Title: Tart and Sweet
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 220 Pages
At a Glance: Would I recommend Tart and Sweet? P.F.M. Read it and then when the audio version comes out, buy it too.
Reviewed By: Kathie
Blurb: A Candy Man Book
In the Army, Robbie Chambers turned on his lover out of fear—and he hasn’t been able to live with himself since. Now he’s out of the Army but still trapped in the closet that brought on his most cowardly moment, and he starts to think he’ll never be able to fight his way free.
Until he sees Cy McVeigh. Beautiful and uninhibited, Cy is dancing on the boardwalk at Old Sac for no other reason than the moment called for it. Robbie not only joins in the dance but is smitten from the very beginning.
However, Robbie still has old business to clear up, and when he helps out a kid in need and comes face-to-face with the man he betrayed, he’s forced to come clean with himself. He can’t redeem his mistake if he’s still locked into his old patterns, and he won’t ever be worthy of Cy if he can’t earn Adam’s forgiveness. He’s going to need all the help he can get from the people at Candy Heaven in order to make things right with his past so he can have a future with Cy.
Adam couldn’t have said it better than that. He was describing Rico’s Parents, but I think it describes this story perfectly, and Amy Lane has done it yet again: Pure. F*cking. Magic
What I think this story is about is redemption. I will take it one step further; I think the whole Candy Man series is about redemption. We all have made mistakes in our lives, but your truth of character shows in how you redeem yourself to the people you love and care about. Redemption is an action word; it takes movement not just talk—“walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk,” or “actions speak louder than words.” I am sure if I thought about this longer I could think of more sayings, but you catch my drift.
Robbie, how I hated what he did to Adam in Candy Man. It came so close to breaking him, but as with everything there is two sides to every story. Robbie’s story was a hard to write, I would imagine, but a story that I am glad Amy Lane wrote. There are many powerful lessons that I felt, as a reader, I learned.
The one really big surprise I found in Tart and Sweet is that another set of boys from a certain series about a rock made an appearance in this story. As soon as I read their names I just had to stand up and dance! It was such a great gift to be able to check up on those two, and they are doing great! To avoid book hangover when I finished this book, I had to go back and re-read their story. I love re-reading Amy Lane books. It’s her characters. Wow, can she tell a story.
Would I recommend Tart and Sweet? P.F.M. Read it and then when the audio version comes out, buy it too.
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