Title: Rainbow Sprinkles (States of Love: California)
Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 77 Pages
At a Glance: Anna Martin has created two lovable characters who fumble their way into your heart and leave behind a sweet memory of old fashioned romance.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: Cooper Reed has a fairly relaxed life for someone who lives in LA. He’s no celebrity—just the guy who makes sundaes at the Dreamy Creamery, and that’s the way he likes it. The highlight of every week is the beautiful guy who turns up and orders a sundae with rainbow sprinkles. Cooper still isn’t sure if that’s a code, because he has a huge crush and the hot guy is terrible at flirting.
Drew Tanner, it turns out, is an original California dreamer. He’s as wholesome as apple pie and twice as sweet, a real-life Disney Prince at Disneyland. But while Drew’s head is in the clouds, Cooper’s feet are firmly on the ground, and their different outlooks might be more than their new relationship can take.
Review: New relationships are tricky business, especially when one of the partners has never really had a boyfriend before and isn’t quite sure how to act/react when it comes to even the simplest of conflicts. Even more difficult, though, is when you see such potential in your newfound love and they seem to be adrift, happily avoiding moving forward in their lives and career. It’s Cooper’s inability to commit himself to any real sense of a future, business-wise, that has the very dedicated Drew turning in circles. You see, Drew is determined to make it in the acting field and while playing a Disney Prince at Disneyland is hardly his life goal, he considers it a stepping-stone to realizing his ambitions.
Cooper, on the other hand, seems fairly content to sling ice cream in the local creamery as well as tend bar a few nights a week just to make ends meet. When these two finally stop flirting at the walk-up window, and start dating, it’s difficult for Drew to bite his tongue when it comes to questioning why Cooper won’t go for his dream of one day running his own ice cream business. It doesn’t help that Cooper hides a real fear of failing behind that lazy, carefree attitude that changes to rather icy indifference when Drew pushes just a bit too hard, causing Cooper to question whether this boyfriend stuff is just too much to handle.
Let me begin this review by saying that author Anna Martin creates two really lovely characters in her latest novella, Rainbow Sprinkles. Both Drew and Cooper are fun, creative, friendly guys you would love to meet in real life. Drew’s hesitant manner and constant visits to the ice cream shop where Cooper works were so very reminiscent of that feeling we’ve all have had when we remember our first crush—part giddy, part terrified and definitely hoping against all hope that the feelings you harbor toward that cute guy will be returned one day.
Cooper, on the other hand, evokes such strong emotions within the reader. Simultaneously, you want to slap him on the head and tell him to wake up and see how talented he is, and to have confidence in himself, and then snatch him up in a hug and swear to him that you will never stop being his friend and will always have his back. So, you see how Drew could so easily fumble when it came to pushing at Cooper to realize his dream and, in turn, how quickly Cooper could shut down and tell his new boyfriend to mind his own business.
Anna Martin has created two lovable characters who fumble their way into your heart and leave behind a sweet memory of old fashioned romance. With just enough sweet romance, quick and winsome interchanges between the two men, and a short burst of angsty conflict, this story hits just about every button you might have when it comes to wanting a short romantic read.
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