Book Review

Read our Review of Man Buns – a new release by author Shari J. Ryan

Release Date: July 25, 2018

Cover Design: MadHat Books


I got out of the Marine Corps to give my daughter a better life. I’m a strong and capable single dad. I got this, right? Not so much.

The one thing my daughter wants is the hardest to find—a mom. It’s not like they’re selling hot intelligent women at Walmart these days, and with the amount of baggage I’m carrying around, I might be out of luck.

Yeah, so.

We moved from Oahu to Maui. I needed a job, a place to live, and to get us settled. I thought it would be simple, but let’s just say . . . mistakes have been made.

· Mistake #1: I took the first job I was offered. (Should’ve probably asked a couple more questions about the required uniform.)
· Mistake #2: I flirted with Kai, the first attractive woman who crossed my path. (So far out of my league she might as well be a Hawaiian princess.)
· Mistake #3: I fell head over heels for that woman. (See Mistake #2.)

Now I’m standing here showing my butt—no, literally. It’s the required uniform at Man Buns, the restaurant I’m working at. (See Mistake #1).

In any case, I can tell you one thing—it’s damn near impossible to convince the woman I can’t live without to take me seriously when I’m serving up burgers, half-naked, and women are constantly ogling my assets.

I’ve gotta try, though. Because Kai is the woman for me, and she’s perfect with Aya. I’ve just gotta get these man buns in gear and figure out how to win her over.


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Our Thoughts

Denver is a single dad whose top priority is his daughter Aya. When he gets out of the Marine Corps he isn’t entirely sure what his job will be but his friend has promised something to get him by until he can find employment. On his first night of work he isn’t quite prepared for he job but he can’t deny the nice paycheck. He also meets Kai – a very independent and slightly intimidating woman who is not falling for his flirtations and jokes. However, slowly but surely he climbs over her walls and she can’t help but think he could be more than just a friend.

I have read a few other things from this other and I really enjoy the way she brings the different emotions – you could be sad one minute then laughing the next. So I knew this would be a fun read and I was not disappointed in the amount of laughter caused while reading. The book was a decent length but the timing was steady. You could really dive into the book and feel like you were there with Denver and Kai. They both have ‘baggage’ from their pasts but they come together to overcome any hurdles and it is all realistic. Although there were a few moments in the beginning where it felt like the connection between Denver and Kai was forced, the closer that the characters grew together the more believable their relationship became to me. Overall I’d give it 4 stars and I can’t wait to see what else might come for Denver, Kai and Aya.


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About the Author

Shari J. Ryan is an International Bestselling Author of heartbreakers and mind-benders. Shari was once told she tends to exaggerate often and sometimes talks too much, which would make a great foundation for fictional books. Four years later, Shari has written eleven novels that often leave readers either in tears from laughing, or crying.

With her loud Boston girl attitude, Shari isn’t shy about her love for writing or the publishing industry. Along with writing several International bestsellers, Shari has split her time between writing and her longstanding passion for graphic design. In 2014, she started an indie-publishing resource company, MadHat Books, to help fellow authors with their book cover designs, as well as assistance in the self-publishing process.

While Shari may not find many hours to sleep, she still manages to make time for her family. She is a devoted wife to a great guy, and a mother to two little boys who remind her daily why she was put on this earth.

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