This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Real Love #1
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance, Womens Fiction
Release Date: July 25, 2017
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Jacqueline: As an adult woman--and the vice president of a marketing firm--I shouldn't be waiting by my office window to ogle the mystery man who jogs by every morning at 11:45. Sure, he's a gorgeous, perfect specimen of the human race, but I can't bring myself to hit on a total stranger. However, my best friend-slash-colleague Vince Carson thinks I should do more than talk to the guy. In fact, he's borderline obsessive about "getting me laid." (His words.) But the more time we spend together, the more it's clear: The one I'm falling for is Vince.
Vince: Jackie Butler's got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn't bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can't ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything's going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible.
Eye Candy is a friends to lovers romance but from the start there is a spark between the two main characters. So, there is no awkwardness regarding “all of a sudden noticing that your friend is attractive” type of trope. Both Jackie and Vince had been through some heart-wrenching divorces where they were left by their significant others. This created some pretty deep wounds that they both slowly recovered from. Despite the main characters dealing with some heavy internal issues this was a light and hilarious story that had me swooning and cracking up throughout the book.
Vince and Jackie work together but have been friends for a few years. At the start of Eye Candy Jackie has been lusting after J.T., a man who lives in her apartment complex but also happens to run by her office every day. In nothing but tight exercise shorts and he in an Adonis to look at. He is a real piece of eye candy that Jackie is most interested in devouring. Unfortunately, Jackie is a bit gun shy after her divorce and then string of dating “duds.” Vince decides that as a “friend” he would “coach” Jackie on how to get a date with J.T. but what Vince was really trying to do was to get Jackie to see him as something beyond a friend. No way that idea could go wrong, am I right? 😉
I really enjoyed reading both the viewpoints from Jackie and Vince. Honestly Vince’s portion was just hilarious as he was fighting to get the girl, fighting against his desires, and fighting against reality. He just made things go from bad to “what the??” and it was most entertaining. Jackie was a cute character and I felt bad for her because she was like a ping pong ball with Vince’s waffling back and forth about how he was going to achieve his goals.
In Eye Candy, I thought there was going to be the dreaded love triangle but it was underplayed and if anything, was used to add humor to this story. As far as a friends to lovers romance goes, I quite enjoyed this one. I was especially grateful that the characters did not go through that awkward phase of being uncomfortable about their desire for each other. Once they started with their epic kiss it was all heat and passion from there on out. They just had to keep it on the down low as they were also colleagues. Fun times and a heck of an entertaining read with all the high points you would hope for in a friends to lovers romance.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Loveswept for this eARC of Eye Candy*