Audio Review Amy Lane – The Candy Man

1685659Author: Amy Lane
Publisher:DreamSpinner Press
Genre:M/M Contemporary
ISBN: 9781632166791

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary: 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.
I do love me some Amy Lane. Although sometimes I do wonder if I would rate the same story as high for someone else? Guess we’ll never know.
I definitely enjoyed this, and I think it worked well in audio format. The two main characters reminded me a lot (maybe too much?) of the MC’s from How To Raise An Honest Rabbit. Maybe in part due to having the same narrator, but definitely not entirely. Although Jeremy’s past seemed to explain his behavior better than Adam’s past explains his. It was hard to see an ex-soldier in Adam and his skittish behavior.

This was one of Amy Lane’s light books, although I could have used some more angst to go along with Adam’s past. Both to explain his behavior and to cut some of the sweetness. But despite being sweet, the boys do have to work through some issues. It was nice to see Finn plow his way into Adam’s life and to see Adam fall in love with life, in addition to the friends who surrounded him, both human and furry alike.

The small yet lovely addition of a magically intuitive candy shop owner who reads the future in pixie stick dust was a perfect addition. It was reminiscent of Tales of the Curious Cookbook with just a hint of magic adding a pleasant little pinch of something other without overwhelming the story. (FYI: Darren is based on a real person, listen to the authors notes in the beginning!)

This narrator’s voice and tone work very well for these light and fun stories, and I thought he did a good job. I would certainly recommend this in audio format, it was one that was enjoyable enough I didn’t want to put it down.


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