MY REVIEW -
Candice Salinas is an aspiring writer and a creative writing grad student from the University of Miami. She wanted to make a name for herself as Candice Salinas. But secretly, she had already made a name for herself as the new erotic romance author sensation – Candy Sloane. Although she was selling books and have garnered a lot of good reviews, not to mention some really great fans – if the university founds out, she would have to kiss not just her scholarship but her chance of a PhD goodbye. Then there’s her faculty advisor, Professor Dylan, whom she wanted to impress, but it seems it was a long way to go before she can get her approval.
James Walker – he’s the uber-hot local barista and, ahem, her student. She knew that student-teacher relation is frowned upon in the university, and she did try to stop whatever feelings she has for him – nevertheless, the attraction was too strong to ignore. Against her better judgment, she decides to sneak around with him. Indeed, the adrenaline rush brought about by going against the law promotes thrill that one couldn’t resist - especially when James starts to show in her writing.
Candice Salinas is way to prude to be Candy Sloane – but with her best buddy Mandy, and some hot kisses from James, it didn’t take a while before Candy Sloane was out of the box. But she had to deal with her dreams, her parents, her adviser and most especially, her future.
Yes, erotic romance had conquered the market since Christian Grey blindfolded Anna Steele. But what we don’t know what kind of battles have these authors fought to get their books published. Some intellectual snobs may consider them as trash, not knowing that these authors have worked hard to write, publish, and have their books promoted.
I love this book, not just because James is a hottie, or because Candice has finally found the courage to out Candy. Candice may have had self-esteem issues and paranoia at first, and it have taken a whole lot of motivation from James and Maddy – but in the end, she had faced her fears, made Professor Dylan sorry for what he did, and came out.
Lisa Burstein may not have been an Erotic Romance Novelist, but she had made this amazing novel encouraging new and aspiring authors, who may have once been given a bad criticism, and have their books branded as trash – what is important is not just the sky-rocketing sales of the books, but the number of readers who have thought of your book great, and who couldn’t wait for your next book to be out.
★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of the YA Novels: Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie and the NA Novella: The Next Forever. Sneaking Candy is her first full-length new adult novel.