Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Sammy Lowell has his hands full juggling his music, college, some pesky health problems, and making the uncles who raised him proud. He needs help fulfilling his after-school duties with his siblings. Nobody can be in two places at once—not even Sammy!
An injury puts Cooper Hoskins in a tough spot—if he can’t work, the foster sister he’s raising can’t eat. But years in the foster system have left Cooper short on trust, and opening up to accept help isn’t easy.
Luckily, family intervenes—Cooper needs a job so he can care for Felicity, and Sammy needs someone who can see past his illness to the wonderful things he has planned for his life. Each heals the damaged places in the other’s heart. But falling in love is a big responsibility for young men deep in family already. Can the two of them get past their fear of the immediate future to see forever with each other?
I just love Amy Lane’s The Mannies series. An ever enlarging, extended family of people and kids that started with The Virgin Manny, each story brings in new “strays” via love and a relationship to connect with and adore. Sammy was seven years old when his mother died and left his uncle Channing as his guardian. Now Sammy is grown, thinking college, life apart from his “dads” and family, while trying to manage a serious illness, his anemia. He’s not doing a very good job of the latter as he has a tendency to get lost in his true love…music~composing and playing. That can mean not eating or taking his meds which has landed him into the hospital.
We get Sammy’s passion for his music along with his youth which unfortunately leads to the neglect of his health, a dangerous situation. Which frustrates his family and friends to no end.
The outside stray? Or strays gathered up this time? That would be Cooper Hoskins who we briefly met in the other story and a young girl, Felicity, who has been living with him. Cooper has been working for Brandon’s (see Manny Get Your Guy (The Mannies #2)) construction company when a construction accident places him in the hospital and all his carefully hid secrets about himself and Felicity pour out. Of course, both of them are pulled immediately into the extended Robbins-Lowell family.
Oh the immediate attraction between Sammy and Cooper. It’s so lovely and innocent. Did I mention they are both virgins? And so young? It telegraphs here with Lane’s writing, their dialog, and their scenes together. It shines with youthful first love… that glow of innocence that can’t be captured again. Somehow, Lane gets it all down and that chemistry sparks between them.
Plus it brings out certain laughs,groans, and wild reactions from two older “dads” caught unawares as well. That had me snickering too.
It’s amazing to see the span of time between this story and the first. In a way it made my heart hurt a little because I remember the innocence of Tino the virgin manny and now we have Tino the father (always along with Channing) with his children and grown Sammy. Plus all the others circling around them, adding support, humor, drama, and love. Ah the passage of time even in stories.
It’s hard to believe this is only book three. It feels like a whole universe of romance and love. Of course, I’m used to that with Amy Lane who peoples her stories with characters that breath, bleed, laugh, cry, and love their way through life. The Mannies series is no different, except maybe a little lighter. I can’t wait for A Fool and His Manny to appear. Until then enjoy this series, including Stand By Your Manny (The Mannies #3). I recommend that you start with the first story and work your way here. Become familiar with everyone that you meet, however fleetingly. You will love their stories too. I promise.
Cover artist: Bree Archer. I like that cover. Its a perfect rendition of Sammy. Sweet, youthful and with his piano behind him.
Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Original Title Stand by Your Manny
Series The Mannies
- The Virgin Manny (The Mannies, #1)
- Manny Get Your Guy (The Mannies, #2)
- Stand by Your Manny (The Mannies, #3)
- A Fool and His Manny (The Mannies, #4)