Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Title: Kandiland
Author: TL Smith
Release Date: June 17, 2018

He was forbidden, my boss and incapable of loving me.
People talked about him, whispered about him in passing.
He was the king of his town.
And I was a visitor.
I was by no means a smart girl. Never loved with my head, always with my heart.
That fact alone almost killed me once.
I should have listened the second time around.
But the king of this small town, had me starving. Had me craving his taste.
My name is Kandi, and he called me his Kandiland.
The king declared I was his medicine, and with each dose, he became better and better.
He was the perfect liar.
And I was his perfect Kandi.
Together, we were explosive, and toxic in every way.

*Kandiland is a full length Standalone*
Excuse me while I still try to pick my jaw up of the ground. This book just snuck itself into my top reads of the year and while I was expecting something enticing, I couldn't have been prepared for THIS. Kandiland is the first book I've ever read from TL Smith, but good golly miss molly it will not be my last. This book expertly weaves together two damaged characters that aren't looking for anything other than a physical touch that will make them feel alive. In Kandi's case she's still recovering from an event from a year ago that left her heart in tatters, and in Huxley's case we're given a cold domineering man, with no need for love, just a hunger for power. Power of his business, power over this town he owns, power over his rotten and scarring past, and power over this woman who dropped into his town and stole his breath without his permission.

However, what they find together is a passionate obsession they thrive on. The push and pull, the yes and no, the anger-sparked lust all dominate Kandi and Huxley. Neither think they can possibly make a forever of this, but when faced with a decision that could lead to a future without each other, they'll have to both make decisions that could have them falling back into the toxic ways of their pasts, or breathe a new life into their toxic present that makes their future something worth living and thriving for. 

This book just about destroyed me. With a name like Kandiland, you'd expect a little fluff, but this book is seductively gritty, and heart-twistingly angsty. Kandi is a quirky spitfire, and Huxley is a "you can't say no to me" alpha. Together they are mind-melting and had me awestruck. I was glued to every bit of their story, and though that ending made me the happiest of readers, I would complain one iota if there was another book in their future. I can't say enough good things about this book. It's wonderful. More than, even. And If you haven't picked it up, you're missing out on a fantastic love story!

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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