Stand By Your Manny Book Cover Stand By Your Manny
Dreamspun Desires Book 57
Amy Lane
M/M Romance
Dreamspinner Press
May 1, 2018
182

The Mannies: Book Three

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?

Reviewed by Melissa Brus

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

In this third book of Amy Lane’s Mannies series, we get to learn more about Sammy Lowell.  He continues to live with his uncle Channing and his partner Tino, along with their children.  Sammy is a super talented musician.  He has the talent and the drive to be successful and could go anywhere he wants to continue his education.  Unfortunately, Sammy has health issues that limit how far he can push himself.

Working for Brandon, (yep that Brandon from the second book), Cooper Hoskins is just scraping by.  He has aged out of the foster care system and is not only trying to keep his head above water, but is keeping a pretty big secret as well.  So when he is hurt on the job, he is worried his delicately balanced life is going to crumble around him.  He doesn’t realize that the man he works for is about to put him in a position to change his life forever.

While Amy Lane sneaks in updates to all of our favorite Manny series characters, this book can be read as a stand alone.  Sammy and Cooper’s story is such a sweet one.  These two young men have been hobbled by circumstances outside of their control for their entire lives.  When they meet, it is like a beautiful freedom, to be completely themselves without limitations, is suddenly a possibility.  These two are fighters- they have fought on their own for so much in their lives.  So when they decide to fight for each other, it is an amazing ride.  This is a wonderful addition to a heartwarming series.