Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book Review: Sex and Candy by Diana DeRicci

Sex and Candy (Arbor Heights) - Diana DeRicci

Can one wedding be the turning point of four different men?

Brad's dream of happily ever after with his best friend, Geoff, is destroyed when he receives a wedding invitation to Geoff's wedding -- to a woman. After accepting that waiting for the man has gained him nothing, he intends to wipe him clear of his heart and mind. With a night at Blue Dogs. Tristan is captivated by Brad and what begins as a night of pure release starts something for Tristan that he can't deny. A wanting to know the other man beyond sex. Can Tristan win Brad's heart away from an unrequited love? It may not be as easy as he'd like when Geoff reappears begging for forgiveness.

Sandra's rating:

High on the sexy times, high on the fluffy, sweet part, loads of subplots and low on pages, this novella suffered from trying to do too much without ever actually delving deeply enough into any one subject. And that's a shame.

Attention!! Mild spoilers after the break! Read at your own risk!!!

I liked the overall story, even if the plot didn't entirely match the blurb. I liked the characters Brad and Tristan, but I wasn't given enough of their actual relationship to really become invested in them. They meet, they fuck, they fall, they spend time together, but other than the sexing, their relationship wasn't given any real depth.

The in-the-closet ex-best friend who's getting married to a woman, plus his younger, also gay, brother who's getting thrown out at home because gay, homophobic assholish parents, a secret, private gay sex club, falling head over feet for someone you just met after 7 years of having monthly sex club meetings in your house, playing Cupid for two other men, a job promotion - it was too much crammed into too few pages.

I think this would have worked better if the author and/or her editor had taken the time to write a full length novel instead of giving this reader just a snippet of what might have been. There wasn't enough depth to any of it, and what could have been a wonderfully engaging story ended up being a hodgepodge.

The sexy times were rather well done, and while I wouldn't call this erotica, there are plenty of erotic moments in this novella.

Also, the title didn't make a whole lot of sense, as Brad is a baker, not a candy maker. Though, sex is had aplenty, so I guess that part fits. The writing is okay, more telling than showing, but it flowed well and kept me interested.

Overall, the book was entertaining me to the point where I was willing to give it three stars.

** I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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