New Release: SNEAKING CANDY by Lisa Burstein
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, secretlyI 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?
Dawn’s Review 3 Stars
Sneaking Candy is a quick, light read about Candice, an MFA grad student who wants to be a critcally-acclaimed author recognized in academic and literary circles. While finishing her degree, she has created Candy Sloane, erotic romance writer, to help pay the bills. The only problem is that if the university discovers her alter ego, there could be a fall out. Throw in a good-looking professor, a sassy, say-what-she-thinks roomie, and a sexy-as-hell male student and you have a recipe for Candy’s potential unraveling.
I felt the dialogue and character development was very sweet and enjoyable throughout the story. Candice is fighting to accept who she is, gain acceptance by others for what she really wants to do, and find her place in academia and the erotic romance world. I enjoyed being along on her journey until there was this one point that I thought didn’t work for me. I can’t describe it without spoilers, but I felt like the book lost me at that point. Otherwise, it had it’s funny, hot, romantic moments that kept me involved.
Overall, I appreciated the story of Candice/Candy, James, Mandy and Professor Dylan and the idea of finding your true calling and being true to yourself while also being open to romance.
Copy provided for 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.