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Early Review: Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon

Aug 29, 2017

Last call! At the end of the night, a clean-cut hunk and a rebellious bartender act on their unlikely chemistry in this frisky standalone novel from the author of Eye Candy.

Davis: I’ve had my eye on Grace Buchanan for a while now. Unlike the bubbly blondes I usually date, the feisty, flame-haired bartender both intrigues and bewilders me. Something about Grace—the tattoos? the nose ring?—makes every part of me sit up and beg. There’s only one problem: She hates me. Trading insults and one-liners has become our M.O. But when Grace bets me that I can’t get a date with a non-blonde if my life depends on it, I’m determined to prove her wrong by landing the ultimate non-blonde: her.

Grace: I’m used to regulars hitting on me, and I’ve turned them all down, except for one: Davis Price. I like giving him a hard time, and he’s kind of cute in his suit and tie—if you’re into that kind of thing. Anyway, I don’t care how many blondes he takes home . . . until one of them sidles up to him in my bar. Nuh-uh. But after my little bet with Davis backfires, our first date lands us in the sack. So does the second. And the third. Neither of us wants more than the best sex of our lives. The trouble is, it’s not a question of what I want. It’s what I need. And what I need is Davis.


Arm Candy is the second book in Jessica Lemmon’s Real Love Series. After reading and loving Eye Candy (Book 1), I was very much looking forward to reading about Davis and Grace. You could tell from the few scenes with these two and their banter at the bar Grace works at, there was something there. That being said though, this can be read as a standalone.

This is great opposite attracts story! Davis is a suit wearing, stock analyst and Grace is a bartender with tattoos. Both Davis and Grace shy away from relationships for different reasons. Davis was deeply burned in the past by a woman he was engaged to and Grace had to deal with her parent’s ugly divorce and seeing what can happen in relationships. Davis goes to the bar several nights a week, has a beer and often goes home with a blonde (he avoids the redheads-which Grace is). But lately he’s got his eyes on Grace. There’s just something about her that he can’t help being attracted to. Grace is trying not to feel something towards him as well. She makes a bet with him one night to ask out a non-blonde and more money is he asks out a redhead. Challenge accepted, but Grace is shocked when he asks her out.

These two definitely had the chemistry and what was supposed to be just a few times before they moved on, ends up turning into more. As real feelings come into play though and things start to get serious, will they take the plunge for long-term or will the fear of commitment and heartbreak get in the way?

It’s not an easy road for these two, but I was invested in these characters. Fun, sexy times, great banter, just the right amount of angst and an all-around enjoyable read.

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Publisher: Loveswept
Pub Date: September 5th, 2017

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