Lollipop, (Candy Man #3) by Amy Lane

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LollipopLollipop by Amy Lane  Series: Candy Man
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Pages:  250 • Published by: Dreamspinner Press  Format: eARC
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner •  Amazon • ARe

Ezra Kellerman flew across country to see if he had another chance with the man he let slip through his fingers. He didn’t. Rico has moved on, but he doesn’t just leave his ex high and dry. Instead, Rico entrusts his family and friends with Ezra’s care. Ezra, confused, hurt, and lost, clings to Rico’s cousin and his boyfriend as the lifelines they are—but their friend Miguel is another story.

Miguel Rodriguez had great plans and ambition—but a hearty dose of real life crushed those flat. When Miguel finds himself partially in charge of the befuddled, dreamy, healing Ezra, he’s pretty resentful at first. But Ezra’s placid nature and sincere wonder at the simple life Miguel has taken for granted begin to soften Miguel’s hardened shell. Miguel starts to notice that Ezra isn’t just amazingly sweet—he’s achingly beautiful as well. Suddenly Miguel is fending off every single man on the planet to give Ezra room to get over Rico—while fighting a burning suspicion that the best thing to help Ezra get over his broken heart is Miguel.

 

 

four-half-stars

Miguel was on the lookout for one more thing to make Ezra happy, one more thing to talk to him about, one more thing to keep their growing friendship alive and thriving.

Oh my goodness, my feelings were in happy sugary sweetness overdrive!!!! Amy Lane has made me happy, and I didn’t cry. Yes!!! I think this was my very first book by her and I didn’t shed a damn tear. Ha, you take that you Temptress of Tears & Angst!!! From the very beginning to the end I was in love with these two characters. I honestly think these might be my two favorite characters by her. Ezra is a doll, no a kitty cat that needs love! He broke my heart, but then pieced it together with his strength. Miguel surprised me, I didn’t expect this from him at all. Miguel needs to be put on the pedestal and I don’t say that often about characters.

This is book 3 in the Candy Man series, and best far the greatest all of all. I love Adam & Finn a tons, they are great together. Derek & Rico are okay as well. But this friends to lovers trope is beautifully done. Ezra has flown to Sacramento trying to get that old thing back in Rico, but unbeknownst to him Rico has moved on. Stuck on a lawn with nobody sees me Miguel and this is fate at it’s finest. I didn’t know how this was going to work out at all. Ezra seemed so shattered and broken, and I am so happy to see that he got to enjoy his life a little. He was extremely kind, and the littlest things made him smile. I think I was grinning from ear to ear. Seeing him with Miguel’s nieces & nephews had me awwing all over the place. His conversations with Therese was adorable as well. His life hasn’t been easy or his own’s for the longest that he hasn’t got a clue what he wants to do or who he wants to me. One thing for certain is Miguel is always going to watch his back. I think Ezra was meant to be for Miguel. He was just waiting around to find someone to need and keep him for a change. Miguel is the best. I understood him, it’s hard having a voice when you have 5 siblings. I enjoyed laid back Miguel a ton, but when jealous & possessive Miguel came out it was Muy Caliente. It was a different Miguel, an assertive Miguel.

Both guys are so good for one another confidence and ego. I think Amy Lane killed it with the dialogue between these two guys. You can see the love and devotion blossoming before our eyes. I highlighted so many good parts in this story. It’s my first favorite book of the new year! Well done.

And then Ezra simplified all of that, boiling it down to the one thing that was most important, and so so simple. “Love you, Miguel,” he panted against the bed. “Love me too?” Of course he did.

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.

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.

 
 
three-stars

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.