Narrator: John Solo
Book: The Virgin Manny
(The Mannies #1)
Series: Dreamspun Desires
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: February 14, 2017
Length: 6 hours 14 minutes
Reviewed by Erin
Growing up and falling in love...
Sometimes family is a blessing and a curse. When Tino Robbins is roped into helping his sister deliver premade dinners when he should be studying for finals, he’s pretty sure it's the latter! But one delivery might change everything.
Channing Lowell’s charmed life changes when his sister dies and leaves him her seven-year-old son. He’s committed to doing what's best for Sammy… but he’s going to need a lot of help. When Tino lands on his porch, Channing is determined to recruit him to Team Sammy.
Tino plans to make his education count—even if that means avoiding a relationship—but as he falls harder and harder for his boss, he starts to wonder: Does he have to leave his newly forged family behind in order live his promising tomorrow?
Gah, I loved this book, as you can tell from my review here (link) Tino and Channing make such a fantastic couple and watching them navigate their relationship was such a joy. Listening to John Solo's narration made that even more so. He's got such a nice voice (as he should since he's a narrator) but it really fits with the feel of The Virgin Manny. This is not an angsty book, though there are plenty of emotional moments. As part of Dreamspinner Press's Dreamspun Desires line, you know you're going to get all kinds of tropey goodness and lots of sweet romance, which you definitely do, but lest you forget, this is also an Amy Lane book. So yes, even though it's sweet, that doesn't mean there isn't a little bit of pain to go along with it.
John Solo handles all of the ups and downs, the light and sweet and the not so sweet moments deftly. His pacing and cadence, the inflections of his voice all just fit with Tino's earnestness and Channing's genuine good guy vibe. I will say that there are a lot of female characters in The Virgin Manny and unlike many other male narrators, Solo does these very well. And lots of kudos to him for Sammy. It's not everyone who can voice a seven year old and make him sound believable. I was just as happy at the end of listening to this book as I was when I read it ... and that's the way it should be. If audio books are your thing, this one is not to be missed.
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