Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sex and Candy

Title: Sex and Candy
Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: MLR Press
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ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0219
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Denial can be a cruel mistress as witnessed by Brad Hauffman. Fortunately, openly gay Brad did not suffer from denial, only disappointment in his closeted best friend Geoff. However, meeting Tristan Reaver along with the budding romance they share, Brad’s wait for happiness is finally over.

Sex and Candy is part of the Arbor Heights series. The plot illustrates the negative effects trying to please others instead of yourself can have on someone. Not only does living a lie impact the pretender, but all the other people involved.

Brad is lucky; the fact that he is gay was acknowledged as well as supported by his parents, employer and friends. Brad is an easygoing pastry chef who loves to cook. He also dreams of having a long term relationship someday. Going to the Blue Dogs private party was more an act of rebellion for Brad rather than his normal social activity.

Tristan has hosted friends with benefits gatherings in his home for years. These are private stress relief parties with some very strict rules. Tristan is a businessman who has never been in a monogamous relationship before meeting Brad. After dating Brad for a few weeks, Tristan is not willing to share Brad with anyone ever again.

Diana DeRicci has created a notably impressive as well as an enjoyable story.
The main aspect in this story, besides the intimacy between Tristan and Brad, is the attitude of people who are living a charade existence. Honorable behaviors have been cast aside in favor of a bogus standard of living. 

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