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Lollipop (Candyman book 3) by Amy Lane

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Ezra Kellerman flew across country to see if he had another chance with the man he let slip through his fingers. He didn’t. Rico has moved on, but he doesn’t just leave his ex high and dry. Instead, Rico entrusts his family and friends with Ezra’s care. Ezra, confused, hurt, and lost, clings to Rico’s cousin and his boyfriend as the lifelines they are—but their friend Miguel is another story.

Miguel Rodriguez had great plans and ambition—but a hearty dose of real life crushed those flat. When Miguel finds himself partially in charge of the befuddled, dreamy, healing Ezra, he’s pretty resentful at first. But Ezra’s placid nature and sincere wonder at the simple life Miguel has taken for granted begin to soften Miguel’s hardened shell. Miguel starts to notice that Ezra isn’t just amazingly sweet—he’s achingly beautiful as well. Suddenly Miguel is fending off every single man on the planet to give Ezra room to get over Rico—while fighting a burning suspicion that the best thing to help Ezra get over his broken heart is Miguel.

Review

This is book three in the series and though it can probably be read as a standalone why the heck would you do that?

Ezra was Rico’s boyfriend in New York, he broke Rico’s heart and then went decidedly off the rails in his cubicle where he worked for his evil father.

After recovering from his breakdown – as much as he could – he decided to go to Sacramento to win Rico back. He’s heartbroken when he realizes that ain’t gonna happen. So… Rico dumps him on the lawn of Adam and Finn and … Miguel who happened to be there at the time. Though it’s a little bit of tears and recriminations at first, Ezra fairly easily falls into a nice routine there on the magic couch at Adam’s.

Miguel doesn’t really know what to do with Ezra, the little kitten with the sad eyes. His crush on Adam is still freshly sore and his business has failed and he’s back selling candy… life is not his playground right now.

Darrin ends up pushing Miguel and Ezra together at work and over time the two become close friends… but it’s not til they take a drive to Disneyland that they realize that this is something more.

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I’m not sure if I’ve said it before or not, but Amy Lane is not just a great storyteller – she’s a great writer! Not all authors are those together. Some can really spin a tale and keep you on the edge of your seat but their prose is nothing special. Or the reverse, some authors can really form a sentence and choose the best words and make lovely imagery – but their story is sort of – blah.

Amy tells us these wonderful tales and then she throws in these phrases and images that remind me that she’s a good “writer” too.

Examples

But Finn—Finn surprised him then, because as much as he looked like the bubbles in soda, he was apparently the real deal.

Ezra shook his head. “No—not Jewish people. Skinny uncoordinated people who run like an epileptic ostrich.”

Adam arched an eyebrow at him. “Me and Finn have the apartment to ourselves for a few hours. Do you want a blowjob-by-blowjob account of how we’re gonna use our time?” (Now if that doesn’t sound like the prelude to a film on fulltube I don’t know what does.)

“It’s like, the idea of a bigger world isn’t just… you know. Limited to a big city in a big world. The cool thing about a city is that there are so many different lives people could be leading there.” Lives where people were out, and free, and not broken or caged. “But you forget that there are more lives outside the city than in it.”

There are many more but you get the idea. She’s just a talented writer and that makes her stories all the more amazing.

I loved the little twists and turns this story took and the slow burn. Neither guy was really looking for love and it kind of snuck up on them. But… once that light bulb flashed they were done looking – for good. It was awesome!

Getting more Adam and Finn time was spectacular and meeting Miguel’s kick ass family was pretty awesome too. I do wish we’d seen more Rico and Derek – but I get it- too painful…

I know that fans of the series will be jumping on this, and I want to urge anyone who hasn’t yet to pick up the first book and read all three (or listen!) because this is a sweet and wonderful “light” series by a gifted writer and it shouldn’t be missed!

(PS can’t wait for the story that’s hinted at the end… it’s gonna be a good one!)

5 of 5 stars

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