Review: Anna Martin – Rainbow Sprinkles (States of Love)

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Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:

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:

Fairly short, but literally sweet, since our two MCs meet at the ice cream parlor, the Dreamy Creamery, that’s located along the road to Disneyland. Drew Tanner, an amazingly sweet guy, is a wannabe actor who plays a prince to pay the bills while working the rounds of auditions. He stops for an ice cream every day—always in a weird combination of flavors and always with rainbow sprinkles on top. But it’s not the rainbow sprinkles that are the attraction; it’s the server, Cooper Reed, who inspires Drew to keep stopping.

Drew is pretty shy, even though he knows what he wants as a career. In his personal life, he’s not so forward. He’s never even had a boyfriend. Hookups? Yes. Romantic relationships? No. So he can’t seem to find the courage to ask Cooper out. Thankfully, after months of flirting, Cooper takes the bull by the horns and asks Drew his name and his phone number.

The men have fun, especially when the kid-at-heart Drew takes Cooper to Disneyland on many of their dates, and feet-on-the-ground Cooper actually enjoys himself. Naturally, they’d have a misunderstanding since neither has a lot of experience in being in a relationship, but thankfully, they are eventually able to work it out—mostly with the help of their friends who can’t stand seeing either of them continue to mope around.

Though short, the author engaged me with their characters early in the story, so it was a pleasure to watch them fumble their way through dating. Highly enjoyable, lighthearted, and romantic, I recommend this to those looking for something sweet—with rainbow sprinkles—to make their day brighter.

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