Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mannies Incorporated by Sean Michael

Title: Mannies Incorporated
Author: Sean Michael
My Rating: A 

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)

Series: -
Main Characters: Slayde and Drake
Release Date: December 2012
ISBN: 9781610404129
Publisher: Torquere Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
I picked this book up when I saw a positive review of it. Even with the review, I wasn't going to buy it, but then I read the preview pages of it on Amazon....and pushed that purchase button, because I was sold. This book was just as good, if not better, than was promised in those first few pages. 

Slayde was a college friend of Jerry. Jerry and Mindy were both active duty military and when they began to have kids, they hired Slayde as their full-time nanny because he has a Master's degree in childhood development. He's been with these three kids from the moments of their births. They are his in every way besides physical. Unfortunately, Jerry was killed-in-action and now Mindy is having to deploy for a year, leaving her three small children (kindergarten age and younger) in Slayde's care. He's fine with that. Mindy's fine with that. Mindy's brother, Drake, feels like he should step in and help although he's never been around the kids. 

Drake is a motorcycle-riding cop from California. He's a buff, macho guy who also just happens to be gay, but is DEEP in the closet. Even his sister doesn't realize that he's gay. When he quits his job to move to Mindy's, he's in for a surprise. Slayde runs a tight ship...he has to to stay on top of these three young lives. He's also exhausted, as he's been doing it alone 24/7 for over a month now. If Drake can get his act together, he could actually help, but that takes a while. 

This was such a sweet book. The premise of the story line is perfect. These guys are living together with a common care for these three kids. But they aren't guys who approach life the same way, at all, and that causes some big contention between them at first. Slayde is tired and overworked and honestly is just too tired to try to deal with Drake at first. Drake is trying, but this is so not something that he knows anything about. But slowly things change in the household and the guys become friends....and then a bit more.

This story worked for me. The kids are all little and at that age, they say just whatever pops into their heads. It provided for some really humorous events especially as Drake and Slayde get closer. I like how butch Drake is...he's never been out of the closet or even really been around gay guys so he tends to be really politically incorrect a lot of the time. He's really just clueless on so much. Slayde has the patience of a saint, both with Drake and the kids. His character was fabulous. His inner-monologue kept me giggling and smiling especially with his attraction to Drake who he's sure will beat him up if he just looks at him wrong. 

It's a great story with amazing characters. This is the first book I've read by this author...I plan to find more, because I loved this one!

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