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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 ...

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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?

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"SNEAKING CANDY is fun, sexy and sweet, with a hero every reader will swoon over." - Monica Murphy, New York Times Bestselling Author of One Week Girlfriend

"SNEAKING CANDY lives up to its title; it's a treat every time you pick it up!" - Jennifer McLaughlin, New York Times Bestselling Author of Out of Line

"With smart, strong leading characters, an original premise, and a plot that will keep you guessing until the end, SNEAKING CANDY is a breath of fresh air." - Lyla Payne, USA Today Bestselling Author of Broken at Love

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781494485474
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/8/2013
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    I loved this book. Being a self-published author myself, I could

    I loved this book. Being a self-published author myself, I could really relate to the struggles that Candice had with feeling legitimate and authentic. I was pulled right in and enjoyed the story right from the get-go (frankly I stopped watching a Meryl Streep movie to go back to reading). Despite the mentions of erotica, this book does not fall into the category. It is just a good-old fashioned romance. With professors and grad students and undergrads. Oh, and an erotic book conference thrown in for good measure. I read this book in one day and was sad to see it end. An enjoyable read and a definite recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    Lila

    Walks in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Candy

    Hi ryan*smiles warmly*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Mel

    Walks in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Ryan

    Moans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Alli

    Then fuq me already

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Xalia

    Ok.ill be at res one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Firekit

    Gender:shecat
    Age:5 moons
    Warrior name:hopefully Firespirit
    A reddish tabby with white paws and tailtip,Firekit is sometimes gentle but other times is ready to fight!She has green eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Oakkit

    A oak colored tom with dark yelloe eyes. He is playful but shy at times. Three moons old. Anything else ask. I dont know what else yo write.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Nightclaw and Sunpelt bio

    Nightclaw. Gender male. Age 17 moons. Looks black with gray stripes. Pers kind loving brave fierce strong understanding. Mate/kit/crush none. Family sunpelt sisterOther ask. Sunpelt. Gender female. Age 16 moons. Looks bright golden colored pelt. Pers kind loving understanding. Mate/kits/crush none. Family brother Nightclaw. Other ask!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Luna

    Im akeays ugnored at ot

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book. Very entertaining. Great story.

    I really enjoyed this book. Very entertaining. Great story.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    I have been able to read all of Lisa Burstein's young adult book

    I have been able to read all of Lisa Burstein's young adult books; which, by the way, have all been superb, memorable and have all made an ever-lasting impact on me. It was so refreshing to have her "let go" in this New Adult romance! We are definitely not in YA-land anymore!!! And I truly enjoyed every minute of this book!

    I instantly liked Candice and her quirkiness!  She is one of those people that has a little bit of everything in her - she's happy with what she's doing, but what she's doing is also making her sad. She's sure of herself as a writer, but also doubtful. She's strong and confident with herself, but she's also weak and scared to share her confidence with others. Candice is someone I want to be BFFs with! The kind of friend that you can tell her anything over a pint or two of ice cream and feel like you've known her for forever... 
    Candice is a creative grad student working her way through school - something that she never thought she would have to do. But when your parents don't agree with the choices you've made and cut you off, you do what you have to do to make your dreams come true. She wants to be a writer. A successful writer. And even though working alongside an egotistical professor wasn't part of the plan, she manages to keep things going for herself as best as she can. But her scholarship isn't enough to pay for her bills and other needed things, she had to do something to help compensate her for her living expenses, etc... something that can possibly end her career before it even starts!... Her alter-ego, Candy, at your service.
    That's right! Candice is a successful writer under the pseudonym, Candy. A self-pubbed erotic romance writer who quickly gains a fanbase and keeps in touch with them through updates on Twitter and her Facebook page. And, even though Candice is nothing like Candy, Candy is also the main character in all of her stories! Which to me, is fun and hilarious at the same time. Who doesn't wish to be the lead character in any romance book? Although her roommate/BFF helps her with most of the exotic parts of her stories, Candice can really let her imagination run wild too. Especially after she meets James at the local coffee shop; that boy makes girls heads spin and more!  And that is all I am going to say about James... there aren't enough words to explain how good, well-meaning and delicious he is!

    Lisa Burstein captured me with her fun and sexy writing style without ever lacking on her well thought out and realistic characters that I have always expected from her. SNEAKING CANDY is definitely a great read to pick up, especially if you have not ventured into the new "New Adult" genre yet. You'll not only get your hot romance fix from it, but also expect some great laugh-out-loud and 'oh snap' moments, as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Striking's history, part two

    While I tried to help, he held me back & didn't let me do all I could to save her. I never forgave him for that. After she was dead, Thistlefang & Nebulafrost carried us kits to BloodClan. He told us it was our new home. He asked for a queen to help us & treat us like family. Sure, plenty volunteered, but can you guess how many actually fed us, or even gave us a second thought? None. A week of this neglection led Myntlight to consider just killing herself. She tried so hard to get someone's, anyone's, attention. But everyone ignored her, us. I was forced to fend for myself and them. I hunted, I payed attention to them. Thistlefang by then had completely abandoned us. He never so much as glanced at us. Without me, Myntlight would have died as a kit. I convinced her things would get better. Then she left. One day she just got up, & left. She went to SunClan for awhile, she got the attention she wanted for one day, then the next, she was ignored, as if she didn't exist. So she left again, heading to TwilightClan, but no one was ever there yet. Eventually she ended up at AshClan. Sparrowstar took her in and helped her. By this time, Stealthshadow, Valourmask & I had left to go find her, with Prismshield hiding somewhere in the woods with Sneakshadow, dead from a fox attack that occured when we'd left together. I tripped & she came to save me, but couldn't. The fox got her. I was long gone before it finished eating, the rest of our party in tow. Fallenangel left awhile after and just wandered, as a loner. Stealthshadow, Valourmask & I almost caught up to her at SunClan, but actually caught up at AshClan. Funny how six kits could go missing, and no one went to go looking for them. Anyway, BloodClan had a problem with AshClan & Myntlight decided that perhaps we needed an inside man. I was sent back to spy, as well as Valourmask. Stealthshadow left AshClan because he was lonely and wandered with Fallenangel upon finding him. Valourmask and I headed back to BloodClan, because we both didn't like Thistlefang (me more than him) and decided we would help take them down. Then I met Toxin. I knew automatically that he'd be the perfect role model for me. I started to base myself off what he did, even talked to him a bit before vecoming an apprentise. I'd originally wanted to be a medicine cat, but if I were to defeat Thistlefang, I needed to learn to fight. So I formulated a plan to tey and get him as a mentour. First, I tried to get him to assign me a mentour. It didn't work. He said he was busy sometimes, other times he told me he was talking or taking care of business. Every time he gave a new excuse, I became more determined to get him as my mentour. I had already thought, still do, that he was, is, the best assassin at camp, and everywhere else. Valourmask, on the other hand, was trying to get Panther as his mentour. She kept giving him excuses as well, but they all had to deal with the "demon" within her. She felt that she would do more harm than good, whenever she went to train him. After they talked over it for a few days, and initiated some ways to keep him safe, Panther finally agreed that she would mentour Vapourmask. In the end, they never actually got a chance to train together due to some complications with me. By this time I had already talked to a few others, seeing who had apprentises and who didn't, even though I already knew Toxin had none. But I did my research anyway, just in case.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    "Sneaking Candy" by Lisa Burstein was absolutely amazi

    "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 laughed and I would have to admit got angry a few times because of the characters and their dumb choices. 

    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!

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

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    3.5 Stars 'Sneaking Candy' is a fun and steamy New Adult contem

    3.5 Stars

    'Sneaking Candy' is a fun and steamy New Adult contemporary romance that follows our main character Candice Salinas as she attempts to combine her graduate classes, her TA job, and her love life all while trying to become a great writer. But Candice has a secret that only her roommate knows about - she writes erotic romance under the pen name Candy Sloane to help pay her bills. She's doing well as a romance writer, but knows that if her secret got out, her academic career and the hopes of being taken seriously as a writer would disappear. Everything seems to be going fine until Candice gets up the nerve to ask out the hot barista, James, from the local coffee shop. What she wasn't expecting was the fact that James is actually an undergraduate at the school and is one of her students. Knowing that any type of relationship with James is off limits, Candice can't keep herself away from him and they begin a relationship that even her counterpart Candy would be proud of.

    This was a light and fun contemporary romance that had it's share of both incredibly hot scenes and more serious parts mixed in. I really liked the character of Candice. She was down to earth, determined, and smart. She also had her flaws, like her incredibly low self-esteem after her last breakup and insecurities about her ability to write. I found her to be realistic and easy to identify with. The setting was at a university in Miami, which was perfect for the book. Being a reader and an English major myself, I really loved that Candice wanted to be a writer and was teaching English at the college. She even mentions bloggers and their reviews of her erotica books in the story, which was fun to identify with. It kinda felt like she was talking about me in a way, which I thought was really cool. James is (of course) super hot, smart, and basically the perfect guy. Naturally, there has to be a reason that Candice can't be with him - that's one of the things I hate about these types of stories - but they try to make things happen anyways. I loved watching them get to know each other and seeing their relationship develop. As I mentioned, there were some really steamy scenes in the book that definitely had me blushing. Overall, this was a well written book with an interesting and engaging story line and lots of great romance and sexy scenes. Definitely recommended for fans of New Adult and contemporary romances.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

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    Review: Sneaking Candy

    Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein is a quirky tale of a serious literary student, Candice leading a double life as an erotic romance author by the name of Candy Sloane.

    Candy's bestie and room mate Mandy are the inspiration for many of the technical aspects of the erotic novels but it's not too long before Candy finds herself desperately wanting to learn new things (and take plenty of notes) with her new "friend" James.

    A fun novel filled with the current happenings in todays self-publishing community. Mentions of bloggers, facebook, tweeting, book conventions etc. As a blogger and an avid reader of indie & self-published authors I got a kick out of all the shout-outs.

    As far as the actual plot... there's a boy and a girl, they shouldn't be together but really want to be, there's an adversary thats trying to ruin the heroine's life/career, and most importantly, there's a Happily Ever After.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

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    Sneaking Candy is a quick, light read about Candice, an MFA grad

    Sneaking Candy is a quick, light read about Candice, an MFA grad student who wants to be a critcally-acclaimed author recognized in academic and literary circles. While finishing her degree, she has created Candy Sloane, erotic romance writer, to help pay the bills. The only problem is that if the university discovers her alter ego, there could be a fall out. Throw in a good-looking professor, a sassy, say-what-she-thinks roomie, and a sexy-as-anything male student and you have a recipe for Candy's potential unraveling.

    I felt the dialogue and character development was very sweet and enjoyable throughout the story. Candice is fighting to accept who she is, gain acceptance by others for what she really wants to do, and find her place in academia and the erotic romance world. I enjoyed being along on her journey until there was this one point that I thought didn't work for me. I can't describe it without spoilers, but I felt like the book lost me at that point. Otherwise, it had it's funny, hot, romantic moments that kept me involved.

    Overall, I appreciated the story of Candice/Candy, James, Mandy and Professor Dylan and the idea of finding your true calling and being true to yourself while also being open to romance.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    I have to start off by saying how much I love the cover of this

    I have to start off by saying how much I love the cover of this book. It's sassy and fun, and nothing like so many of the other book covers found in this genre.

    I didn't quite feel as drawn into the story as I usually do, but if you're looking for an exciting read, with fiesty characters, this one fits the bill. Candice/Candy was a great character who proved that you don't have to be one dimensional. It's okay to have layers, to take risks and to have that fun, naughty side, even if you only allow it to show itself on special occasions.

    The thing that really caught my attention with this story was the voice it gave to all those authors whose work has been undermined and considered 'fluff". Although Candice was very dedicated and goal driven, she found herself in a position that meant she either kiss ass, or free herself from the box she, as well as Prof. Dylan, had placed herself in. She could be anything she wanted to be, and the important lesson learned was to never allow anyone to steer your boat for you. Candice could have easily given up Candy, but she was a part of her, her writing was a part of her, so if she gave it up to satisfy a few people, she'd have lost a bit of herself and disappointed the many fans she'd garnered.

    I'm also glad she didn't let go of James. They were so amazing together and if they hadn't given their relationship a shot, I would have climbed between the covers and forced them to.

    This read was enjoyable, although it didn't blow my socks off. It was different from many of the Contemporary Romances I've read of late, in that it wasn't filled with so much angst and emotion. It was more about Candice finding her true voice, and making a stand for herself.

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