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Tart and Sweet (Candy Man Book 4) by Amy Lane

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/tart-and-sweet-by-amy-lane-7484-b

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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.

Review

This is book four in a series and I guess – in theory- you don’t have to read these in order – but ya should! Without reading about Adam and Finn, you really can’t truly appreciate Robbie and why it’s such an AMY thing to do to give him his own book!  Also, Ezra and Miguel’s book also gives you insight as to why Ezra has to be the one to help Robbie.

On Facebook we had a long discussion – Mary and Amy and all the peeps – about whether or not Robbie even WAS redeemable and a lot of people thought he wasn’t… well – she managed to find a way.

At first you think Robbie was a true a-hole. He dumped Adam in the middle of a war-zone and left him high and dry, knowing what that could potentially do to him. And we, as readers, are already very invested in making Adam (and Finn) happy so how can we look at Robbie and root for him?

Well—- there are some things we learn that help – for sure – but I think the most important lesson Amy teaches us is that anything (I guess within reason!) can be forgiven if you really mean it and are determined to “not be that guy” anymore.

That’s awesome because who doesn’t want to believe they can outgrow their mistakes, right?

In any case – we now get to see just what makes Robbie tick and learn more about the bi-sexual and oh so tempting Cy (who briefly thought about pursuing our Ezra). And…  for me this is HUGE – we get to see Mickey and Shane again!!!! WOOOOOT!

Of course I devoured this in one sitting the minute I got it and I loved every last bit of it. Just like all the other “Amy lite” books it has some hot smexy times, some super satisfying feels and some hard bits that we have to be brave to withstand.

Based on the ending I’m not sure if this is the last one? It sort of leaves it open for more, but not in the near future… As Darrin said – all his boys are happy and healthy so I guess this is a good place to stop, (or take a vacation!) right?

Highly recommended to fans of the series, an okay standalone but better read in order.

5 of 5 stars

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Flying Fish (Sword and Silk Book 1) by Sedonia Guillone

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/flying-fish-by-sedonia-guillone-7363-b

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In eighteenth century Japan, during the golden age of samurai and of the Kabuki theater, young actors known as “flying fish” traveled the countryside, performing for audiences by day and giving their bodies to their samurai patrons at night.

Genji Sakura is one such flying fish, yet he dreams of the day he’ll find the man he can give his heart to and leave the loneliness of his itinerant life behind. Though he loves theater, he doesn’t love every part of his profession, especially some of the patrons. So when a handsome ronin, or masterless samurai, comes upon him stealing some solitude for a bath in a hot spring and their encounter turns passionate and profoundly erotic, Genji’s surprised and delighted.

Daisuke Minamoto’s past fills his life with a bitterness that grips his soul and makes him dangerous. Yet his passion takes him when he spies on a graceful young man bathing naked in a hot spring. He has always loved women but he can’t deny the call of his heart or his baser interests.

After an afternoon of sexual bliss, his heart and soul are tormented and torn. Keeping this miraculous lover will require giving up the one thing that has kept him alive for years: his hatred for the lord who murdered his wife. If he loves another, how will he go on and who will he become?

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices. This book was previously published and re-released with Ai Press.

Review

For fans of historical, and culturally unique m/m romance – this will hit all your buttons.

The author really made me “feel” the era/locale/history of the story. Poor Genji is essentially a slave to his place in society with no hope but he finds freedom in his dancing. When the previously “straight” Daisuke finds him bathing one day, he is caught in an unexpected desire.

Culturally, it’s not that they are two men, but who they are in their class creates the tension for this short story.

This was very beautifully written and (as far as I know) felt accurate.

Though the new cover is gorgeous, I think the older cover did a better job of setting the reader up – as far as what to expect from the story. There is nothing modern about this and the new cover feels a bit too modern for the story.12896333

4 of 5 stars

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