Title: Bitter Taffy (Candy Man #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 29, 2015 – 192 pgs
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 is Amy Lane at her best. I laughed, I cried and I fell in love with her wonderful men. Rico comes home to Sacramento heartbroken and jobless.
It is through his cousin Adam and Adam’s partner Finn that Rico meets Derek. Derek offers Rico an exciting new job – and more when Rico is ready.
For an Amy Lane story, this is pretty low angst. Rico heals slowly and finds a place to belong in Sacramento. Finn and Adam offer Rico the family he has never had. Derek and Finn’s happy, healthy families are pretty scary for Rico and Finn who have only known cold dysfunction.
Derek and Rico are a very special couple. Tender, funny and sweet, I absolutely loved the dynamics between the two men from start to end.
As always, it is the characters who make Amy Lane’s best stories magical. There isn’t a huge plot here, just a wonderful collection of very special people. I loved Finn’s family so much and I just bled for Rico and Adam at times. This story is full of hope, happiness and possibility. It is a beautiful, simple story.
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.