Thursday, October 19, 2017

Release Blitz & Book Review: The Manny by Piper Rayne

The Manny
by Piper Rayne
Series: Dirty Truth #1
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: October 19th, 2017


Secrets and lies are a killer way to start any partnership—especially a horizontal one.

Now, I’m a glass half full kinda of guy, so, after the ‘you’re fired’ speech was directed at me, I figure now’s the time to be the screenwriter I came to sunny California to be. Unfortunately, there are about as many people trying to sell a script in L.A. as there are vegans in the pacific northwest.

But lucky for me, a few weeks ago my agent found an investor for my script. Hooray, all my problems are solved! NOT.

Because the investor will only agree to fund my film if I use one specific actress. And that one specific actress? Well of course, it just has to be the same actress I screwed over only months before. But she doesn’t need to know about that one tiny detail, does she? All that matters is getting her to agree to do the film and I’ll do whatever it takes. We can leave the past, in the past, right?

I thought my charm would win her over. Never would I have been prepared for the terms she laid out on the table.

She needed a nanny.
I needed a lead actress.
Somehow I became The Manny.

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We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon holed into a specific outline. We wanted to give readers a story without them assuming how the story will flow. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it.

What can we tell you about ourselves? We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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My review:

This was a great story! I liked it a lot. There wasn't anything that bothered me or stood out negatively. It was a light-hearted, funny and entertaining read. I guess I just wasn't quite as emotionally invested to love it, which doesn't mean that it wasn't a good story though. Quite the opposite actually. Because a story that achieved to completely capture my attention so that I couldn’t put the book down and finished it in two days, and where I have nothing to criticize about, must be a definite try. I guess it's still a question of taste but if you know the authors previous works or like similar books then I'm sure you will enjoy this book at least as much as I did.

As you can probably guess, the main characters had to work through some bumps along the road but there wasn't anything overly dramatic involved.
I liked Layla and her kids as well as Vance a lot. They had great characteristics and fit perfectly together. Both were looking for their place in this fast paced and superficial world called Hollywood/LA.

The Story:
Vance was at a low when he was fired and had to escape this crazy world even when it was only for a short while. Now being back he knew that he couldn't pick up where he left off and with the help of his friends, he sets out to turn his script into a movie.
Now there comes the problem, because although he found an investor, there’s one condition to it. Layla needs to be the lead actress but he screwed her over in the past and has to face the consequences when he won’t able to get her on board, especially when she finds out who he is exactly and what he did. So he just doesn't tell her. Problem solved? No, because feelings get in the way and his guilty conscience eats at him every day he's getting closer with Layla and her kids.

I've read the Modern Love Series by Piper Rayne and loved it so much, I was really curious how this new series was going to turn out and I'm happy to tell you that I was pleasantly surprised at how attached I got with the male characters Vance, Leo and Jagger. I can't wait to read the coming books in this series.

Vance was more a quiet kind of guy. He was a very loving man, obviously good looking, but it was all really low key and never went overboard or out of control with his emotions or actions. He had his faults, but hey, he’s only human.
‘Does this guy have some love portion splashed all over him that intoxicates me every time he’s near? I practically turn into an emoji with two hearts for eyes.’
Layla was a great mother juggling her career and two little kids alone in a world of glitz and glamour, which also meant to be cautious about deceiver, liar and back-stabber as well as paparazzi and reporters, because her soon to be ex-husband didn't step up to his responsibilities.

I had lots of fun reading this book, especially the diaper changing scene. The funny banters and hilarious moments with Vance and Layla’s kids had me laughing a lot. If you like easy, sweet reads with lots of funny moments and lovely characters then this is a book you should definitely check out.

-- I received an ARC of this book from Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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