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I Want Candy (Bigler, North Carolina #2)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  981 ratings  ·  73 reviews
I Want Candy

Susan Donovan

Candace Carmichael was just getting used to the lavish life when everything went sour. Now the down-on-her-luck real estate agent is back in Bigler, North Carolina, jobless and illegally rooming with her her mother in a swank retirement community. All this makes her wonder why she ever considered her BFF Cheri’s invitation to move back home. Life i
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Duchess Nicole
This was cute. A little all over the place with regards to it's plot, but it was fun. I listened to the audio and the narration was good.

I think what held me back from loving this was that it couldn't decide whether it wanted to be funny and sweet or intense and sexy. At first, Candy was pretty goofy, and it was easy to let her silliness overtake her character. But when the serious parts come into play, it made her seem a little more air-headed than she should be. There was a good message here,
This was a sweet 2nd installment to Donovan's sweet series. Candy is back in her hometown of Bigler NC a failure. She and her friend Cheri lost it all in the Florida commercial real estate bust. She has reinvented herself in the past, she can do it again. But this time it feels different as there is a sexy dark eyed sheriff that can't keep his eyes or hands off of Candy. Turner had always had the hots for Candy-Pants, but their paths never traveled together. Until now and Turner is determined th ...more
Romancing the Book
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Reviewed by~Marissa
Review Copy Provided by~the Publisher

I Want Candy is one of those “going home” books. You know, girl goes through a rough patch (like losing her business, her house, her expensive jewelry and her expensive car) and tucks her tail to return to the hometown she swore she’d never see again. Then she runs into an old classmate/friend and things heat up. What I don’t understand about these books (and others) is how two people can be just good buddie
Melissa Wehunt
I don't think I'd ever read Susan Donovan before...I just happened to select this book to listen to while I was walking my dogs.

Likes -

1. Fairly likeable characters
2. Pretty hot sex scenes (even if they did seem a little off to me...can't really put my finger on why)
3. There was a that was good.

Dislikes -

1. I don't know. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for contemporary romance, but I got bored and decided I just didn't care.
2. The writing was a little irritating to me. Or maybe it was th
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Guilty Pleasures
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I Want Candy is the follow up book to Donovan's Cheri On Top. In this story we finally get the scoop on what's happening with Candy and Bigler's Hottie Sheriff Turner Halliday.

Turner and Candy have been friends for their whole lives but while he's been harboring a crush for her all these years she has been completely in the dark about it. After moving to Florida with her best friend Cheri and becoming one of the most successful women in the
Blue Ribbon Rating: 4 out of 5
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Candace Carmichael enjoyed living the high life until the Florida real estate market crashed. Suddenly out of a job and in debt up to her ears, Candy has no choice but to return to her hometown of Bigler, North Carolina. The adjustment is anything but smooth, yet despite the constant stream of disasters there’s one bright spot to Candy’s return; Sheriff Turner Halliday. Turner is an old friend of Candy’s, but the sparks that fly between them are
I read this book in a fit of desperation as I wanted to check an audiobook out on my phone as I was talking into the gym. The bright colors and uncomplicated story lured me in and it was the closest thing to my fingers. I tapped "check out" and a week later I'd finished listening to it. It was uncomplicated and poorly written, but had entertaining bits, as well as some hot scenes! Definitely glad I didn't take time out of my life to actually read the hard copy, but listening to it at the gym or ...more
Didn't bother finishing. Don't recommend even bothering to start.
audiobook 8 discs. The narrator's (Arielle DeLisle) voice was pleasant.

Candace Carmichael. Turner, a sheriff. Cheri, best friend of Candace. Candace is broke after her successful real estate career in Florida failed after the bubble. She has debt and came back to her home town in North Carolina (?). She met Turner when she drove without headlight on. They went to Cheri and her husband (J.J., Turner's best friend) who are all friends from school over dinner.

Turner offers Candace a room in his hou
Zel Polev
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As the follow up to Cheri on Top, it is perfect. It has the usual steamy scenes and fun light humor that we have all come to love from the past books and this book has so much more to it too.

I am also wondering if this will become a longer running series as so many characters seem to be screaming for their own books.

Candy has lost it all...even her mother's nest egg in the housing crash. At one time wealthy now she is back in the tiny town of Bigler, North Carolina and sleeping in her Mother's r
I really enjoyed this story. After I was disappointed by the first book in this series I was a little leery of picking this story up but Susan Donovan is on my Must Buy list so I purchased this anyway. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. Candy lost everything when the real estate bubble burst in Florida and came crawling back to her home town in North Carolina with sixteen dollars in her pocket. Tucker grew up with Candy and even though he lost his wife four years ago in a ...more
I really really enjoyed reading I Want Candy. I anxiously awaited its release and I was not disappointed. I really felt more of an emotional connection with Candy and Turner that I did with the characters from the first book in the series Cheri on Top. Candi is back in her hometown Bigler, North Carolina after striking it rich and then losing it all in the real estate market. Turner has been widowed for four years and hasn't really thought about another woman since losing his beloved wife, but h ...more
Mary Gramlich
I WANT CANDY by Susan Donovan

Does one have to close the door on the past to open the window on your future?

The last place you want to be when your life is a complete train wreck is back home where nothing but misery surrounds you. For Candace Carmichael that is the only place she has left since everything she ever possessed, and there was allot of possessions involved are gone in the housing crisis. Candy and her friend Cheri did come home and things went well for Cheri and Candy wants that but
I keep thinking I'm going to fall in love with another one of Ms. Donovan's books. HE LOVES LUCY is one of my few 5-stars and a reread for me. But, it just hasn't happened.

I WANT CANDY was another book I desperately wanted to love, but just couldn't seem to. The characters fell flat for me, the romance was insta-romance with the excuse of "OH! I just didn't realize I was in love with you 10-years ago in high school."

I will say this: I like reading about a widower with a wife who was a good woman
Bet Lantaff
I haven't gotten far into the book, but this is one that I recommend reading fairly soon after finishing Cheri On Top. I waited too long and can't remember some of the previous story. But so far it is a pretty good story.
Update after finishing: 3.5 Stars ~ As the story went along, I began remembering the story from Cheri On Top. This story of Candy and Turner is a bit of a racial story but it really doesn't seem to be the real situation to the whole story. And that's good, because we have enough
Another fun trip to Bigler NC. I really liked both Candy and Turner. Candy came home to try to get back on her feet after she and Cheri lost everything in Florida. She hates being there, and can't wait until she gets enough money to leave again. That is, until she meets up with Turner again. They have been friends since they were kids, but suddenly she's seeing him in a whole new way. Turner has been stuck emotionally in the four years since his wife died, unable or unwilling to get involved wit ...more
I probably wouldn't have started this if I'd realized it was yet another small town sheriff/returning home town girl in trouble stories, so I'm glad I didn't. This brought something new to the table -- not the suspense element, though that was well done, but a more realistic look at some of the downsides of a small town. It's not a super heavy story, but the white heroine and partially black hero do have to face some racism, while a ring of meth labs and an abused child turned stalker provide su ...more
Amara Pierce
Candy is down on her luck after the real estate market crash, having lost her rich lifestyle, her mother's nest egg, and practically everything she owned. She returns to Bigler, North Carolina, despite the fact that her old hometown is the last place she ever wanted to live again. What follows is a string of unfortunate and embarrassing situations, but at least the steamy encounters with Sheriff Turner Halliday help spice up her life. ;)

I Want Candy by Susan Donovan is a very fun read! I have no
I actually loved this book bc it was funny, romantic and touched lightly on the way race is viewed. even though the handsome Sheriff Tucker Halliday is of a mixed race some of the older residents of the town do not like the fact that he and Candy Carmichael, who is white and whose father was was a big ole racist when he was alive, share an obvious attraction and begin a relationship. Candy is always finding herself in awkward situations and Tucker always seems to ride to her rescue. they grew up ...more
Shh I'm reading!
Awwww....Candy and Turner were a fantastic couple. Childhood crush stories are some of my favorites and this was no exception. Turner was the sexy sheriff, and Candy the down on her luck waitress/baker. What I was surprised by was utter sexiness of their chemistry. Donovan did a fantastic job of building up their sexual tension, that it made me feel like I would explode. Especially during the ice cream scene.... The one thing that bothered me slightly was the horribly cliched ending. It was pred ...more
Decent story. The only thing for me that didn't make it a great story was the description in the sex scenes. Suddenly there was a real tonal shift as the hero started using all sorts of crass names for the male anatomy as he was speaking out loud to the heroine. Really? This is what you find romantic? Well not me. And doing so made the hero seem lees of the decent man he's presented as being in other parts of the story. It's almost like the crude and crass man is the one who is the real characte ...more
E.v. Sage
This book is the one I've been waiting to read by Susan Donovan, the reason I kept reading her books- funny, witty, with so much heart and sexy fun time, I knew if I just kept reading Donovan's novels I would happen across something I love as much as I love this book. An interracial couple in the backwoods of the south, one, a broke material girl, the other, a cop in the process of shutting down a meth lab, and a whole cast of fantastically put together characters. This would likely appeal to re ...more

My policy is to assign a one-star rating to anything I do not finish reading, so violá.

I was "ear-reading" this, and the cursing was just so startling that I did not want to continue. I understand that cursing has a place, or at the very least exists, in fiction and life, but here it sounds forced and unnecessary. Perhaps the language plays out differently in text (although, I suspect not), but either way, I am on the book road again...
Very good book. One thing kept it from being 5 stars, the sex scenes. The sex scenes were VERY explicit, graphic, and unexpected. This was still a cute read. I thought Turner and Candy were just adorable. Did not know it was interracial until I started reading, wish the cover cartoon man was a little darker. One last thing I absolutely hated was the word 'shee it'. I know they were from North Kakalaki(North Carolina) but I did not need to read the word shit in a weird southern twang.
i thought it was sweet how Turner was able to let go of his past and start a new chapter with Candy. i liked how the author portrayed both characters as having issues to deal with and how they worked together to make the new relationship happen. the author's writing style is engaging and interesting. it is not too complex that it gets confusing, but it's not simple either. Overall i liked it. check out my blog
Totally predictable, but that's ok. Much more explicit than I was prepared for by the initial tone of the story. I blushed so much as I listened to those bits. Maybe reading rather than listening to those scenes would have been easier, but the love story is sweet although a bit unreal.
I loved hearing the sweet sister like depiction of the friendship of Candy & Cheri and the boys too for that matter.
This is my first time reading this author. I have an opportunity to meet her next month and wanted to be familiar with her. I liked the story and characters. Sometimes Candy got on my nerves, but she is likable. Turner was nice, I pictured him as a taller Corbin Bleu. I guess my biggest disappointment was the predicability of the story. Nice, easy read. Will probably try this author again.
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SUSAN DONOVAN's novels have won accolades for being witty, sexy, and entertaining. A former newspaper reporter with journalism degrees from Northwestern University, Susan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose novels have been translated into dozens of languages. Susan is a two-time RITA Award finalist, and her novel TAKE A CHANCE ON ME was named Best Contemporary Romance of 20 ...more
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