Bitter Taffy (Candy Man #2) by Amy Lane

BitterTaffyRico Gonzalves-Macias didn’t expect to fall in love during his internship in New York—and he didn’t expect the boss’s son to out them both and get him fired either. When he returns to Sacramento stunned and heartbroken, he finds his cousin, Adam, and Adam’s boyfriend, Finn, haven’t just been house-sitting—they’ve made his once sterile apartment into a home.
When Adam gets him a job interview with the adorable, magnetic, practically perfect Derek Huston, Rico feels especially out of his depth. Derek makes it no secret that he wants Rico, but Rico is just starting to figure out that he’s a beginner at the really important stuff and doesn’t want to jump into anything with both feet. 
Derek is a both-feet kind of guy. But he’s also made mistakes of his own and doesn’t want to pressure Rico into anything. Together they work to find a compromise between instant attraction and long-lasting love, and while they’re working, Rico gets a primer in why family isn’t always a bad idea. He needs to believe Derek can be his family before Derek’s formidable patience runs out—because even a practically perfect boyfriend is capable of being hurt.

I’m really loving this series. I knew when Derek was first introduced he was a special kind of guy. I love it when I’m right. I also love it when that special kind of guy finds some one just as special. Even though the only interaction that readers had with Rico in The Candy Man was through phone calls and text messages with Adam, those conversations and the way Adam talked about his cousin were enough for me to gain respect for him. Yep, lots of reasons to fall in love with this series.

Rico wasn’t quite as broken as Adam even though he came from the same crazy family. He carried a lot of guilt though because he hid who he was. What Adam went through proved to Rico that their family wasn’t one he could come out to without serious repercussions. Crazy doesn’t even begin to describe their family. Honestly… Derek was patient and yeah, pretty much perfect, but he was also leery and as much as he cared about Rico and wanted it to work, he didn’t want to risk getting his heart broken.

As much as I loved Rico and Derek’s story, I really enjoyed the fact that the characters from the previous story were not only back, but they played an integral part. I love the quirkiness of Darrin and the way that Finn’s family adopted Rico as their own simply because if he was Adam’s family, he was theirs. Rico found out that there’s more to family than blood and sometimes the family that chooses you cares a lot more about you than the one you were born into.

It probably comes as no surprise that I can’t wait to start the next book in the series, Lollipop. Readers have met both of these characters too and it promises to be another interesting addition to the Candy Man series. 😉





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