Review: Amy Lane – Candy Man

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

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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

Review: There are two Amy Lanes – the very angst-filled, need a bunch of tissues Amy and the very sweet and happy Amy. This story is firmly in the second Amy camp and my favorite kind of Amy to read.

In this one, Adam Macias has had so much crap handed to him as part of his life, you wonder that the man isn’t homicidal. A seriously messed up childhood with little love, verbal abuse, a coming out that makes you want to cry for him and a lover he thought actually loved him who betrayed him in the worst way. (Just a side note, I so wanted Robbie to get his). Through it all, his goal was to make something of himself. School with his artistic talent to do something he loves. His dead car kills that idea and now he’s down to one step above homeless. Luckily, the single positive person in his life, cousin Rico, has offered him a chance, one he’s definitely taking.

Adam is going to take care of Rico’s huge dog, his wicked cat and his apartment. And he’s going to get a job. Which he does, at Candy Heaven, who’s owner, Darrin, is cool and weird at the same time. I mean, the Pixie Stix thing?

It’s here that he meets the completely unblemished by life Finn. Finn himself admits he’s never been hurt so it’s very easy to be fearless. He has the completely opposite life from Adam. He’s loved, above all else.

So begins the dance between the two of them, as the effervescent Finn waits for the terrified Adam to realize he will be Finn’s. It’s adorable. While Finn is the happy one, Adam is the one that makes the heartfelt comments. “You’re like green goop for my heart, you know?” and “It’s like…I owe the world, you know?” Even more wrenching, “…could you not tell me until after Christmas? Because I…I never had someone for Christmas and I just…” Oh Adam.

The conversation with Rico at the end, another heart breaker. I so want to hear his story.

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