Candy Man (Candy Man #1) by Amy Lane ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

CandyManAUDLGTitle: Candy Man (Candy Man #1)

Author: Amy Lane

Narrator: Philip Alces

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 09/04/2015

Length: 04 hours 06 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Winter Holiday

Summary:

Adam Macias has been thrown a few curve balls in his life, but losing his VA grant because his car broke down and he missed a class was the one that struck him out. One relative away from homelessness, he’s taking the bus to Sacramento, where his cousin has offered a house-sitting job and a new start. He has one goal, and that’s to get his life back on track. Friends, pets, lovers? Need not apply.

Finn Stewart takes one look at Adam as he’s applying to Candy Heaven and decides he’s much too fascinating to leave alone. Finn is bright and shiny—and has never been hurt. Adam is wary of his attention from the very beginning—Finn is dangerous to every sort of peace Adam is forging, and Adam may just be too damaged to let him in at all.

But Finn is tenacious, and Adam’s new boss, Darrin, doesn’t take bullshit for an answer. Adam is going to have to ask himself which is harder—letting Finn in or living without him? With the holidays approaching it seems like an easy question, but Adam knows from experience that life is seldom simple, and the world seldom cooperates with hope, faith, or the plans of cats and men.

Story Review:

Christine originally reviewed this ebook for our site. She enjoyed this one just as much as I did and you can find her review here

I would just like to add to her review to say that I loved the way Ms. Lane isn’t afraid to have her characters need. Have her men vulnerable in some way that adds emotional depth to even her low angst stories. I especially liked that in Candy Man, Adam, who would be traditionally more macho in the eyes of society was unapologetically broken inside and in need of help. He was the one with the struggles and the need for love and family. Whereas Finn, the “weaker” character was the one giving the strength and support. He was the aggressor and the caregiver.

Adam was a complex character with a sad history and a hole that needed filling. He needed the candy store, he needed his cousin’s goodness, he needed Finn and his crazy family, he needed those animals in his life. And Finn was deceptively perceptive. His outwardly energetic and manic personality masked someone who could see into the souls of others and do the right things for them. And he needed to be able to do for others. It was why he and Adam fit so well together, they filled in the gaps.

Just like Christine, I recommend this story to every Amy Lane fan and anyone looking for a comforting Holiday read.

Narration Review:

I love Philip Alces for reading Amy Lane light stories. He is a master at capturing those flighty and needy personalities prevalent in her works. His portrayal of Adam and Finn highlighted the emotions and the stress and the panic and pain. My only complaint is that I am so used to him now that I automatically think of his prior narrations and sometimes forget which book I am listening to because he reads them all the same.

Links

Candy Man (Candy Man #1) on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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