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
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?
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.