Title: Stand By Your Manny
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Sammy, Cooper, Felicity, Tino, Channing
Learning to trust and falling in love.
Sammy Lowell has his hands full juggling his music, college, some pesky health problems, and making the uncles who raised him proud. He needs help fulfilling his after-school duties with his siblings. Nobody can be in two places at once—not even Sammy!
An injury puts Cooper Hoskins in a tough spot—if he can’t work, the foster sister he’s raising can’t eat. But years in the foster system have left Cooper short on trust, and opening up to accept help isn’t easy.
Luckily, family intervenes—Cooper needs a job so he can care for Felicity, and Sammy needs someone who can see past his illness to the wonderful things he has planned for his life. Each heals the damaged places in the other’s heart. But falling in love is a big responsibility for young men deep in family already. Can the two of them get past their fear of the immediate future to see forever with each other?
Amy Lane is back again, with a third entry in her Mannies series:
- The Virgin Manny
- Manny Get Your Guy
- Stand By Your Manny
This time around, we are treated to the adventures of Cooper, finding a secondary career as a manny after he has an accident at his construction job. Admittedly, this is my first foray into the series, so I assume that we were introduced to at least his boss, Brandon, and Brandon’s boyfriend, Taylor, in a prior book, since they were the bridge between Cooper and his new adoptive family. Regardless of my prior lack of knowledge, though, I think I got a good handle on who was who and how they all interrelated.
The situation with both Cooper and Sammy was interesting and their approach to love was really well done. They are each other’s firsts, which was sweet, and there’s definitely the sense that they will be together for the long haul. Cooper’s background was rough, but he and Felicity have a home now. And Sammy’s background was fraught with medical issues, which will impede his ability to venture too far from home. Together they are set to strive for greatness and have a rich life together. And they will continue to have a strong family base, with an extended network of support that will be there for them no matter what they might need.
The family devotion of Tino and Channing to their kids, both old and new, was wonderful and I wished we could have gotten a bit more glimpses at them together. Well, more of Cooper witnessing it, since the momentary jump to the uncles’ point of view felt a bit jarring. I prefer when authors stick to one point of view, or at least alternate clearly without a temporary detour to one-off point of view revelations. Additionally, I was hoping we would have seen more of Cooper interacting with the children as well, since that was his new job. He says he adores the kids, but it was a bit more telling than showing. Instead, the focus was on Cooper and Sammy’s emerging relationship, as well as Sammy’s complex health issues. While I enjoyed it, I was hoping for more roundedness in the storyline.
Despite these drawbacks, though, I did become very interested in the universe overall, so I am hoping Amy Lane returns to these characters and additional characters again. In the meantime, I can go back and read the former books in the series. If you’re looking for a nice, sweet romance that has some real obstacles to overcome before a happily ever after, you will definitely enjoy Stand By Your Manny.
Reviewed By: Kimberly
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