by Debra Doxer
Series: Candy #1
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: July 28, 2015 by Self-Published
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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I had previously read and enjoyed Play of Light by Debra Doxer and when I saw that she was releasing another book with “revenge” as the theme, I knew I had to read it. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t much of revenge involved in the story, only two or three settings and that was about it so why did I give it 3.5 stars? Let’s begin!
The story has an original feel to it. At least, I haven’t read anything like this so I’m judging by what I have read. This story is packed with romance, mystery, a dash of suspense and action, and drama. I wasn’t sure if I would like Candy when I first started the story. She seemed shallow at times and annoying but I kept reading. Our MC is someone who I considered to be bad-ass. She wouldn’t take shit from anyone and would stand up for herself and for the people she cared about. I still wasn’t sure if I liked her or not but I was waiting to see what would happen next. We meet Jonah who is totally swoon-worthy. Right from the start, he has this mysterious vibe to him and he is a very complex character but the reader will totally like him. I was in love with his complexity and how he viewed things.
The first part of the story was set in a kind of slow pace but it soon starts to pick up. One of the characters almost dies and clues keep appearing left and right and that’s when the suspense starts creeping in. I was blindfolded until the end. I couldn’t believe that plot twist that the author threw in the story. Then I’m just sitting there like WTF just happened and when can I have the second book. I’m highly looking forward to Sweet Liar so my millions of questions can get answers and read more of Jonah and Candy and hopefully get more revenge in the second installment 🙂
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