Eye Candy (Real Love, #1) by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Real Love #1
Also in this series: Eye Candy, Arm Candy, Man Candy (Real Love, #3), Rumor Has It (Real Love, #4), America's Sweetheart (Real Love, #5)
Publication Date: July 25th 2017
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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.
Jacqueline and Vince are best friends and co-workers. Every day at a specific time Jackie stares out her window to ogle a runner who she thinks is hotter than hot. Vince is jealous because even though he and Jackie are friends he wants to be more. Despite his feelings he encourages Jackie to date runner guy because he thinks that she’ll see what a dolt the guy is and then he’ll have his opening. Things don’t exactly work out that way.
Jackie is excited about dating the runner guy but she’s kind of having fantasies about her friend Vince and she’s not sure how he feels about that. She’s getting mixed signals as he’s telling her what she should do with runner guy. It’s all very confusing. Soon Jackie is acting like a teenager and with Vince and she’s not sure how he feels about her.
This was a cute and sometimes funny book. I like friends-to-lovers stories and I had some pretty high hopes with this one as I know what a great writer that Lemmon is. Unfortunately this one just wasn’t what I was expecting.
Friends who become lovers – that’s a difficult and sometimes rocky road to take and that’s when the H/h are being honest with each other about their feelings. That wasn’t the case here. Vince thought that if Jackie dated she would see that the dating world sucked and then he’d have his chance. Jackie dated runner guy and eventually did see what an ass he was but since Vince was being so wishy washy it was hard for her to tell. Then when Jackie did something completely childish, even though it was done in the heat of the moment, Vince gets extremely mad and stops talking to her. I was completely floored at his actions and wanted to hit the man, quite frankly. Between the hiding of their feelings and the huge miscommunication I found myself rolling my eyes instead of understanding what they were going through. I wish I could say better things about this one but it just didn’t do it for me.
Rating: 2.5/3 out of 5