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Mancandy Crush

(Ponderosa Resort Romantic Comedies #6)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Josh Mattis is totally over getting his heart stomped six years ago, so what’s with the mule kick to the chest when he spots the girl who ghosted him? Turns out she’s not his teenage fling, but her twin sister—and she needs a fake date to her cousin’s wedding.

Valerie Vincent would rather shove sewing needles in her eyes than have one more person tell her she needs advent
Kindle Edition, 146 pages
Published July 8th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services (first published July 1st 2019)
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DJ Sakata
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

“When you’re eighteen, it’s all hormones and lust and raw, carnal attraction.” “Sounds horrible. How did you endure it?”

I used to be afraid of sharks… I still am, but this was serious. I wouldn’t swim in the pool at the country club because of it… I was captain of my high school swim team, but I still sometimes caught myself checking the lanes for fins.

“I was so afraid of tornadoes that I wouldn’t drive past the trailer park on the south end of town,” I admit. “That’s where they
Jenn (YeahOrNeighReviews)
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-arc
Mancandy Crush is sugary sweet and will leave you wanting more! Both Valerie and Josh are trying to move on from past feelings towards others, and what better way to do that than pretending to have a fling with each other. Hilarious moments ensue, and hearts are on the line. This was a hilarious, steamy and quick read. A wonderful addition to the Ponderosa Resort series!
T. Rosado
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, rom-com, novella, 2019

4 Stars!

The author did a fantastic job with this novella in the Ponderosa Resort Series. It strongly follows the same format as the previous stories without lacking the signature poignancy that this author always inserts into her books. I'm notoriously hard on heroines and I got to say, I loved Valerie. I enjoyed her characterization so much that I would have loved seeing this story expanded into a full-length addition to the series. Although shorter in length, Mancandy Crush was consistent in a
Michelle Pierce
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! I really enjoyed this book; from Josh and Valerie meeting, to mistaken identity, the ants and everything in between and culminating with Bree and Austin’s wedding. I also fell in love with Bree’s christmas in July wedding theme and all the christmas related food and drink and activities around that. I wanted to be there to be a part of the festivities. Josh and Val are definitely a great couple and I really liked how they were there for each other and how they talked about the ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series and this one is so sweet and romantic in so many ways.

Josh has spent his entire life feeling less than others. Like he is dumb and no one really wants him. When he spots his teenage love that ghosted him he is not happy. When he finds out it isn't his old love but her twin sister he is intrigued.

Valerie has spent her life being safe. Afraid of being hurt in one way or another so she isn't one for taking risk. When her twin sister urges her to take some risks she d
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an absolute blast this sexy, flirty novella was! I really love this series by Tawna Fenske, and this brief dive in with a slightly different branch of the Bracelyn family tree was a perfect little interlude between full-length adventures. (Shh, don't let Valerie hear me utter the word "adventure"!)

Val and Josh have great chemistry and though I worried a little about the whole "fling with her twin" thing (I rhymed!), I needn't have. Ms. Fenske handled it wonderfully—never making it too awkw
Heather Nobbs
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great, quick read. Any time I pick up a Tawna Fenske romantic comedy I know I am going to have a smile on my face the whole time I am reading. This book did not disappoint. This Ponderosa Resort story focuses on a Bracelyn cousin who is visiting for Bree’s wedding. Valerie and Josh meet when Josh mistakes Valerie for someone else. After figuring out this mistake they become friends while fighting an attraction to each other. Of course it doesn’t take long before they stop fighting the ...more
Adrienne Bird
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoy Tawna’s books. This book will make you laugh out loud and you fall in love with both characters so quickly. Without revealing any teasers, I loved the little plot twists that Tawna included. A main point that I greatly appreciate in this book is that both characters have faults. We all have them and throughout this novella they continually support and defend each other. I also normally think it’s cheesy when authors have the characters sing to each other but I loved how Tawna ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Valerie and Josh are both awesome additions to the extended Bracelyn clan - whom I love more and more with each new book in the series.

I am brave. I am fierce. I am—
“I’m going to die.”

I hear ya, Val, I truly do!

“I don’t need any help doing stupid shit,” he says. “I do plenty on my own.”

Yup, Josh, that sounds familiar ...

I also liked Vanessa, whom I was prepared to look at with squinty eyes because of her history with Josh. But I especially love the (twin) sister vibe between her and Val.

Stacy J.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of this series! I was very happy when I found out Mrs. Fenske was going to be adding to this series.

I could relate to Valerie on SO many levels. She isn't a risk taker. She is the reliable, think things through, cautious one of the bunch. Her twin sister is the more careless, free, crazy, adventure type of person. When Valerie finds out about some of the acclivities at the wedding, she planned on staying in her room. Until a mistake of identity and a hot charming man comes int
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-2019
I have really enjoyed the Ponderosa Resort series. This one is just a novella so it is a quick read. I think this is my favorite one. Valerie and Josh meet when Josh mistakes her for her sister. They end up enjoying each other's company and have more than the fling they think they will have. I love all of the awkward situations the characters get into. This was a fun read. ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tawna Fenske delivers another must read. Absolutely loved this addition to The Ponderosa Resort series. Val and Josh were perfect together. From their first meeting until the last page, their chemistry had me hooked. My only complaint-I wish it was longer.

Looking forward to another visit soon. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute, fun, read. Val and Josh were so sweet together and finally conquered their fear and inadequacies. Christmas in July wedding was a great premise for the story. I received this arc for an honest review.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the steamy, sweet, funny wonderfulness you expect

A visit to the Ponderosa Resort!!

For Bree's wedding, her cousin Valerie comes as a guest and as her wedding dress designer.

She is a twin. The less adventurous twin. She is mistaken for her sister by a man who was supposedly Vanessa's first. A man who Nessa ghosted.

Who's he?

Josh is in charge of all the adventurous things like white water rafting. And while he's stunned to see the woman who ghosted him all those years ago, he is instantly dr
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great, quick read touches on all the feels! A pretend fling that turns into true love,Mancandy Crush continues the Ponderosa Resort series with Vanessa Bracelyn, cousin to the Bracelyn siblings and wedding dress designer and Josh Mattis, local adventure guide helping with the pre-wedding festivities for Bree and Austin. Despite being a novella, the romance doesn’t seem rushed or come across as insta-love. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Ponderosa Resort series and am looking forward to Jon ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mancandy Crush is a laugh out loud good erotic rom com! It’s a quick read, perfect for the beach or beside the pool read. I am hooked on this series! I love the awkward situations these characters get into.
One of my favorite quotes “I swat my boobs like they insulted my mother. This is not how I saw my romantic woody date unfolding.” I am looking forward to the next installment of The Ponderosa Resort series.
I received and Advanced Readers Copy.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, library
I think this one is a novella?

Anyway it's super cute.
I also can't keep all the [Bracelyns?] clear. Especially when you throw in cousin and shit. But whatever.

Josh and Valerie are ... it's kinda instalove, but not in an annoying way. [Also god I hate that term. I just annoyed myself even simply typing it :|]


I kinda didn't like how much Vanessa was centered in this story. Like... she ... kinda seemed clueless and ... granted it was when she was a kid but ... a super shitty selfish kid. [
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a novella starting with the beginning plans of Bree and Austin’s upcoming nuptials and the before wedding parties & activities at the Ponderosa Ranch Resort. I love this series and once again Tawna doesn’t disappoint with her story telling with some romance, a lot of humor & a little drama.
This story is about Valerie Vincent; who is Bree’s cousin and her wedding dress maker. Then she has an awkward run in with Josh Mattis; who thinks she’s Gabrielle; someone he met six years ago and lef
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read to cool off in July!

Don't get me wrong, there is heat and romance in this book, but with a Christmas wedding taking place in July, it will help cool things down. Another great read for the Ponderosa series. This novella steps a bit away from the core members of the Bracelyn family, but still ties them into the story. No worries though, because you will love 💘 Valerie and Josh as much as the other characters in the series. Tawna Fenske has a wonderful way to make you laugh out loud o
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every Ponderosa Resort book...okay, every Tawna Fenske book I’ve read, makes me laugh out loud. This one was no exception. I’m so glad Josh got his story, even if it wasn’t a full length book. But while short in length, it was full of fun, laughter, a few tears and so much sexiness.
Since I’m always honest, I did experience a bit of squeamishness that our heroine, Valerie, is the twin of Josh’s summer fling, Vanessa. You’ll need to read yourself to see exactly what that entailed...because this i
Tanya Yost
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just have to start by saying that the Ponderosa Resort Series is a sweet and sexy series. If you are looking for something to to dive into and get lost, this is it.

Before reading Mancandy and Stiffsuit, I was in a book drought. But opening these books it pulled me in and now I cant wait till the next book I can get my hands on.

This story starts out as mistaken identity from a young love six years ago and it turns out that there are twins involved. Josh and Valerie pretend to have a fling, so
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Laughter and love abound when it is Christmas in July!

I love visiting the Ponderosa Ranch! There is family and friendship, quirky characters and always an abundance of fun. Of course, there is sweet love as well with all the ups and downs and challenges it brings…

Josh and Valerie’s first meeting was one for the record books. What followed though quickly made up for that particularly embarrassing “oops”. There was no stopping them as they bonded over saving face in front of lost loves.

These two c
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I have really enjoyed all of the books in the Ponderosa Resort Romantic Comedies, and this Christmas in July novella was no exception. I felt like I got a special treat, and the introduction of a couple new characters in the Bracelyn extended family leaves me hopeful that we'll have several more stories to come.

Josh and Val are one of those couples with immediate chemistry, and Val's honesty about her own fears is just the impetus Josh needs to open himself up, and to expose some of the secrets
Stella Thompson
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best Ponderosa Book yet! ⭐️⭐️🌟⭐️⭐️

I absolutely loved this book! Once I started, I couldn’t put it down!

Val is at Ponderosa resort for her cousin Bree’s wedding. She is the designer and she’s made Bree’s one-of-a-kind Christmas Wedding dress! As she is speaking with her twin on her cell, while she thought she was in a private, quite spot, in marches Josh who mistakes her for her twin!

Josh had a short summer fling with Nessa and according to Nessa, Josh was her first. But then she left, and didn
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first heard about Tawna Fenske in August of 2015 when her book "About That Fling" was featured as a "Kindle First." I have fallen in love with the way that she tells a story. Her characters are fun, and even ones you may not like at first tend to grow on you. Since then, I have read anything that I have found by Tawna.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Bracelyn family. Although this book was about Bracelyn cousins, I liked that there were still appearances from the Bracelyn siblings.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful novella! I love the Ponderosa Resort series, and this is a cute addition. The main characters, Valerie and Josh, are adorable together. And while I’m not often a fan of relationships that develop so quickly, somehow it works with this couple. There are also cameos from some of the other characters from past Ponderosa Resort novels, and that’s always fun to see. (Plus, we got a glimpse of Bree and Austin’s wedding!) Fenske has a great ability to write realistic characters that yo ...more
Linda Ketter
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a cute novella with varying emotions. Betrayal, fear, feelings of inadequacy, putting on a brave face, trying new things and letting go. Both Josh and Val are afraid. Each for their own reasons, but the fear is always there. I don't know anyone who won't be able to relate. Everyone has at least one fear; something that either humiliates them or causes them anxiety, or just unease. Whether it's something from their past, something their hiding in their present or something they're afraid ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a romance to give you all the feels. Tawna Fenske is the author for you.
We are back at the Ponderosa Resort for the wedding of Bree and Austin. Valerie our heroine is back in town for her cousins nuptials. After going through a traumatic time as a child. Valerie lives her adult life, taking as few risks as possible. When Josh first meets Valerie he mistakes her for her twin sister.
After talking for a while, its clear there is an attraction between them. They come up with a
Shawn Hamdorf
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been six years since he laid eyes on the girl who broke his heart. Thinking to give her a piece of his mind, he finds out it's not her but her twin sister Valerie. Josh is now intrigued, and intends to discover her secrets. Valerie has her own heartbreak when she finds out her twin is dating her crush from a few years ago. Being at the Ponderosa Resort for a wedding, they are both involved and Val decides she needs an escort so her sister will back off. Now we have a wedding theme of Christ ...more
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