Author: Debra Doxer
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: July 28, 2015
Genres: Mature YA, Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Related Books: Play Of Light
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.
Like Candy was like Mean Girls meets Veronica Mars, with added to dash of mystery and drama.
I really didn’t know much about this story going into but it takes off from the very start. Candy appears to be your normal teenaged girl, but she’s completely different that what I anticipated. She’s beautiful, smart, but she’s calculating, cunning, as well. She’s the kind of girl that if you did her wrong, she will get you back.
After her mother died when she was twelve, Candy’s aunt took her from her father. It’s been six years but now she’s finally moved back to old hometown and she ready to finish out her senior year. She’s happy back with her dad and her new goal in life is to graduate high school and then work with her dad. It’s a complete mystery as to what her dad does and who he works for.
Seeing Candy’s school life through her thoughts you definitely get that Mean Girls vibe. She puts on a front to fit in with the popular crowd but she’s not like them. Candy is bolder, nicer in someone ways, but every move and decision Candy makes is all calculated to work to her advantage.
When Candy meets football player, Jonah Bryson, she intrigued by him good looks and lukewarm personality. All the girls are interested in Jonah but he shows them little interest in them. Jonah is a mystery to most and he keeps his secrets guarded. Yet, there is a side of him that he only shows to Candy. He and Candy form a odd friendship but you can sense and feel the underlying attraction they have. Neither act on at first but eventually their attraction couldn’t be ignored.
I enjoy Debra Doxer’s writing. I love that her stories aren’t your typical reads and her characters are uniquely different. I was both intrigued and frustrated with Candy’s personality. Initially I wasn’t sure if I liked or disliked her, but I warmed up to her. No matter how much she tried to hide it, she harbored a lot of pain since her mother’s passing and she was hurt and lonely. I really liked Jonah, even though he could be abrupt at times, there was something intriguing about him. This story was fun, fast, and left me wanting more. There are still some questions that I need the answers to and excited for the next installment, Sweet Liar.