Monday, January 25, 2016

ARC Review: Lollipop (Candy Man 3) by Amy Lane

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 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.

Dani's rating:

"That was like reinventing sex for me. I didn't know it came like that."

"Yeah—that was like a whole other flavor," Miguel agreed ...

"Like lollipops," [Ezra] said. "Like—if you just taste them, they're supposed to just taste like cherry. But if you believe they're more than that, they really taste like rainbows."

Ezra came to Sacramento to find Rico. Instead, he found Miguel: Miguel who shows him the ropes, hugs him when he cries, and takes him home to meet his mom; Miguel, who cares and nurtures and is always around.

Miguel is Ezra's person, just like Ezra is his. Jake the cat wants Ezra too, but that's mostly just for petting.

At 28, Ezra doesn't even know who he is. He just knows he doesn't belong in New York and has to get away from his homophobic, racist, controlling father. In California, beastly summer heat notwithstanding, he finds a HOME.

Yeah, he sleeps on Finn and Adam's couch and works at a candy shop for minimum wage, but he's FREE.

The burn here is slow, but I didn't mind. This book is as much about finding your place in the world as it is about discovering real love, that one in a million guy who is there for you, the guy who takes you to Disneyland along with his little nieces and nephew. And you actually have FUN.

Miguel is like the ying to Ezra's yang. When Miguel gets possessive and growly, it's all systems go. Once the passion explodes, it boils over. Miguel and Ezra are frantic and shameless. They trust each other and NEED each other and connect on so many levels.

There's lot of licking. And touching. And ... it's HOT, that's all, really fucking hot.

My favorite moments:

- Miguel's mom telling Ezra about the witch hazel pads in the bathroom (because reasons).

- Ezra finally standing up to his douche of a father (I didn't think Ezra owed him a damn thing; I'm not as brave as Ezra—I would have kept the check).

- Lunch with Rico and Derek, which really wasn't as awkward as it could have been.

- Miguel losing his mind laughing about the white boy needing sunscreen (although Ezra is "not, like, exclusively white"; he's "more like inclusively pale").

Also, Waffle Guy! I loved oblivious Ezra. Miguel should thank Waffle Guy; he finally gave Miguel the nudge he needed to claim Ezra (and Ezra's ass) as his own.

Lollipop is one of Amy Lane's trademark feel-good books, my favorite kind. The language is down to earth and laugh-out-loud funny.

I love this series because it's about REAL people, some white, some brown, who work hard and love harder. Even when there's not enough money, there's uncoordinated baseball and Finn's amazing family and Finn telling Ezra that he's an "important puppy."

We get a teaser for the next book. Adam's not happy. But I am. Because more Candy Man is always ever so sweet!

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~Jorge Luis Borges

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