Christmas Candy by Celia Aaron
Published by Self-published on November 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A Christmas novella where everyone gets their just desserts.
Olive had a major crush on Hank in high school. She was the too-smart, slightly chubby girl who gawked as Hank ran track and made all the cheerleaders swoon. After high school, the two went their separate ways. Olive opened a yoga studio and swore off sweets while Hank traveled the world. No problem, right? At least there wasn’t a problem until Hank moved back to town and opened a candy shop across the street from Olive’s studio. Now, Olive will do everything she can to shut her old crush down. But Hank has other plans, and all of them end with an Olive sundae.
Author’s Note: This is a sweet Christmas treat that will leave you satisfied, yet desperate for a little taste of sugar.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
With a cute plot, Christmas Candy is a light, fluffy and sexy read to get you in a festive holiday mood. Olive, the town’s yoga instructor, used to struggle with her weight until she swore off sweets and devoted herself to yoga. When her old high school crush comes back to town and opens a candy shop right across from her studio the challenge is on. She will not only not set foot in that devil’s playground, but she will make sure he doesn’t last through the first month.
After satisfying his wanderlust, Hank’s back home for good and ready to settle. He has his eyes on Olive and just like during high school he can’t stop thinking about her. Short of hogtying and kidnapping her he can’t seem to find an opening especially when Olive appears to hate his guts. Now Hank needs to find what candy will tempt Olive’s sweet tooth and convince her that he is the guy for her.
While I really liked the idea behind Christmas Candy and Hank was a fantastic piece of candy-making man hunk, I can’t really say I liked Olive.
I found her too prejudiced against Hank’s business which came off as bordering on being unhinged to me. I understand a dislike of sweets when you have weight issues, but to openly want to shut down someone’s shop plus all her supposed reasons behind it didn’t sit well with me. On top of that, Hank was a complete sweetheart so Olive ended up looking like a bitch most of the time.
Eventually Olive changes her tune but to me, it was too little too late, and it wasn’t enough to change my not so positive feelings about her. So yeah, I liked the story and really enjoyed Hank and his sexy prowess but it was just an ok read overall.
Rating: 3 Stars
“Can you call that number again, dear?” Mrs. Carmichael adjusts her enormous bifocals. “I couldn’t hear it over my cats. They meow something terrible when they’re hungry.”
I glance around at the cat-free common room. “Sure. I-14.”
“I wanted to ask you something last night, but I couldn’t quite work up the nerve.” His fingers linger against mine again as he hands me the next ball.
“What?” My voice comes out breathy as I call out the number. We should have had a bingo by now, but I’ve learned everything takes a little longer at the senior center
“I don’t.” His nearness is throwing me off, and I stutter out the next number.
“You sure? I saw the way you looked at my candy apple.”
I huff out a breath. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
He moves closer, our arms touching. “Don’t worry. I won’t tell anyone.” His conciliatory whisper has my heart stutter-stepping. “You look beautiful, by the way.”
I can’t focus on the numbers, not when he’s winding me up like a clock. It doesn’t help that this is the most distracted I’ve been over a man since … Since senior year when I stared at him running track instead of doing my homework. I’ve fallen into the same hole with the same guy, and I can’t seem to get myself free.
“Candy apples.” I keep my voice low.
“What?” God, his voice in my ear sends shivers shooting down my spine.
“I like candy apples the best.”
“I’d like to see you eat one of my candy apples. Extra caramel for you.” He hands me the next ball, his index finger skating along mine. “Something sweet on your tongue.”
My body goes up in flames as our eyes meet, and I call out, “O-69.”
Celia Aaron is the self-publishing pseudonym of a published romance and erotica author. She loves to write stories with hot heroes and heroines that are twisty and often dark. Thanks for reading.
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