Audio Review: Amy Lane – Lollipop (Candy Man 3)

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Author: Amy Lane
Reviewer: Sandra
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM Contemporary

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Narrator: Philip Alces

Summary: 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.

Review: This has never been my favorite series from Amy Lane, but I just can’t help myself and I needed a sugary fix. While I loved book 1 and simply liked book 2, this one didn’t do much for me. Adam and Finn’s witty banter in book 1 worked, but now it just seems like every couple talks with the exact same rhythm and cadence. It didn’t fit Miguel’s personality, and certainly not Ezra’s. Add to that, Ezra has almost the same voice as Adam and he just didn’t gel in my mind with how I thought of him. So I think that’s a combination of writing and narration.

This is a light series and it’s supposed to be fun. And it generally is. I like the slight mysticism of Darrin’s psychic pixie sticks and the little tease at the end was nice. But as much as I liked Ezra and Miguel as friends, I wasn’t really feeling the sexual chemistry. I never quite felt like I got to know Miguel and then he got all Dommy in bed and it felt a little odd.

This is one of those series you either like or you don’t, and I don’t think my review will change that for you. If you like this series, read this and you’ll like it. If you don’t like this series, you probably stopped after book 1. I liked this narrator a lot in the Granby Knitting series and in book 1 of this series, but I think it’s just too much of the same. He can only do so many voices and he can only work with what he is given, and I tend to find the banter here repetitive and a bit forced.

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