Book Review: Like Candy

Like Candy (Candy #1)
by Debra Doxer

Revenge is sweet, just like candy.

Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolizes him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school.

Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch your back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favorite pastime.

Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.

Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much. When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.

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.

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