Man Candy by Melanie Harlow


Man Candy by Melanie Harlow

Release Date: June 20, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance




He’s back.

Not just back in town, but living in the flat right beneath mine. And he looks good enough to eat, which is just one more reason to stay away from him.

But I can’t resist.

The sex is incredible (pretty sure we’ve shaken the house right off its foundation), but he can’t fool me—not this time. A degree in marketing and five years in advertising have taught me that “true love” is a fairy tale used to sell lipstick, diamonds, and perfume. It doesn’t exist.

He thinks I’m wrong, and he wants to prove it.

I think he’s crazy, so I dare him to try.

It might be the biggest mistake of my life.



“It’s so good to see you, Jaime,” he said. “You look great.”

“You too,” I said before I could stop myself. I didn’t want him to think I still cared—in fact, I wanted him to know I wasn’t fooled by his charm. I wasn’t that silly little girl anymore, the one who’d doodled his

name in her notebooks and blushed when he said hi at school and cried herself to sleep when he asked another girl to his prom. That silly little girl was gone, and in her place was a confident, smart, professional woman who knew her worth and, even better, the truth about love. No more stars in her eyes.

But why did he have to be so hot?

OK, pull yourself together. No drooling.

“I’m so glad this worked out.” Quinn let me go but stood too close, his feet planted wide and his arms crossed over his chest. He wore jeans, a gray knit pullover that hugged his muscular chest and arms, and his feet were bare. His hair was damp and messy on top, just like it had been the last time I’d seen him in person. His full lower lip made me want to bite it. Maybe even draw blood.

“Sorry, I just got out of the shower,” he said sheepishly, ruffling his hair. “Want to come in and catch up? Or maybe go out for a drink? I just need to throw some shoes on.”

“No.” Trying desperately to shove the image of him in the shower from my mind, I elbowed past him and trudged up the stairs. My cheeks were hot, which meant they were probably turning scarlet. They ruined my poker face every time.

“Come on, it’s Friday!”

“I have work to do.” He was naked a few minutes ago. And wet.

“Did you have a bad day?”

“No.” Rivulets of water streaming over those muscles.

“You already have plans tonight?”

“No.” Steam rising as he stroked himself beneath the spray.

“You don’t love me anymore?”

I froze as the shower fantasy exploded into bits, replaced by a humiliation that paralyzed me, one foot on the top step, one hand on the banister. Slowly, I turned my head and glared at him over one shoulder.

Now the grin cocked up on one side. “Because you used to, you know. You told me.”

“You need to forget about that.”

“Have you?”

“Yes,” I snapped. “That was a long time ago. Back when I was young and impressionable and believed in love.”

His brows went up. “You don’t believe in love anymore?”

“Not the romantic kind. That’s a fantasy used to sell things like lipstick and roses and diamonds.”

“Pretty jaded for twenty-seven, aren’t you?”

I resumed heading up the stairs. “I’m not jaded, Quinn. I’m just a realist.” And I’ve been burned before, trusting guys way less attractive than you.

He said nothing more, and I let myself into my flat. As soon as the door was shut behind me, I leaned back against it, exhaling and fanning my face.

He still got to me. That was so aggravating.

I mean, how was I supposed to sleep at night? Quinn Rusek was one fine piece of man candy, and I had a sweet tooth for him that wouldn’t quit.

But he’d made fun of me! Again! A nice guy would have at least pretended not to remember what I’d said. Or maybe apologized for humiliating me. Or not have brought it up at all!

What an asshole.

A hot asshole—the worst kind.

Curse you, Alex, and your generous heart.

And curse you, Quinn, for getting under my skin again. You stay away from me.

But a traitorous little part of me hoped he wouldn’t.

(Bet you can guess which part.)


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Review From Liz

Melanie Harlow has been on my radar for some time now. I have heard great things about her books, but had not had a chance to take one in yet, though they were on my to be read list. Then I came across her upcoming release, Man Candy, and I figured it would be the best book of hers to read. And I am so glad I did.

Man Candy is labeled as both a contemporary romance and a romantic comedy, and I did have many laugh out loud moments. The characters were hilarious and fun to get to know, but Man Candy was also so much more. It was a story of second chances and finding love when you least expect it.

We meet Jaime in the most awkward of moments and get her history with Quinn Rusek. Ten years ago she confessed her love to Quinn and he walked away. During those ten years Jaime became a strong, independent, if a little jaded, woman. She is too busy living life her way and keeping love at bay. Love does not exist anyway, so why not have fun in no strings attached relationships. Who has the time and energy for anything else?

Quinn on the other hand has spent the last ten years away from home, earning a good living but not really finding a focus or meaning in his life. He decides to come home and start planning for his future with a fresh start. He stills remembers Jaime and her confession, but though the timing may not have been right ten years ago, it may be just right now.

Only the Jaime he meets today is, at times the same feisty girl he remembers, she is also a new, cool, detached woman he is getting to know and understand. Though she does not want any type of serious relationship, she is all in for some fun. But is that enough for Quinn? He decides to show her love does exist, if you give a chance. Dares her to believe. But will she believe in time?

So begins the heartwarming, make you laugh out loud, raise your hands up in frustration story of Man Candy. I found this story so tender and sweet at times and so frustrating at others, but it is what made it a great story. We follow Quinn and Jaime as they spend time together and he begins to break down her walls. It was a journey of love, understanding, trust and a bit of frustration. It was nice to have a book that allowed for a realistic progression of a new relationship that is finding its way.

I really liked Quinn. He was so sweet and patient with Jaime. Though he may not have liked all the rules Jaime places around her heart, he knew the only way to show her a different path was to put himself out there for her. And he does. He challenges her in ways she never expected.

Jaime on the other hand was strong and independent, but so afraid to let herself just live. She fought her desires, wants and need so much and was torn up in knots most of the time. It was nice to see her progress, even if at times you wanted to shake her in frustration.

I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by this author.

I give Candy Man by Melanie Harlow 4 stars!


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About the Author:

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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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