– Jessica Lemmon
Genre : Contemporary romance, New Adult
Rating : ♥♥♥♥♥
My review : I should start by saying Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon is one of the most wonderful story I’ve read in a long time. I just put it down and it’s been a while since I’ve wanted to share my views about a book right away. That says something about how excited I am.
Arm Candy is the first book I read from this author and I’m happy I got to discover her. I’m definitely going to check her other books. The writing in this one was great and I loved how I was hooked from the very beginning, how I couldn’t flip through the pages fast enough. This book was addictive.
♥ The story ♥
Arm Candy tells the story of Davis, a suit-wearing stock analyst and Gracie, a feisty redhead bartender. Davis is a regular at McGreevy’s, the bar Gracie works in. He sat at his regular seat every evening and they enjoy bantering until he takes home his blonde of the day/week. They’re both attracted to each other and they know it but a past full of pain prevents them from acting on it. Hence, why they banter instead.
From the very start of this book, you can sense the strong connection between Gracie and Davis. Their every interaction is fun, full of sexual tension but also holds a subtle, deeper affection. Everything flows from there. Grace bets him he can’t change his habit of dating only blondes and well, Davis can’t turn down a challenge.
♥ The characters ♥
Davis : He’s your perfect book boyfriend. Sexy, arrogant but also very thoughtful, affectionate and caring. What I admired about this character is that he went through something really painful and still manage not to be bitter about it. Yes, it made him adopt new habits and a strict routine to protect himself from more pain but when something good came his way he recognized it and even if he was afraid, he went with it. Davis is a really touching character. You can’t help but love him right away. His sense of humor, how he enjoys teasing Gracie, the good friend he is to Vince and Jackie. I could seriously go on and on about how much I love this character all day. But I don’t want to spoil anything and would just highly advise you to go check him out in this wonderful story.
Grace : Grace is REAL. In every sense of the word. She’s real with her friends, real with herself. She knows what she wants, she’s just too afraid of getting hurt and her vulnerable side under this tough exterior was SO touching. I felt for her so much. There was this scene when I wanted to seriously slap her but then I thought ‘Oh, my God, I get it. Come here, let me give you a hug’. I love how Davis could see through her. That was the most romantic thing.
These characters made me feel so much. That’s all I can say. I wasn’t ready for it. I actually cried during some scenes and that doesn’t happen often, especially in a contemporary romance/romantic comedy. They both think they are those cold-hearted serial-dater, but wrong! They’re not. They’re two people with a painful past, desperate to avoid getting hurt again. But deep down, they just need the right person to love and care for them.
♥ What I loved ♥
Needless to say I loved this whole book. I’m lacking words.
- The writing style was perfect
- The pace was great
- The characters were amazing
- The storyline was mind-blowing
To conclude, and because if you let me I could talk about Arm Candy all day, I HIGHLY recommend this. It might not touch you like it did to me, but I guarantee, you’re in for a really good time.
And by the way, if you made it to the end of this review, kudos to you !
Have you read it ? If yes, I would love to hear your thoughts. I’m simply overwhelmed.
More details (Goodreads) :
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.