Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon (Real Love #2)

34369582Davis: I’ve had my eye on Grace Buchanan for a while now. Unlike the bubbly blondes I usually date, the feisty, flame-haired bartender both intrigues and bewilders me. There’s only one problem: She hates me. But when Grace bets me that I can’t get a date with a non-blonde if my life depends on it, I’m determined to prove her wrong by landing the ultimate non-blonde: her.

Grace: I like giving Davis a hard time, and he’s kind of cute in his suit and tie—if you’re into that kind of thing. Anyway, I don’t care how many blondes he takes home . . . until one of them sidles up to him in my bar. Nuh-uh. But after my little bet with Davis backfires, our first date lands us in the sack. So does the second. And the third. Neither of us wants more than the best sex of our lives. The trouble is, it’s not a question of what I want. It’s what I need. And what I need is Davis.


I was looking for a fun contemporary romance and this fit the bill. Both the hero and heroine are serial daters who drop people before they get too attached – Davis because he was abandoned at the altar, Grace because her divorced parents have warned her away from marriage. A friendly bet turns into sparks and the couple has to decide if they’re willing to go all in on their relationship.

The good:

  • Davis is an odd mix of alpha and beta hero that I haven’t seen before.  He works in finance and makes tons of money but after work he wants nothing more than to make dinner while nursing a beer.
  • Despite a black moment near the end the story is relatively angst-free.
  • Grace knows what she wants and goes for it even if other people in her life don’t get it.
  • I wouldn’t go as far to call this romance a comedy but it is light-hearted.

The not-so-good:

  • Grace knows her own mind until a single conversation late in the book that brings on our couple’s black moment.
  • It’s totally her fault, and she realizes that, but Davis ends up apologizing anyway, even though he acted rationally and did nothing wrong.  Grah.
  • To make up for angst some drama is thrown in to move the plot forward but it doesn’t click with me.

Overall Arm Candy is light and enjoyable enough but not particularly memorable.

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