Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Dustin Robbins-Grayson was a surly adolescent when Quinlan Gregory started the nanny gig. After a rocky start, he grew into Quinlan’s friend and confidant—and a damned sexy man.
At twenty-one, Dusty sees how Quinlan sacrificed his own life and desires to care for Dusty’s family. He’s ready to claim Quinlan—he’s never met a kinder, more capable, more lovable man. Or a lonelier one. Quinlan has spent his life as the stranger on the edge of the photograph, but Dusty wants Quinlan to be the center of his world. First he has to convince Quinlan he’s an adult, their love is real, and Quinlan can be more than a friend and caregiver. Can he show Quin that he deserves to be both a man and a lover, and that in Dusty’s eyes, he’s never been “just the manny?
Well, now I can say it. A Fool and His Manny (The Mannies #4) by Amy Lane is my absolute favorite in the Mannies series. Yes, yes, I know I’ve said that before. But this time its true. This is my favorite story. Reading this novel is like being enveloped is large, welcoming mommy arms or walking in the door home and getting the welcome you always dreamed about from the family you always wanted.
And yes, this tale is exactly why I blather on and on about the necessity of writing, and establishing an amazing cast of supporting or “secondary” characters. Not that any characters here could ever be called that. Nope. From the smallest person, tyke or kitty, to the most imposing. No matter how much time they spend on the page, their impression they make as part of the extended family on Quinlan and the reader is indelible. There is no way to measure that out be it Wainscott or Nutbar, Jacob or Keenan. We need them all exactly as they are.
This is a story to make you cry and sooth your heart. Often at once. For Quinlan is a broken young man who happens to fall into the family that will adopt, accept, and love him. Permanently. Here you get the entire progression. From Quinlan in the band, to his acceptance as the manny on the edge of family life, to watching as he get’s slowly pulled into the middle without his knowledge, the love flowing over and around him, like a healing balm.
As Dusty grows up and waits for him to realize that as well.
I may just start crying all over again. Damn book. Amy Lane gets me every time here.
There’s so much more here to this story. Babies, kitties, a serious illness, a crappy mom, lots of real life stuff going on and its all done beautifully in perfect Amy Lane fashion.
Trust me on this one. Just pick this book up and watch a fragile young man heal and fall in love.
Of course, the whole extended Robbins-Grayson family gets assembled in books 1 through 3 so you really need to read those as well to get acquainted with everyone. They are just as outstanding plus you get to meet all the others first. Win win. I listed them all below. Read the entire series. It’s one I highly recommend. Just don’t forget to keep that box of tissues handy!
The cover by Bree Archer, wasn’t exactly my idea of Dusty physically but the emotions come through. The style brands the series perfectly.
ebook, 230 pages
Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitleA Fool and His Manny
SeriesThe Mannies #4
SeriesThe Mannies #4