Book Reviews

Composing a Family (Mannies Incorporated 6) by Sean Michael

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-February-2018

Book Blurb

Tenor Abriole has just finished his stint as nanny for the Wilsons. He was with the family for twenty-one years, ever since he was eighteen. Now he’s looking for a new family, but finding that at thirty-nine, many people think he’s too old, and those who don’t think that’s a problem are balking at the fact that he’s a man, or that he’s gay, or both. He finally turns to Mannies Inc. for help finding a new position.

Daniel Thorpe is a well-known composer who lives and breathes music. He very much wants to be a father, so he goes the surrogate route, and winds up with triplets on the way. He turns to Mannies Inc. well before his girls are born, but so far has not been happy with any of the men who have applied, until Tenor shows up for an interview. Tenor’s experience being nanny to five children, as well as the fact that he stayed with a single family that long are both pluses in Daniel’s book.

Could it be that Tenor is the last note Daniel needs to compose his greatest work yet – his family?


Book Review

Every book in this series about the adventures of various mannies working for the Mannies Incorporated agency has had its own special charm, and ‘Composing a Family’ is no exception. Both main characters are sweet guys, the grandfather-to-be is an amazing man who used to be one of the men’s manny, the preparations for the arrival of the three girls are cute as well as realistic, and the drama is first class. The focus of this story, much as the title promises, is of the forming of this new family, the dynamic of everyone getting together and realizing that they are now a unit. My only regret is that I didn’t get to see much of them together over the years… but that didn’t really reduce my enjoyment of seeing them all bond and get ready for the years to come.

Tenor is afraid he is too old to find a new family to take care of, and after twenty-one years with the same people, from right after he was kicked out by his parents for being gay, I can see why he is worried. On the other hand, at least he has experience on his side and he has shown that he understands commitment and what it takes to raise children. Going via an agency is a safe bet, and while Mannies, Inc. turns out to be just what he needs, it is his own personality and charm that make all the difference when he meets Daniel.

Daniel is a somewhat withdrawn, quirky composer who is expecting triplets rather than the one baby he expected to father when he hired a surrogate. Daniel is a planner and he realizes his lack of experience may be a problem, so he looks for help. His former manny, Max, still lives with him, but Daniel wants him to focus on being a grandfather this time around rather than being actively involved in raising three girls. Daniel is as picky with potential mannies as he is with his music, but something clicks with Tenor from the moment he enters Daniel’s home for the interview.

Tenor and Daniel both know what they want – for the babies as well as for themselves. It is no wonder they get a lot closer than either of them expected, and even though it happens fairly quickly, both men are somewhat older and neither jumps into things before thinking it through. The passion quickly deepens into more, and the joint challenges they face once the triplets are born only solidify what they suspected all along: they belong together.

If you like watching families form, if you want to see two men bond over dealing with preparing for the arrival of triplets, and if you’re looking for a sweet read with lots of passion, some very cute moments, lots of music references, and wonderful characters, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 181 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-December-2017
Price $5.99 ebook
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