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Eye Candy (City Chicks Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tera Lynn Childs
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Book Description

“Eye Candy is a romance that’s just as sweet and addicting as candy, without the high sugar content … I was able to devour this novel in one sitting, falling in love with the fun, witty dialogue and steamy romance. … fun, flirty and absolutely delicious. It is a perfect light summer read to bring along on the beach, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
~ The YA Lit Chick

“This book was well written and entertaining. It had tons of humor, a cute budding romance rivaling an already established connection, and a whole lot of fun. If you are looking for a cute, romance story then try this one.”
~ Once Upon a Dream Books

Every girl deserves something sweet...

Lydia Vanderwalk has an obsession with candy, so when she invents an NEB (non-existent boyfriend) who turns out to be the male hire-a-date equivalent of a jumbo box of Hot Tamales she knows she’s in trouble.

Lydia has worked hard to have the right job, the right wardrobe, and the right everything else, in the quest for the appearance of perfection. When she needs her NEB for a golden career opportunity, she enlists a talent agent friend’s help to produce perfect date Phelps. He was supposed to be pure eye candy, but there’s more going on beneath the surface than Red Hots looks and Pop Rocks spontaneity.

Throw in a banking wunderkind ex-fiancé, a trio of cutthroat couture-climbers, and a designer of questionable orientation and origin, and Lydia soon learns that what you see is often much less than what you get when it comes to people and not everything in life can be solved by a Jolly Rancher and a shopping spree.

Eye Candy is the first chick lit romantic comedy in the City Chicks series.

the City Chicks series:
#1 Eye Candy (out now)
#2 Straight Stalk (out now)
#3 Trying Texas (out now)
#4 Perfect Pitch (coming soon)


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About the Author

Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published her City Chicks sweet chick lit series. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1528 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fearless Gypsy LLC; 2 edition (June 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KQM9OU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,931 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Out-of-control Candy Obsession May 21, 2012
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There were a few things about this book that made it a frustrating read for me. Some were with the writing itself (tense shifts mid-sentence, misuse of words), others with the actual story, all of them kept taking me out of the story and reminded me that I was reading. I love the stories that whisk me along at such a pace and involve me in such a way with what is happening that I forget I am reading and feel more like I am in the story. Unfortunately, this story didn't do that for me.

Let's start with the candy obsession. I know it was meant to play a factor in the story, I got that from the title, but I couldn't help but feel that it was a little overdone. After a few pages of reading about what kind of candy the heroine eats - at all times - I was on the verge of giving up on this book. And when the heroine started using candy terms for cursing, I thought the candy thing was going too far and almost stopped reading this book. Truly, the only thing that kept me reading was Phelps. He is the best thing about this book, the most interesting character in the book, and I wanted to read more about him. Unfortunately, I think he didn't really get the attention he deserved and I think he was kind of shafted further on in the story when Lydia renewed a relationship with her ex-fiance. After deciding she didn't really love him any more (another issue I had with this book). I felt that Phelps deserved so much better than what he received.

Not that Lydia is a bad person because she's not. She's just a confused person who comes off more like a teenage girl than a thirty-three year old woman (I had to keep reminding myself that she was, in fact an adult).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I should be paid for reading this free book May 29, 2012
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I completely understand why this book is free. It starts out slow and then finally starts to pick up. The story isn't quite believable and at times a bit far fetched. Her candy obsession is a little uncomfortable at times. When the book finally starts to get good (at the end) she has a non ending / choose your own. I'm a grown woman if I wanted to pick my own endings on books I'd read grade school books. This book was a disappointment and it is getting deleted off of my kindle. Books like this we should be paid for reading.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked February 20, 2011
By 1110cg
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As usual Tera started the story in such a way you were reeled in after two sentences This book hooked my by the start. It was catchy and relatable on many levels. Sadly the ending was a choose your own and I wish there would have been a confirmation to the story after you spent all the time reading it. I would highly recommend Tera's other books and this one too, minus the end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So much promise...not quite finished October 14, 2012
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I have to agree with a lot of these reviews, the candy aspect was a little over done. The first few pages really inundate you with the candy concept, so much so that I almost stopped reading. I kept reading because I enjoyed the author's snappy writing and I really liked the Lydia, the main character. Actually all the characters were really lovable. When I realized I was reaching the end of the book there was still so much story that hadn't been wrapped up for me that I was ready to download the sequel to get my closure. I still have lingering questions about exactly what happened with Janice and the KY girls and why, what happened to her parents sailing expedition? Did they lose the house? And of course there was Phelps I really liked that guy and I was still waiting to get to know him. The sucker punch came when I had to choose my own ending, never getting to know my favorite character. Grrrr! I read both endings still hoping I could get some closure to the missing pieces of the story. I didn't. And I wasn't sure why the endings were written in third person when the whole book was a first-person story. It felt to me the author was rushed to get this story out, and missed some major finishing touches. I would highly recommend the first 90%, but the last left me wanting more and not in a good way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read October 5, 2014
By Dreams
Format:Kindle Edition
Lydia doesn't like the fake girls she works with, and when one mentioned her ex-fiancé is on the cover of a major magazine, her mouth gets her in trouble. With a chance at a possible advancement at risk, there is no way she can show up to the gathering without the fictional boyfriend she created. But luckily for her, her friends are there to help. Now her model turned boyfriend for hire and her are about to find out just how fake a relationship they're out to make.

"Sweetheart, everyone's life is messed up. Most just don't realize it."

I'm already a fan of this author's work, so when there was a chance to read a copy of the first book in her City Chicks series, I had to take it. I flew through the book, and loved every page of it. This book was a chick-lit story with a sugary twist.

This book was well written and entertaining. It had tons of humor, a cute budding romance rivaling an already established connection, and a whole lot of fun. If you are looking for a cute, romance story then try this one.

I liked Lydia. She was insanely addicted to candy, yet somehow endearing with her cheese candy phrases. From the beginning I was curious about her relationship with the ex. I wanted to know why it was called off, and how that was going to affect the obvious attraction she held for Phelps. I'm not normally a fan of male models, but I loved him. He was spontaneous and fun, and yet trustworthy and loving.

"I hoped this was just the effects of jetlag. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I suddenly found respect for everyone I worked with."

Maybe I was already swayed in Phelps' direction, but I really didn't like the ex. It kind of felt like he was hiding something, and not what she thought he was.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed the story
This was a fun story that I enjoyed for the story. There were some editorial issues but the tale itself was intriguing and witty and worth reading. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SFC
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good beach book.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read!
I thoroughly enjoyed Eye Candy. It's a fun read featuring a heroine who loves her candy. I thought the candy references were cute and, in case anyone is reading the older reviews,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars More than Eye Candy
My favorite things about this book were so much fun that I read it in two days. The main character has such a distinctive voice that she was fun to spend the day with. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Traci McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring your bag of sweet and sour watermelons before you sit down with...
This is a candy cotton good book, sweet, light and funny. I love how the author throws us candy metaphors and descriptions throughout this story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by julie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Predictable, but Fun Read
Eye Candy is a romance that's just as sweet and addicting as candy, without the high sugar content and probability of leading to a stomach ache with large doses. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Justine
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum!
This is a fun story that combines candy and romance with a totally hot guy. What could be better? I love this author and would read anything by her. I highly recommend this book!
Published 9 months ago by Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars Candy Love
I love, love, LOVE this book! So much fun, and SO cute!

Great for a summer read! Also for anyone who likes romance, comedy, and of course, candy.
Published 9 months ago by ReadingIsFunForEveryone
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
It was a good book, but I didn't like the way the author let as choose our own ending. It almost seemed like she couldn't decide so she didn't.
It was a fun read though.
Published on March 24, 2013 by Kym Laret
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish
I couldn't get into this story. The candy mentions seemed a bit trite and didn't add much to the story.
Published on December 19, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning young adult author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods., Goddess Boot Camp, and Goddess in Time, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever, Just For Fins, and Pretty in Pearls, and a trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She also writes the fun, chick lit romance City Chicks series (Eye Candy, Straight Stalk, and Trying Texas). Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

To learn more about TLC, visit teralynnchilds.com or follower her on Twitter (@teralynnchilds), like her on Facebook (facebook.com/teralynnchilds), or read her blog (teralynnchilds.com/blog).

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