Candace Brown grew up believing in fairy tales that promised her a Prince Charming, a knight in shining armor, and a happily-ever-after ending. But at twenty-seven, with two failed relationships and a heart broken into pieces, the facts of life have opened her eyes to the truth: not everyone gets a happy ending—sometimes, all you get is “the end.”
Brice Coleman has never been in love, and he’s never been anyone’s knight in shining anything. Since entering the battle between the sexes at puberty, he has long enjoyed the spoils of war, one female conquest at a time. And then, a chance encounter engineered by fate changes his life in the blink of an eye, and brings him face to face with his destiny. A beautiful, emotionally fragile woman steals his heart.
With every intention to become a permanent fixture in Candace’s life, Brice is determined to protect the woman he loves—and heal her broken heart.
How many times can you risk a broken heart before you stop risking love altogether?
Scarred from not one, but two broken hearts, Candace has given up on the possibility of finding Mr. Right, believing his existence stems from far fetched fairy tales. She’s content to stick to no strings attached relationships, even if it means being treated like dirt – it’s what she’s used to and worse still, she believes she is every bit the ‘Freak’ she’s been labelled by her most recent hookup.
Brice is a man with a plan, living life as a bachelor, enjoying the company of women who don’t expect anything more. When his friend and self-labelled bachelor extraordinaire settles down with a woman, Brice can’t work out why…until he meets a woman that causes those same feelings.
From the moment Brice breathes in the same air as Candace, he’s hooked. She pushes his boundaries and buttons in a way he’s never experienced before and for the first time in his life – he falls in love. But what Candace wants ‘friends with benefits’ couldn’t be further away from what Brice finds himself yearning for.
With interesting characters, hot sex and an element of danger I found Sweeter than Candy a great read. I was sucked in from the first chapter and read the whole book over two days – I couldn’t put it down. Admittedly, I found the beginning a little slow to get going, however I only realized this after the fact, so the early chapters were engaging enough to keep me interested.
Candace is a great leading female, representing the emotionally unavailable of the coupling. Her backbone is to be admired and she stays true to herself – no whimsical changing of one’s mind, which I find often happens in romance books. Likeable, relatable, intelligent, and confident her character is well rounded. Her views on love are completely understandable and highly realistic.
Brice is sweet, protective and knocked for six by the emotions Candace brings out in him. His once love of the single life is replaced by his love of one woman. His character is at times, a little cliché, but his inner thoughts carried me through this well enough to hold my interest. He knows what he wants and he’s determined to get it. He’s sexy, smart and certainly likeable.
The author created two dynamic characters that will keep the readers on their toes. All in all, Sweeter than Candy is a lighthearted and very steamy read that I enjoyed very much.