Candy G.

Title : Candy G
Author: C. Zampa
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover artist: Catt Ford
Buy Link: Buy Link Candy G.
Genre: mm romance/mystery/suspense
Length: Novella, 210 PDF pages
Rating : 3.5 out of 5

A guest review by Sirius

Summary: A hot romance with a silly plot, which tries to be a mystery but is not quite there in my opinion

Blurb:

What kind of man drives a bulletproof Mercedes and carries a high-powered pistol in the glove compartment along with his boyhood teddy bear? Candy G does, that’s who. Once the exclusive attorney for the most powerful drug lord in San Antonio, he turned his back on Teirso Flores and walked away. But at what price?

Moving on with his life despite the threat of Teirso’s revenge, Candy meets gorgeous, streetwise Carlos Alvarez, and thus begins a passionate love affair rife with danger, secrets, and specters from the past that just won’t let go. When truths are revealed, will the one thing that brought their worlds together be the test that strengthens their love or the knife that severs their bond forever?

Review:

If I have had to evaluate the story only based on the appeal and erotic chemistry of the two leads, I would have given it five stars, so much I liked their interactions together in bed. Unfortunately besides interacting between the sheets they are also doing other things in this story, which I found quite silly, thus the rating went way down.

As the blurb tells us, Candy G.  (Candelario Gonzales) is a former attorney of the drug lord Terriano Flores.  Candy actually walked away from Flores and is now an outstanding and respected member of the community. I want to stress it,  he is now for real an outstanding, loved and respected member of the community.  Carlos Alvarez is a young waiter in the restaurant which Candy frequents and supposedly these two had been watching each other for a while (if I am correct for almost a year) and finally they give in to desire. They are hot together in my opinion. One thing to note: in light of the recent mention of this issue somewhere on the site, I have to warn you that “cum” is used instead of “come” all the time — non stop — so if it bothers you, I am afraid you may not find the sex as hot as I did. Usually I am not too happy when “cum” is used, but here it did not bother me.

As the blurb again correctly informs us, Carlos has a secret. It is not hard to guess the secret, quite the contrary; it is so simple that Candy almost guesses it right from the beginning, but then it is dismissed as a joke. They begin their romance and Candy falls for Carlos really fast, and supposedly Carlos does too.

But the secret interferes between our lovers. I should mention that Carlos tries very hard to tell Candy what his secret is — I believe at least three or four times — but Candelario would not listen, he kept insisting that nothing matters.  He would love Carlos no matter what.

So he was determined to confess. I pretended to be unconcerned and shut my eyes again. “I told you I didn’t want to hear it, Carlos. Tell a priest or something if it bothers you so bad.”

I am sure you guys can guess what is coming next. When Candy finally learns Carlos’ secret, he does not want to hear any explanations, and he tells Carlos to get out of his house. And I am looking at the page and thinking, wait, what?

It is too bad I cannot reveal this not very secretive secret, because another thing that bothered me quite a lot was why this secret had been needed in the first place. Why could not Carlos ask Candy for what he needed without all that secrecy? I do not know, but I would have wanted to know for sure. I felt as if the conflict was needed simply for the sake of conflict. I really wish I could have been less vague, but unfortunately I cannot without including spoilers.

I was glad that this miniversion of Big Misunderstanding did not cause them to spend years apart, but only couple of weeks before Candy comes to his senses and go looking for Carlos, and then after all hell breaks loose, everything is good again.

Regarding DSP’s genre assignment, the publisher lists it as mystery/suspense, and while I frankly did not find the mystery angle to be very mysterious, the suspense is definitely there at the end.

It was excellently written, IMO, and there was great chemistry between the guys, but I had to shake my head at the plot developments; as I mentioned before, I found them silly, hence the 3.5 stars.

14 comments

  • Hey Sirius,

    I missed this review at my last look through. Glad I caught it now.

    I am a total character addict and will forgive a lot of plot silliness if I really feel for a character. I think I’ll check out the Kindle extract and go from there.Thanks

    Reply
  • I like finding new authors, and I especially like watching them grow from book to book, although I have to say I much prefer that growth to be in the story rather than in the craft.

    Thank you for the review, Sirius. Your comments about the quality of the writing would sell me on it, despite the flaws, had I not already read it myself.

    Since I am not mystery oriented in the least, devices which would be glaring to most will pass me by every time. Which is a slightly better way of saying I’m as dumb as a rock when it comes to figuring out “whodunit,” so that part didn’t bother me. 🙂

    What did “bother” me was the character himself. Not because he was badly written but because he was written well enough to engage my emotions. “Don’t be an idiot, Candy. Listen to him!”

    I was caught up by the players, in other words, and at the end of everything, that is exactly what storytelling is all about.

    Cheers!

    Reply
  • Sometimes we (the readers) need the book exactly like this one. Hot, easy, well written. And, when you go into it knowing it’s flaws – even better. Plus, it’s always a joy to be introduced to the new author. Thank you, Sirius.

    Reply
  • Well, it sounds intriguing, and this is Carol’s first plunge into the pool, so I’m okay with overlooking some mistakes. I’d be willing to bet her next effort is better. I’d not want anyone to read my first efforts, they are so embarrasingly bad. But I got better (I like to think) and I feel sure she will too.

    Plus, it sounds like the writing is fine. That you can’t fake. Plotting – eh, you can improve that.

    Reply
  • Thank you, Sirius! I’m honored that you read and reviewed my book, and I enjoyed your review.

    I appreciate your professionalism and your tact in pointing out the flaws, and I cherish the compliments.

    Thank you!

    Reply
  • Ah no fair, you didn´t spoil us with the secret 😀 The characters look strong enough for my liking but I don´t seem too tempted by the book… :thinker:
    Thank you for your review 😎

    Reply
  • This does sound weird, but different. I might just try it based on their chemistry! The teddybear along with the gun sounds weiiiiird!

    Good review!

    Reply
    • Definitely try it Larissa, maybe you will find that characters’ behavior makes more sense to you than it did to me. I thought they were hot, yes.

      Reply

Please comment! We'd love to hear from you.