Title: Candy Man (Candy Man #1)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 3, 2014
Page Count: 139
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flame out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
First of all, how freaking awesome is it that Candy Haven exists and Darrin is a real person! I googled it. It’s awesome!
It goes without saying that the writing is solid because…Amy Lane. I liked a lot of things:
*the funny moments
*the asshole cat
*Darrin, especially that the story starts and finishes with
Adam pissed me off big time at some point with his “I’m not good for you attitude”. Also, I didn’t get the analogy
- the cat died, I couldn’t keep the cat alive, so I’ll break up with Finn.
Not my favorite from Miss Lane, but great read nonetheless.
Looking forward to Rico’s story.