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Review: Mannies Incorporated by Sean Michael

Title: Mannies Incorporated by Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: M/M, Erotic, Romance
Length: 228 pages / 56600 words
Book Rating: B

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher


Slayde’s got the best job on earth: he’s a nanny to Army nurse and widow Mindy’s three kids. He’s been with the family since the oldest was born and is Uncle Slayde to all three children. When Mindy’s deployed, things aren’t easy, but he manages just fine. At least he does until Mindy’s big brother Drake shows up unexpectedly, announcing he’s there to help while Mindy is gone.

Drake is almost a stranger to the kids, hot as hell, especially in his motorcycling leathers, and straighter than straight. On top of that, Drake’s not used to dealing with kids, with things like gluten free, recycling and not eating fast food and soon has Slayde’s tight routine in shambles.

Slayde thinks Drake is far more of a hindrance than a help, at least at the start, but he tries to get along for Mindy’s sake and eventually, having Drake around is easier than not. But what’s he supposed to do when the straight, sexy leather wearing ex-cop makes a pass at him one night? Maybe there’s more to Drake than Slayde assumed.

The Review:

Adorable kids + sexy men + unbelievably hot sex=one must read book for fans of Sean Michael! Mannies Incorporated is a sweet yet steamy romance that is incredibly heartwarming and just plain cute!

The characters in Mannies Incorporated are wonderfully developed and realistic. Slayde is extremely comfortable with both his sexuality and his chosen profession. He is unbelievably organized, the household runs like clockwork and the kids absolutely adore him.

On the other hand, Drake is deep, deep, deep in the closet and while he loves his nieces and nephew, he has not been a big part of their lives. His transition into the household is not exactly smooth, but he is determined to help out while his sister is deployed.

All of the secondary characters are likeable and add a great deal of depth to the storyline. Christian, Jenny and Maggie are delightful. They are typical kids and I just loved the interactions between them and Slayde and Drake. My heart just went out to Mindy and I could easily relate to how hard it was for her to separated from her children.

While for the most part, Drake and Slayde’s relationship is mostly conflict free, there are a few issues they must overcome before they find their happily ever after. As a cop, Drake keeps his sexuality hidden due to very real fears of how his co-workers will react to his homosexuality. Drake must also redefine his concept of family. He has a very difficult time reconciling Slayde’s and Slayde’s parents’ roles in Mindy’s and her children’s lives. All of their problems are handled quite well and they are resolved with very little angst.

While Mannie’s Incorporated is easy to read, there are a few editing errors. Some of the sentences are occasionally awkwardly phrased. Both characters seriously overuse the word “man” in place of saying one another’s names. Minor annoyances, but definitely noticeable.

Another wonderful romance from Sean Michael, Mannie’s Incorporated is a lighthearted romance that is quite entertaining. Definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys a family oriented love story.

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Daddy, Daddy and Me by Sean Michael

Title: Daddy, Daddy and Me by Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: M/M, Erotic, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 203 pages
Book Rating: C


When Jeff agreed to be the sperm donor to his best friend Beth, he never expected a tragedy to leave his newborn and three year old motherless. That’s exactly what’s happened, though, and it’s totally thrown his life into chaos: his lover has left him, his house isn’t anywhere near childproof and his boss feels the restaurant has been patient enough with the time off.

Donny has always known he wanted to be in childcare, and he just finished his degree in early childhood education. He didn’t count on people being less than thrilled to hire him when they find out that not only is he a male nanny, but a gay one at that. Job hunting has been frustrating to say the least, so when he knocks on Jeff’s door and is greeted by the sounds of things breaking and a pair of screaming children, he thinks, just maybe, he can begin this particular interview with a trial by fire.

Becoming the nanny to Jeff’s children just might be a dream come true for Danny, and exactly what Jeff needs, but are either one of them ready to really be a family?

The Review:

Sean Michael’s Daddy, Daddy and Me is a super cute story with plenty of “awww” moments. Donny is the miracle worker nanny who gets Jeff’s new life with his two kids on track. Once the pandemonium is under control, it does not take long for Donny and Jeff’s relationship to take a more romantic turn.

While both Jeff and Donny are extremely likable protagonists, their character development is a little under developed and two dimensional. Donny is fun, lighthearted and a whiz at managing Jeff’s house. He is fabulous with the kids and he is a natural fit for Jeff, but we do not see any other side to his character. He has no outside interests, and we do not see him in any setting other than with Jeff and the kids.

Jeff is equally likeable, and his character is a little more developed since he has some problems to overcome. He is grief stricken at Beth’s death and while he loves Robbie and Kimberly, he is woefully unprepared for full=time fatherhood. We learn more about his character through his relationships with his sister and Beth’s parents.

Robbie and Kimberly are absolutely, positively adorable, and they are definitely the heart and soul of Daddy, Daddy and Me. They are wonderfully depicted and fabulously imperfect. Just like real kids! Through temper tantrums, illnesses and perfect family outings, Jeff, Donny, Robbie and Kimmie slowly become a family.

Jeff and Donny’s transition from employer/employee to lovers is smooth and problem free. The sex scenes between Jeff and Donny are steamy, but they are also filled with tenderness and emotion. A subplot with Jeff’s ex-lover provides added tension and becomes the catalyst for some much needed changes in Jeff’s life.

Daddy, Daddy, and Me by Sean Michael is an engaging read with very little tension or angst. If you are a fan of m/m stories with children, then you are sure to love this fast paced and uncomplicated romance.


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