Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/29/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
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.
If you have read Candy Man, then you know of Rico. He is the cousin for whom Adam was house-sitting in the first book. He is off in the big-bad New York city living his dream, with the man of his dreams… until he isn’t. You also know Derek. He is the small business owner who flirts with Adam and hires him to draw his employees.
While neither man has a huge role in Candy Man, you know they both have a story to tell and that they need their happily ever after. Bitter Taffy is their story.
Derek and Rico make for an interesting couple. Rico, despite his time in New York, is rather inexperienced at dating and life in general. He has been mostly just existing for most of his life. Derek is his polar opposite. He goes after what he wants with both feet in the deep end. What he wants is Rico.
They start with a working relationship, but Derek wears Rico down. Throughout the story, we get to watch Rico blossom into a whole person, with the help of some friends and one meddling candy store owner. We also get to see Derek get a bit tamed by Rico. They are good for each other.
Both characters are well rounded, full characters who you can’t help but love. Combine the lovable characters with Amy Lane’s rich imagination and solid prose, and you have an enjoyable way to spend some time.
I don’t think this candy store is done with us. I think one ex-boyfriend has a story to tell us… soon, I hope.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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