Series: Real Love #1
Published by: Loveswept on July 25, 2017
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
What I liked
There was a lot I liked about Eye Candy:
- Office romance.
- Two characters with a tough relationship history (both divorced).
- I liked the characters a lot both individually and on their own.
- I looove the whole “friends become lovers” trope.
And just in general, the book was a lot of fun. It was also a super quick read. It only took me about a day. Win.
But there were a few pretty key things that kept me from enjoying the book more…
What I didn’t like
I had three pretty huge problems with the book.
1) There’s this really hypocritical thing…
I’m putting this in spoiler tags because it happens pretty far in—around the 45-50% mark.View Spoiler » [Jackie starts dating the jogger guy (“J.T.”). They haven’t really defined what they are—they’ve just gone out on a few dates. Then Vince basically says, “Hey, Jackie! Date me too! Like… for practice…” And Jackie is like, “Hmm well J.T. and I are still new and haven’t said we’re exclusive… so okay!!” She starts dating both guys, but keeps Vince a secret from J.T. Then, a few days later, she catches J.T. “cheating” on her (having sex with another woman) and becomes really really really upset and suddenly J.T. becomes the “cheating bastard”. But why was what J.T. did so horrible if Jackie was also under the impression that they weren’t exclusive? This whole cheating incident became a huge part of the book but it was so hypocritical… « Hide Spoiler]
2) Then Vince does a really stupid thing…
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.
But then, at the 50% mark, this happens: View Spoiler » [J.T. “cheats” on Jackie and Jackie goes running into Vince’s arms. They have this awesome night, have sex, yada yada. They’re obviously both crazy about each other. Vince has totally scored because he wanted Jackie, then he got Jackie, and J.T. was out of the picture. But instead of owning that, he’s literally like, “The only way I know how to proceed is tell her it was all for teh lulz and I was just trying to coach her and I just want to be her coach again moving forward to help her score a better guy.” What the fuck? So he got everything he wanted, then he freaks out and decides to brush it all off like it was no biggie and tells Jackie he just wants to be her coach… even though that isn’t what he want. The idiot backtracked. « Hide Spoiler]
3) Then there’s another hypocritical thing at the end…View Spoiler » [Jackie sees Vince talking to his ex-wife and assumes the worst: that they hooked up. Vince is SUPER offended by her assumption. He’s like, “OMG I can’t believe you’d think so little of me! We’re through!” He literally does break up with her over it. Then, a few days later, he sees Jackie talking to J.T. and LITERALLY does the exact same thing. He assumes the worst: that they got back together and turns into a prat over it. « Hide Spoiler]
I think the toughest thing about Eye Candy is that it’s built on one of the most frustrating things in romance books: characters who REFUSE to communicate with each other. Even when the other person’s feelings are so obvious, they both still refuse to talk about it and refuse to own up to anything. It’s all brushed off. This is even harder to deal with when you’re given both points of view and you can literally see how much both of them are obsessed with each other.
Despite all the problems I had with Eye Candy, it was still a fun read. Sometimes it’s just hard to put up with all the frustration when it comes to people being silly, uncommunicative, and prone to weird mind games instead of being up front.