By: Lisa Burstein
Pub. Date: December 9, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: eARC from Blog Tour
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?
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.
Sneaking Candy is a delicious, fun, sweet story that was very different from other New Adult books out there. Candice takes her studies as a grad student very seriously. She wants to impress her boss, and she wants her students to learn from her. She is also a little shy and not very experienced. Her alter ego is Candy, a self published erotic romance author with a huge fan following. While being Candy helps her pay the bills, she never wants the two worlds to meet, afraid that if they do she will never be able to become a “real” author.
James Walker is the local barista, and the boy Candice has a crush on. It also turns out that James is Candice’s student, making their relationship a complete no-no. But Candice can’t seem to shake James, and even though they promise to just be friends, she definitely starts to feel something for him.
I absolutely loved the connection between Candice and James. They were so sweet together. I felt a connection to both of them as well. Candice was very realistic and flawed and easily relatable. James is a very talented writer, and I liked that he never threw his talent up to Candice, or anyone else for that matter. I thought he was going to be conceited and act like he’s better then everyone else, but he was the complete opposite of that.
Sneaking Candy was a wonderful story and a highly recommend it!
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of the YA Novels: Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie and the NA Novella: The Next Forever. Sneaking Candy is her first full-length new adult novel.
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