Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein
Sneaking Candy, the title can be misleading, it would probably make you think of a naughty erotica story. Well there was some naughty bits delving on the erotica but Sneaking Candy is more about a confused young woman trying to get her mojo back and finding out if she's really cut out to be a serious literary author. Never mind that she's actually an up and coming self published erotica writer with lots of fans and some great 5 star reviews (the one star ones don't really count). It also doesn't help that she feels some sort of attraction to her professor but what about her favorite barista who can't make a decent Chai latte but can just about melt her panties off with just a look? Her life is just about to get more interesting. Told in the first person point of view, Lisa Burstein's Sneaking Candy was a fun, extremely sexy and engaging new adult contemporary romance. I love, love, love the character of Candace aka Candy. I love how self-aware she is and how her lack of self-confidence is the culprit in the many chances she hasn't taken in life. A female lead that is snarky and flawed is perfect. James and Professor Dylan, as a reader you too would be confused on who is right for our Candy. These two are also kind of symbolic of the way Candy's writing is going to veer towards. The tone of the book was excellent, the pacing just right with dialogues that just zing and is funny and witty. Being more character driven rather than plot driven, there was a part in the book that the story wasn't really moving forward and felt like it stalled. But it did pick up a bit and had an interesting twist right at the end. Fans of romantic comedy would definitely love this one.
*The ARC for this novel was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review*
All I ever wanted was to make a name for myself as Candice Salinas, creative writing grad student at the University of Miami. Of course, secretly I already have made a name for myself: as Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance writer. Though thrilled that my books are selling and I have actual fans, if anyone at UM found out, I could lose my scholarship…and the respect of my faculty advisor, grade-A-asshole Professor Dylan.
Enter James Walker, super-hot local barista and—surprise!—my student. Even though I know a relationship is totally off-limits, I can’t stop myself from sneaking around with James, taking a few cues from my own erotic writing…if you catch my drift. Candy’s showing her stripes for the first time in my real life, and I’ve never had so much fun. But when the sugar high fades, can my secrets stay under wraps?
Title: Sneaking Candy
Author: Lisa Burstein
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: December 9, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ 4 of 5 (Funny, entertaining with a cast of characters that are memorable, witty and humorous dialogues and monologues and a sweet and steamy romance guaranteed to keep you reading)