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: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 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.
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‘Rainbow Sprinkles’ didn’t turn out to be that exciting as I hoped. Anna Martin gave me my all-time favorite m/m romance this year with ‘The Impossible Boy’ so I was very excited with what she had to offer in the ‘States of Love’ series. But my expectations though not totally trampled, did not get satisfied as well.
The MCs in this book are Cooper Reed, who makes a living by selling sundaes in ‘The Dreamy Creamery’ and Drew Tanner, a wanna-be actor working in Disneyland. There’s been a huge crush going on both sides as Cooper serves ice-cream, always with rainbow sprinkles to Drew almost regularly. When Drew finally asks Cooper out on a date, they start a tentative relationship with sugary-sweet dates in Disneyland, hand holding and passionate bed-antics.
Cooper is not much about ambition, loving his life as it is but Drew is dreaming and striving for something bigger. This different outlook towards life puts a huge strain on their new relationship, which they have to fight to recover from if they want their HEA.
The story was short and sweet with a fluffy romance as Drew and Cooper get over their awkwardness and finally start to date. The adorably awkward way in which the guys try to communicate their interest for each other in the beginning is cute but then the ‘I love you’s’ hit out of nowhere and the story lost its appeal a little for me. It’s a novella so I guess the love has to happen in a hurry but then again the ‘angst’ hits and it all went downhill completely.
The whole argument and split felt like unnecessary drama trying desperately to fill in the ‘angst’ quota of the story. I did not feel the depth of the romance between the MCs enough to get on with their ‘Love You’s’ and then with their stupid fight. The epilogue was not strong enough to give the romance a better conclusion. It was more of an HFN than an HEA.
Anyways, the entire ‘Disneyland’ experience did make a sweet and magical setting for the romance. I loved it but given that this story is a part of the ‘States of Love’ series, I wanted more of the state of California than just ‘Disneyland’.
Overall, this is a sweet and light romance with a nice setting. It didn’t match upto the author’s previous works but was an ok read for me.