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
Tart and Sweet by Amy Lane is a contemporary romance that tries to blend mental illness, reckoning with your past, coming out of the closet, and falling in love. Robbie Chambers has been recently discharged from the Army. Now, he’s struggling with PTSD and forgiving himself for the way he treated his ex-boyfriend, Adam. Robbie is also deeply in the closet, partly because of some damaging messaging from his parents. It takes falling for the carefree Cy McVeigh to inspire him to come out and face himself and his past.
I’m not usually drawn to a book because of the cover, but this one had an orange kitten and an English bulldog. What could possibly be wrong with this book? Unfortunately, a lot. The premise sounded really interesting – a little hurt/comfort mixed with finding yourself. But everything about this story fell short for me. I struggled to keep track of the characters, the time jumps of Robbie’s flashbacks were hard to follow, and I didn’t find a lot of comfort to counter the hurt. The pay off just wasn’t there for me with this story.
That being said, Amy Lane does have a beautiful writing style and I would probably read another of her books if the blurb grabbed me. I attribute some of my confusion to the fact that this is the fourth in a series, so I’m sure readers who have followed the Sugar Man books will have a different opinion.