When Makoto’s boyfriend ran away with her money and she was fired from her job, she thought her luck was over. That is, until she fell into the ocean while drunk and was rescued by a charming, rich and older man who decides to mold her into a perfect lady to marry! However, for the ordinary Makoto this proves difficult and she soon finds herself in bed with Aito, a rebellious teen… and unbeknownst to her, the son of her fiancée! Now that the three of them are living in the same house, Makoto finds her heart in turmoil. Who will she choose to love?
Overall a surprisingly interesting read. Candy Life presents a relatively standard love triangle with a bit of smut and a very sexy succubus (in the form of a 19-year-old boy), but ultimately succeeds at being engaging for the entire volume. Makoto's choice is relatively obvious but one of the character's motives are not, leading to an interesting twist that you likely will not see coming. Artwork is less than stellar with fairly ugly designs, including a horrendous cover shot; but it gets the job done.Overall I'd recommend Candy Life for a quick josei read.
I like the humor; the gags and silliness interspersed throughout definitely made the reading experience much more enjoyable. I don't really care for the infidelity, though I feel that the way the love triangle was eventually resolved was probably the only way that would've made sense considering Makoto's need for affection and intimacy. And I guess everybody had a happy ending, except maybe Akane. That being said, I still see Aito as an immature jackass and I can't say I ever cared how his part in the story played out. Though obviously, all of the main characters have their flaws (and that's sort of the point), so it's probably not fair to call Aito out specifically. But whatever.
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