Candy Land (Hidden Gem #3)

Author: Lissa Kasey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: DSP & Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

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Blurb:  Cameron “Candy” Michelson Jr. doesn’t have time for distractions. He’s too busy restructuring the red-light district into an adult playland for City M and running the Hidden Gem. But when his companion, Avery “Ivy” Laurent, grows closer to Jack, an investigator for the Institute of Scientific Study, Candy can’t hide his jealousy. Nor his own interest in Jack.

Ivy is crazy about Jack, but he’s also in love with Candy. Ideally, Ivy longs for all three of them to be together, but between Jack’s nonexistent libido and Candy’s supercharged needs, Ivy isn’t sure how to make it work.

When Jack gets called in to help the City M police department investigate a series of violently murdered companions, both Candy and Ivy brace for trouble. But nothing prepares them for Candy becoming the prime suspect.

In a future landscape of corrupt government officials, brutal BDSM crimes, and a host of dark creatures, Candy, Ivy, and Jack must work together to find the killer, save themselves—and learn how to trust each other.

 

Review:  This cover is gorgeous! It’s so so pretty. Candy Land is book 3 of this series. You definitely have to read these in order. Each book has a new couple for the love story but the story arcs are carried on throughout. The world building is fantastic and intricate. The characters are vivid. Their pasts are revealed in pieces and really do make the man in this book.

Candy Land features the loner AM/shifter and detective Jack, Candy the beautiful dom whore and Ivy the oh so sweet boy with the ability to control plants Candy saved in the last book. The three of them have a connection of sorts born of the time they spent together in quarantine during the outbreak in book 2. In this book they come together in a three way relationship. It’s not exactly normal by most people’s standards but for them it works. Jack isn’t a sexual being but he cares for both of the other men. He will have sex if they want it but he doesn’t initiate or look down on them for sex playing such an important part of their lives. Candy and Ivy are very sexual. They’ve been having sex since Ivy came to the Gem. The part that’s new in this book are the emotions they all admit to having for each other and adding Jack to the mix. Both Candy and Ivy are companions and have no intention of stopping. Jack is fine with this also. I’m generally not a fan of manage but for these characters it worked. They really did seem happier together.

Normally the romance takes center stage for me but in this installment the plot was excellent. There was so much revealed in the last book. I thought I learned so much and them bam! Things get totally shaken up. This book takes everything a step further. What you think you know, you probably don’t. This entire series is about government conspiracies and cover ups. Power struggles. Prejudice. Human experimentation gone horribly wrong. I love how I never really know what’s coming next.

Parts of this did get a bit confusing. The evolving A-Ms and Psi were hard to visualize. Giant worm snakes with wings? For me this part of the story became a bit too indulgent in the creativity department. I want to follow along. At this point I have no idea what to expect when it comes to what these guys can turn into and what powers they have. I guess for me that’s good and bad. I don’t like just anything happening on page. It has to fit somewhere with the rules and information I’ve been given. I guess that could just be me but parts of this book were just too out there.

So the romance was okay for me. Nothing memorable and certainly not my my favorite of the series. The plot and story lines were very interesting. I like forming all the connections between the characters and the things that happened in previous books. That more than anything kept my attention when other parts of the story seemed to drag or go off into crazy morphing creatures. Basically this books had some great highs but also some lows. I just wish I had a better grasp of what the characters super abilities were. If you’ve read the rest of the series you’ll want to pick this one up.

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