Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Philip Alces
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 03/21/2016
Length: 09 hours 13 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Humor/Comedy
A Candy Man Book
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 currently 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.
I wrote the original review for the eBook of Lollipop. You can read it below
Money can’t buy happiness. This is a theme we see repeated in romance novels the world over. Just because you see someone who has everything you think you want in life, doesn’t mean they are happy. Especially when they fly all the way across the nation just to find out the man they were chasing, the man whose heart you broke, has moved on. Has found his soulmate and that soulmate isn’t you.
That is just the predicament facing Ezra Kellerman. We pick up the story at the moment Ezra is dumped, literally, on Miguel by that formerly heartbroken ex. Miquel, for his part, has been nursing an unrequited crush of his own on the scary Adam (from Candy Man).
My favorite thing about Lollipop is that Miguel and Ezra are friends first. It isn’t lust at first look. They don’t get into each other’s pants and then find they want more. They are there for each other. Miguel is the strength Ezra needs to help him move on a stand on his own. To face his father and himself. To be himself.
Things are not all rosy at the end, at least from Ezra’s family perspective. They are, however, in a good place as a couple. I am curious what else Greg might have to say on the subject.
This title, as with the other Candy Man titles, is part of Amy Lane’s “Yellow” or “Amy Light” line. The angst levels are low, and the love levels are high. No need for a package of tissues or a psychologist on speed dial. Just a warm fuzzy for a chilly afternoon.
I also love that we will finally get some closure between Adam and his nemesis from his time in the military, or I am assuming we will in book four.
Phillip Alces is a not a new narrator to me. He narrated the other two installments in the Candy Man series. He also narrated a few other Amy Lane titles I enjoyed. He is solid as a narrator, bringing life to the characters and increasing my enjoyment of the tale.
He is one I will happily listen to, but not quite on the level of one from whom I will seek out narrations.
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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