Author: Lisa Burstein
Published: December 9th 2013
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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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?
A book about a self-published author looking for love? Yep. That's what I'm talking about. Something to relate to. And a relationship that she can't have? Well, doesn't that just pique my interest! While it was an interesting premise, I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to.
I liked Candice, the way she was able to pull off both worlds, the public one and the private one. And the way she and James started out. It had such promise, until they discovered he was her student. She put up a hard fight when it came to keeping things professional. But she can't fight the fact that she feels something for him. So they give in to the feelings and need to keep it from everyone to keep from losing everything. I did like the two of them together, but I only somewhat felt the draw of anything between them.
The secrets of Sneaking Candy keep you wanting more. The story was cute, but the way everything falls into place so easily in the end left me wanting something more. Lisa Burstein can write very well and she shows promise for further appealing stories.