Title: Manny Get Your Guy
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 1, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Contemporary
Page Count: 236
Reviewed by: LaurasPassion
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Starting over and falling in love.
Tino Robbins’s sister, Nica, and her husband, Jacob, are expecting their fifth child. Fortunately, Nica’s best friend, Taylor Cochran, is back in town, released from PT and in need of a job.
After years in the service and recovering from grave injury, Taylor has grown a lot from the callow troublemaker he’d been in high school. Now he’s hoping for a fresh start with Nica and her family.
Jacob’s cousin Brandon lives above the garage and thinks “Taylor the manny” is a bad idea. Taylor might be great at protecting civilians from a zombie apocalypse, but is he any good with kids?
Turns out, Taylor’s a natural. As he tries to fit in, using common sense and dry wit, Brandon realizes that Taylor doesn’t just love their family—he’s desperate to be part of it. And just like that, Brandon wants Taylor to be part of his future.
“The Strength and Love of a Manny..”
YESSS! *fist pump* A new book by one of my favorite authors, Amy Lane. I have read many of her other books; Country Mouse, City Mouse, It’s Not Shakespeare, and, have really liked them. Having already read the first book in this particular series, The Virgin Manny, and loved it, and, I do recommend it to be read first, I knew that the second book of the Mannies Series, would be just as good. And, much to the chagrin of Ross from Friends…there, thankfully is such a thing as..a Manny. 😉
When this book first became available for me to review, I quickly jumped at the chance to read a fun and light-hearted read. Because to me, I equate Amy Lane with these types of books. And, I really needed a light read. I was looking for a fluffy read with some workable angst, good character development, an adequate amount of background, as well as great chemistry.
Well. *long sigh* As I sit back in my chair, having just finished, Manny Get Your Guy, I now feel like lead weight, so, I need to take another deep breath because..that was most definitely not what I had encountered when I read this very long book. It was unfortunately not a fun and light-hearted read. It was an exhausting read. It broke my heart. I began to see the plot, a beautiful heart-warming plot, but then, my heart broke again. I bawled my eyes out, and, I frequently felt the need to throw my fists up into the air and ask, “Whyyyyyyyyyyy did this happen?” But, I never found an answer.
It all started when that imaginary light bulb clicked on, as to which characters from, The Virgin Manny, would be making cameos in this particular book. *cheering* I remembered that I had adored Taylor and Jacob when I first met them in the first book. So, all bets were off when I had realized that two of my most favorite characters would be in this book too. But, low and behold, my heart broke within the very first chapter. So, fortunately or unfortunately, because of this, I have a lot to say about this book..*sighing again*
Manny Get Your Guy, by Amy Lane, is about Brandon Grayson and Taylor Cochran. Two beautiful men with difficult pasts, who have been welcomed, as adopted family members, into Jacob and Mica’s loving families. Both men quickly found themselves, ten years after the end of book one, in quite the predicament. Brandon, a kind, caring, hard-working, family-oriented young man, who has been taking care of Jacob’s children, is immediately attracted to this intriguing new person at a weekly family get-together. And Taylor..*sniff*..an already broken and lost young man, with a heart of gold, who had recently returned from war, as a now severely damaged young man as well, finds himself needing to beg for a job from his adoptive family, just so that he could simply survive once again. And, nothing more. That’s all he wanted to do. But, instead of life becoming a bit easier for him, he was met with consternation, anger, and, disbelief in the form of an angry brick wall. As the thought of taking over Brandon’s job, by Taylor, abounds, Brandon, for some reason, immediately erected this huge and ugly wall of defiance, that was unfair, mean, and unjust. And, that broke my heart..
I couldn’t believe how detailed the plot was already, even within the first couple of chapters. If it wasn’t someone’s harsh words for a Veteran, who somehow quickly developed this strong need to become prince charming to be able to save the other individual from a dark and sad life, to the existence of individuals, who, while their hearts were in the right place, kindly took over that same individual’s life for the better of that other person. Huh? Can we say whiplash? *Scratches head*
From that moment onward, the book was just not what I had envisioned it out to be. And, I was just so sad that it had taken that route. Instead of a book about a..manny and giggling little children, it was one filled with seemingly always present secondary characters, as well as unnecessary stress and many subplots. There was just too much going on. While I truly did love the secondary characters, I just felt that the plot, which did have some beautiful, tender, sad, and heart-warming moments, was just so overly-shadowed by everything else that was going on. With all of the secondary characters, the unbelievable pushiness and dominance of one individual, and the various subplots, this book seemed to be never-ending. And, that was painful to say.
There was so much potential for this to be a really great book, with a decent pace that wasn’t so slow and overly-detailed. Since this book had contained someone who I had hoped would appear in future books, so that his incredibly painful past, could be dealt with, I was beyond disappointed that it never really was. I felt that for someone who had a past as such, and, in addition to that, had added feelings of such inadequacy, who had yearned for the simple touch of another human being, and for the love of a family, it should have been a substantial part of the plot. All of this should have been clearly taken care of within the story. I should have been able to feel the release and the closure of this horrific past. And, I didn’t. With such a detailed plot, it was also difficult for me to completely connect with Brandon, and, also with their relationship, as a whole, as well. It was difficult to believe in their insta-love. I needed more. I needed to feel it throughout the book and not just barely at the very end of it. They did have chemistry, but, by the time they got together, I just couldn’t connect with it as I should have. And, I really, really wanted to…
Suffice to say, this book was absolutely exhausting with its heart-breaking and tense moments, lots of crocodile tears, and pain. The writing seemed to be verbose, and seemed to be filled with words and phrases that, to me, made no sense within the surrounding context, and, therefore did take away from the overall meaning.
Soo..this was a tough review. It was really difficult for me to put into words how I felt about, Manny Get Your Guy. I think I sat here as I read and thought, “Ohhhh, nooooo. Pleeease…” because I had hoped that things would magically change for the remainder of the book. There were sooo many beautiful, touching, and, heart-warming scenes, and I just loooved seeing many of the characters again, and many new ones. I only truly wish, that, this beauty was more prevalent..because..it’s the beauty of the now that is the greatest beauty of all…:)