfect in every way.”
ebook, 236 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
SeriesThe Mannies #2