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Review | Candidly Yours: Carnivale Chronicles by Reese Ryan

Romantic, steamy, full of color and life.

Candidly Yours by Reese Ryan is a lovely romantic comedy about a woman in her forties and a man ten years her junior who happened to be her younger brother’s friend in high school.

They reconnect after many years while traveling together to film a documentary on the various carnival cultures around the world.


Book Details

Print Length: 174 pages
Publisher: Sinfully Sweet Publishing (May 2, 2020)
Publication Date: May 2, 2020
Language: English
ASIN: B08663M17K


Book Description:

He’s not into commitment. She’s looking for forever. But neither of them can deny the sizzling attraction between them.

Layla St. John has the talent, creativity, and drive to start her own clothing line. What the big-hearted entrepreneur lacks is the capital. So when a celebrity photographer offers to connect her with investors if she’ll let him feature her in his photography series about Caribbean carnival culture, it’s a deal she can’t refuse. But Layla can’t help being attracted to the brilliant artist. Too bad he’s her little brother’s former best friend and way too young for her.

Quincy Johnston has spent the past ten years making a name for himself as a photographer and avoiding complicated relationships. But when an impromptu trip to his small hometown, Pleasure Cove, leads to a chance encounter with the woman he’s been crushing on since he was a kid, Quincy gets a taste of the deep connections he’s been missing.

Can Layla and Quincy move past their relationship fears and take a chance on turning their short-term, secret fling into a shot at forever?

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Layla knew Quincy since forever; he was her little brother’s best friend in high school. But when she met him by chance at a local restaurant, she was surprised to find out he was not a young kid anymore.

Quincy lost his stutter, filled out all in the right places, and became a famous photographer. The only thing that did not change was his crush for Layla.

Layla raised her siblings after her mother passed away and worked hard to establish her bridal/ carnival costume atelier. She always liked Quincy, but she was having a hard time accepting that their age difference was not that relevant anymore.

When he invited her to take part in a documentary he was filming on the various carnival cultures around the world, she was reluctant, but could not resist accepting.

The characters are adorable. I loved the fact that Layla, like me, is in her forties. She is so centered, responsible, always putting everybody else’s wishes first.

Quincy is also a sweetheart. He might not have been ready for commitment, but he was always so thoughtful and romantic.

Their love story happens mostly during a delightful trip to several carnival festivals, including locations like Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The rhythms, the food, everything emanated sensuality and appealed to the senses.

As a girl born and raised in Brazil, I really enjoyed the carnival references.

Candidly Yours is a fun and short read, perfect for an afternoon on the beach. I read it in one sit, I just could not put it down.


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About the Author

Reese Ryan writes sexy, deeply emotional romances with family drama, surprising secrets, and unexpected twists.

Past president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter and a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Reese is an advocate for the romance genre and diversity in fiction.

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