The Orc and the Manny (Monsters Hollow, Book 1) by Chloe Archer; Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

Greg and Chloe prove to be an amazing author/narrator pairing in this audio adaptation of The Orc and the Manny, Monsters Hollow Book 1. A heartfelt low angst monster/ human pairing that will leave you smiling from start to finish.

From the blurb

Welcome to Monsters Hollow, where love knows no bounds—even in a town full of monsters!

Targan Wildethorne

A confirmed bachelor and a historian by training, I haven't the faintest clue how to care for twin orclings when I unexpectedly become their guardian. I'd love to retreat into the comforting sanctuary of my study, surrounded by my books and papers, but first, I need to hire someone to help me with the children. Someone who can teach me the ropes of this new role.

Thank the Light for the All-Species Specialized Employment Services! In my most dire hour of need, they find the perfect nanny—ahem, manny—to help me look after my young wards. Now, I can finally get back to writing my history of orc folklore for a few hours a day.

Or so I thought.

Instead, I find the captivating new man in my home far too distracting. Max is so much more than I had expected. I've never fallen for a human before, but I can't get him out of my mind. Could he ever feel the same about an orc? Humans are usually too intimidated by our large size and outer appearance. Can Max look past my green skin and tusks to see a man with a heart that yearns for him? And if he does, when he learns the truth about the children, will the danger on the horizon send him running?

Max MacLeod

Working with kids is totally my jam, and I'm damn good at what I do. Just call me Maxy Frickin' Poppins! When a new job prospect comes my way, I'm intrigued. A chance to move to Mystic Hollow (aka Monsters Hollow) to be a well-paid manny for two adorable orclings? Talk about a dream position. Sold! But when I lock eyes with the seriously sexy orc who's their guardian—and my new de facto boss—for the first time, I'm a goner. Big, muscular, and green all over–he's giving me full-on Hulk meets stern professor vibes—and I like it.

As I get to know him over meals with the kids during the day and soft-spoken conversations about history at night, I soon realize there's so much more to Targan than the gorgeous orc who keeps starring in all my naughtiest dreams. He's quite possibly the kindest, gentlest man I've ever met. And he accepts and appreciates every part of me and my flamboyant, full-figured fabulousness. I just want to feed and take care of him—and find out if he's so deliciously big everywhere. Before I know it, I'm dreaming of being part of a forever family with him and his adorable twins. But an unexpected threat looms in the shadows that could threaten the safety of us all…

The Orc and the Manny is a cozy small town M/M monster romance featuring a Hulkalicious silver fox orc professor who's better with books than kids, a flamboyant human manny with all the skills (think Nathan Lane in The Birdcage meets Mary Poppins), an age gap, a size difference, a three-headed hellhound and a feisty rescue Chihuahua, two adorable orcling twins, and copious amounts of orc… joy!

Molly Otto's review:

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Greg Bordeaux shows again why he is such a sought after narrarator in this adaption. He made an already fun and heartfelt story all the better with his voices in bringing these characters to life.

Well, that was the perfect sweet body positive book to be ever written! Love the feel of this series from the prequel (the Bogeyman and the Schoolteacher) and the Fated Mates Anthology short story (the Demon and the Librarian) and now this one for accepting everyone as they are! Truly beautiful and heartwarming, Max is a beautiful plus sized femme cinnamon roll of character who will own you from page one!, Targan is more reserved yet opens up beautifully as he becomes more comfortable with his new life. An added bonus of a mystery added to the mix makes for a highly enjoyable read from a genre that not many authors would be able to pull off!

Jacquie's Review:

This was too adorable for words. Really, there was so much to like about this book:

Plus size rep - Max is gloriously on the plus size. He loves food and dresses to always look fabulous. I adored his sweet, loving character, knowing after his upbringing he has a core of steel - which we get to see. Also, the slight lisp for the narration of Max was so endearing to me.

Found family - Targan isn't related to the children. He's their chosen uncle and guardian after their mother died. He quickly takes Max, who only has his besite, Ryder, into his family. All of Mystic Hollow is like that. They bring Max into the fold.

The communication between the MC's: they are always communicating their wants and needs and it's just precious. There's obviously some practicalities around steamy times, with Targan being gifted as an orc.

Therapy! Yes, this is a big deal, but not only does Targan have himself and the children in therapy, they also use the tools and discuss the change in nature of their relationship.

Okay, so I loved it, and the next book is perfectly set up. The narration was top notch, as I've come to expect from this narrator.

The Orc and the Manny is currently available as an audiobook, e-book and paperback, and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription