Narrator Philip Alces
Rico Gonzalves-Macias didn’t expect to fall in love during his internship in New York—and he didn’t expect the boss’s son to out them both and get him fired either. When he returns to Sacramento stunned and heartbroken, he finds his cousin, Adam, and Adam’s boyfriend, Finn, haven’t just been house-sitting—they’ve made his once sterile apartment into a home.
When Adam gets him a job interview with the adorable, magnetic, practically perfect Derek Huston, Rico feels especially out of his depth. Derek makes it no secret that he wants Rico, but Rico is just starting to figure out that he’s a beginner at the really important stuff and doesn’t want to jump into anything with both feet.
Derek is a both-feet kind of guy. But he’s also made mistakes of his own and doesn’t want to pressure Rico into anything. Together they work to find a compromise between instant attraction and long-lasting love, and while they’re working, Rico gets a primer in why family isn’t always a bad idea. He needs to believe Derek can be his family before Derek’s formidable patience runs out—because even a practically perfect boyfriend is capable of being hurt.
This installment of Candy Man remained consistent with the series so far; it’s light, sugary sweet, and an enjoyable read/listen. If you liked book 1 then you will like this one as well, and same as me, will eagerly be awaiting book 3 (MC’s are clear early on but also set-up nicely at the end). I still enjoy this narrator for these light Amy Lane books, and he did a good job differentiating the two MC’s voices without either one being OOT.
Now, all that being said, I didn’t love the love story as muchas in book 1. Derek was a bit pushy for me. I thought he was pretty inappropriate from the beginning. You can express interest in someone, employee or not, without being so in your face. And almost immediately after saying that he would give Rico time, he asked him out on a date. Slightly reminiscent to Finn from book 1 in that he pushed Rico to open up in a way that in real life would be premature and out of bounds. But in book 1 Finn was endearing and it worked. Here, with Rico just having his heart broken, it felt a bit much.
But I chose to ignore that and enjoy the ride. Once they’re together these guys are sweet and it was nice to see Rico get his HEA. We learned more about his and Adam’s family, and I liked how Finn and Adam were incorporated into this book.
Once again, I think this series works great in audio format. Easy, breezy, and with a smidgen of angst. Darren was a little more forceful here in his commentary, which I was iffy on. I like the touch of magic but not the pressure that was put on the guys in this installment. Hopefully they’ll all ease up in book 3, since one MC in particular seems like he’ll need some TLC.