Title: Candy Man
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 136 Pages
At a Glance: Highly recommended
Blurb: 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: Let’s begin this review with discussing Darrin, who is the owner of Candy Heaven in Old Town Sacramento. The candy man has this neat little trick he does with Pixie Stix that makes what happens in this story a bit magical. I absolutely love when Amy Lane uses magic to weave her stories, and the magic begins in Candy Man when Darrin predicts, with the help of a Pixie Stix, that a disenchanted young man is headed in their direction and needs to be sweetened up a bit.
Adam Macias has a POS, broken down car that has caused him nothing but trouble, so after selling it for bus fare, he heads to Sacramento to housesit for his cousin Rico, who has left to serve an internship in New York. Adam finally makes it to Sacramento, but not before Rico has gone. What he soon finds out upon his arrival is that Rico’s cat is crazed and the dog, Clobber, is just a bit too affectionate, but at least he has a home for six months. Now, all Adam has to do is find a job.
Numerous attempts later, he comes across a Help Wanted sign in front of a shop called Candy Heaven, and applies for the position of general help. As they near closing time of Adam’s first day on the job, he nearly faints from hunger, so Darrin calls for a delivery from their resident sandwich boy, and this is how Adam and Finn first met.
And man, Finn crushes real bad on the tall, dark, and broody guy Darrin has just hired, and as they get to know each other, slowly, Finn finds out that Adam, under all his tough exterior, is a really sweet guy.
Candy Man is another winner by Amy Lane. I just love that she can surprise me with the way her mind works, and gets me to laugh out loud at how long it takes for a guy in the bathroom to do his business.
All in all, I highly recommend Candy Man to Amy Lane’s fans, and to her soon to be fans.
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