Review: The Manny by Piper Rayne (Dirty Truth #1)


Note: This ARC was provided by the authors via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The writing duo of Piper Rayne is back with a new series, and Dirty Truths starts off with the story of Vance Rose, older brother of Charlie Rose and best friend of Garrett Shaw in Sexy Beast, which was the third book in the Single Dads Club series and the same one where Vance was introduced. He shares the series with his two closest friends in Los Angeles, each of whom dreamed of making it big in the entertainment industry. After getting fired from his gig as executive producer of a television series and back from a visit to his hometown, Vance is excited at the prospect of a script he's written being picked up and produced for the big screen. In order to secure the funding for it, however, the would-be producer has only one particular actress for the lead role--the promising Layla Andrews.

This is the Layla Andrews that Vance turned down for a role that could have launched her career on the show he's no longer on. The twenty-eight-year-old actress has no clue that Vance is the guy who sunk her chance, and she's definitely ready to sign on to do his movie. Except she also needs a nanny and no nanny in their right mind wants to watch her four-year-old son--the aptly named Payne who has formed an unexpected bond with Vance. Desperation times call for desperate measures, and a desperate single mother slash working actress is desperate enough to bring on a scriptwriter turned manny. It was nothing more than a means to an end. He needed her to be in his movie; she needed him to watch her son. No feelings were ever supposed to come into play...until they did.

I've been a fan of Piper Rayne's writing since I started--and finished--their Single Dads Club series, and this new one was something I was looking forward to sinking my proverbial teeth into. Vance and Layla--along with their ragtag supporting cast of characters--definitely don't disappoint. I liked that these two didn't jump into bed with each other until much later in the book. Yes, the attraction was there and it was very much mutual, but the authors recognized the fact that Layla's first priorities were her children--Payne and Via were both under the age of five--who were her primary consideration. Vance had to establish a rapport and then relationships with the two kids and that it was done not because he wanted to get into Layla's pants--which is the norm--was a great change of pace.

I'll be honest here: I did NOT like Payne in the first few chapters of this book. Maybe it's the former primary education teacher in me, but goodness, the child was running circles around his nannies and he needed a routine and discipline (and I'm not even talking about spanking or any form of physical "punishment" here). Payne, however, did win me over, especially when you could see that all he was really looking for was a positive male figure who was going to be more than a mere presence in his life. I wasn't a fan of Jagger Kale's either, but then Vance does promise at the beginning that his friend will grow on readers--I certainly hope so! All in all, The Manny hit the right note with me and it proved to be a fab start to this new Dirty Truth series. It gets five out of five stars. ♥

Release Date: 19 October 2017

Date Read: 17 October 2017

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