I Want Candy: A Novel

I Want Candy: A Novel

by Susan Donovan
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I Want Candy: A Novel by Susan Donovan

I Want Candy

Susan Donovan

Candace Carmichael was just getting used to the lavish life when everything went sour. Now the down-on-her-luck real estate agent is back in Bigler, North Carolina, jobless and illegally rooming with her her mother in a swank retirement community. All this makes her wonder why she ever considered her BFF Cheri's invitation to move back home. Life in this small mountain town may not be as glamorous as the one she had in Tampa, but she knows a girl can't be too choosy in this market. Besides, everyone's happy to welcome Candy back—especially one handsome widower named Turner…

Turner has grown up to be one fine-looking piece of man candy—and looks even tastier in his sheriff's uniform. Maybe that's why she couldn't resist kissing him when he pulled her over for a traffic violation. Even if a relationship was part of Candy's business plan, Turner would be off limits—he still wears his wedding ring, four years after his wife died. If falling in love too fast is a crime, Candy is soon guilty as charged and ready to be fingerprinted. But is she ready to lock away her dreams and hand Turner the keys to her heart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466801400
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 136,637
File size: 360 KB

About the Author

SUSAN DONOVAN's novels have won accolades for being witty, sexy, and entertaining—"brain candy for smart women," as she puts it. Susan is a former newspaper journalist with degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a reporter in Chicago, Albuquerque, and Indianapolis. Her other jobs have included fine arts fundraiser, freelance journalist, painted furniture artist, horse stall mucker, proposal writer, and aide to a U.S. Senator. Susan lives in rural Maryland with her family and dogs.


Susan Donovan's novels are witty, sexy, and entertaining--"brain candy for smart women," as she puts it. Her books include Not That Kind of Girl, The Night She Got Lucky, and Ain't Too Proud to Beg. Susan is a former newspaper journalist with degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a reporter in Chicago, Albuquerque, and Indianapolis. Her other jobs have included fine arts fundraiser, freelance journalist, painted furniture artist, horse stall mucker, proposal writer, and aide to a U.S. Senator. Susan lives in rural Maryland with her family and dogs.

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I Want Candy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
I Want Candy by Susan Donovan delivers another laugh out loud and sexy read. Candace Carmichael’s live imploded and she is back in her hometown of Bigler, NC. Candy and her BFF Cheri Newberry headed back home, flat broke and at their wits end. Cheri has found love and a new career but Candy can’t seem to find that silver lining for herself. To make matters worse she is illegal living with her mother at the local senior center. The first bright spot is her searing kiss with former crush Sheriff Turner Halliday. Turner gets her heart racing and turns her bones to mush but can Candy risk her heart when she isn’t planning on staying in Bigler long. Sheriff Turner Halliday is happy with his work and his circle of friends. He swore he wouldn’t risk his heart again after the senseless death of his wife and unborn child. Turner build those walls high around his heart. Candy’s kiss has those walls crumbling faster then Turners heart can keep up with them. When Candy inadvertently gets caught in the middle with some dangerous characters Turner will risk it all to be able this time to save the woman that he loves. I Want Candy is an absolute gem. You will laugh, cry and sigh. The full gambit of emotions will tug at your heart and not let go. It was a joy to revisit former characters in small town Bigler, NC. Susan Donovan is a must buy for me.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
The last place you want to be when your life is a complete train wreck is back home where nothing but misery surrounds you. For Candace Carmichael that is the only place she has left since everything she ever possessed, and there was allot of possessions involved are gone in the housing crisis. Candy and her friend Cheri did come home and things went well for Cheri and Candy wants that but does not expect it. All Candy has ever known in this town is misery and defeat and right now nothing is looking much different, well nothing but Tucker Halliday. Tucker is the one thing Candy never expected to walk back into her life and her not want them to walk away. He is all in her face and hotter than a fire cracker in his sherriff uniform making Candy reconsider allot of her prior opinions about him. That man turned out really fine and while Candy saw them as friends before, now she sees a whole other Tucker she wants to investigate. Being penniless has her bouncing from one ridiculous housing situation to the next but Tucker is always there ready to give her room and board. Tucker has always made room in his life for Candy and truly believes she is the one person that can free his heart to love again. With Tucker fighting to keep the meth out of town and control his raging obsession with Candy his hands are literally full. Candy always was a delightful surprise he wanted to keep unwrapping and now that she is back in town he hopes to create a recipe for keeping her there. What Candy does know is when the future is leaving a bad taste in your mouth you need to make your own icing for the cake. Susan Donovan is incapable of writing anything else that the perfect story of love with a dash of mystery. She has proven again with this book that if your write it, every reader will want to read it over and over again.
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Good story. Mild profanity. Great characters. The story was captivating until the end.
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Pads in yawning. Sorry i havnt been on ther was a big dance recital and my mom made me practice when i wasnt practicing piono or finishing my library books off. So i saw something about kits below me. Whos are they?
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Book blog Reviewed By~Marissa Reveiw Copy Provided By~the Publisher I Want Candy is one of those “going home” books. You know, girl goes through a rough patch (like losing her business, her house, her expensive jewelry and her expensive car) and tucks her tail to return to the hometown she swore she’d never see again. Then she runs into an old classmate/friend and things heat up. What I don’t understand about these books (and others) is how two people can be just good buddies and in one fell swoop decide they love each other. Perhaps because it’s never happened to me… *sigh* Yes, there are a few old classmates I wouldn’t mind running into and find that we should have gotten better acquainted in high school, but I have my doubts as to the reality of one kiss being a deciding factor as to any relationship. That aside, I Want Candy is an enjoyable read. It is what I call a light read. There is no heavy mystery to solve, no bad-guy to run from (or chase), no horrifying childhood trauma from which to recover. Well, there is one childhood trauma but it is dealt with smoothly and without over-dramafying. (Yes, that’s a word. I just made it up.) The scene is built up during the book so it does not come as a blow, and it does not weigh you down with sadness or grief. In fact, it’s over with fairly quickly and the author gets on with the real story – bringing Candy and Turner together for a happy ending. I appreciate Susan Donovan’s writing and can always depend on her for a nice, even, romantic read. Her writing flows and is untarnished by heavy, harrowing plots. Not that there is anything wrong with those (I read them all the time) but when I want to read a nice HEA, I know Donovan will deliver.
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*He looks through Goldenclaw and walks away*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of susan donovan's books and this one did not let me down. It was sexy and funny and the characters were fun to get to know. I highly recommend this book.
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Fun, light read. Loved the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read most of Ms. Donovan novels. This one was pretty good. It was better than it's prequel Cheri On Top. One issue that I have is that she left fat man free(mr. miller) so the drug ring could still flourish but there could be a third book with Dante and Tanyalee. Secondly, I thought it was cliche the that Candy was a blonde and guy of mixed race would of course like booby blonde. I just imagine her as a red head or brunnette. If you are looking for weekend read this is perfect
CJ84CJ More than 1 year ago
I would like to preface this by stating that I am in no way accusing the author or the publishers of anything, but... as a black women I was very uncomfortable with the fact that the cover of this book featured a Caucasian man when the main character was in fact a Black man. I did love the story and I have all of Ms. Donovan's books, but this choice of covers will make me reconsider purchasing her books in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can I join Im a white she kit with little cany corns on my fur