TeriLyn's thoughts: This was fun and fast. Debra Doxer holds the ability to create inventive/original plots within the pages of her books. This Young Adult novel was a cross between romance and mystery for me as both elements were present. Her writing very easily draws into the pages. There were a few times throughout the plot where I thought the author was taking me somewhere else yet led somewhere unexpected.
The main characters of Like Candy each bring something different to the story. The heroine has me a little perplexed but I adored the hero. Being told the story from Candy's point of view gave me sort of a Mean Girls feeling. She's in high school and her persona in front of new people is much different than when she's alone with the hero. I felt a little dizzy with her character spinning from liking her and not liking her. Candy wasn't easy to identify with as I couldn't figure out her plight. Jonah, the hero, is mysterious and fun right from the moment we meet him. Between he and the plot of the book is where I found the most entertainment value until around the 60% mark. More starting happening, more clues given, and an angle of the story I didn't see coming.
Debra Doxer's writing gives a lot to the story. I enjoy her story telling and I love where she left off in this first installment. I'm looking forward to learning the truth in Sweet Liar and also excited to see if this author can make me choose liking the heroine over not liking her.