Published by Oak Press on October 12, 2010
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Eva Christensen, Eva Kaminsky
On the verge of losing her candy store, Callie Moore decides to blot out her troubles with a tall, dark, handsome stranger. Derek McNear isn't about to turn down a cute, curvy woman who offers sizzling-hot sex in a commercial refrigerator at his best friend's wedding reception. But the next day, when Callie discovers that Derek is the consultant she has hired to save her store, they find it difficult to concentrate on business. Especially when giving and getting pleasure in each other's arms is so much more fun!
[Previously published in 2005. Completely edited, revised and rewritten in October 2010.]
After finishing Be My Love by Bella Andre (writing as Lucy Kevin), I grabbed up the audio of the novella Candy Store because I’m reading all of Bella Andre’s books for a challenge. It was interesting because in Be My Love, the sexy times were completely skipped over, but in Candy Store, a novella quite a bit shorter than Be My Love, was FULL of sexy times.
Anyway, Candy Store is about Callie Moore who owns a candy shop in Upstate New York. Her rent for the shop has skyrocketed, and now she’s barely making ends meet. When she’s at a wedding (she made the desserts) she meets Derek McNear and they hook up. I mean, like hook up. At the wedding (in a giant restaurant-sized, walk-in refrigerator). Callie is feeling pretty badly about it afterwords, and she’s not pleasantly surprised when Derek turns out to be the consultant that is going to help her save her business.
Candy Store is a novella, so a lot happens in a very few number of pages. It’s a bit insta-love-y, but not terribly so. I will say that insta-attraction is pretty common in a Bella Andre novel. Both Callie and Derek were characters that I liked and rooted for. I did feel their chemistry and I wanted them to be together.
Derek’s occupation as a consultant to candy stores specifically was a little hard to believe (he’s literally called The Candy King), but it didn’t really bother me. I was willing to go with it. I was pretty much willing to go with the whole story because I liked Callie and Derek so much.
As a note on the narrator,: Eva Christensen, I believe is also Eva Kaminsky who narrators nearly all of Bella Andre’s books these days. I love her narration and she’s just perfect for Bella Andre.
Candy Store was a fun novella full of sexy times and has that Bella Andre feeling. It’s certainly not a perfect novella, but it was pleasant and I absolutely enjoyed it.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: