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I Want Candy [Mass Market Paperback]

Susan Donovan

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4 April 2012
Candace Carmichael was just getting used to the lavish life when everything went sour. Now the down-on-her-luck real estate agent is back in Bigler, North Carolina, jobless and illegally rooming with her mother in a swank retirement community. All this makes her wonder why she ever considered her BFF Cheri's invitation to move back home. Life in this small mountain town may not be as glamorous as the one she had in Tampa, but she knows a girl can't be too choosy in this market. Besides, everyone's happy to welcome Candy back - especially one handsome widower named Turner...Turner has grown up to be one fine-looking piece of man candy - and looks even tastier in his sheriff's uniform. Maybe that's why she couldn't resist kissing him when he pulled her over for a traffic violation. Even if a relationship was part of Candy's business plan, Turner would be off limits - he still wears his wedding ring, four years after his wife died. If falling in love too fast is a crime, Candy is soon guilty as charged and ready to be fingerprinted. But is she ready to lock away her dreams and hand Turner the keys to her heart?

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (4 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312536224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312536220
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.5 x 17.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 709,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Take a sexy cop, a blonde with a talent for making the best cakes in the country, a possible stalker and a small town with enough crackpots to populate a good-sized mental hospital mix them all together and you've got a funny, sizzling romantic adventure that readers are going to love." --"RT Book Reviews "on" I Want Candy""" "I WANT CANDY is a tasty treat from start to finish. Candy and Turner are a couple you can root for and the oftentimes zany residents of Bigler will make you chuckle. Fans of contemporary romance with a healthy dose of comedy are sure to enjoy."--"Romance Junkies"

About the Author

SUSAN DONOVAN's novels have won accolades for being witty, sexy, and entertaining--"brain candy for smart women," as she puts it. Susan is a former newspaper journalist with degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a reporter in Chicago, Albuquerque, and Indianapolis. Her other jobs have included fine arts fundraiser, freelance journalist, painted furniture artist, horse stall mucker, proposal writer, and aide to a U.S. Senator. Susan lives in rural Maryland with her family and dogs. She can be reached at her Web site: www.susandonovan.com.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  28 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars: incomplete character & relationship devel + too vulgar 13 July 2012
By VLH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I started to read I Want Candy and just couldn't get into it. So I checked out Cheri On Top from the library and read it (I'd give COT 4 stars) and really enjoyed it, then went back and picked up I Want Candy again. This time, I liked it because I had a much deeper understanding and appreciation of all the secondary characters and their back stories so the entire book made a lot more sense. (So my suggestion is to read Cheri On Top first.)

However, there were three things that really disappointed an otherwise outstanding book:

1) While I thought the sex was hot, the language used to describe it was often fairly pornographic. Plus, it was especially jarring as much of it came out of the mind or mouth of a character (Hero) that was portrayed as a very tender, thoughtful, cautious and soulful individual. I have read plenty of really "hot" sex scenes in books that were just as graphic but not nearly as vulgar. So this is a real shame.

2) The author failed to flush out what made Turner tick. His character was achingly incomplete in my opinion, and it was especially noticeable when compared to what we learn about Candy's background, Cheri's background, even JJ's background (hero from Cheri On Top.) I really enjoyed meeting Turner in Cheri On Top and learning a bit about him, but was anticipating that we would really get inside his head in I Want Candy. But we learn very little about what makes Turner tick, just a lot of facts about him -- he's a black sheriff in what seems to be practically an all-white town, is bi-racial and grew up with a white father and black mother; we learn he is devastated by his wife's death (who was african american, which played an important aspect in one of the back stories); he feels torn between job and family; and we learn he is hot and horny for Candy. That's about it - we learn absolutely zilch about his feelings of being bi-racial, or if he had any struggles growing up or how it defined him. The only thing that might give us a hint of what he thinks is that starting in kindergarten, his three best friends are white, but then, it wasn't really clear if there were any other people of color in his town except for those in his immediate family. That's about it --- the author did not even make a cursory attempt to explore this aspect of the story line. We learn of one noticable time when Turner was hurt by racism, but otherwise, he seems to let it all slide. We get no real sense of how he sees himself fitting in with the rest of the world.

3) Which leads to my final disappointment --- there is really no attention made to the fact that they are a bi-racial couple living in a small hick town in "hillbilly" country in North Carolina. You would think the environment they live in would affect them yet it is almost entirely ignored. (We learn much more about the impact of living the high life in Tampa had on some of the characters than what it is like being a bi-racial couple living in the sticks in the middle of the South.) Yes, they receive a few snide remarks, but that's about it. In general, no one thinks twice about it -- especially none of the main characters. The only hint we get of how complicated their relationship might be is towards the end when it is revealed that the mothers of the two lovebirds had feared for their safety when they were in high school together, but were less worried about it now. Huh?

Anyway, I thought the author used too light a brush when it came to the race relations aspect of the book, which also made this a less than complete story. Turner and Candy deserved more.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read 7 May 2012
By Romancing the Book - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Posted on Romancing the Book blog
Reviewed by~Marissa
Review Copy Provided by~the Publisher

I Want Candy is one of those "going home" books. You know, girl goes through a rough patch (like losing her business, her house, her expensive jewelry and her expensive car) and tucks her tail to return to the hometown she swore she'd never see again. Then she runs into an old classmate/friend and things heat up. What I don't understand about these books (and others) is how two people can be just good buddies and in one fell swoop decide they love each other. Perhaps because it's never happened to me... *sigh* Yes, there are a few old classmates I wouldn't mind running into and find that we should have gotten better acquainted in high school, but I have my doubts as to the reality of one kiss being a deciding factor as to any relationship.

That aside, I Want Candy is an enjoyable read. It is what I call a light read. There is no heavy mystery to solve, no bad-guy to run from (or chase), no horrifying childhood trauma from which to recover. Well, there is one childhood trauma but it is dealt with smoothly and without over-dramafying. (Yes, that's a word. I just made it up.) The scene is built up during the book so it does not come as a blow, and it does not weigh you down with sadness or grief. In fact, it's over with fairly quickly and the author gets on with the real story - bringing Candy and Turner together for a happy ending.

I appreciate Susan Donovan's writing and can always depend on her for a nice, even, romantic read. Her writing flows and is untarnished by heavy, harrowing plots. Not that there is anything wrong with those (I read them all the time) but when I want to read a nice HEA, I know Donovan will deliver.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I Want Candy is a Must Read!" 13 July 2012
By MNix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bigler, North Carolina is the last place Candice Carmichael ever expected to return to. Her childhood memories of Bigler are not ones she likes to remember. Unfortunately Candy lost almost everything but the shirt on her back when her latest investments proved devastating. Now she's come home hoping to develop a new plan to get rich again. However, living with her mother in a swanky retirement community isn't bringing her any ingenious ideas. But the hot Sheriff that pulls her over gives her a few indecent proposals.

Widower, Turner Halliday is the Bigler Sheriff. He's surprised that Candy Carmichael has returned to town and he's even more surprised when she leans out her window and gives him a big kiss. Turner always had a thing for Candy in school but her daddy's racist ways seemed to keep them apart. However, her daddy's no longer alive and the attraction between them sizzles. He wants to try things with Candy but this major case and her determination to get out of town as soon as possible stand in their way.

Consequences be damned some things are meant to happen but when Turner finally gets a go with Candy will it be his last? Things are heating up in Bigler find out if true love can win in the end or if the past will haunt them all forever.

I Want Candy is a Must Read! Susan Donovan packs I Want Candy with tons of desire, intrigue, laughter and good old fashion romance! Candy is just a hoot. I love her ballsy attitude and her intense determination but sometimes that hard head of hers made me want to yell at her. The first time Candy and Turner see each other in years is so hilarious and hot which don't normally go together but in this case it works great! I ached for both Turner and Candy upon learning about the things that haunt them both. I found the suspense plot to be good; however, I enjoyed following Candy around and seeing her crazy antics more. I love that Turner doesn't give up. He definitely has his hands full with Candy but he hangs in there and proves what a great guy he is. So if you need a little love, grab I Want Candy, you won't be sorry.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Much Better Than Prequel - Cheri On Top 5 July 2012
By BiblioPhile - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I picked up Susan Donovan's recent novel, Cheri On Top, and abandoned it roughly one fourth of the way through, I didn't have high hopes for this sequel. But I'm so glad I gave her next foray into Bigler, North Carolina a second chance because I Want Candy is really a fabulous read.

In particular, this story has the perfect balance of reality and escapism. Somehow Donovan manages to take on some pretty weighty topics (recession, drugs, domestic violence, child abuse, interracial love) without weighing down what is ultimately a very fun read. These topics are handled smoothly, in a manner that really helps the reader sympathize with the hero and heroine's internal conflicts. They both come across as likeable, smart and you can't help but root for them. Their journey to HEA seems real because their circumstances are those that real people face everyday. Their reactions to these circumstance are also believable. I just love a romance where the hero and heroine sit down and talk to each other instead of storming away after a misunderstanding.

I wish I could bump my rating up to 5 stars, but in honesty while for the most part the author handled the interracial relationship with great skill, she did resort to a few "stereotypical Black male cliches." These were completely unnecessary and the story would have been better without them. I also felt that the ending was rushed. I just wished a few more pages were devoted to a slightly more drawn out climax and satisfying resolution.

Overall - a highly recommended read! Almost a keeper.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more!! 8 April 2012
By constantjoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really really enjoyed reading I Want Candy. I anxiously awaited its release and I was not disappointed. I really felt more of an emotional connection with Candy and Turner that I did with the characters from the first book in the series Cheri on Top. Candi is back in her hometown Bigler, North Carolina after striking it rich and then losing it all in the real estate market. Turner has been widowed for four years and hasn't really thought about another woman since losing his beloved wife, but he has had feeling for Candy since they were teenagers. Both the hero and heroine have emotional baggage that they have to overcome, but the author makes sure that it is not too drawn out. They also have difficult situations to deal with while starting a relationship, Turner is the town sheriff and is working on a very dangerous case, and Cheri is having trouble simply keeping it together with no money, no job, and no real place to live. Overall it was really just a sweet love story with some comedy,lots of emotion, and some pretty hot love scenes along the way. I have to admit I was kind of surprised by some of the love scenes, I thought it was a little much, but not too over the top. There were also some very interesting and entertaining secondary characters. It looks like there will be more books coming in this series, I can't wait.
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