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Candy G-Roots

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
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It’s said you can’t go home again….

The last thing Candelario “Candy” Gonzalez wants is to go back to his roots in the barrio. At sixteen, he grabs a one-way ticket to luxury and comfort as the lover and protégé of powerful drug lord, Teirso Flores.

Flores molds beautiful Candy for his own agenda—to become his exclusive attorney, and Candy’s prowess brings the
Kindle Edition, 203 pages
Published September 2nd 2015 by Dreamspinner Press (first published March 1st 2011)
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I've just read and absolutely loved Honor C by C Zampa, an author I hadn't read before and early this morning, more or less straight after reading it, I rushed over and bought this one because I got so caught up in her writing style and wanted more. WOW! What another gem of a story. I couldn't put it down and devoured it all in one go.

Candelario Gonzalez or Candy G as he's known, is an ex bad ass criminal defence lawyer who worked for but walked away from his local crime boss and drug lord, aft
T.A. Webb
Nov 07, 2011 T.A. Webb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Candy G is a lawyer, well respected in the community, hot, gay and single. He is also the former legal representative of one of the most feared crime lords of the city. No longer able to live with defending a guilty man, Candy looks forward to a new life but also over his shoulder - one doesn't leave that kind of life without wondering is a bullet has your name on it.

Carlos works two jobs, is a budding artist, and has his eye set on Candy G. Though there is an age difference, a life experience d
Serena Yates
Sep 03, 2015 Serena Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
Escaping from your past can be difficult – but nothing is as hard as getting out of a life of crime. Candy faces that situation in this heart-wrenching story of a man who finally tries to do the right thing, only to find out that no matter how much he wants to forget, the past and his former boss will never let him go.

Candy fascinated me from the beginning. He used to be poor, comes from the barrio, and took a way out when Teirso Flores, a powerful drug lord, offers him an opportunity. At that p
Huzzah! Not the most enlightened response to a book ever, but so what?
Rarely does it happen that I actually believe the author has really written her
heroes into a corner they will not get out of. I honestly thought this was going
to be a bittersweet ending and no one told me. Then I, you didn't....
Now, you'll just have to read it for yourself to find out what the hell I'm talking about.

I will say this: Carlos is a complicated man. In a simple, honest and open sort of way.
You can s
Oct 11, 2015 Alisa rated it did not like it
Let me start by saying there were 28 episodes of crying in this book. 28!!! I would have been better off making this book a drinking game. If I would have taken a shot every time one of them (or their friends) cried I would have been sloshed at about the 25% mark and it would have been easier to finish.

This was insta-love and over the top emotions and it was really, really not my thing.

**and since I'm already being negative let me just comment on how horrible I find the cover. The guy looks li
MareTara SLiTsReaD Reviews
Sex was hot

The I love you's to soon for me

The sex was hot

The sex was hot

Dios Mio
Silver pixies
Candy G.
By C. Zampa

ISBN: 978-1-61581-826-6
Genre: M/M, Novellas, Mystery/Suspense
Rating: HOT
Reviewer: The one and Only Silver Pixie

Book Summery
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 pri
Sarah Ballance
Mar 07, 2011 Sarah Ballance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an author, CANDY G is exactly the kind of story you can only dream of writing. And as a reader, it’s not one you ever expect to see coming.

It’s that good. That compelling.

Oh, you can plan for the story. You can anticipate the plot. But what no one will anticipate is the power of the words. And saying C. Zampa’s CANDY G is powerful is an understatement.

The story centers around Candelario Gonzalez, an attorney who made a name for himself first by defending a notorious drug lord, then by walking
Riina Y.T.
This one is a bit difficult to rate, because over-all it gave me a good feeling, a very nice ending and all that.

It was sexy too, (not mind-blowing for me, personally - but it was quite yum).
It's also sweet and I liked the instalove and especially the twist, which again, I did not see coming.

Really, the story is good - I liked the "romantic tough-guy meets the innocent street kid who just isn't really what he thinks he is" theme.

To be honest though the writing kinda sometimes put me off a lit
Lou Sylvre
Aug 29, 2011 Lou Sylvre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Zampa's character, Candy G—a truly inspired name for an inspired character. A barrio boy made good doing wrong (or helping the bad guy do wrong), who has finally come to realize there's a bottom he can't, won't, sink below. He cuts his ties to the underworld, he lives in danger, and he remains aloof until... Yeah, you guessed it, he meets that man he just can't forget. (The only 'glitch' I found with this book is finding it difficult to fit this young man, Carlos into his ...more
Margie Hall
Apr 11, 2011 Margie Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C. Zampa has such a vivid way with words and builds such believable characters. I was hooked from the start and stayed enthralled with the way character’s vulnerability is woven with a strength that is only enhanced by this. Zampa has a unique understanding of the inner conflicts that sometimes surpasses reason or contradicts each other. I am glad to have found such a talented wordsmith and cannot wait for C. Zampa’s next release 
Aug 16, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Thank you, C. Zampa, for a beautiful, emotional read. It was superb--amazing MCs, terrific writing. Candy G. touched my heart.
Tess MacKall
Mar 11, 2011 Tess MacKall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The M/M genre has been blessed with a talented new voice in C. Zampa. Her first published work shows an author with a deep understanding of romance in general but an even deeper understanding of the male psyche. Love is love and it knows no boundaries. Characterization for the two main protagonists simply shined. I loved the way Candy G could be soft and hard, forgiving and vengeful all at the same time, and the way he KNEW, just KNEW he wanted Carlos and nothing was going to stop him. The ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read, z-2013
Candy used to be the lawyer of a drug lord but he has turned his back and walked away. His life is constantly in danger - he drives a bullet-proof car and has armed men and guard dogs protecting his home. The sparks are there between Candy and Carlos from the first moment they meet. After one night together, Carlos disappears from Candy's life until he receives a phone call in the middle of the night asking for help. The relationship between the two men develops very quickly but is nonetheless ...more
Jun 26, 2011 Nightcolors rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebook, glbt, 2011
This was a love story, and for some reason, I was expecting action/mystery/suspense with romance on the side. Since I read the whole story expecting something else, it didn't work too well for me.

I didn't really click with the characters, either. Candy seemed to blow too hot, then too cold... Carlos stayed mostly mysterious and suspicious for most of the story. Jesse was a sidekick/best friend.

It was an okay story. Neither too bad nor too great. 2.5 stars.
Jun 07, 2013 Avril rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read.
Joyfully Jay
Sep 26, 2015 Joyfully Jay rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

It was easy to caught up as this book opened with Candy leaving his position and then meeting Carlos. Everywhere Candy goes people know him and cater to him even though he doesn’t ask for it. When Candy sees Carlos he is absolutely struck by him. There is the physical attraction and then there is almost a nostalgic feeling that Candy has for his younger days. The sexual attraction, intensity, and tension between Candy and Carlos is well written, moves thorough the
Molly Lolly
Dec 30, 2015 Molly Lolly rated it really liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Four and a half stars!
Oh my gosh. This book is wonderful. It’s powerful and emotional and so dang amazing. I couldn’t put the book down once I started reading it. Candy comes off as this bad boy that doesn’t give a crap to those in the community. But that’s just a mask he uses so people don’t see who he truly is. There are a handful of people in his life that get to see the true him and he has a hard time letting Carlos in. But Carlos can read him. Carlos can see be
Paige Prince
Apr 19, 2012 Paige Prince rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
My main problem with the story was the dialogue - Latin American men (even gay ones) rarely call each other chico or muchacho so often. Having grown up in a house with a Hispanic family, I've heard how the men speak to each other and usually it's a lot more rough than that. I understand that the author wanted to make it as authentic as possible by integrating some Spanish into their dialogue, but occasionally it felt forced. I probably feel this way simply because I grew up in that atmosphere ...more
I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this book because I didn't hear anything about it prior to picking it up.

Candy G is a high-powered attorney that worked for drug lord Teirso Flores. Tired of selling his soul, Candy G walks away and tries to help out his local community as much as he can, and makes a name for himself among the local people. He bumps into Carlos Alvarez a waiter at his favorite restaurant and the only man he will allow to detail his mercedes. Candy finds that he wants to protect
Lynnette Hartwig
Oct 23, 2015 Lynnette Hartwig rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

I was given this book by Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

First let me say this is my first book by this author and I was completely surprised. This author was able to weave a story so good that I couldn’t put the book down. The author was able to bring two men together that I would never have believed that they could make it work. Both men had some serious issues in their past and the author was able to make me believe that they belonged together. Don’t get me wrong
Jul 18, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5stars Please know this is a first person story. Although and really enjoy the concept and could appreciate everything Candy was going through. As most readers know this is the least likable format for a romance. The one true thing a book can do is get you inside the thoughts and feelings of your characters. But with first person you can really only get involved in one persons point of view.
Mar 19, 2011 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book you you want to have around when the spin doctors are in full gear. candy g comes across real. If you want too taste,feel,smell, C Zampa can deliver. I have not seen this author before and I hope not the last .This is fiction the way you want to read it, raw no prisoners no apologies. Tag this because when the next book comes you may not be able to get a copy.
Jess Candela
Jun 21, 2012 Jess Candela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2011
I really enjoyed it, but would have liked it more if I'd better seen/felt the love between Candy and Carlos. I had to keep reminding myself they'd been building something for a year in the backstory, because I just didn't see sufficient explanation for why they loved each other in the present. Then again, they each swore they loved at first sight, and I'm not a big believer in insta-love.
Jun 19, 2014 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this with 2 very dear friends and sometimes that makes books even better! I LOVED Carlos and Candy! Truly they were so awesome. Even though I got a toothache from the sweetness I have to say C. Zampa made it work! Her writing was gorgeous and her visuals were perfection! Loved it!
Sarah Lee
Nov 13, 2011 Sarah Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome! I loved the characters and the story. Hot, hot hot sex scenes and the angst was second to none! :)
t'was a good book. a little too slow to begin and then very fast and good and then again going down slow. but still good to read !
Sam rated it really liked it
Aug 20, 2012
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