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: 11/09/2015
Length: 06 hours 48 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, 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.
Bitter Taffy was another sweet addition to the Candy Man series. It was full of heart and humor and love with just enough angst and development to temper the slow and steady feel of Rico’s story.
Rico and Derek were such great characters. Both had quirks and needs that fit well when paired together. Derek pulled Rico out of his shell and filled Rico’s need to be loved no matter what. Rico showed Derek that he was worthy of being someone’s first and last choice.
I loved watching Rico grow from a rather sheltered and inexperienced man/boy into a man who could stand up to his family and stand on his own two feet. I loved watching Derek’s insecurities come to light. For all his confidence and practice with a loving family, parts of Derek were just as broken and needy as Rico.
Finally, I loved Finn’s family. They brought humor and love to the story and filled in another hole in Rico’s life. Finn’s family is a family I would love to know in real life. I am so glad they made another appearance and adopted Rico and Derek into their crazy. They were and are fantastic.
As I have said many times, Philip Alces is the quintessential Amy Lane light narrator. He enhances these characters, their personalities, and their emotions.
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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