Candy Man

Author: Amy Lane

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Novella

Received from Publisher


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:  Adam has hit rock bottom. He’s lost his scholarship. His car broke down. No money. Thankfully his cousin is allowing Adam to crash at his place for a few months while he’s out of town. His cousin is the only one who is willing to help him. It’s something and Adam knows he has to make it work out. The only condition his cousin has is to make sure his dog and cat are taken care of.

First goal the morning after his arrival in town is to find a job. Which he happens to find at a tourist hot spot called Candy Heaven. The adorable and clairvoyant? Magical? Shop owner hires him ten seconds after he walks in the door to ask about the hiring sign in the window. Adam can’t believe his luck and does his best to jump in and help the crew make it through the busy day. Later that night the shop owner orders food for everyone. That’s when Adam meets the delivery guy named Finn.

Finn is handsome and lights up the room. Adam is more of a sullen guy. He was always told how worthless he was by his mom and grandmother. Made an outcast by guys in the army for being gay. Including his lover who turned his back on him. Then he gets out and everything falls apart again. Adam is trying to start over once again but he understandably has a pessimistic view on life. Well, Finn is having none of that. He likes what he sees in Adam and he’s determined to make Adam realize he’s worth Finn’s time.

The set up for this book was intriguing. A candy shop or maybe the owner, who draws those who need help and possibly love to it. The couple were total opposites. Adam has a lot of psychological damage that he’s been carrying around for years. He actually joins the army to prove to his grandmother he’s a good man. Finn is drawn to Adam right away. He’s never really known heartbreak. Finn has a very supportive family and a promising career when he gets out of school. Little by little Finn shows Adam there are good times to be had and that he deserves them. That he’s not the loser he claims to be.

The guys take things slow for most of the book. Mostly because of Adam’s issues. Which did get to be a little much at times but I got my happy ending. If you’re in the mood for a light sweet holiday read I’d check this out.


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