Man Candy by Melanie Harlow
on June 18th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
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.
This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
“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 think I’ve found my favorite 2016 Book Boyfriend. I am in love. Make way for Quinn Rusek, everyone!
(Yes, he’s the man in the cover of Man Candy. @dimagornovskyi on IG)
I’ve never mentioned this before, but aside from the fake-relationship/marriage trope, I gush over the big brother’s best friend love trope. No, I don’t have a big brother, so I’m not projecting (not that it’s wrong to fantasize over a brother’s friend. Fantasize all you want, my friend. Act on it if you want! I’ll be here to cheer you on.)
Jaime Owens confessed her love for her brother Alex‘s friend, Quinn Rusek, at the tender age of seventeen. Instead of a kiss and a declaration of undying love, Quinn laughs at her instead. Cue heart breaking into a thousand little pieces.
Ten years later, when Jaime no longer believes in love and happily ever afters, Quinn comes back into her life and tries to convince her that #loveisreal. With Quinn’s charms and assets *wink wink*, Jaime might just learn to give this man and love a second chance. And when you’re stuck in the man’s closet, there really isn’t that much of a choice.
The sexual attraction between these two is off the charts! Obviously, Jaime’s attracted to Quinn because she practically seduced the man when they were teenagers, but Quinn’s just attracted to her especially now that she’s no longer a girl, no longer just Alex’s little sister.
Jaime is a strong, independent woman who tends to keep men at arm’s length to protect herself. Having experienced heartache and betrayal herself, she learned not to believe in love. Her parents’ relationship wasn’t one to be admired, too.
I related to Jaime (maybe because we have the same job lol) in the sense that she stopped seeing things at face value. When something looks too good to be true, it probably is or it’s probably going to royally fuck you up. Which of the two is worse?
I love Quinn! He is an amazing book boyfriend—sweet, thoughtful, funny, good looking, and amazing in bed. He’s loyal to his family and everyone he cares about. He never pushes Jaime, and he understands her enough to know what she needs. He knows when to be in charge and knows when to give way. I love this man.
We need more book boyfriends like Quinn. Seriously. I couldn’t stop laughing/gushing whenever he’s teasing or being sweet with Jaime. The nicknames! Gah. I love it when he’s posting photos of Jaime on Instagram. He’s so sweet. I’m so lonely HAHAHA
“Come on, love bug. Can I call you love bug? What am I saying–of course I can! I can do anything I want tonight.”
And I love his Instagram activities, okay?
I also loved Jaime’s friends, Claire French and Margot Lewiston. They’re amazing friends, and their GNO are hilarious. Jaime’s lucky to have friends like them. I hope they find their happily ever afters too!
And Alex Owens! He is an amazing brother. He wasn’t as present in the story as Jaime and Quinn were, but when he was, he gave sage advice to his little sister.
“There’s no secret. There is no magic, Jaime. No way to tell what the future looks like. The point is that you’re willing to take the chance anyway. You’re willing to say, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know I want you with me on this journey’.”
I liked how internal the conflict was; the story didn’t involve cheating or any other third party influence. The conflict revolved around Jaime’s reluctance to start a serious relationship because of her jaded view of love. With help from Quinn, her brother and friends, Jaime found out that love is real and love is worth it.
The book is hilarious and sweet. I’m so thankful I read this book because Quinn Rusek is amazing and I love him and we all deserve our own sweet peas and okay I’ll stop now.
And a little advice to Man Candy future readers: If you haven’t heard of “I Will” by The Beatles, please listen to it. It’s a lovely song.
Due to explicit sexual content, I will only recommend this to more mature readers.
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