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Sneaking Candy

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  791 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

One taste is never enough...

All I ever wanted was to make a name for myself as Candice Salinas, creative writing grad student at the University of Miami. Of course, secretly I already have made a name for myself: as Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance writer. Though thrilled that my books are selling and I have a
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Published December 9th 2013 by Entangled Publishing (Embrace) (first published December 8th 2013)
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DNFed at 67%

Another DNF for me. I feel like an idiot every time I get around to reading a book just because it sounds good and end up regretting my decision. Which happens more often than ever. I swear this past few months I’ve DNFed or one star rated more books than in two years. I’m starting to get really picky… or bitchy.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay.... Okay... Okay.... I have to say this and I really mean it but I really LOVED this book! I have never laughed so hard in my life because the characters in this story were a riot. I love Lisa's style of writing and her writing about this taboo topic of teacher/student was awesome sauce all the way.

Candice Salinas is a creative grad student working her way through grad school. She has always loved writing as it comes naturally to her. So she decides she is going to do some self publishing u
Britt Marczak

Run, don't walk, to get this book right now! You won't regret it. It's funny, sexy, amazing NA (<--- You can read the first chapter there!)
LOVED! This gif still applies, and is pretty much what I did as I finished the book:

So many good things to say about this book. I can't wait until it comes out! :)
Amanda (Fandomly Bookish)
*copy provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I was checking my account on NetGalley a week ago (I think) just clicking random links of books that I could request and possibly granted for ARCs. Then I spotted this book...

The synopsis of Sneaking Candy caught my attention because of the premise. Candice Salinas is a creative grad student BUT she's also a self-published erotic romance writer under the pen name of Candy Sloane. It really got me curious as to how she'll
Susan many books and so little time
I have to say...that I wish I could put words onto Lisa Burstein does. From the first page to the last...I have been in love with not only the characters...well...except for Professor yes...I have loved the characters she has created...because she made each of them truly come to life!!! But, I have also loved the plot...writing a great story...about a character...Candice...herself being a writer...who...has to deal with the pressures of being an autho ...more
Dec 06, 2013 Glass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Easy by Tammara Webber
This book was amazing.
Full review soon...

4.5 stars
Chelsea (Starbucks & Books Obsession)
When I read the synopsis of Sneaking Candy, I was immediately intrigued by it. I loved the concept behind the plot and the fact that she is hiding this secret identity as an erotic romance author. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book to be a fun, sexy romance and I was seriously laughing out loud at every turn.

Candice is a grad student at the University of Miami and she is working on a literature fellowship with the famous Professor Dylan. He is a young, sexy, renowned author and she has
May 16, 2016 M rated it liked it
Me engaché rápidamente con la lectura y no quería dejar de leer. Fue un libro divertido y muy entretenido.
Parte buena: James. Quedé enamorada de ese personaje.
Parte mala: los clichés que eran reconocidos por la misma autora en el relato y sin embargo decidió usarlos.
*3.5 Stars*

Sneaking Candy is adorable and sexy and fun. It's not my favorite Lisa Burstein book I've read, that honor still lies with Dear Cassie. But this is a good addition to the New Adult genre and it was fun to read a different kind of book from the author. It was interesting reading about a self-published author and her relationships with bloggers and readers and professors and her feelings about more "traditional" authors. I wonder how much of this is truth. And now it feels a little weir
Katrina Penaflor
Dec 17, 2015 Katrina Penaflor rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this one. I think the main reason is because I felt a real connection to the main character Candice. She, like me, is a student and a writer. Candice keeps her Candy Sloane persona under wraps in fear of people, like professor Dylan, learning about the erotic romances that she enjoys writing under that name. It's mostly in part because they don't fall under the literary fiction that is to be "expected" from a graduate student studying writing.

I think the author did a
Now out!!

I came up with the title *preens* and can't wait for you all to read. It's excellent!
Monica Murphy
Nov 24, 2013 Monica Murphy rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Great story, awesome sweet and sexy hero! :)
Nov 25, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery
I know from the moment I read the synopsis on Sneaking Candy from Lisa Burstein I would enjoy it. Its a great New Adult/Modern/Chick Lit read which will definitely appeal to many audiences.

Candice is an extremely likeable character. The girl has spunk, she's caring, friendly and an all round nice girl. Then you have Candy, who is also Candice but her 'pen name'. Candy is a naughty girl who write erotic books that are selling well.

I loved how she incorporated things like Goodreads, Facebook and T
Nicole Tetrev
May 07, 2014 Nicole Tetrev rated it really liked it

Forbidden romance- CHECK
Teacher Student romance- CHECK
Love triangle- CHECKISH
Steamy scenes- CHECK
Awesome heroine- CHECK

Can we really ask for more? Candice/Candy (because seriously this girl is both in more ways then one) is a little hot for teacher Professor Dylan but shes also a little hot for her student James. While trying to deny her attration to the Professor she accepts a date with James, you know before she knows hes off limits and Professor Dylans GOLDEN BOY. Okay so
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
So it was super cute. I loved the fact that the author was writing fiction about the stresses of being an author with all the nuances that go with that.

Candice (Candy) is complex and has her issues but wanting something or wanting the idea of something are two totally different things.

You think that there may be a bit of a love triangle thing going to happen then that notions vanishes with her boss being a douchebag and she is left with sweet James.

James has his own issues but with Candice he kn
Feb 07, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I don't even know what to say about this book but OMG...can you say book hang over! It has been two weeks and I still don't have a clue what to say about the book. So all I can say is SPOILER ALERT!

Candice has a crush on her professor, who she is also the Teaching Assistant for, but she also has a crush on the guy behind the counter at the coffee shop, who ends up being in the class she is teaching. On the side she write's romance novels as Candy because otherwise it would screw up her chance at
Kathryn Biel
Feb 03, 2014 Kathryn Biel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Being a self-published author myself, I could really relate to the struggles that Candice had with feeling legitimate and authentic. I was pulled right in and enjoyed the story right from the get-go (frankly I stopped watching a Meryl Streep movie to go back to reading). Despite the mentions of erotica, this book does not fall into the category. It is just a good-old fashioned romance. With professors and grad students and undergrads. Oh, and an erotic book conference thrown i ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Tangerine rated it it was ok

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I love a good fluff read and find that I need one every now and again but this one just didn't do it. I picked this one up because the blurb sounded decent and the premise of the story sounded good. It ended up not being that good at all. The writing isn't all bad but the story kind of went around in circles. I felt no connection whatsoever between the characters. It doesn't matter what kind of book it is if I can't feel the connection between the characters then it's not going to work for me
Mar 02, 2015 Katie(babs) rated it it was ok
The premise of the novel is what caught my eye, but about 30 pages in, I just couldn't connect with the heroine and her silly issues. Candice is very indecisive. She has a small crush on her professor, who acts condescending and much older than his age one moment, but then he acts much younger and immature in a blink of an eye. I couldn't get a handle on who he was and why he acted the way he did. Then there is James, the cafe barista Candice lusts for. This comes out of the blue. James is portr ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

Candice is a graduate student studying Creative Writing at the University of Miami. She has a full fellowship that covers her tuition and she is serving as a TA to professor and best selling author Anthony Dylan. Unfortunately her fellowship does not cover room and board, so in order to cover those expenses she has taken to writing steamy erotic romances under the pseudonym Candy Sloane. Professor Dylan loathes the indie publishing community, and th
Stephanie Ward
Jan 03, 2014 Stephanie Ward rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

'Sneaking Candy' is a fun and steamy New Adult contemporary romance that follows our main character Candice Salinas as she attempts to combine her graduate classes, her TA job, and her love life all while trying to become a great writer. But Candice has a secret that only her roommate knows about - she writes erotic romance under the pen name Candy Sloane to help pay her bills. She's doing well as a romance writer, but knows that if her secret got out, her academic career and the hopes
Dec 11, 2013 Joli rated it it was amazing
Originally posted:

Smart and Sexy - that is Sneaking Candy. Lisa Burstein has given us something delightfully different with her New Adult Romance. I'm a huge fan of Lisa's novels Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie, and now Sneaking Candy is added to my "favorites" list.

How it's smart:
Sneaking Candy is a book that I would have liked to read in an academic setting, possibly in my Popular Fiction class. With this novel, Lisa exposes the world of author hierarchy an
Jan 19, 2014 Naomi rated it really liked it
The cover of Sneaking Candy was what grabbed my attention first and once I read the blurb I thought it would be a bit of fun. It turned out to be a quick read that I found to be quirky and sexy with a touch of seriousness.

Candice is in Miami, pursuing her dreams after a bad break up and rejection from her parents. She is a TA for Professor Dylan and there is a bit of an attraction between them, that they haven’t been able to explore. Candice takes her work and schooling seriously and isn’t the t
Jessica Figueroa
Nov 29, 2013 Jessica Figueroa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgally
"It was so much easier to be strong and fearless and free on the page than it was to say with words."

Candice is TA at the University of Maine who on the side secretly writes erotic romance novels under the name as Candy. She can't let anyone know especially in her job because no one with take her seriously. No one other then her best friend, Mandy knows and that's about to change. When she meets James walker Candice tries to act like Candy and does something out of the normal by asking him out.
Rachel Firasek
Dec 11, 2013 Rachel Firasek rated it it was amazing
Candy or Candice? I choose a little of both. I absolutely loved Sneaking Candy. It's one of those stories that gives you a little bit of everything and it's absolutely perfect for the New Adult genre. This is the third Lisa Burstein book I've read, and I loved the darkness of Pretty Amy, Sneaking Candy was equally fabulous for the exact opposite reason. It's fun to read a story that is rife with innuendo--but doesn't step over the line--and wit.

Candice led two lives and fought for ways to blend
Dec 09, 2013 ChuCha rated it really liked it
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Candice Salinas is an aspiring writer and a creative writing grad student from the University of Miami. She wanted to make a name for herself as Candice Salinas. But secretly, she had already made a name for herself as the new erotic romance author sensation – Candy Sloane. Although she was selling books and have garnered a lot of good reviews, not to mention some really great fans – if the university founds out, she would have to kiss not
Nov 21, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
By day Candice Salinas is a hardworking graduate student at the University of Miami. She is not only working towards her MFA, but also a T.A. for Professor Anthony Dylan, a current New York Times bestselling author. She dreams of becoming a serious author and nothing will hold her back. By night she comes Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance author. Candy's books help Candice pay any extra expenses her T.A. fellowship does not cover. Due to the fact that she does want to be taken seriousl ...more
Dec 28, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Sneaking Candy is the first book I've read by this author and I can't believe how pleasantly surprised I was! It was a fun, fast paced read with engaging characters. And more importantly I found that most of these characters were LIKABLE, which I feel isn't the case in a lot of NA books, especially in regards to the females. But not here. Candice was a delightfully messy riot and James an extremely hot alpha male with a tender side.

Candice is a serious literary grad student/TA, but because her p
Dec 16, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
This book was so fun to read! I loved the premise behind it, and the characters were perfect.

Candice is a graduate student at the University of Miami. She is on track to be the next great literary writer. But, her professor believes that the only important writing is serious writing. And he just happens to hate all of the self-published romance writers that are clogging the market. Which is really bad for Candice. While she wants to write an important piece of literature some day, for right now
Dec 14, 2013 LivesandBreathesBookBlog rated it really liked it
Sneaking Candy is a fun story about Candice, a young woman trying to accomplish her dream of becoming a serious writer, while simultaneously making a living writing and independently publishing erotic novels—you know, like the ones we love to read. She has a constant and, often times hilarious, inner battle waging between her academic side and her alter ego, Candy.

She fled New York for Miami in order to study writing under the tutelage of Professor Dylan, a New York Times bestselling author. She
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Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie, Sneaking Candy, The Possibility of Us and Again. As well as a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing ...more
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