Monday, August 23, 2010


Evan is a young man at a crossroads: he is no longer in denial about his sexual orientation, but, as a burned out and unemployed artist, his life seemingly lacks direction. By a strange twist of fate, he finds himself working as the nanny for a desperate divorcĂ©e—and falling for her handsome and adventurous ex.

I found the first forty or fifty pages to move slowly, although I found the back-story to be relevant and useful. With that said, I must say that I finished the remainder of the novel in one sitting. I also must say—and I do not use this word lightly, as I can be quite the snob about what I read—that the last 3/4 of The Manny Diaries is brilliant. The scene progressions are lovely, the characters are fun, and the twists are sometimes surprisingly numerous, but always rewarding. I did find Evan’s tantrum at the end of the story to be a little excessive, but overall I loved the character and I loved what Kilpatrick did with the story—it is a fun twist on the coming of age, the coming into one’s own, and the coming out of the closet, with great teasers and satisfying bedroom antics. I highly recommend this work, and I look forward to more of Kilpatrick’s books.

The Manny Diaries is available through Ravenous Romance, Amazon Kindle, and other fine online retailers.


  1. Lisa, I love your rating system... and I love your reviews! I also loved this book and I join you in snobdom at times...

  2. I love that rating system! Philosophy? I ever would have thought to add, but you're absolutely right. It needs metioning. I HAVE the book, just haven't read it yet. I'm really looking forward to it, too. Must find the time!

  3. Thanks for the review Lisa.
    Sue B