Title: Tart and Sweet (Candy Man #4)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 5, 2016
Genre(s): Gay romance, Ex-military
Page Count: 233 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
In the Army, Robbie Chambers turned on his lover out of fear—and he hasn’t been able to live with himself since. Now he’s out of the Army but still trapped in the closet that brought on his most cowardly moment, and he starts to think he’ll never be able to fight his way free.
Until he sees Cy McVeigh. Beautiful and uninhibited, Cy is dancing on the boardwalk at Old Sac for no other reason than the moment called for it. Robbie not only joins in the dance but is smitten from the very beginning.
However, Robbie still has old business to clear up, and when he helps out a kid in need and comes face-to-face with the man he betrayed, he’s forced to come clean with himself. He can’t redeem his mistake if he’s still locked into his old patterns, and he won’t ever be worthy of Cy if he can’t earn Adam’s forgiveness. He’s going to need all the help he can get from the people at Candy Heaven in order to make things right with his past so he can have a future with Cy.
This is the first book that I read in this series but it definitely will not be the last. I will definitely be going back and reading the previous books before this one. What I like the most about this book is that even though I may not have read the other books, I was not lost. In other words Amy Lane made the book so good and thoroughly explained all of the other characters in the books that this book could be read as a standalone. I really like it when an author does that because it makes being able to read a book out of order easy.
As far as the characters goes, I fell in love with Robbie. He had so much regret and pain in the beginning of this book that it was painful for me to read about it. He carried that regret over hurting his first love (Adam) and pain of turning on him and turning his back on him at the same time, that he was just living like a zombie. He was going through the motions of everyday but not really living. I think he knew that hurting Adam was bad enough but he also knew denying who he is was also killing him inside also. Once he met Cy his world was flipped upside down. He seen this care free individual who was just happy to be who he is and he knew that is how he wanted to be also.
Cy sent Robbie’s life into a tail spin and then he was completely thrown off kilter when he ran into Adam again after two years apart. And now the story truly begins.
Cy in my opinion is a care free individual who lives each day to the fullest. When he meets Robbie, Cy knows he is special but figures he is just another one night stand. But he knows after that one night together he knows he is more special then he originally thought. He cannot get him out of his head.
The more time these two men spend together the closer they get. But Robbie knows he cannot move on till he apologizes for his past and can finally move forward. And maybe he can move forward with Adam by his side as his friend.
This book in my opinion is about redemption. It is about forgiving the pain that was caused in the past and moving forward. It is about forgiving yourself. It is about trusting in who we are and being strong enough to accept it. It is about friends, family, and love. It is about looking forward to the future and moving on from the past. And finally it is about accepting that no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes, the key is to learn from those mistakes.
Amy Lane did an amazing job on this book and I will definitely be going back to read the previous books in this series after reading this one. Would definitely recommend this book to others to read.