Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ARC Review: The Candy Man by Amy Lane

Candy Man
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.

Todd’s rating:

This book was SERIOUSLY only 136 pages??? I know it's true, but this one was so chocked full of complete and utter AWESOME that I still find that difficult to comprehend.

The book begins with Darrin, the eclectic owner of a sweets shop in Sacramento named Candy Heaven, pouring the contents of a Pixy Stix packet onto the counter at the shop and finger drawing in the sugary dust.

Of course at that point, I'm thinking "WTF?", but knowing this was an Amy Lane read, I knew it would take us somewhere undoubtedly great. And boy, did it ever, as Darrin sees a vision of a scared little boy cowering under the bed. And the Candy Man just knows that he and the boy are about to cross paths.

Enter Adam. Down on his luck and new to town, Adam walks into Candy Heaven and Darrin quickly throws an apron on him and, BAM, instant employee, which is when Adam's life begins to change for the better. Much, much better.

Enter Finn (wearing his Adventure Time hat.) Fresh out of a 3 year relationship with a boy unworthy of his amazing rainbow sparkliness, Finn sees the tall, handsome new Candy Heaven employee during a food drop and that's it. 'Game over, man', let the perusing begin. : )

Both Adam and Finn carry emotional scars from the doucheholery of unworthy love interests from their pasts, but Adam is the only one who allows those past hurts to stop him from going after what he truly wants. Which is Finn.

But hell to the no, Finn isn't having any of that ridiculous bullshit. Adam will be his, end of story, say no more, say no more, can I get an Amen, sister?

And how does a burger joint employee / delivery guy court his soon-to-be man? Well, that's a pretty damn stupid question. With *garlic fries*, of course! *Psssssh*

Adam tries his best, he really does, but who can resist the advances of a hot blond boy in an Adventure Time hat with garlic fries? No one in their right mind.

Once Finn finally wriggles his way past Adam's defenses, it becomes apparent very quickly that the two were MFEO, with Finn able to pull Adam past his insecurities and Adam always able to voice exactly what Finn needs to hear to reassure Finn that Adam is his person.

I loved how comfortable Adam and Finn were with one another, when Adam wasn't fighting it.

“This is real,” [Finn] said, and Adam knew what he was talking about. “The sun, the river, and us.”

And when Finn kissed him...? *tingles*

His lips on Adam’s tasted like the kind of wine they talk about in church. The kind that fills the soul.

But, of course, Adam's insecurities gave out one last dying breath and we saw the requisite break up for a short while, but we get our much anticipated happy ending. Again, who can resist a hottie with garlic fries and an easy smile that personifies sunshine itself? : )

“You totally stalked me. You said you weren’t sure how it happened. You… you brought me food and made me come to your workplace and took me shopping and all but attacked me in the minivan, and I didn’t have a chance against you! You were everywhere. I was going to totally fall in love with you whether I liked it or not, and it’s just a good thing you were awesome, or I would have been fucking doomed!”

The book was so full of humor and happiness that I it made me sad to see the last page arrive.

But at the end, we see Darrin pulling out his psychic Pixy Stix again, so maybe this read will spawn more sparkly little rainbow unicorn babies that poop out happy glitter! Here's to hoping!

** Dear Amy, you make me laugh, you make me cry and, at times, you make me want to yank my heart out, toss it on the floor and stomp the bastard to make it stop, but you always, always, ALWAYS make me *feel* for which I am so very grateful. Keep up the great work. **

My ARC copy of this book was provided by the publisher for a fair, unbiased review.


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  1. Great review - I so can't wait to read this! She is the best!

  2. Warning: Both Adam & Finn agree that garlic fries give you gas. hehe Only in an Amy Lane read. LOVE HER. : )


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