Book Review: Candy Store by Bella Andre

Candy-Store-by-Bella-Andre3Title: Candy Store
Author: Bella Andre
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: free Kindle book
Published: October 12, 2010

On the verge of losing her candy store, Callie Moore decides to blot out her troubles with a tall, dark, handsome stranger. Derek McNear isn't about to turn down a cute, curvy woman who offers sizzling-hot sex in a commercial refrigerator at his best friend's wedding reception. But the next day, when Callie discovers that Derek is the consultant she has hired to save her store, they find it difficult to concentrate on business. Especially when giving and getting pleasure in each other's arms is so much more fun!

Why I Read this Book: I love the awkwardness that follows when a pair hook up for a one-time, spur of the moment fling, only to find out they have to work together. 

What I Liked: Candy Store was a cute romance. I liked the setup, and who doesn’t like a romance centered around chocolate? I also liked that Callie didn’t fight off her desire for Derek; she acted on it.

What I Didn’t Like: Callie’s behavior at the restaurant, what she had said to Derek’s brother and the reasoning behind it, didn’t make sense. She was stroking Jed’s ego so he would stop talking and she could talk to the parents? How about telling the brother what you really think instead of kissing up to him. In that scenario she should have put Derek first.

There were some errors in the book. There was one part of a scene that was duplicated. Also, Derek's brother was first called ‘Ed’, then was referred to as ‘Jed’ for the rest of the book. This confused me because I had to figure out if Derek had one brother or two.

Overall Impression: Candy Store was a fun read but the insta-love relationship lacked the build up I look forward to in romance novels. This trope seems to be the author's forte, given that all 4 of the books I've read by this author have featured an insta-love romance. And even though it's my least favorite trope, I still enjoy this author's writing.


Brianna’s Rating:
3 Frogs

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  1. I've got this one on the tablet. I've really enjoyed her books but yeah insta love happens a lot in them but for some reason it doesn't bother me quite as much in her books as others. Too bad about the editing blips. That can really pull ya out of the moment for sure. Glad to hear it was still fun though :)

    1. I'm not a fan of insta-love but with this author, I don't mind as much. She does great storytelling :)


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