Review: Man Candy by Melanie Harlow

Posted June 27, 2016 by Wil in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Man Candy by Melanie HarlowMan Candy by Melanie Harlow
five-stars
on June 20, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Friends to Lovers, Romance, Romantic Comedy
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He’s back.

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.

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Man Candy by Melanie Harlow

Review

5 “You know I will” Stars

It’s official, I’m totally in love with Quinn Rusek. He is now in my top book boyfriends!

Man Candy was a great read. I read this one in one sitting. Once I started I couldn’t stop. It was awesome. I’m definitely a fan of Melanie Harlow’s books. I love the Happy Crazy Love Series and the Frenched series and well Man Candy was no exception. I especially love her heroes, they’re always so endearing and special. And Quinn definitely was all that and so much more.

Quinn and Jaime met when they were children and were friends since then. Quinn’s mom worked for Jaime’s family and Quinn was Jaime’s brother’s best friend. Jaime has always had a crush on Quinn. Ten years before, Jaime declared her love for Quinn and was turned down. She was left heartbroken and embarrassed. Now 10 years later, Quinn moves back to town and ends up moving to the flat below Jaime, which is owned by Jaime’s brother. Jaime doesn’t realize it but Quinn is totally into her and he’s finally read to act on his feelings for her. But Jaime now, is very different than the Jaime of years past, she’s now guarded and jaded and doesn’t want to fall in love neither believes that true love really exists.

 

Quinn then embarks on a mission to get Jaime to fall for him, but Jaime has her walls super up and has a set of rules she goes by.

 

“No sleepovers. No excessive cuddling. No getting mad if I don’t call or text back some days, no leaving things at my apartment, and no talking about feelings,”

 

Let me tell you about Quinn, he was all sorts of amazing, he was way more than a beautiful face and body. He was sweet and endearing and a great man. I liked him the most.

“I hadn’t seen her in a while, but sometimes being with someone from your past is like going home again. No matter how long it’s been, you don’t forget the way.”

 

“I want you I want you I want you.

I couldn’t stop thinking it, couldn’t stop fucking her, couldn’t bear the thoughts that she didn’t want me, didn’t want this, more than she wanted to protect herself.

I was inside her.

And I didn’t want to leave.”

 

And Jaime, although she made me a little mad at times, bless her heart I loved her too. I loved her honesty and totally understood her reservations. Little by little Quinn starts to break down those walls and she starts to fall for him, or maybe she always was in love with him and needed a reminder. Either way, it was amazing!

“Quinn, don’t.”

I froze. “Don’t?”

Her arms tightened around my waist. “Don’t let me go.”

 

This book was also ridiculously funny. The banter between Quinn and Jaime was gold. I couldn’t stop laughing at times!

“What.” “I came for a visit, like you said in my yearbook.”

She cocked her head. “Huh?”

“In my yearbook. You wrote that you wanted to visit me at school. You said, ‘I think we could have a good time.’ I agree. Let’s do it.”

Dropping my chin, I gave her my most winning smile. Irresistible, right?

She shrank back, wrinkling her nose. “What the hell is that? Your Flynn Ryder smolder?”

“Who’s Flynn Ryder?” She rolled her eyes.

 “He’s from Tangled, the Rapunzel movie?”

“Sorry. I missed it. So does he get in her pants?”

“Not before she hits him over the head with a frying pan.”

“Ouch.” I leaned right and left, checking her hands. “Since I don’t see any cookware in your grasp, is it safe to come in?”

 

I also loved the secondary characters, especially Alex and Jaime’s friends. I think it’s refreshing to see the role reversal of the guy being the one wanting the relationship. And the sex scenes, super smoking hot! Overall, I loved the entire book, it’s funny, sexy and even emotional at times. I guarantee you it will bring all the feels. Without a doubt, Melanie Harlow has become one of my favorite authors. I absolutely recommend it!

 

“You’re right about serious relationships not being all hearts and flowers and orgasms, Jaime. That’s falling in love. Over time, it’s not that anymore. It takes work. It takes trust and sacrifice and faith in something you can’t see…It’s understanding that you’re part of something bigger than yourself, and fighting for it. I know it’s rare…But that’s what I’m looking for. And life is short.”

Wil

**An Arc was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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Excerpt:

 

“It’s so good to see you, Jaime,” he said. “You look great.”

“You too,” I said before I could stop myself. I didn’t want him to think I still cared—in fact, I wanted him to know I wasn’t fooled by his charm. I wasn’t that silly little girl anymore, the one who’d doodled his name in her notebooks and blushed when he said hi at school and cried herself to sleep when he asked another girl to his prom. That silly little girl was gone, and in her place was a confident, smart, professional woman who knew her worth and, even better, the truth about love. No more stars in her eyes.

But why did he have to be so hot?

OK, pull yourself together. No drooling.

“I’m so glad this worked out.” Quinn let me go but stood too close, his feet planted wide and his arms crossed over his chest. He wore jeans, a gray knit pullover that hugged his muscular chest and arms, and his feet were bare. His hair was damp and messy on top, just like it had been the last time I’d seen him in person. His full lower lip made me want to bite it. Maybe even draw blood.

“Sorry, I just got out of the shower,” he said sheepishly, ruffling his hair. “Want to come in and catch up? Or maybe go out for a drink? I just need to throw some shoes on.”

“No.” Trying desperately to shove the image of him in the shower from my mind, I elbowed past him and trudged up the stairs. My cheeks were hot, which meant they were probably turning scarlet. They ruined my poker face every time.

“Come on, it’s Friday!”

“I have work to do.” He was naked a few minutes ago. And wet.

“Did you have a bad day?”

“No.” Rivulets of water streaming over those muscles.

“You already have plans tonight?”

“No.” Steam rising as he stroked himself beneath the spray.

“You don’t love me anymore?”

I froze as the shower fantasy exploded into bits, replaced by a humiliation that paralyzed me, one foot on the top step, one hand on the banister. Slowly, I turned my head and glared at him over one shoulder.

Now the grin cocked up on one side. “Because you used to, you know. You told me.”

“You need to forget about that.”

“Have you?”

“Yes,” I snapped. “That was a long time ago. Back when I was young and impressionable and believed in love.”

His brows went up. “You don’t believe in love anymore?”

“Not the romantic kind. That’s a fantasy used to sell things like lipstick and roses and diamonds.”

“Pretty jaded for twenty-seven, aren’t you?”

I resumed heading up the stairs. “I’m not jaded, Quinn. I’m just a realist.” And I’ve been burned before, trusting guys way less attractive than you.

He said nothing more, and I let myself into my flat. As soon as the door was shut behind me, I leaned back against it, exhaling and fanning my face.

He still got to me. That was so aggravating.

I mean, how was I supposed to sleep at night? Quinn Rusek was one fine piece of man candy, and I had a sweet tooth for him that wouldn’t quit.

But he’d made fun of me! Again! A nice guy would have at least pretended not to remember what I’d said. Or maybe apologized for humiliating me. Or not have brought it up at all!

What an asshole.

A hot asshole—the worst kind.

Curse you, Alex, and your generous heart.

And curse you, Quinn, for getting under my skin again. You stay away from me.

But a traitorous little part of me hoped he wouldn’t.

(Bet you can guess which part.)

 

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About Melanie Harlow

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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