REVIEW: SARINA BOWEN & TANYA EBY ✭ BOY TOYBoy Toy by Sarina Bowen, Tanya Eby
Also by this author: Brooklynaire, The Understatement of the Year
Also in this series: Man Card
Series: Man Hands #3
on August 14th 2018
Genres: RomCom
Format: eARC
Source: Nina Bocci
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The moment Sadie Matthews walks through the daycare center door, I feel my world tilt in her direction. Again. I fell for her when I was fourteen, and I'm still not over her. Problem: she still thinks of me as a teen she used to babysit. But I've learned a few things about pleasing a woman in the last fifteen years. I can't wait to show her how good it could be. I need to move quickly before I lose her again. This is more than a game to me, but I still plan to win.


I've just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don't have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He's everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls.

I can't possibly get involved with him. He's too young for me. Too handsome. But he's so persuasive...


by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

I think most of my friends know by now how much I love Sarina Bowen. I’ve come to love Tanya Eby in equal measures. When they team up the result of their collaboration is always fabulous. Their writing style meshes so well and is so homogeneous that as a reader you don’t know where one ends and the other begins. It’s pretty awesome.

Anyhoo…Boy Toy is the third of their laugh-out-loud, thigh-slapping series. While I gobbled this installment up I didn’t love it as much as the first two. I think Sadie just wasn’t what I expected. Insecurities are a terrible thing and can ruin relationships. I hated it for her that her ex was such a douche canoe who made her think that she wasn’t attractive. But Liam…Gahd…this man…he was perfection. He could make the ugliest duckling feel beautiful. I loved how starry-eyed he was for his teenage crush.

For Sadie to hold on for so long on the fact that he was younger didn’t make sense to me anymore at some point and it was Brynn and Ash who broke it down for Sadie:

“Sooooo…let me get this straight. He loves you and he loves the girls…”
“Yes!” I cry.
“What a dickhead,” Ash says. “I mean how dare that douchenozzle recognize how awesome you are and love you for who you are!”

I thought her fears regarding the age difference were going on for a little too long, even after she realized that it didn’t matter. She had no reason to deny him and I felt at some point that she didn’t even know herself why she kept doing it.

He wants to stay and I want him to stay, but I’m forcing him to go. And I don’t know why.

That’s a cop-out and only serves to draw out the drama. Something a good guy like Liam didn’t deserve.

You may have guessed it but the character who made this story for me was Liam. He was so good, so hot, so sweet. And the way he was with Sadie’s twins was the sweetest thing ever. Speaking of…they gave me some really good laughs, especially Kate with her football helmet.

While this may not be my favorite in the series I still enjoyed BOY TOY a lot and was well entertained. It doesn’t have the endless string of punchlines of Man Hands and it doesn’t have the tension from Man Card but it’s still a lovely addition to this series. Tanya Eby and Sarina Bowen did well and I hope they keep going on writing in tandem.

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.


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About Tanya Eby

Tanya is a starving artist without the starving part. Maybe, then, she's a snacking artist. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her two kids and tiki-obssessed husband and writes quirky fiction.

After writing a gripping, dark, gothic novel IN THE GARDEN ROOM, Tanya decided to switch it up. She's hard at work on a romcom, which doesn't feel like work at all.

She likes to keep things interesting.

She is also an award-winning narrator and audiobook publisher. She has been lucky to narrate some of the best books around...600 and counting! Many of the books she narrates are NY Times bestsellers.

She loves the challenge of narrating and truly adores words. Reading other writers' work encourages her to keep working on her own.

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1 Comment

  • I understand your thoughts on carrying on too long about certain issues. I’m really looking forward to it – if I ever finish the Man Card audio. I’m enjoying it too – just have gotten terribly sidetracked! Great review!

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