Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Rainbow Sprinkles by Anna Martin - Release Day Review

A States of Love Story
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Novella / 77 pages
Buy links: Dreamspinner | Amazon | Amazon UK


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.

My thoughts

Rainbow Sprinkles is a sweet and easy story about two men who bond over ice cream.

Cooper is down to earth, doesn’t have particularly high expectations of life or of himself and while he knows his life could get better, he’s not inclined to push himself or rock the boat.

Drew Tanner is more of a dreamer. He’s an aspiring actor working as a Disney Prince in Disneyland and thoroughly enjoying his job while working towards an opportunity to break into fame and fortune.

I adored the early part of the story. I smiled because both Cooper and Drew are convinced they’re not good or special enough for the other. I loved the dates Drew organised for them and their slow but steady coming together. The conflict between them, when it arose, felt a bit like ‘much ado about nothing’ to me, and I didn’t think it warranted the two men being apart for as long as they were.

On the upside, I adored the secondary characters almost as much as I did Cooper and Drew and I loved how the story ended with a definite ‘happy for now’ and glimpses of a ‘happy ever after’ without forcing the issue. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novella—yes, even the bits I was less happy with content-wise. Anna Martin knows how to tell a story and presents characters that capture the reader. All in all this was a great story to read out in the sunshine on a Saturday afternoon. The only thing missing from that experience was my own ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

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