Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon - Review and Release Blitz


A clean-cut suit and a rebellious bartender act on their unlikely chemistry in this frisky Real Love novel.

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

Grace is used to regulars hitting on her at the bar. She’s turned them all down, except for one: Davis Price. She likes giving him a hard time, and he is kind of cute in his suit and tie—if you’re into that kind of thing. But after her bet with Davis backfires, their first date lands them in the sack. So does the second. And the third. They’ve convinced themselves that scintillating sex is enough, until want turns into need. Now they’re faced with a choice: end their physical relationship, or double-down on forever…

“A great balance [of] funny, sexy, sweet…”

Dear Jessica Lemmon,

How, HOW do you keep writing the best possible book boyfriends? How am I supposed to pick one? Well, I refuse to pick and I am just going to keep reading your books, because each is better than the last (seriously, HOW do you keep doing this???)

Arm Candy was absolutely not what I thought it was going to be...and at the same time, it was.

Ms. Lemmon has a style of writing that makes you laugh while you are crying and vice versa. I think, at least for me, this is the appeal. At first glance, her books are a light read...but then you start them, and you are crying, your heart is breaking, and you are laughing...wondering where that light read went...until it appears again, and there is a phrase that just makes you laugh.

Davis is so perfect. I loved all of his little quirks and contradictions, the way he dresses for work in his home office is so telling about who he is on the outside, the inside, and the importance he places on appearances, about looking a certain way, and about being a certain way.

Until he meets Grace and she is none of those things. She isn't what he thinks he wants, she doesn't fit the mold. More importantly, she doesn't fit with what he thinks he should want, so he fights the attraction...her hair is the wrong color, she has the wrong job...he fights it.

And, then he takes a bet. Not because he can't back down, but because it is an excuse. Davis can let himself want Grace, because the date wasn't his was a bet. It's his cover, his rationale, and the way he talks himself into it being ok to be with her. I loved how incredibly relate-able this is...I think we all have something that we would do, in a heartbeat, if we could place the blame (or at least the catalyst) for doing it on someone else. Davis is no fool and he jumps at the chance.

The rest of the book is them working it out, learning about themselves while figuring out the other person and learning how to make things work and the value of putting in the effort when you find that one person who just gets you. There are some dips, and some things that happen that are very real life, but I loved how each event worked to further the story and to let you get to know Davis and Grace just a little more with each event.

Remember how I said she didn't fit the mold for Davis? No problem, she breaks it apart until there's nothing left but dust. And, it's quite a ride. I recommend this title.

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Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton & Erin Mallon

Meet Jessica

Jessica Lemmon is a former job-hopper who resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dogs. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she's not writing emotionally-charged stories, she spends her time drawing, drinking coffee, and laughing with friends. Her motto is Read for fun, and she believes we all should do more of what makes us happy.

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