Just finished reading Tasting Candy by Anne Rainey. This was really a fun and very enjoyable read. The two main characters, Blade Vaughn & Candace Warner were just perfect. The timidity, the innocence of Candace brought to life her very sexiness. Blade is the poster boy for hulking male caveman while showing a gentler, more considerate side to bring Candace out of her fear and shell. This was a rollercoaster ride of laughter and tears and kept me reading and wanting more. I wish it had been longer and taken more time in developing the relationship between Blade and Candy. The jump from panic driven fear of men to blossoming sex kitten was a bit quick but didn't really detract from the story itself. The characters were well developed, the pace was a bit frantic but the story kept you on the edge all the way through.
Candace had been raped two yers ago, her virginity ripped from her by a callous, shallow man. Even though she was suffering she still had the courage and strength to take her attaker to court and see him put away. There's more strength in Candace than she gives herself credit for. Opening to Blade Vaughn is a hugh step. A leap of faith in trying to bring herself back from terrors that one night had forced on her. Rough, course and totally demanding, Blade only knew that Candace affected him as no other woman ever had. Once he made up his mind to have her nothing was going to stand in his way. Realizing the basis of Candace's fear Blade begins a slow, gentle seduction. Holding an iron control over his need to take Candace in every way a man could take a woman, Blade eases Candace into something she finds she really wants. Blade makes her feel safe and doesn't run away from the panic and fear that is such a huge part of Candace's life. He eases her barriers, makes her feel and want and realize that she is a strong and beautiful woman. The dance between the two of them is exciting and tender and wonderful to behold. This is a totally enjoyable read.