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Book Review: Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein

A graduate student by day, an erotic romance author by night, a forbidden attraction I can't deny...
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, secretly I 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?

Sneaking Candy
By: Lisa Burstein
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Released: December 9th 2013
Reviewed: eARC
For an Honest Review

"Sneaking Candy" by Lisa Burstein was absolutely amazing. I couldn't believe how addicting this book is within the first few pages of the story. I would have to say that this is one of the better new adult novels that I have read. I thought the story and characters where amazing. I would have to say that this is definitely a book I would like to have sitting on my bookshelf not to mention something that I will recommend to many people. Since there is a big talk about sex, this is something I probably wouldn't recommend to anyone under 18 but that is for my own moral standards. If a parent is find with sharing this book with their older teenagers, then I am all for it. I think Burstein is an amazing writer. I thought she did great with "Pretty Amy" and "Dear Cassie," but I really think she out did herself in "Sneaking Candy."

"Sneaking Candy" is about Candice and her journey as a graduate student in Miami. Even though Candice is our main character, I think this book focuses a lot on several people in the story line. Candice is a TA and also a student. She is trying to become the next great novelist, but her most hidden secret is that she is also a writer of erotica novels. Candice knows that her Teacher and mentor would be completely ashamed of her if he knew that she wrote the one thing that he absolutely hated. Then Candice dares herself to ask about a man that she thinks is unbelievably hot and come to find out he ends up being one of here students which makes everything way more complicated than it should be. 

All James knows is that the cute woman that comes into his place of work all of the time gave him her number on a dollar bill tip. Little did James know is that she ends up being his TA. James is okay with trying to push the envelope and see what happens, but Candice is not. James understands what the consequences may hold but he still wants Candice all the same, so he is going to try to show Candice that it can work and to help her get out of her comfort zone a little bit.  

Professor Dylan is both James professor for undergraduate schooling and Candice's professor for graduate School. Professor Dylan doesn't believe that the erotica industry is considered to be real writing. He seems to like to try and pin James and Candice against each other for being his best student. 

Then there is Amanda or "Mandy." Amanda is Candice's best friend and when Candice is writing as "Candy," then Amanda is "Mandy" and they become a spunky duo. I would have to say that Amanda is probably one of the best literary friends that I have read. She is my favorite character in the entire book. I really wish I had a best friend like her. Amanda definitely encourages Candice's writing. She is her number one fan and of course she helps her write the sexy scenes based off of her own experiences. 

The characters in "Sneaking Candy" were amazing. I thought this book was absolutely amazing. I laughed and I would have to admit got angry a few times because of the characters and their dumb choices. Burstein did  a wonderful job. 

The plot in "Sneaking Candy" was very well developed and the story line kept my attention which is always nice in a book. I didn't feel like there were any slow parts at all. As soon as I started reading, I had a hard time putting the book down because I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. I think Lisa Burstein has a wonderful talent for "New Adult" novels. I hope she produces another one soon because I am ready for another installment. Stunning...Stunning...Stunning job!

I give "Sneaking Candy" five out of five bookshelves. 


  1. I'm downloading it tomorrow. I LOVE the trailer for it!

  2. The trailer is a lot of fun. I like how they had the "I Want Candy" song playing.