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HOLIDAY REVIEW: “The Candy Man” by Amy Lane



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.


I love when Ms. Angst-and-Pain-Amy-Lane writes a sappy sweet holiday tale! I mean it! I loved “Going Up” last season and this year’s “The Candy Man” was just…adorbs!

Down-and-out Adam finds his last chance is in a small town in Sacramento, apartment sitting for his cousin while working at the local candy shop. This place is magical in a sense. The owner, Darrin, having predicted Adam’s appearance via fortune telling in pixie stix sugar, is a bit of a…character. Actually, everyone in this story is fairy-tale’esque despite this being a contemporary tale.

Adam immediately is drawn to Finn, a local who works at his dad’s deli, and who’s overwhelming ability to be positive and to love and give freely is sometimes more than Adam can bear or feels he deserves. Finn is…well…he swept me off my feet. He stole my heart immediately. EVERYONE should have a Finn in their lives – someone who exudes goodness and kindness with a huge capacity to LOVE.

Now, yes, there’s a whole lotta perfect going on in this book…but it’s ok! We’re in a candy land, doncha know! And all that is over-the-top about this book is what adds so much to it’s charm. The relationship between Adam and Finn was one of healing and confidence-building and made my heart warm. And though I would have loved a little bit more of Adam’s background to understand him a bit better (and Darrin’s for that matter…he was a mystery to me…), it’s hard not to just take this book as it’s presented.

A sweet holiday tale that will give you a cavity, but will leave you smiling.



23525657Title: The Candy Man
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 136
Release Date: December 3, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, Amazon, ARe

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