Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review: Man Candy by Jessica Ingro

He's too sexy…

When Ben Harris agreed to fill in as a cover model at an author signing he wasn’t sure what to expect, but women throwing themselves at him, numbers being stuffed in his pocket, and covert attempts at getting into his hotel room definitely wasn’t it. On the other hand, there is the hottie assistant he can’t keep his eyes off...

...for her love.

Clarissa Darling is always eager to be her cousin’s assistant at signings, but the one thing she wasn’t planning on this time around is the sexy man candy posing for pictures at her table. The last thing she needs is another womanizing playboy chasing after her.

Ben is determined to show Clarissa that he’s more than just a pretty face and smoking body. He’s betting on wearing her down and weakening her resistance. Will one taste of this man candy be all it takes to have her craving more?

4 Sweet Stars!

Review by Jen Hagen 

Jessica Ingro writes the best male characters.  The majority of the time they include very strong alpha personalities and are hotter than hot.  In “Man Candy” we are treated to Ben, who is a lot of hot but is a little bit sensitive along with being all sweet.  Another twist in the author’s usual storytelling is that this is told mainly from Ben’s point of view.  There is something to be said about a story being told from the male POV as it always seems to add more dimension to the layers of a story—at least for me it does.  

Ben is 28 years old and has been silently infatuated with a girl for the past 6 months.  He sees her quite often when he catches lunch at the deli, but is completely caught off guard the one day that she is standing next to him in line.

Any smooth moves I thought I had went out the window being this close to her.  I had never crashed and burned like this with a woman before.  What the f*ck was wrong me?
Ben’s brother, Tanner, leads an active lifestyle (if you know what I mean…wink, wink) and he has double booked his plans for the weekend.  He has managed to convince Ben to take over his spot as a book cover model at an author’s signing.  Ben reluctantly agrees, never knowing that he would have to take off his shirt and objectify himself to hoards of women.  The thing about Ben is, even though he is extremely good looking, he doesn’t like to flaunt himself.  He wants women to see him in other ways besides his body.  Could he be any sweeter??

His mystery woman is Rissa, and Rissa is already in a relationship – albeit not a very healthy relationship because he is the epitome of what-not-to-have-your-daughter-hook-up-with.  But I digress…it’s Rissa life to live and she may just be more comfortable staying in a relationship built on lies than finding a good man, such as Ben.

At the most inconvenient/inappropriate time, Ben and Rissa finally have the face-to-face introduction that Ben has dreamed out, but definitely did not dream it would happen in this context.

One drunken decision—or lack thereof—and my dream girl thought I was a pig.

Never fear…things have a way of working themselves out and Ben and Rissa will find that they belong together.  It’s just that it is going to take a very long time to find that moment as things don’t always go as planned.

“Would you mind if we didn’t go any further tonight?  I’m a little tired and talking about Scott kind of killed the mood for me.”
I shook my head, knowing it was own fault for opening my mouth at the worst possible time.  How lame could I possibly be?  Now I was cock blocking myself. 

When they finally get together, it’s not the end of the story.  There is still plenty left to be worked out and there are some angry moments, but not by my Ben because he is just too sweet to be angry with.  Rissa just doesn’t know what she wants. Friends or lovers?  Which one should she choose?

“Friends with benefits is another way of saying that I’m good enough to hang out with, good enough to sleep with but never good enough to be with.” 

See what I mean about Ben being sensitive.  He is such a nice guy…perhaps too nice.  Will he get his heart broken or will he finally find the elusive love he longs for?

“I just wanted you to know that I’m letting you go. You need to be able to decide what you want and you can’t do that when I’m always there pressing you for more.  And if this is our last dance together, I want you to know that regardless of everything else I love you.”

Ben you are just too sweet!!  I love you!  Oh wait..he wasn’t talking to me.   Rissa needs to pull her head out of the sand and see how wonderful she could have it with Ben!  Ben is definitely candy that will melt your heart.

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