Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein - Review

Sneaking Candy
by Lisa Burstein
Publication Date: December 9, 2013
Published by Entangled Publishing
Pages 205
Source: ARC from Entangled Embrace

from Goodreads

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?

My Thoughts

Smart and Sexy - that is Sneaking Candy. Lisa Burstein has given us something delightfully different with her New Adult Romance. I'm a huge fan of Lisa's novels Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie, and now Sneaking Candy is added to my "favorites" list. 

How it's smart:
Sneaking Candy is a book that I would have liked to read in an academic setting, possibly in my Popular Fiction class. With this novel, Lisa exposes the world of author hierarchy and prompts the discussion of who determines the value of literature. Is it the readers? Other writers? Does a wide fan-base equal success or does a book have to make it to a world-wide recognized best-seller list to be successful? 

How it's sexy:
Sneaking Candy is filled with chemistry and tension between Candice and Professor Dylan and Candice and James and when Candy sneaks in there (pun intended), you better watch out because it gets all steamy. Naughty times! Oh James and your tight, white t-shirts, where have you been all my life?

Sneaking Candy was a fun book to read with so many oh-my-goodness and laugh out loud moments. I liked reading how the main character saw herself separately as Candice, the grad student, writer, teaching assistant and as Candy, the naughty, impulsive, erotic romance author, and her recognition that she didn't have to be two separate personalities. Reading Candice embrace her Candy side were some of the best moments of the book. And her roommate and friend Amanda, aka Mandy, was the perfect sidekick to Candice's Candy. That girl needs her story told!

I loved Sneaking Candy. If you are looking for something funny, fresh, smart, and sexy, then this is the book for you!

Disclaimer:  I requested this ARC from Entangled Embrace Publishing and received a copy in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the ARC provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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