SNEAKING CANDY by Lisa Burstein-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 9, 2013
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?
REVIEW: SNEAKING CANDY by Lisa Burstein is a new adult, contemporary romance storyline focusing on twenty two year old Candice Salinas and James Walker. Candice is a full time student at the University of Miami, working on her Master’s thesis and a TA for the handsome yet irritating Professor Anthony Dylan. But life on campus is about to get complicated when a chance meeting at school would reveal that her latest love interest is her new student; her professor begins to unravel the true identity behind a romance author; and her thesis presentation is about to be sabotaged by rumors and innuendo of late night trysts and forbidden romance.
Candice knows a thing or two about betrayal and rejection. She left New York to pursue an education and degree in writing much to the disappointment of her parents and ex boyfriend. Meeting James Walker put everything into perspective-a new life; a new start and a the possibility of a new love but then everything falls apart when James is the newest transfer student assigned to Candice’s class.
The storyline follows Candice and James as their forbidden desires and relationship begin to take on a life of its’ own. James is everything Candice’s parents would despise and he is the forbidden fruit as far as the university ethics committee would agree. But there is more to Candice than a relationship with James. Candice has a secret that could also put her scholarship in jeopardy if discovered and Professor Dylan is going to use this information to his advantage. But James has a plan and one that will require a twist in the truth about Professor Dylan and reality that is life for his TA and all of those that came before.
Sneaking Candy is a storyline of forbidden desires, betrayal of trust and the misuse of power by the people in charge. The relationship between James and Candice is sensual and sexual and the excitement is additionally charged by the perceived wrongness of their actions and forbidden love.
The secondary characters including Candice’s best friend and muse Amanda are colorful and I hope there is a potential for future storylines.
Lisa Burstein pulls the reader into a fast paced, well-written, interesting storyline where the attraction between two people cannot be tempered by the rule and regulations that govern their lives. Both Candice and James are consenting adults but the appearances of impropriety have far reaching consequences for more than just our leading couple. Candice will be forced to confront the truth about appearances when the reality is not even close but in doing so, will reveal the love one man has for the woman who has captured his heart and soul. Sneaking Candy is a story of forbidden love with a little humor, romance, sensuality and a HEA.
Copy supplied by publisher.
Reviewed by Sandy