Book Review: Arm Candy by Patricia Ryan – A Contemporary Romance with a Memorable Cast
Title: Arm Candy
Author: Patricia Ryan
Publisher: Hakely Books
Publication Date: August 10th, 2016
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I am going to begin with what I did not like about Arm Candy. I did not like that the main female character took too much of the responsibility for what went wrong at the end. She was not responsible, at least not entirely, so that kind of made me mad, even if it worked out at the end.
That said, everything else in Arm Candy was perfect. I loved the side characters – while I can not say too much about each of them, as they seem to have their own stories to tell – were superbly created and showcased. They made the best possible backdrop for a heartwarming story, that contained everything I hope for in a contemporary romance. Yes, the ending kind of ticked me off, and that is why it is not getting a 5 star rating, but overall the plot was expertly constructed, the chemistry between the two main characters real, and deep, and the setting interesting enough to keep me entertained.
I have never read a book by Patricia Ryan before this (not that I remember), but I surely will remember her after this encounter. Because Arm Candy is the third installation of the series, and I had not read the other two beforehand, I can certify that this book is a complete stand-alone, and in no need of prior knowledge of the other books. But, now that I know how good this Author is, I am surely going to read the rest of the series. Whether you choose to start with the first book, or Arm Candy, I have a feeling, you will enjoy this hot read.
3.5 out of 5. Warning – this book is not clean, but it is not erotica either.
4 out of 5 Stars
David Waite, a wealthy British fundraiser in New York City, knows exactly how to please a woman, but he’s had enough of social climbers and users. His solution? “Arm candy,” a beautiful woman to accompany him as his regular date. She’s to serve as a dazzling accessory, not a prostitute or call girl, with no strings attached, either emotional or sexual. Then he sees Nora, and he finds himself overwhelmed with a craving for sweets…
Nora Armstrong is a wholesome, virginal beauty fresh from the Midwest. Her cousin asks her to go out with David Waite as a favor to advance his event planning business. She can’t say no, any more than she can say no when David asks for a second date, and a third… According to “arm candy” rules, she should be safe… until David decides to break the rules. Suddenly Nora realizes it’s a risky business, being this smoking hot Brit’s faux girlfriend… and falling in love.
Arm Candy is part of the Hot City Nights series of steamy romances with urban settings, but it can be read independently of the rest of the series. It is a full-length novel with no cliffhanger!
About the Author: Patricia Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen romances and mysteries, including the #1 national bestseller Still Life With Murder, written as P.B. Ryan. A RITA® winner and four-time nominee, she is also the recipient of two RT BookReviews Awards. Subscribe to her newsletter by visiting patricia-ryan.com.