Title: The Virgin Manny (The Mannies #1)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 1st Jan, 2016
Genre(s): Romance, Dreamspun Desires
Page Count : 228
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Growing up and falling in love…
Sometimes family is a blessing and a curse. When Tino Robbins is roped into helping his sister deliver premade dinners when he should be studying for finals, he’s pretty sure it’s the latter! But one delivery might change everything.
Channing Lowell’s charmed life changes when his sister dies and leaves him her seven-year-old son. He’s committed to doing what’s best for Sammy… but he’s going to need a lot of help. When Tino lands on his porch, Channing is determined to recruit him to Team Sammy.
Tino plans to make his education count—even if that means avoiding a relationship—but as he falls harder and harder for his boss, he starts to wonder: Does he have to leave his newly forged family behind in order live his promising tomorrow?
“The Virgin many” is a sweet and fluffy read with an HEA full of feels, hearts and roses.
We have Tino, a 22 year old business school graduate who can’t wait to use his new degree to become a “Captain of the Industry” in the near future like he has dreamed forever. He meets Channing, a 32 year old rich businessman while delivering food to his house. Channing has lost his sister recently and is now the guardian of his grieving and difficult 7 year old nephew, Sammy. When Tino comes in their house and helps prepare dinner while putting the bitchy housekeeper in her place, Channing wastes no time in pursuing Tino to be Sammy’s resident manny. Channing would pay off Tino’s student loans completely for being Sammy’s manny for the summer. Tino is conflicted but he finally decides to accept Channing’s generous offer.
Tino develops a huge crush on the kind, gorgeous and awesome Channing while also caring deeply for Sammy. Channing also seems to reciprocate his feelings but he does not want a single night tumble in bed. He wants an honest to god relationship and commitment from Tino. Tino feels that his dream of having a job and living an independent life is not possible while looking after the family he has readily become a part of. That’s when Tino’s sweet, caring and so very understanding parents impart their sage advice: “Plans are what you make when you are starting your life. Life is what happens when you’re making your plans”
What happens next is a sweet glide towards Channing and Tino’s HEA while battling a few pesky burglars and housekeepers on the way.
This story is pretty light. There is no such angst in the romance. Channing is the perfect gentleman. He does not take advantage of Tino in any way. He was confident about making Tino a part of his life for the long run from the get go. He never considers Tino as a fling which made me dreamily sigh and pray for more such men in the real world (He was swoon-worthy and as rare as a unicorn!) Tino and Channing’s attraction is ever present but the romance develops slowly. There was no rush or “heat of the moment” sexy sessions. The couple take their time and fall into bed together when they are confident about what they really want from each other. It was a bit too perfect in my opinion but it kind of worked for the story.
“There was nothing disposable about his relationship with Channing Lowell. There was no planning to start another life, another relationship, another path.
Channing was his path.
He’d had it all wrong. He’d thought he would have to find a way around Channing to have his career.
He was going to have to find a way around his career to have Channing and Sammy. Because there was no other way.”
There is a slide plot of Tino’s sister and her relationship with Tino’s BF Jacob. I found this part a little unbelievable
- coz a girl who at the age of 18 can run a successful business would not happily accept getting knocked up that too within a few months of being together with her boyfriend. Tino’s parents were very, very understanding as I said before coz any other parent would have definitely freaked.
The secondary characters were all very nicely done. I loved Artie, Tino’s siblings, Jacob and most of all Sammy. That kid was very sweet and I really felt his pain trying to cope with the loss of his mother. His acceptance of Channing and Tino’s relationship was great. He also gives the couple permission to get another kid after he is 10 (Coz being in two digits is very much necessary to have a sibling who is zero: Sammy’s logic *LOL*)
Overall, this read is a slow-burn romance with minimum to none angst and a sweet HEA at the end. Fans of Amy Lane would love it. I can’t wait to read the next story in the series!!!