Published by Self-Published on 6/20/16
Genres: Romance, Comedy
Not just back in town, but living in the flat right beneath mine. And he looks good enough to eat, which is just one more reason to stay away from him.
But I can’t resist.
The sex is incredible (pretty sure we’ve shaken the house right off its foundation), but he can’t fool me—not this time. A degree in marketing and five years in advertising have taught me that “true love” is a fairy tale used to sell lipstick, diamonds, and perfume. It doesn’t exist.
He thinks I’m wrong, and he wants to prove it.
I think he’s crazy, so I dare him to try.
It might be the biggest mistake of my life.
Well here I am again, in love with another Melanie Harlow novel. I figured this would happen. With each successive release her books continue to impress me and I find so many new things to love about her writing. And just as her most recent releases have, Man Candy brings the big three H’s – humor, heat, and heart.
If you don’t already know, romantic comedies are not my go-to reads. The humor is usually over the top, way too cheesy or ill timed. Many times its poor character development and lack of chemistry that doesn’t cultivate that humor into something that feels authentic. Whatever. My point is, Melanie Harlow writes the type of comedy that I love. Man Candy has dialogue that is smart, lively, and flows seamlessly, characters that are full of complexities yet easy to identify with, and comedic situations and scenarios that are laugh out loud hilarious. All of which come together flawlessly because Melanie Harlow has the most perfect comedic timing. Her pacing is measured, never feeling too eager or too lazy as she gives you exactly what you want from a story, not necessarily when you want it but always when you need it.
You’ve read a Melanie Harlow book before, right? Totally judging if you haven’t, because listen, she can write all the things sexy. Man Candy though, hoo boy, it turns the burner on high. The chemistry between Jaime and Quinn is fiery yet heartfelt which makes for some of the sexiest scenes to date from Ms. Harlow.
Let’s be real here though because those scenes would be nothing without these characters. Jaime is spunky and assertive as well as a dedicated and supportive friend. However, she always opts for no-strings-sex and avoids commitment in fear of losing herself within the confines of a romantic relationship. Quinn is such a good guy. Despite being an accomplished model, he’s not just a pretty face and hot body as he is attentive, introspective and ambitious, looking to settle down after the recent loss of his mother. I loved the fresh take on gender roles and stereotypes when it comes to starting a maintaining a romantic relationship and easily related to Jaime’s feelings on showing and receiving affection. I loved them both, found their love story while complex, wholly relatable, and absolutely want more of them. Maybe a little #lovebug in Margot’s book? A novella? Something!
If you are looking for a sexy heartfelt read to kick off your summer, Man Candy is definitely worth picking up. I absolutely recommend it to all Melanie Harlow fans and romance readers who enjoy friends to lovers stories with themes of patience, self-acceptance and trust.