By Debra Doxer
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: July 28th, 2015
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.
If there is one way to describe this book it’s this: I need the second book right now. Not only because of that cliff hanger, which was brutal, but because I want more of Candy and Jonah’s story immediately. Well, actually, I want their happy ending immediately. The story introduces us to Candy, short for Candace, as she leaves behind her faithless boyfriend and her awful cousins to move back in with her dad. She settles back into her old town easily enough, running into familiar faces and one new, very good looking, one. All the while there is an ominous feel in the background as Candy’s father navigates a tense situation at work. And let’s just say that his job is not your typical nine to five cubicle desk job. It’s more along the lines of James Bond or Jason Bourne.
I absolutely loved Candy. She was sassy and a wiseass and smart and caring. She loved her father (their more emotional moments were few and far between but well done) and she supported her deathly ill friend Theo in such a wonderful way. It was great to see her interact with him, they were able to joke and be serious with each other all in one conversation. She was also not afraid to stand up for herself, be it against mean girls or her cheating boyfriend.
Jonah was was wonderful as well, despite his constant reminders to Candy that he wasn’t a nice guy. The book goes on to prove him wrong, however, regardless of some later, rather twisty, revelations (which need to be explained early on in book two). He is a sweetheart and I loved seeing his and Candy’s slow burn romance bloom. My one big wish for book two is that any awkwardness left over from the cliffhanger is worked through quickly.
As for the plot, it is definitely a romance with a very subtle mystery woven through it, mostly in the background. I can’t wait for book two, when a lot of the questions that were dug up at the end of the book are answered. I also want the Theo subplot, and what his disappearance at the end of the book means, to be explored as well as an explanation for how the Ethan/Lea story plays out as I felt that it was a subplot that went fairly unresolved. Also, I need to have Parker knocked off her high horse again. Just because I feel that she deserves it.
I finished this book at one in the morning and immediately started typing this review. That’s how much I enjoyed this book. Another way to put how addictive this book was: my kindle died while I was reading it in the car on the way home from my grandmother’s and, since I didn’t have my charger with me and I refused to be social, I read the next five chapters on the kindle app on my iphone. So please, go pick up this book, devour it, and then come back here and we can commiserate until the next book comes out in October.
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