First of all– I’m back! Yay! Got McDonalds for the kids this morning and took the dogs– huzzah!!! Also, for those of you who know about the little gold-wrapped chocolate RITA statuettes, I have a confession to make. I stole some of the leftover ones at my table and fed them to my kids. Zoomboy was excited– he got to eat the head. Squish got to eat the boobs and the book (her words!), and Chicken ate the pedestal. Big T was not sure what the big deal was about–by the time I got the point of “chocolate Oscar” across, the RITAs were history. Well, you know, you take too long to catch the irony train, you’re going to miss the party at the station.
Anyway– second of all– I was going to wake up and celebrate Bitter Taffy first thing, but then I found out about THIS, and had to celebrate that FIRST. It’s not everyday you make NPR’s list of top 100 romances, and that’s the truth! *does happy dance* I’m there with some amazing people– and I’m helping to rep my genre, and I’m just so damned thrilled.
So there’s that!
But now I can celebrate Bitter Taffy— and YES there is some celebration!
Bitter Taffy is the sequel to Candy Man— it’s Rico’s story, and yes, it is solid gold happy!
I haven’t done my post on yellow yet– but it’s coming.
Most of you have figured out that yellow is my happy– my playful, my fluff.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have some serious stuff here– Rico got his heart broken, and his family situation isn’t perfect, and he’s making a new life for himself–but it means that, unlike my orange, you’re never going to doubt, not really, that there’s happy at the end of this rainbow.
And they’re going to enjoy the happy slide down all the madness into the giant pool of fluffy joy at the bottom.
I mean yes– I do like tackling the weighty stuff. You’ve seen it. But ye gods, do I love to laugh. I think mankind is a quirky, ridiculous, awesome, kind, amazing animal, and I love looking at that too.
So enjoy my happy yellow– my Amy Lane Lite. Enjoy Bitter Taffy, and the sequel, Lollipop. Sometimes reading is meant to take us away– I know I’m happy writing these, and I hope you’re taken away to some happy when you read!
Rico 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.
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