Title: Lollipop (Candy Man #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 25, 2016 – 250 pgs
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.
Every book in this series is a huge rainbow coloured sunrise. A little overwhelming, probably a little too sweet , but these books just make my heart feel happy.
Lollipop is no different. We finally meet Ezra, Rico’s ex from the last book. Instead of the villain I expected, Ezra is pretty damaged and desperate to prove himself independent of his father. Miguel, who has been on the periphery of this series for a while, steps in to take care of Ezra.
The romance is predictable – this series is nothing if not formulaic. Ezra is the next resident on Finn and Adam’s couch (or Rico’s couch?). He’s the newest employee at Candy Heaven and the newest member of Finn’s family softball team. Miguel’s mother envelops Ezra into her warm, happy family and Finn’s family takes Ezra in as one more stray. From Wall Street to Candy Shop Clerk, Ezra is determined to separate himself from his father.
This is sweet, feel-good romance. Another gentle reminder from Mummy Amy about the things that matter in life and the things that really don’t. As in all the Candy Man books, true love, good friends and strong families are enough for anyone to overcome life’s obstacles and become whole again.
While I think I still prefer Amy Lane’s darker, more angsty stories, I have quickly become addicted to her sunshine and rainbows writing. I love this series!
Amy Lane dodges an EDJ, mothers four children, and writes the occasional book. She, her brood, and her beloved mate, Mack, live in a crumbling mortgage in Citrus Heights, California, which is riddled with spiders, cats, and more than its share of fancy and weirdness. Feel free to visit her at www.greenshill.comorwww.writerslane.blogspot.com, where she will ride the buzz of receiving your e-mail until her head swells and she can no longer leave the house.