Man Candy: A Real Love Novel

Man Candy: A Real Love Novel

by Jessica Lemmon

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Man Candy: A Real Love Novel by Jessica Lemmon

Is there room for two in that sleeping bag? When it comes to love, a chiseled loner takes the scenic route in this irresistible standalone from the author of Eye Candy (“Truly the perfect romantic comedy.”—Lauren Layne).

Dax: After spending months buried up to my eyeballs in my family’s affairs, I’m ready for a break. The kind of break where I can spend two solid weeks camping and fishing in the company of absolutely no one. Then I find myself directly in the path of a drop-dead gorgeous tornado by the name of Becca Stone. Who can resist a night with a damsel in distress? Especially when she happens to be a leggy blonde? The last thing I expect is for Becca to show up on my cabin doorstep the next night, shivering in the rain and ready for seconds.

Becca: One minute I’m admiring the rock-hard jaw of the Magic Mike lookalike who walks into my bar, and the next I’m getting fired by my own brother. Loudly. In front of everyone. Luckily Dax Vaughn is a gentleman who aims his white-hot smile at me. Oh, it’s on. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Then a torrential storm washes out the main road and causes a massive power outage, giving us two whole weeks to enjoy each other’s company. At which point Dax will go back home, leaving “us” in the rearview mirror. That’s the plan. Or it was . . . until I started falling for him.

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 Man Candy

“Becca and Dax’s instant chemistry is enhanced by their growing emotional bond. Readers will want more of this charming couple.”Publishers Weekly

“A sexy one-night stand turns deep and you can’t help being drawn right in with these fabulous characters.”USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader

“Explosive chemistry, real characters, and a lot of heart—Man Candy gave me all the feels!”USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy

“Seriously, who wouldn’t want to be rained in a mountain cabin with a sexy, gorgeous, sex god? . . . This is my ideal vacation and I loved it.”—Smitten with Reading

“I adored this read and couldn’t put it down.”—Books According to Abby

This standalone novel includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101969397
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Series: Real Love , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 12,559
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

Becca
Friday night

“You are fired!” My brother’s neck is beet red, his nostrils flared. He’s the picture of incensed at the moment. But. He loves me. I excel at finding Tad’s heart.

“The traffic on the way in—” I start.

“I’m not joking, Becca.” His eyebrows go higher, his mouth half open for a beat before he finishes his thought. “I can’t deal with this right now.”

I’m at the entrance of Grand Lark Retreat, where the unmanned front desk sits empty but the bar-slash-restaurant beyond holds a total of seven human beings—including the staff: my brother and Dominic, who’s busy holding up a wall.

Every pair of eyes is on me, but I walk in, head held high after being called out in the least subtle way ever.

“Can’t deal with what?” I ask Tad when I reach the far, unpopulated end of the bar. “This rush you and Dominic can’t handle without me?” I rest my bag on an empty barstool and swipe my hands over my soaking-wet arms. “I swam here. It took extra time. Sue me.”

“I’m not suing you, Bec.” He washes a glass in the angriest way possible. “I’m firing you.” He dries it in the same manner.

I flick my eyes around the room. A couple sits at the bar, ignoring my drama. An older guy occupies a booth in the corner, also ignoring me. The single woman at the bar watches me unabashedly and I pull my eyes from her judgy ones and reroute to the only patron left—an incredibly attractive guy who narrows his focus on me before returning it to the screen of his phone.

I have a whole-body oomph like someone knocked the wind out of me. My gaze snags on his broad shoulders and square jaw a little longer than appropriate before I force myself to deal with my brother.

“You don’t want to fire me. You need me!” I try grinning. Tad glares.

“You were supposed to be here twenty minutes ago.” He snaps his arm straight and points at the office where our shared desk sits. “Any phone calls that come in are supposed to be answered by you. Not by me. Not by Dominic. That’s why I pay you.”

“Which I totally appreciate and need,” I chime. My brother is a taller, angrier version of me. Darker blond hair that’s much, much shorter than my own. Flat line of a mouth where I mostly show off my smile. I’m chipper; he’s more of a wood chipper.

Grand Lark Retreat’s phones weren’t exactly ringing off the hook until recently. Forest fires damaged a portion of Gatlinburg’s rental properties, which made vacationers venture away from the familiar and give us smaller outfits a try. We’re grateful for the bump in popularity, but we all wish it hadn’t come as a result of someone else’s nightmare come true.

“I grabbed the phone a few times. It was no big deal,” Dominic mutters in the soft-spoken way he has. He pushes off the wall where he was leaning. He’s been my brother’s best friend for most of my life, so I know him well.
“Hey, Bec.” He shoves his hands in his pockets.

“Hi, Dom. I appreciate it.”

“Regardless.” Tad marches out from behind the bar and I follow. He clears off an empty table with angry, jerky motions and then points at me with a spoon and a fork. “It’s not like this is your first warning.”

I wince because it’s totally not my first warning. It’s not my second either. It’s not even my third. I know. I know. But believe me when I say I’m doing my best.

I came back to Tennessee to lay low for a while. My brother and his wife (and my two adorable, angelic nieces) were nice enough to let me move in while I figure a few things out and save some money. I’ve been doing the latter—not so much the former. It’s been more fun lately not figuring things out. Letting myself blow in the breeze. Go where the wind takes me . . .

Tad delivers a bottle of beer to the guy in the corner booth and I smile sweetly at him. He grimaces. Does everyone on the planet think I’m a screwup?

“Tad—”

“Not now, Becca.”

With a sigh, I head back in the direction of the office, only to become distracted by the Magic Mike look-alike hunkered over my brother’s bar. I should grab my bag, walk directly to the office, and start returning emails. Instead I grab a discarded towel and surreptitiously check him out while pretending to wipe down the barstools.
At second sight, I reconsider the Magic Mike comparison. He’s not quite pretty enough to be a stripper. He’s rugged. Has a presence. Everything around him suggests he’s not only strong but also warm. Kind.

I pull in a deep breath as I consider that tantalizing possibility. Kindness is a dwindling resource. Sure, Dominic is nice to me, but he has to be. He’s known me forever.

Tad, on the other hand, has been so short fused lately that “kind” isn’t in his vocabulary. I suppose that’s deserved. I’m not exactly a shining example of a woman who has her life figured out. I truly have been trying, but I don’t fit into his mold . . . or any.

It’s still not a good reason to fire me.

I’ll talk him out of it.

I wiggle my shoulders and straighten my spine. No one is better at faking it until making it than I am . . . even if I haven’t “made it” anywhere yet.

I wipe the seat of a barstool and peek through my lashes at the stranger at the bar. I wonder where he’s from. No wedding band on his left finger. His attention has been glued to his phone, so other than the brief glance at me a few minutes ago, his head’s been down.

A loud laugh burbles out of a drunk-and-getting-drunker woman at the bar, and the stranger’s eyebrows crash down over a strong nose as he drags his eyes up at the sound. Strong nose below a strong brow and a firm jaw to match.

Holy . . .

He’s freakin’ hot.

I move toward him a few steps and polish the shiny wood of the bar and take him in below the neck. He’s less Magic Mike there, more lumberjack. An absolute hulk of a guy. I’m hovering around five feet nine inches, so I’m not impressed by merely tall.

But this guy? His width is as impressive as his height. Round, strong shoulders testing the seams in his T-shirt. Back bent, his phone dwarfed in one large hand. He’s almost slouching but there’s nothing weak about his posture. His back is as wide and sturdy as a support beam.

I work in the office most of the time, but I take breaks and wander out here to people-watch. I’ve witnessed plenty of guys checking their phones at this bar. Some of them have been attractive guys—but no one has ever snagged my unwavering attention. Not until tonight.

What gives?

I’m not lonely. Not desperate. I don’t make a habit of approaching men I don’t know in bars. And yet that’s exactly where my mind goes. Approaching him. Finding out how his jeans became ragged at the bottoms and worn at his heavy thighs. Finding out if he owns a motorcycle. He’s wearing a pair of motorcycle boots with buckles on the sides, one foot on the floor, the other hooked by the heel on the lower rung of the stool.

I automatically cast my eyes to the parking area out front. Only two trucks and a Jeep sit in the lot. No bike. That’s his Jeep, I’d bet. It’s deep gray, hardtop attached to thwart the never-ending rain. I imagine him in it. It suits him, top on or off. My imagination supplies a visual of him with his top off and that’s even better. In the sun or the rain. Oh, the rain.

My teeth stab my bottom lip as the images come without my trying—a welcome reprieve from the here and now.
The stranger. The rain. His shirt’s off as he twists the bolts off a flat tire. I’m about to cast myself as a passerby who’s going to offer help when my brother’s voice crashes into my awareness like thunder.

“Becca!”

I jerk out of my fantasy to find the stranger looking right at me. He meets my gaze and holds it, and heat licks up my thighs and teases there so intensely, I almost forget why Tad is pissed at me.
 

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Man Candy: A Real Love Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
D-does-reviews 11 months ago
This book is awesome! Dax and Becca are great characters with combustible sexual chemistry that’s super sexy and so HOT it’s a wonder reading about it didn’t melt my Kindle. What starts out as a sexy but superficial one night stand becomes a week long vacation adventure that turns into so much more than just sex. I love reading the story from both characters’ point of view because I’m always fascinated by how differently men and women approach a relationship, especially when neither person knows how the other person really feels. Dax is a what-you-see-is-what-you- get kind of guy, but Becca has all kinds of idiosyncrasies that keep Dax and the reader off balance through much of the story. I guarantee you won’t be able to put this book down until you know how it ends and I can’t wait to read the first two books in the series because this one was so enjoyable. I read a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I had almost every emotion reading this book. Well done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read!
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #3, in the Real Love series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to have a better understanding of the series, I recommend reading this series in order. Becca walks in to work and has a few surprises right away. One of them being a new hottie she had never seen around here. He makes her tingle and she wants to let him know she has her eye on him before he can get away. Dax has taken a time out. It all built up until it was too much. Then he meets someone who is not only worth his time, but really finds him worth it. Can they get their timing right and meet one another in the middle? Such a sexy story with the heat building almost from the very first page. With each spark flying, there is character development, sizzling personalities, and much more. I found that this was a great installment to the series also. Maybe we will get lucky and this one will make it to the big screen? ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #3, in the Real Love series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to have a better understanding of the series, I recommend reading this series in order. Becca walks in to work and has a few surprises right away. One of them being a new hottie she had never seen around here. He makes her tingle and she wants to let him know she has her eye on him before he can get away. Dax has taken a time out. It all built up until it was too much. Then he meets someone who is not only worth his time, but really finds him worth it. Can they get their timing right and meet one another in the middle? Such a sexy story with the heat building almost from the very first page. With each spark flying, there is character development, sizzling personalities, and much more. I found that this was a great installment to the series also. Maybe we will get lucky and this one will make it to the big screen? ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #3, in the Real Love series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to have a better understanding of the series, I recommend reading this series in order. Becca walks in to work and has a few surprises right away. One of them being a new hottie she had never seen around here. He makes her tingle and she wants to let him know she has her eye on him before he can get away. Dax has taken a time out. It all built up until it was too much. Then he meets someone who is not only worth his time, but really finds him worth it. Can they get their timing right and meet one another in the middle? Such a sexy story with the heat building almost from the very first page. With each spark flying, there is character development, sizzling personalities, and much more. I found that this was a great installment to the series also. Maybe we will get lucky and this one will make it to the big screen? ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #3, in the Real Love series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to have a better understanding of the series, I recommend reading this series in order. Becca walks in to work and has a few surprises right away. One of them being a new hottie she had never seen around here. He makes her tingle and she wants to let him know she has her eye on him before he can get away. Dax has taken a time out. It all built up until it was too much. Then he meets someone who is not only worth his time, but really finds him worth it. Can they get their timing right and meet one another in the middle? Such a sexy story with the heat building almost from the very first page. With each spark flying, there is character development, sizzling personalities, and much more. I found that this was a great installment to the series also. Maybe we will get lucky and this one will make it to the big screen? ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #3, in the Real Love series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to have a better understanding of the series, I recommend reading this series in order. Becca walks in to work and has a few surprises right away. One of them being a new hottie she had never seen around here. He makes her tingle and she wants to let him know she has her eye on him before he can get away. Dax has taken a time out. It all built up until it was too much. Then he meets someone who is not only worth his time, but really finds him worth it. Can they get their timing right and meet one another in the middle? Such a sexy story with the heat building almost from the very first page. With each spark flying, there is character development, sizzling personalities, and much more. I found that this was a great installment to the series also. Maybe we will get lucky and this one will make it to the big screen? ***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
I loved the HEA for this one. Man Candy is a great addition to Jessica Lemmon's Real Love series. Written in first person, alternating between Becca and Dax, Man Candy is a story of a man on vacation to get away from the stress of everyday life and a woman who never stays too long in one place. Becca is working for her brother at Grand Lark Retreat, the vacation property with several cabins that he owns. Becca has done a little bit of everything and doesn't seem to stay in one place for very long. She's looking for something but isn't quite sure what that is. Dax is a "Magic Mike" type hunk who comes to stay in a cabin at Grand Lark. The minute Becca sees him she knows that she wants to get to know him. Dax was burned by his ex; she left him abruptly after being together for 2 years. He's not interested in anything serious. Becca and Dax agree to have a vacation fling while he is staying at Grand Lark. As one could easily guess the vacation fling turns into something more – except neither of them will admit that to the other. This story has lots of feels to it. Becca and Dax are so happy together during his time at Grand Lark and their sexy time is smoking hot. I was rooting for the two of them the whole time. While I was confident that they would get their HEA Jessica Lemmon sure didn't make it easy on them or this reader. I was crying big fat happy tears by the time I got to the end of this story. This book can easily be read as a standalone but characters from previous books in the series have cameo roles and a secondary character in this book will be the featured character in book 4, Rumor Has It. 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***
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year ago
Humorous, captivating, and wonderfully provocative! Man Candy is a smoldering, sultry tale that takes us into the lives of two main characters. Dax, a handsome businessman hoping a little alone time will help him regroup and focus after the loss of his father, and Becca a spunky, young woman who always seems to be running a little late and never seems to live up to her family’s expectations. The writing is witty and light. The characters are charismatic, relatable, supportive, and endearing. And the plot is an enticing mix of instant attraction, steamy chemistry, familial drama, playful banter, and heartfelt moments. Man Candy is the third book in the "Real Love" series, and once again Lemmon has written a novel that has all the swoon-worthy elements you look for in a lighthearted romance, sexy characters, a charming storyline, lots of heart, and a happy-ever-after ending that will make you smile.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Becca has been skirting life’s coat tails for a while, trying to find a career that she would actually feel passionate about. Landing back at her family’s camp and having her brother as a boss wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Dax needs a break from the fast paced exuctive life style. His restaurants are a booming success and he just wants to get away from it all. He never expected to find a gorgeous blond that would rock his world. Lemmon rocks creating strong character connections, pulling the sexual tension tighter than a bow string and making it all heartfelt from the start. I received this ARC copy of Man Candy from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept. This is my honest and voluntary review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 STARS! One night of sexy passion was all it was supposed to be ... until they both wanted more! We're quick to jump into action at the beginning of this story as the characters meet and have instant attraction, but I felt some substance was missing. The old gang from the previous books in the series popped up very little, so that old friendly banter that we knew and loved just wasn't there nearly enough. An enjoyable read for sure ... but not my favorite of the series. Becca Stone just simply isn't going to put up with her brother firing her in front of the customer's at the bar ... especially when one of them is smoking hot! He'll forgive her for being late ... he has to, he always does! Until then, she'll distract herself having a little fun with the sexy newcomer! Dax Vaughn is just passing through, but he's willing to have the night of fun the wildcat from the bar offers up ... only when morning comes, he wishes she'd stay around for awhile! When he gets more than he bargained for when the road washes out and strands her in his cabin, good times are had by all ... but he might just be falling for her harder than she is for him!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
What a delightful romance! I was hooked from the start, with Becca and Dax’s sizzling chemistry soon becoming something much richer and thoroughly rewarding. There are elements of a forced proximity trope as after their first night together the continuing rainstorm leaves Becca with a limited choice of locales to hunker down. Choosing Dax’s cabin in hopes he’ll want a repeat turns out to be the best choice possible, though it also makes her a little bit terrified at how well they get along. Dax gets high marks and top-shelf space in the book boyfriend department for being firm on having full consent from Becca before they spend some sexy time together (and checking in with her more than once). He’s generous, he’s kind, he’s thoughtful, and he’s got her back from the very start. He can see that she’s been given short shrift by her brother and that with a little encouragement she will find what she’s seeking. While he wants her to ultimately choose him as part of her future, he’s ready to give her the space to make up her own mind. I might have fallen a little bit in love with him myself. Becca is a spirited, fun and friendly woman but she has her hangups. She’s so used to being the screw up in the family that she’s surprised and not sure what to make of Dax’s support for her. When she cooks something utterly scrumptious for one of their dinners, Dax surprises her by offering to buy the recipe for his bar. Having never entertained the thought of cooking as a possible livelihood, she’s flattered and then inspired to create more recipes. Dax gives her the confidence to try new things, with the assurance that he’ll be there to catch her if she falls – but she has to be willing to let go and trust he’ll catch her. The story moves along smoothly and though there are the inevitable ups and downs, (and a few tears), the happy ending is thoroughly satisfying. If you’re looking for a sexy, heartwarming romance with genuine characters, this one should definitely be on your list.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon is book Three in the "Real Love" series. This is the story of Dax Vaughn and Becca Stone. I have read the previous books, but feel this can be a standalone book if you choose to do so. Dax has plans to go off on his own for a few weeks to just take a break from the lost of his father and the stress that it played on the family. But what he ends up doing is finding something so much more. Becca ends up in Dax's path when she publicly gets fired by her brother and then later again when a story comes through. They start off looking for one night together, but after being thrown together again they end up finding more like a lifetime together. Really have enjoyed this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific read with a truly swoon worthy hero. Some very hot scenes with very sweet and romantic ones as well. Another hit from Jessic Lemmon.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Jessica Lemmon continues her Real Love series with this tale of gorgeous and easy going bar owner Dax Vaughn and witty adventurer Becca Stone. Dax is looking for some time alone in the mountains following his father’s death, but on his first night at Grand Lark Retreat he meets the quirky, fun and caring Becca who got fired in front of everyone by her brother. Leave it to Dax to cheer her up and after a scorching night together, they don’t expect to see each other… much. Due to a torrential downpour though they’re practically trapped together and their one night stand turns into intimate conversations accompanied by delicious meals Dax wants to buy from her for his bars, hikes and camping for two. But Dax’’s vacation has an end date on which he’ll go back home. Wanting to have more with her even knowing she’s not one to put down roots he offers Becca a job, leaving her to decide if she’ll willing to overcome her fear of commitment. Dax and Becca are striking character types. They’re both strong, independent and down to earth, easily relateable and wholly congruent with the series title “Real Love.” Sparks fly between these two lonely souls within the first few pages, but their emotional bond grows throughout the story. I loved hanging out with them while they hung out. Dax is an irresistible alpha male hero who’s made my book boyfriend list. He was sexy, sweet, thoughtful, commanding, deliciously persuasive, understanding and encouraging. Surrounding the central couple, Lemmon creates interesting secondary characters that help explain Becca’s resistance to commitment and for those of us who’ve read the earlier books in the series can catch up with the previous characters. All in all, this is sweet, charming and sexy tale the Lemmondops and contemporary romance lovers alike will enjoy. Man Candy is book #3 of the Real Love series by Jessica Lemmon. It is standalone romantic comedy. Told from both points of view and has a happy ending.
nku More than 1 year ago
Man Candy (Real Love, #3) by Jessica Lemmon This is the third book in the Real Love series ..I loved EYE CANDY and ARM CANDY ...and wow did I ever love the HOT, SEXY love story of Dax and Becca...a one night stand turned into a two week stand ...and after all the feels ...laughs and some tears a HEA.. I was lucky to read this book on #NetGalley and I recommend it and the first two. Can't wait for more from Jessica Lemmon.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC at no cost to author on behalf of netgalley. This is a part of a series, but can be read as standalone. What starts of as one night stand becomes a 2 week affair. These two are going thru some situations in life, that being around each other help navigate..not my favorite of the three, but not a 2 star.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
This was cute and fun! It's a sweet and sexy romance with a bit of humor. I really enjoy Jessica Lemmon's humor, and her characters are always interesting. I really liked the setting, and the scenario of being sort of trapped in the wilderness. This story is quick to the hot stuff, and a bit slower to the feelings aspect of romance. Becca is a bit of a free spirit, who doesn't quite know who she is, or what she wants in life. She's currently working at her brother's lodge resort, but they have some sibling issues, so it's not exactly ideal. Becca sees a hottie at the bar, Dax, and they immediately get to groovin'. Dax has some stresses in his life, and wanted to get away for a couple of weeks, so he decided to stay at the lodge and just be by himself, but when sexy Becca picks him up, he can't resist. These two have lots of sexy times, and both think they'll be fine to go their separate ways when Dax returns home, but keeping feelings out of a sexual relationship is difficult. I liked Becca and Dax, and they are adorable together. Becca's indecision is really annoying though, and I wanted Dax to be a little more alpha, but I still enjoyed their connection. Entertaining, unique romance! Look forward to more from Jessica Lemmon!
carvanz More than 1 year ago
For years Becca has traveled from place to place, searching for that special something that will fit her. A job, a location…something. She doesn’t do relationships. She’s a one night stand girl and it’s more likely she’s the heartbreaker rather than the one to get her heart broken. Dax has had a rough few years and it’s time for a vacation. In the Tennessee wilderness he meets Becca and they embark on a one night stand that turns into a two week stand. He’s been hurt before but I was glad to see he still opened himself up to Becca despite the fact that their future was time stamped. I enjoyed this story. The characters were real and the writing was well paced. Becca’s struggle was a bit harder to accept when it came down to accepting Dax’s proposition. I just didn’t understand her decision. The epilogue was very nice and it gives clue as to what may be the next book. This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and Random House Publishing – Loveswept. Dual POV No ow/om drama No apparent triggers
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
Dax Vaughn needs a break from his life. His father recently passed away and he has been stopping his life to take care of his mother. Now he just needs some quite time and has rented a cabin at Grand Lark Retreat in Tennessee for two weeks. On the day Dax arrives, he stops at the bar/restaurant on the property and is immediately taken by the bartender/waitress who just showed up and getting chewed out by her boss. Becca Stone has been wandering through life aimlessly. She is not sure what she wants to do in her and has tried multiple jobs. Now she's back in her hometown, living and working for her brother, Tad. Tad is beyond irritated with his little sister and just wants her to grow up. After Tad "fires" Becca yet again at the bar, she decides she is going to check out the hot guy sitting by himself. Maybe she find a quick one-night stand. Things escalate pretty quickly between Dax and Becca and what was suppose to be only one night is quickly turning into more. Neither of these two expected the explosion that happened when they hooked up but neither of them can deny it. Dax thinks he may have actually found someone he could have something real with.....too bad Becca is used to just running away when things get good. It was great watching the relationship between Dax and Becca play out. It was a tough rough road, mostly for Becca but it was sure worth it in the end. Their happy ending was just perfect! I really love this series. If you are looking for some fun, enjoyable, hot stories, give this series a try!
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I would give this 3 1/2 stars. This is my first Jessica Lemmon book and I would definitely read the other 2 in this series as this was a fast, fun, witty and sexy read and I did enjoy it. Dax & Becca had great chemistry and I was rooting for them the whole time. I love a book that can make me swoon and laugh in the span of a few pages and this book definitely does just that.
Pinky1979 Reviews More than 1 year ago
"Man Candy" appears to be the third and last book in Jessica Lemmon's a Real Love series and I sincerely hope that it isn't. I cannot continue writing this review without first talking at length about its cover. Ever since I first saw the cover a couple of months ago I have been checking it out from time to time. There are many delicious romance covers but something about this one really drew me in. It's not only the super hot model, but also its bright and sunny look. The model, though, is very very appealing ;) Now back to the contents. Those of you who have been following the series know Dax as Grace's hot boss. He always struck me as the brooding, sexy type. Dax is definitely a man of few words. But the words that he does use are enough to leave you breathless and maybe a little jealous of not being the recipient. Dax Vaughn needs a vacation. After loosing his father, he has been taking care of his mother. Making sure that she is taken care of and doesn't feel the loss of her husband. But he misses his father desperately and believes that a little outdoor vacation filled with all their father-son activities will help him recuperate. What he didn't expect was to meet a sassy, leggy blonde who can not only dance, cook and burn the sheets, but who has also made him laugh again. What starts off as a hot one-night-stand soon turns into two nights and more. But will their little holiday fling turn into something more? Becca Stone has never been able to commit to anything. She has moved across the country trying different jobs hoping to find her passion. Her relationships haven't been any different. She has never stuck around long enough to see where a one-night-stand will lead. Honestly, she hasn't had the will to. Until she meets the Magic Mike look-a-like at the bar of the resort where she works. No one has ever believed in her as Dax does and she quickly finds herself addicted to him. Is she ready to take the leap and finally go after something that she wants? A sweet romance about not only finding love and passion, but also finding your goals and dreams. I got a feeling that maybe Barrett, Dax's best friend, will get his story. Or maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part! A steamy romance that will surely warm you up on a cold winter night ;) Not all those who wander are lost. Thank you Netgalley and Random House Publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
belllla More than 1 year ago
When Dax was mentioned in the previous book I must say I was intrigued to see what will happen to him and was expected some great story. Anddd I was completely disappointed. All there is to the story is sex (which BTW is hot and well written), some cooking and talking between Dax and Becca. In all the conversations they have we discover just glimpse of Becca a lot of question remained unanswered and a little bit more than a glimpse of Dax. I miss the quality of the story and something that blows me away while reading and this book did not deliver. Where is the humor side in this book I don't remember that I smiled, not even once. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars I really liked Dax. He's great book boyfriend material. One of the things that stood out the most to me is his faith in Becca when she doesn't have much in herself. Also how he stands up for her. This was a fast read for me. I enjoyed this one, but it's not my favorite in the series. I couldn't get emotionally invested in the characters as I did the other books. I did love the epilogue. It left me hoping Barrett gets a book because I'm intrigued by what his story could be.