Book Reviews

A Fool and His Manny (Dreamspun Desires, The Mannies 4) by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 17-July-2018

Book Blurb

Seeing the truth and falling in love.


Dustin Robbins-Grayson was a surly adolescent when Quinlan Gregory started the nanny gig. After a rocky start, he grew into Quinlan's friend and confidant—and a damned sexy man.


At twenty-one, Dusty sees how Quinlan sacrificed his own life and desires to care for Dusty’s family. He’s ready to claim Quinlan—he's never met a kinder, more capable, more lovable man. Or a lonelier one. Quinlan has spent his life as the stranger on the edge of the photograph, but Dusty wants Quinlan to be the center of his world. First he has to convince Quinlan he’s an adult, their love is real, and Quinlan can be more than a friend and caregiver. Can he show Quin that he deserves to be both a man and a lover, and that in Dusty’s eyes, he’s never been “just the manny?”


Book Review

“Quinlan liked to think he was an outsider here. An outsider everywhere. Dustin’s job was to convince him he was only an outsider in his own heart.”

‘A Fool and His Manny’ is the fourth and final installment in ‘The Mannies’ series by Amy Lane. I’m thrilled that the focus is on a child of Nica and Jacob’s and the friend of Sammy’s who ended up as their manny. It’s been seven years since the end of the previous installment and luckily for Nica and Jacob, God hasn’t seen fit to bless them with a seventh... so far. Trust me when I say it’s best to read these books in order as there is a LOT of family background and co-mingling as the Robbins-Grayson and Robbins-Lowell clans are tight as ticks on a hound.

Quinlan is Sammy’s good friend and he became the manny after meeting Jacob and Nica. Quinlan was on the bus tour of musicians in the college ensemble going cross-country that Sammy ended up having to leave due to his anemia and Quinlan, and some friends, played at Taylor and Brandon’s wedding. That’s the first time Quinlan met Dustin, a fourteen-year-old obnoxious teenager, riding herd on his five younger siblings. Quinlan is an only child so the idea of taking care of six kids is almost more than he can handle... except the pay is excellent, the hours are fantastic, and, really, how bad could it be?

“Taylor had balls, had barked orders, organized things, made everything shipshape. Dustin had respect for a guy like Taylor. But Quinlan was different—right down to his looks......... but looks aside, he was just… so… so… quiet. How was he ever going to survive in the Grayson/ Robbins/Lowell family if he couldn’t speak up for himself?”

I really liked the way the author wrote the first seven years that Quinlan is the manny for the Robbins-Grayson brood and the friendship that develops between Dustin and Quinlan. Much like Taylor, although in a completely different way, Quinlan turns out to be a natural with the kids and makes the household work better for all of them. Of course, Quinlan doesn’t see himself the way the family does, and he believes he doesn’t deserve to be a part of them. Quinlan always dreamed of having a family like this but he was an only child raised by unemotional nannies, and got thrown out when he came out so he has always left it at just a dream.

“Dustin turned toward him, hazel eyes intense, scowling in irritation. “I’m saying that you need someone to love you. To kiss you, to touch you, to hold you down and make you feel something, Quinlan. And don’t tell me you feel things now—I know you do. But you’re afraid of getting hurt, afraid of change, and you are going to grow old and die over my parents’ garage, thinking that’s the best you can do. And it’s not.”

Oh my. What a love story! I thought the author couldn’t beat Taylor and Brandon’s story but this one? Dustin and Quinlan is, hands down, my favorite of the entire series. There’s just something so horribly vulnerable and broken about Quinlan and I loved watching him get the family he always wanted, get the mom (Nica) he so desperately needed, and best of all was watching him get the best friend and lover that he deserved. Dustin and Quinlan smoked the pages with their passion and constantly brought tears to my eyes with their love.

Best ending EVER! Loved everything about this book, these families, the couples, and the kids. Reminded me of growing up in my own noisy youngest-child-of-five family and I laughed a lot during the reading. Thank you, Amy, for another hugely entertaining series and characters I’ve added to my own chosen-family-of-my-heart.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 230 pages/58666 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-July-2018
Price $4.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback, $9.99 bundle, $13.97 audiobook
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