Format: Kindle ebook
Stars: 4 out of 5
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 wasn’t at all what I was expecting to read and in a good way. It was a mysterious and romantic, contemporary novel which I really enjoyed. I’ve never a Debra Doxer book before but, after reading Like Candy I am buying all of her books! I thought that her writing was very clever. The way she executed the plot was brilliant. I’m not going to say why because that would give away the small but important clues that she has scattered throughout the book.
Now, lets talk about Candy. At first it took me a while to warm up to her. While Candy is a very smart and loyal character I would sometimes become exasperated with with how manipulative she could be. After a while though, I was able to understand the motivation behind her actions. I did enjoy that there seemed to be two different stories set in one book. You’ve got Candy trying to reintegrate herself with her old childhood peers while she is trying to learn more about her father. I really appreciated how the author made her character have an CREST an autoimmune disease and also the way she approached the subject.
I really loved the romance but, it wasn’t one of my favorite parts. I mostly enjoyed the character building and the elements of mystery that the book had. I mean..That cliffhanger was SO absorbing, and fast paced that when I finished I was like…