Like Candy (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.

This story is told over two full-length books. Sweet Liar (The Candy Series, Book 2) is already available.


I’ve had this eARC in my Kindle for ages, and finally decided to tackle it and wow! It was way better than I expected. I really liked the writing! And I love the formatting, from the chapter numbers, to the inspirational quotes at the beginning of them, the book is appealing.

This book is told from the POV of 18 yo Candy, who is finally able to go and live with her father again, after 6 years of having to endure living with family that she didn’t want and that didn’t want her. I loved Candy! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about her in the beginning, because she’s a vindictive b****h, but oh god, she’s funny and she has so many layers. I really liked to see all the different sides of her, whether she was at home, with her dad, or when she was player her little power game at school, she was smart, and I felt for this girl who only wanted to be wanted and her dad’s approval… Also, I was so happy that Candy had to deal with an autoimmune disease, we don’t see that enough on books.

I really liked Jonah, and I’m so freaking curious! I loved how their relationship developed, yeah yeah, it was a bit insta something, but they actually got to know each other pretty well before something happened, and I really appreciated that, especially since they were both clearly not ready for something when they met.


Candy’s dad is a mystery wrapped in an enigma! I like him! I mean, he clearly loves his daughter and wants what’s best for her, but there’s something not right in his story – or in what Candy assumes is his story.

But be warned, this book ends in a major cliffhanger! NOTHING is solved in this book… NOTHING! You know what this means? That I need to get my hands on book 2 very soon, because I need to know what happens to all these people!

18 thoughts on “Like Candy (Debra Doxer)

  1. amortalreader1 says:

    Wow, this book sounds interesting. I was almost put off by her name being Candy, I felt like I was about to read some cliche love story but i’m successful intrigued into the depth of the story.
    I’m loving your reviews for e-arcs on netgalley, you’re introducing my to some great books.
    I just finished Waking Olivia and I loved it!

    • My Tiny Obsessions says:

      I’m so glad you liked Walking Olivia, I was so pleasantly surprised by that one ;). Her name being Candy and me thinking that this was an highschool fluff thing, was why I put reading this book on hold for over 7 months…

  2. Michelle says:

    Great review 😊 I read this one a while ago and like you said it turned out way better than expected! Glad you enjoyed it.

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