Rainbow Sprinkles (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Rainbow Sprinkles (States of Love)
Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 29th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 77 pages
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. He’s no celebrity—just the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and that’s the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isn’t sure if that’s a code, because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.

Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. He’s as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drew’s head is in the clouds, Cooper’s feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

“Rainbow Sprinkles” – part of Dreamspinner Press’ States of Love series – is set in California and features an ice cream man and an honest-to-god Prince. Cooper crafts ice cream flavors at the Dreamy Creamery close to Disneyland and one of his favorite customers is this gorgeous hottie who orders weird flavor combinations – always topped with rainbow sprinkles. Turns out Drew is an actor, currently working at Disney portraying “Prince Phillip, Kristoff from Frozen, Flynn from Tangled, Bert from Mary Poppins, any of the male characters who wear wigs.”

After a cute first date (at Disneyland, naturally), Cooper and Drew begin dating and their sexual relationship quickly becomes:

“the sort of sex you had when you thought you were possibly, finally falling for someone, when they were the person you saw yourself having a future with. It wasn’t the sort of sex you have the first time out the gate.”

But just as quickly their relationship derails due to a Big Misunderstanding and Lack of Communication that comes out of nowhere, which is eventually resolved once Drew and Cooper meet again (at Disneyland, naturally) due to the intervention of their friends.
I especially liked Anna Martin’s “My Prince” but this story just does not work for me. The dialogue between Drew and Cooper reads as very stilted, and their Big Misunderstanding feels like something random to pull them apart so they can have a reunion and HEA. Finally, other books in the “States of Love series” explore several areas within the state while most of the action here takes place within Disneyland (although Martin does provide a lot of good information and details.) While I’m a huge fan of the Mouse, California is more than just Disneyland. I’m giving “Rainbow Sprinkles” 3 stars and will look forward to reading Anna Martin’s next book.

States of Love series

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Review copy of Rainbow Sprinkles provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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