Eye Candy

Eye Candy

by Jessica Lemmon

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Overview

Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon

Don't trust lust at first sight. One woman chooses reality over fantasy in this friends-to-lovers romance, a steamy standalone by “an author to keep your eye on” (Katee Robert).

Jacqueline: As an adult woman—and the vice president of a marketing firm—I shouldn’t be waiting by my office window to ogle the mystery man who jogs by every morning at 11:45. Sure, he’s a gorgeous, perfect specimen of the human race, but I can’t bring myself to hit on a total stranger. However, my best friend–slash–colleague Vince Carson thinks I should do more than talk to the guy. In fact, he’s borderline obsessive about “getting me laid.” (His words.) But the more time we spend together, the more it’s clear: The one I’m falling for is Vince.

Vince: Jackie Butler’s got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn’t bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can’t ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything’s going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible.

Look for Jessica Lemmon’s standalone romances with heartfelt HEAs:
FIGHTING FOR DEVLIN | FORGOTTEN PROMISES | SHUT UP AND KISS ME | EYE CANDY | ARM CANDY | MAN CANDY | RUMOR HAS IT

Praise for Eye Candy


“Friends-to-lovers story get your mojo going? Then, be sure to take a look at Eye Candy.”—The Romance Reviews

“This is the first novel in the Real Love series and what a great start. It’s enjoyable, frisky, and highly entertaining.”—What’s Better Than Books?

Eye Candy is a humorous and sexy friends-to-lovers and workplace romance. Jessica Lemmon entertained with the dialogue and interactions among a strong cast of characters. Ms. Lemmon created a nice balance of friendship and romance with good character development. Fans of Liora Blake and Mari Madison will enjoy Eye Candy.”—Harlequin Junkie

“Such a cute romance between Jackie and Vince. A friends-turned-lovers story . . . I really enjoyed this one. Can’t wait to read book two, Arm Candy. I’m hoping [in that] one Davis will find love. I would recommend this one to my romance book friends.”—Island of Reading

“Eye Candy was a very realistic, cute story. I enjoyed the writing, the characters and real-life issues between the two main characters. Phenomenal read.”—Nay’s Pink Bookshelf (five stars)

“I liked this book, I loved Vince.”—A Crazy Vermonter’s Book Reviews

This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524796433
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: Real Love , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 235
Sales rank: 48,519
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing about super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

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Chapter 1

Jacqueline

My office phone to my left purrs and I smile at it before I lift the receiver. It’s 11:41 a.m. on a Tuesday, and I know who it is without looking. Kayla does this at least three times a week.

The second I hold the handset to my ear, she says, “Four-minute warning.”

We’re waiting for my mystery man to run by the window. Well, not mine, but she calls him mine and I let her, because nothing is safer than fiction.

“Thanks,” I say. As if I don’t already have an alarm set. I tapped the screen of my phone to silence the musical reminder just before she called.

“Now we wait.”

As you can see, I’m not the only one watching for him.

Three minutes.

He’s one of those guys who shouldn’t be real. His upper half is shaped like an upside-down triangle: wide chest, broad shoulders, fantasy-grade muscle mass and physique. For a terminally single woman consciously stocking her fantasy bank, he’s a perfect candidate.

“What do you think he does for a living?” Kayla asks, her voice dreamy. She’s married to a nice guy named Kevin and has a six-year-old special-needs son who is the greatest kid on the planet. I haven’t met a lot of kids, but trust me when I say Kyle is amazing. And yes, they are one of those families. Kevin, Kayla, and Kyle. Kayla says that if she has a girl, her name will be Kendall.

It’s all so sweet I could puke.

“Maybe he’s military.” Another smile crests my mouth. Mainly because I know more than she knows I know, but I refuse to tell her as much. I already feel like a stalker watching him jog by my office window. If she knew I also watched him leave our apartment complex every morning, and that we ended up in line at the same Tim Hortons once, she’d do something horrible.

Like try to set me up with him.

“Military guys are punctual,” she agrees. “But I’m betting he’s a nerdy type. An IT guy or something.”

“You’re a webmaster. Are you projecting because it gives you hope that an IT guy might look like him?”

She ignores the jab and replies, “I’ve decided his name is Mark.”

“Why Mark?” My email box dings. It’s a message from the president of the Brookdale Group, Wayne Wilson. I twist my lips and refocus on the conversation at hand.

“Because Mark is an approachable-sounding name,” Kayla says. “And you should approach him.”

Hell. No.

Not only is this dude an Adonis of the untouchable kind, but his name is not Mark. I don’t know what his name is, but with the initials j.t. on his apartment mailbox, I’m sure neither of his names is Mark or has a Mark in it.
Plus, he doesn’t look like a Mark.

“I know you think it’s fun to live out my runner-guy fantasy with me, Kayla, but let’s not have this cross into reality.” Vince walks by my wide office window and I hold my breath, hoping he doesn’t stop in for a leisurely chat. I normally have my door open but lately I’ve requested that, if my door is closed, no one interrupt without a knock. That new rule may or may not have coincided with the appearance of J.T. jogging by my window three weeks ago.

Don’t judge me.

Vince is my friend and has been for the entirety of my time spent here at the Brookdale Group. When I started as a junior designer, he was married and completely unavailable. I was on the dating scene and totally would have upgraded to someone like Vince. Face it, the Internet matches I went out with were ones I grew to regret. As of one year ago, Vince was available, but I was no longer looking. Plus, he’s one of my best friends. Since he’s become a divorcé of the bitter variety, he and I have shared a lot of nights and beers. I listen to him complain about Leslie, and he buys me pizza. I am firmly Team Vince.

He gives me a flat-mouthed grimace and rolls his eyes. I smile on the outside but flinch on the inside, hoping he doesn’t know I’m waiting for my runner to jog by again today.

Then he points outside and taps the face of his watch, and I know he knows. Thankfully, he bypasses my door without knocking.

Whatever. He has his pastimes; I have mine.

“Whoever he is, I think you should talk to him,” Kayla continues in my ear. Funny, I almost forgot I’m holding the phone.

I laugh, and it sounds fearful with a touch of desperation. “Just walk outside the building and strike up a conversation? About what? His average heart rate? How fast he can run a mile?”

“Why not?”

Because I’d die a thousand tiny deaths. Which makes me think of the way the French use a similar term for an orgasm. Which makes me remember how long it’s been since I’ve had one. Which in turn makes me think of having sex with the mysterious J.T., and that is not a bad thought at all.

Except for everything that would have to lead up to that point. Talking to him. Going on a date. The awkward first-date/front-door drop off. Me stripping off my clothes in my apartment or his and praying he isn’t into anything weird like bedroom acrobatics. I cringe.

Horrifying.

“Vince is coming in here,” Kayla whispers.

“Yeah, he bypassed me.”

“Lucky,” she whispers, and then I’m hung up on.

My smile fades and I drop my chin in my hand and sigh, watching out the window to see if the Runner makes his appearance today.

Just to clear a few things up: I’m not afraid of men, or of good-looking men. Vince is great-looking and I can’t tell you how many evenings we’ve spent sacked out on his couch or mine over the past ten months or so. I’m also VP of a nice-sized marketing firm in downtown Columbus, Ohio, so I’m adept at speaking to men of every age, creed, and body type. I don’t blush or get tongue-tied, and I can tell a dirty joke without embarrassing myself. But dating?

Yikes.

Ever since I reentered the dating scene after my divorce three years ago, I have been allergic to dating. And I’ve gone out enough to know exactly how it goes.

In between the awkward texts (or phone calls if he’s an older guy) are awkward get-to-know-you discussions followed by awkward kisses that don’t often send sparks into the air. The last guy I dated? Totally sparkless. Attractive, successful, nice suit. Not the worst kisser I’ve experienced, but definitely in the bottom ten. You know the sound a lit match makes when it’s dropped into a cup of water? That fizzle pretty much sums up every date I had with him. Breaking it off was a mercy killing. Trust me on that one.

There’s probably something wrong with J.T. the jogger, I think as I watch for him out the window. Why would such a beautiful specimen be single? I guess he’s single. There’s no ring on his finger glinting in the sun when he runs by, and when I noticed him at my complex after I saw him jogging on a Saturday, I also noticed there was no one else coming or going from his apartment, as far as I could tell.

Shut up—I am not stalking him. I happened to recognize the red shorts—the ones that mold to his thighs of steel and make a woman think ribald thoughts. When I saw him in my complex, I was sure he was a mirage. My work-time fantasy following me home. But nope, it was him. His eyebrows closed in with effort, mouth open as he breathed, zero percent body fat, and all of him moving like a machine.

I don’t stare out my apartment window on the weekends or anything.

I do have some boundaries.

But here, he’s a guy who runs by a public building on a city sidewalk, and I have every right to turn my head at 11:45 a.m. to see if he’s going to jog by or have a skip day. He had a skip day yesterday and I was notably disappointed.

Which was why Kayla’s suggestion of talking to him horrified me.

Then I see a flash of red and oh, God, oh, yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Captivated, I stare out the window at his perfect form. Slightly longish golden-blond hair bouncing with every stride. Calf muscles straining. Thighs testing the limits of those red shorts. Shirtless, his glistening pecs on display. He’s truly beautiful. A modern-day statue of David. He’s not wearing sunglasses today and squints as he runs by, and what’s this? He turns his head as if he’s looking at me. He’s not. The windows are reflective. But I imagine he is. I imagine that subtle glance, probably to check his form, is instead meant for me. A smile and a wink to me, his girlfriend, whom he pleasures four—no wait—five times a week . . .

I blink as he jogs out of sight. Then I’m off my chair, cheek pressed to the window to watch as he vanishes around the corner.

He’s gone.

It’s always over way too fast.

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Eye Candy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witty banter, real characters , great plot. A+ read.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 Stars for this romantic comedy! Vince and Jackie are the co Vice-Presidents of the company they work for, and that's not the only thing they have in common. Vince's wife left him around a year ago because she just didn't love him anymore. While Jackie's husband left her for his mistress about 3 years ago and she still has not slept with anyone else. Vince and Jackie become friends as she helps him through his divorce ... as she's been there, done that. They decide she needs to have her rebound sex, so she can get on with her life and Vince is going to coach her, as he's already has lots of rebound sex. Along the way, they start to see each other in a different light and begin to fall for each other. The banter between the characters is so realistic ... especially between Vince and his friend Davis. If you are looking for a light romantic comedy with great steamy scenes, then this is the book for you. I can't wait to start the second book in the series "Arm Candy" about Davis. I received an ARC copy courtesy of Random House - Loveswept through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thumb up..
Liinareads More than 1 year ago
Jackie and Vince are best friends and coworkers, who have both gone through a divorce. Vince secretly likes Jackie and when he suggests that he can help her getting back into dating, he hopes to make her see him in a different light. Vince decides to help Jackie to get the mystery man she ogles from the window. Will Vince achieve her goal and get Jackie to see her more as a friend or push her into another man's arms? It was my first book by the author and the first book in the series. I do plan to continue on with the series, because it was a great story to read and I want to know what kind of fun other two books have in store. Both main characters were great and I really liked the friendship they had. All in all it's a solid start to the series and I'd recommend it to all romance readers. 
belllla More than 1 year ago
3.5stars Eye candy is best friends to lovers love story. It is ok story with interesting characters but I expected more. Both Jackie and Vince are hurt from their exes and that is what brought them together. But in between the feelings become deeper and Jackie’s obsession over runner push Vince in to action. But he does it wrong and his good friend Davis help him to find the right way. Of course old insecurities come to life an again they are both feeling betrayed. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
PennieM More than 1 year ago
So much fun and snark in this friends to lover story! Jackie Butler is enamored with the man who runs past her window every morning at the same time. Who is he? What does he do? She knows he lives in her apartment complex and his name from his mailbox but that is all. Vince Carson is the co-VP with Jackie and they have been friends and lately he has been having more than friends feelings. Will his plan to help "coach" Jackie on dating bring them closer or push her to someone else? This story made me laugh and wince for the characters because they were really dumb but that is what happens when you don't talk to each other. I definitely had a great time reading this one and look forward to the next one in this series! **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was good, co workers with baggage hook up. The story getting there a little long. Needed some more excitement throughout the book.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Jackie and Vince serve as Co-Vice Presidents. Where one is weak, the other excels. They are also friends outside of work. Jackie and Vince started as coworkers who commensurated about their failed marriages, but became fast friends. Jackie's ex cheated on her, so she has major trust and self image issues. Vince's wife left him because she felt he couldn't give her the kind of life she wanted after his first business failed. So Vince believes his failures were the cause of his failed marriage. They are comfortable friends who have never crossed the line until.... Jackie watches, who she thinks is the man of her dreams, "Jaundice" run past her office window every day. She's obsessed with him, but won't make a move to get to know him. Vince volunteers to give her lessons in dating/relationships so she can get back in the game. What he didn't expect, was the jealous feelings that suddenly arose. But he stays true to his promise and coaches Jackie in hopes that "Jaundice" falls flat on his face. This was my first Jessica Lemmon novel and I can't wait to read Arm Candy!!! Jackie and Vince were hilarious together, cute too. I also enjoyed their easy banter. Their story was VERY relatable. I can't wait to read Davis' story. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
EYE CANDY is about best friends and coworkers, Vince and Jackie, crossing the line and becoming lovers. This first book in Jessica Lemmon's new series, Real Love, takes us through the highs and lows of falling in love. Again. Because both Vince Carsen and Jackie Butler have been married before and have issues from it. Residual pain, insecurities, and trust issues. Add to it the fear of losing a good friend and of having to deal with the awkwardness in the office if it doesn't work out. Vince has wanted out of the friend zone with Jackie for awhile, but she wasn't ready to date so soon after her painful divorce. When he sees her taking an interest in the Eye Candy that jogs shirtless by her office every morning he realizes he better step up his game and make his move before he misses his chance. Ms. Lemmon deftly shows the joy, the passion, and the anxiousness her characters experience. I love her writing style, because it's just so real. Not only are her stories engaging, she really allows her readers to get to know her characters. What I loved best about Vince and Jackie was their easy friendship. They truly knew each other, which made the banter and quips so funny. I liked how in his typical dude style, Vince calls Jackie, "Butler"... Even when they were having hot, mind-blowing sex. Despite their solid friendship, falling in love is not easy on them. Ms. Lemmon puts them through some paces until they're ready to admit their mutual love and truly commit. 3.5 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
Eye Candy (Real Love) by Jessica Lemmon This is Jackie Butler and Vince Carson’s story. Jackie and Vince work together plus they are good friends. Both have gone through a relationship breakup and their friendship has helped them get through some stuff times. Vince is wanting more than friendship but also doesn’t want to lose their friendship. How is Vince going to get Jackie to give them a chance when she only sees him as a friend and her interest in some eye candy that she sees running by her work windows everyday? This is a friends to lovers romance. At times I wanted to just smack them but once they got their act together they were great. Jackie and Vince’s journey wasn’t easy. It involved humor, tears, hot chemistry, and taking risks. FYI, contains mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Vince is in love with his best friend but has no idea how to tell her, or himself. He knows these feelings are growing for this amazing woman he spends so much time with. They both have been hurt so badly in the past. Together, things are just right. Jacqueline AKA Jackie really does want to have a fling to enjoy. She is still stinging from the hard slap her ex gave her by choosing another woman. With her best friend, she is a confident and fun woman. Where is that confidence when she needs it most? This story has a little bit for everyone. There is humor, hot guys, sexy times, pop culture, movie quotes, and more. Did I mention there is seriously hot men? I love the banter and the friendship portrayed here. What is so excellent for me, is that these two show how much they care, long before we get the words. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.
rlmanuel71 More than 1 year ago
I get giddy when a Jessica Lemmon book lands on my kindle and Eye Candy was no exception to the rule. I absolutely loved this fun and sexy friends to lovers novel, that had me laughing and teary-eyed all in one sitting. Vince and Jackie have been friend, well best friends for the past year. When Vince went through a bitter divorce, Jackie was there to lend a shoulder to cry on and help Vince move on from the disaster that was his ending marriage. The two were Co-VPs together and spent most of their spare time together, watching movies and just being there for each other. So when Jackie starts to show interest in dating – the green eye of jealousy rears its ugly head and Vince all of a sudden realizes that what he really wants is Jackie as more than a best friend. But he has to be smooth about it. So he decides to coach Jackie back into the dating scene , hoping that the time they spend together and him pushing the boundary lines a little further will help Jackie see what’s in front of her instead of what’s been jogging by her window at work. This was a super fun book. The chemistry between Jackie and Vince is through the roof. But so much is at stake and both come from not the best relationships… so could crossing the line be the end all to their friendship and leave them both broken?
MelindaReader More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for friends-to-lovers story, so I jumped at the chance to review Eye Candy. Not only that, but the whole premise of seeing a sexy jogger, at the same time every day, and to drool over him, touched too close to home. I admit to drooling over passerby, but don't tell my hubby. Jessica Lemmon has done it again! She's made me laugh, snort, cry all at the same time. She has such a knack for adding in all those emotions and making you feel a part of the story. The main characters, Jaqueline and Vince are real-life people, who drag me in and I missed them when I finished. I love how Jackie is a go-getter, a professional and confident. Vince is also a go-getter, co-VP of the company, and a great friend. What holds their friendship together is that they were both heartbroken by past marriages, and they become best friends, getting through the trials of divorce. What neither of them expected, or maybe they did, was the need to become more than friends. Once Jackie hooks up with mysterious jogger-man, who Vince lovingly calls Jaundice, Vince realizes he does want a woman in his life and the woman he wants is right in front of him. And let me tell you, it gets HOT! **fans self** Favorite lines: "Lesson number whatever-we're on," I say, my voice tight with lust. "Lingerie is sexy, but you naked is sexier." "Always, Butler. Always say the guy's name. Especially when you come." "Do you prefer Carson? Or Vince?" "I prefer 'Don't ever stop, Vince' as well as 'I've never seen anything so massive in my life.'" That earns me another rich laugh. We're friends. We're lovers. And we're together. What more do I need to know? Eye Candy, without a doubt, deserves a 5 WINK rating! I love to laugh, I love to swear (you know, during those dark moments), I love to read the hot and sexy. Eye Candy makes me want to do all that and more. In fact, so ready to meet Davis, Vince's bestie, in Arm Candy next. I am hooked! https://flirtingwithromance.blogspot.com/2017/08/virtual-tour-eye-candy-by-jessica.html
NadineHunter More than 1 year ago
Oh My I had so much fun reading this book, it had me laughing out loud right from the start. Vince and Jackie are more then just Co-workers they are truly best friends. They tell each other everything (or so they thought), they spend countless nights having dinner or watching a movie, sometimes both, so when Jackie takes notice of another man Vince knows he needs to do something to get Jackie to notice him in that way. I have enjoyed many of Jessica Lemmon's books but I have to say that this one is one of my favorite. This story had me laughing one minute and wiping my tears away the next, it got under my skin and stayed there, it was a great friends-to-lovers story and a wonderful start to the Real Love series. **This is a voluntary review of an Advanced Readers Copy that I received**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eye Candy was a unique and interesting standalone contemporary romance, and I liked reading Vince and Jackie's story. I have read several of Jessica Lemmon's books, and Eye Candy was the first I had read from her that was written in first person POV. I have always enjoyed Ms. Lemmon's writing style and I loved that she wrote Eye Candy from both Vince and Jackie's POV. I really enjoy reading a story from both characters' perspectives, and I love when books are written this way. It's great to see what each of them is thinking and feeling throughout. I enjoyed the storyline and characters, but unfortunately neither met my expectations and I was slightly disappointed. I liked Vince and Jackie and thought they were good characters, but that special spark was missing from the story and their relationship that really made me fall in love with it and them. I liked that they started off as friends and co-workers, but I didn't like how their relationship and situation progressed. I was very annoyed by the conflict and last twenty or so percent of the book, and when it got to the end I was pretty bummed. I had hoped for a better conclusion and maybe an epilogue, but unfortunately that didn't happen. I hate writing negative reviews, and I mean absolutely no offense or disrespect to the author, but I have to be honest about how I felt, and Eye Candy definitely wasn't my favorite Jessica Lemmon novel. I am truly sorry for possibly hurting her feelings. That definitely wasn't my intention. I just want everyone to know that my opinion is only one of many, and not everyone will feel the same as I did. I certainly wouldn't discourage other readers from giving it a try because they might love it, and I wouldn't want them to miss out based on my thoughts and feelings. I didn't enjoy Eye Candy as much as I hoped I would, but I'm definitely looking forward to reading Davis' story in Arm Candy and the rest of the Real Love series! ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
LexyH More than 1 year ago
**4 Stars** This was my first by Jessica Lemmon and I loved it. The whole friends to lovers story gets me every time, but this one had a twist and I loved every second of it. I was hooked from the very beginning and I didn't want it to end. I couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen, I needed to know what was going to happen. I can say it was my first by Jessica Lemmon and it won't be my last, that's for sure. It was light, funny and everything I needed. The story of friends to lovers, had a twist to it this time. Jackie and Vince are also coworkers who say the role of VP at the company they work for. They are both divorced, but have no idea that they are attracted to each other. This makes it comical since Jackie has her eye on the mysterious runner she sees weekly. Watching Jackie and Vince work through finally getting together was cute. It was fun and you felt for them both. You feel the confusion that is going on. You hurt for them both since you want to smack them and be like "hello!" but overall, I loved their story. It was unique to them. The plot twists were awesome and so not expected. I do wish Vince had been a little more honest with Jackie at times, but then the story wouldn't be what it was. I can't wait for more from this series by Jessica Lemmon.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Cute love story as two co-workers fight their growing attraction for each other. Jackie Butler and Vince Carson have both gone through a divorce and have cried on each other’s shoulder while watching movies and crunching popcorn. Both are leery of new relationships based on their past. Vince catches Jackie eyeing a well-built jogger and starts to coach her on ways to attract him and get him to ask her out. Along the way, he becomes jealous of the jogger and can’t understand why he is feeling this way. Then, he realizes that friendship has evolved into love for Jackie and he can’t let the jogger win. Vince ups his game. Thanks Jessica for the ARC of this book. I totally loved the story of Vince and Jackie.
Hershey07 More than 1 year ago
Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon is probably one of my favorite friends to lover’s books! She caught my attention from the very first page. Jacqueline and Vince are not only co-workers but best friends. They spend many nights on the couch together watching movies. Those nights started when Vince was going through his divorce. As they have spent more time together, their feelings get more complicated for each other. Readers are left with the age-old question: can best friends become lovers without their relationship permanently changing? Jackie was attracted to Vince when she first began working in the same firm as him. At the time, he was married and a friendship developed. When Vince and his wife went through a bitter divorce, she was his shoulder to cry on. She knew what it was like because she had divorced several years earlier. I loved the pacing of their romance. It was a slow burn. Lemmon did a great job of helping me understand their confusing feelings for one another after seeing each other in a different light. At times, Jackie thinks she is transferring her attraction to Vince because of her inability to talk to J.T., the hot jogger who runs past her work every day and who lives in her apartment complex. Vince knows he wants Jackie, but I loved getting his POV. I really got to see inside his mind and when his feelings for her changed…when she went from his friend Jackie to Jackie, “the hot girl I’d like to spend time with” (Vince’s words). But, he thinks she doesn’t she him as anything more than her friend. I got to see Jackie’s perspective as well. She would notice he would act different or look at her differently, but she wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. Those things about each character really made me feel connected to them. Not only was this a sweet and sexy book, but it was funny too. Both Vince and Jackie had a great sense of humor. Seriously, Vince’s plan to get her to see him as more than her friend is convincing her not only to date again but to date J.T., the hot jogger. He thinks he can convince her what a jerk he probably is. Sounds like a great plan, right? It might not be the perfect plan, but the set up to this “genius plan” is hilarious. There is so much going on between the pages of this gem of a book. I highly recommend reading it if you love a good rom com with great characters. I bet you will love these two as much as I did! ***Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
Modokker More than 1 year ago
You know the beginning of this book a man runs by Jackie Butler's window and she drools over him. I really thought this book was going to have him as the hero. I was not correct in that thinking. After a couple minutes of disappointment i loved on and enjoyed the rest of the book! Ha! Jackie Butler and Vince Carson are both divorced and co-workers. Jackie thinks they are solidly in the friend zone and she needs a good friend. Vince was in the friend zone but he really wants to move on from that. Getting Jackie there with him in that endeavor is kinda what this book is about. He takes the hard way to get there and there are a ton of bumps along the way. They have their divorce history to deal with and the uncertainty of getting into a serious relationship again and of course trust. This book turned out to be a lot of fun. I really like Vince's friend who is kind of mysterious even though there are mentions of his history i am sensing a story there. Jackie's sister is hilarious and even Vince's crazy neighbor was fun. Great emotional big finish which who doesn't love one of those! Love the characters and the story telling. A solid read!
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC my fair review for netgalley. This book was cute, however at times you wanted to slap them silly. Story is about two friends who are both divorced and have issues that they needed to work on. It is also a friends to lovers story. Jackie is insecure because her husband had cheated on her, and every date she has gone on, has been horrible, so she decides she is no longer going to date. Every morning there is gorgeous male who runs outside of her window at her job, and she makes sure she is looking out of that window, she even sets her alarm. Vince has become attracted to Jackie and would like to become more than friends, but does not have the guts to tell her and feels she needs to go on a date first to give them a chance, so he encourages her to go after that gorgeous guy,even though he hates it. My issue with this book, is that they keep holding on to past hurts, and that sabotages there relationship, and also Vince keeps playing games instead of manning up, that kind of annoyed me, because when Jackie gives in, he is the one holding back. Eventually they figure it out, or atleast that is how it ended. Would like to read what happens with Davis.
Marlene976 More than 1 year ago
My first time reading a book by this author and it won't be my last. I liked Jacqueline, or Butler, from the start and Vince is a hoot. The pace may have been a bit slow and it took a while for me to understand Vince's reasoning for his coaching. However, there were some great scenes and dialogue that helped move the story along and their first time together was super hot. There could have been better communication between them and I found that story came to an abrupt stop.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'EYE CANDY' by Jessica Lemmon is the First book in the New Series "Real Love". This is the story of Jacqueline 'Jackie 'Butler and Vince Carson. This was a cute, sometimes funny friends to lovers romance. Jackie was a divorcee who was helping her friend and coworker Vince help get over his divorce. But Vince would like to take their friendship to the next level with Jackie. Vince knows Jackie has been eyeing a runner that comes by and thinks to have her get back into the dating field maybe with this runner. In addition, most times the people you fantasize about aren't what they turn out to be. So this person could get her feet wet in the dating field again. Then when this person turns out not to be what she wanted, Vince could then swoop in to move forward with his plan to be come a love interest to her. This is my first book by Ms. Lemmon but I who to read more from her and this cute series! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Jackie is joint VP of marketing, a divorcee she has given up on men, except the hunk-a-hunk-a burning love that runs past her office window every day. If she needs to talk to a man she has her joint VP Vince to talk to. Vince is also a divorcee. Over the past year or two he and Jackie have commiserated each other over their divorces and got into the habit of spending the weekends together watching films and eating pizza. It's just that recently Vince has had some VERY friendly thoughts about Jackie but she seems to have friend-zoned him completely. At first Vince encourages Jackie to approach the mystery runner, his man-logic is that if she makes a first dip into the dating pool with a douche like the topless jogger then he will have more of a chance. Unfortunately, his plan seems to have backfired so he decides to 'help' Jackie with her dating of the douche by giving her dating lessons. This was a fun, lighthearted romance. Vince and Jackie have a great friendship but neither of them knows how to turn it into a relationship. They are also both worried that they could ruin a perfect friendship AND their working relationship. Although I know it's the writer's equivalent of clickbait, I am also intrigued by Vince's best friend (who has also had a bad relationship breakup), will he go for the cutesy redheaded bartender or the blonde poker player from work? Can not wait. Recommended for those who like friends to lovers, low-angst second chance romances, and lots and lots of pizza! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
I love a hot steamy romance and this one has all of the earmarks of a yummy read. Thankfully, I was not wrong! Vince is a sweetheart who's good friend happens to be a girl. A girl he wants! But said girl happens to have the hot's for another. Stepping up to coach her sounds like a great idea.... until it's not. With plenty of action, some back and forth antics, steamy scenes, and a delicious hunk of a man, Eye Candy is a fun read that is right up any chick lit lover's alley. This is the first book I have read by Jessica Lemmon and I loved it! Amusing with the right amount of hot love to keep it all sweaty and interesting! * copy rec'd for review purposes
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
A good start to a new series. I've been reading Jessica Lemmon's books for a while now and I've really enjoyed most of them. I have to admit though, that it took me a little bit to get into Eye Candy. I'm guessing the problem was mostly me. Sometimes I pick up a book to read and it's just not the right book for my mood. After I read a couple of chapters I set this one aside for a bit and then picked it up again a couple of weeks later. My second go at the book went much better and I really enjoyed it. It's told in first-person POV, alternating between Jacqueline (Jackie) and Vincent (Vince). These two are co-workers and best friends. Having both gone through a divorce they bonded with each other even though the circumstances of their divorces was different; Jackie's husband cheated on her, Vince's wife just up and left him. At nearly the same time everyday Jessica watches a jogger who is so beautiful to look at that she becomes rather obsessed with him. Vince has begun to have feelings for Jackie and her obsession with the jogger is really getting to him. This is a perfect case of poor communication between the two main characters (MCs). Vince is afraid to let Jackie know that he wants to date her and Jackie doesn't tell him that she's got feelings for him. This story is fairly light-hearted and there are several laugh-out-loud moments. There are also some fairly serious moments when these two finally begin to communicate only to have a complete misunderstanding and a total breakdown in communication. I have to say that I really enjoyed the secondary character of Davis, who is Vince's male best friend. We got enough information in Eye Candy to make me really want to read his story which is coming up in the next book called Arm Candy. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***