Bitter Taffy (Candy Man #2) by Amy Lane


Bitter Taffy by Amy Lane  Series: Candy Man
Release Date: July 29, 2015
Pages:  199 • Published by: Dreamspinner Press  Format: eBook
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner •  Amazon • ARe

A Candy Man Book

Rico Gonzalves-Macias didn’t expect to fall in love during his internship in New York—and he didn’t expect the boss’s son to out them both and get him fired either. When he returns to Sacramento stunned and heartbroken, he finds his cousin, Adam, and Adam’s boyfriend, Finn, haven’t just been house-sitting—they’ve made his once sterile apartment into a home.

When Adam gets him a job interview with the adorable, magnetic, practically perfect Derek Huston, Rico feels especially out of his depth. Derek makes it no secret that he wants Rico, but Rico is just starting to figure out that he’s a beginner at the really important stuff and doesn’t want to jump into anything with both feet.

Derek is a both-feet kind of guy. But he’s also made mistakes of his own and doesn’t want to pressure Rico into anything. Together they work to find a compromise between instant attraction and long-lasting love, and while they’re working, Rico gets a primer in why family isn’t always a bad idea. He needs to believe Derek can be his family before Derek’s formidable patience runs out—because even a practically perfect boyfriend is capable of being hurt.


I really liked book one, but this one fell kinda flat to me. I get people families play a big role in their life, but to keep bringing it up as a catalyst for the entire story was nerve wracking! At times having Derek and Rico steadily bringing it up seemed like Adam was their child. I mean, Adam is doing great and I’m so happy that he is, but it got unbearable to see certain relationships sit at a stand still because of Adam, who I am sure would not be having this if he knew.

YAY, low angst from Amy Lane. I’m happy it was low angst, but did anyone else have a hard time trying to read between the lines? Damn, I felt like it was rainbows and kittens without making any kind of sense. Some of the dialogue was getting on my nerves because they were talking in circles. Another issue is that something of the characters sounded the same. It was literally like reading Derek’s point of view from different people’s name.

I liked Rico & Derek together. They fit really well together. Sure Derek came off kinda sexual harassment suit at the beginning, but I got over it. Finn!!! I love Finn, he is amazing. I liked that Rico came out to himself. He came to terms with his sexuality and being himself. His self discovery was nice, and he truly was happy with Derek. I’m looking forward to this next book.

About Amy Lane

Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance–and if you accidentally make eye contact, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

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