Book Blitz & Review: Sweet Liar by Debra Doxer (The Candy Series)
(The Candy Series)
Mystery, Romance, Young Adult ARC For Review GoodReads
Sometimes lies are sweeter than the truth.
Beauty is alluring; it can disguise the ugliness beneath. But scarred beauty is even more potent to a girl who vowed never to let her heart be broken again. It was an easy vow for Candy to keep until she met Jonah, an arrogant boy with a face that would be too perfect if not for the scar that marred the skin beside his eye.
That imperfect boy earned her trust and won her heart, but the ties that bind people together are fragile, especially when lies are told. Trust is also fragile, and once broken, doesn’t heal like a heart. Trust has to be earned again, and Jonah desperately wants Candy’s trust back.
But Candy has more than Jonah to worry about. Her father is in trouble, and she intends to help him whether he likes it or not. People tell her he’s a bad man, and that may be true, but he’s not all bad. Deep down, she understands his brand of badness because she’s so much like him.
When Candy finally learns the truth, she’ll have to grow up fast, let go of old grievances, and realize that being vulnerable doesn’t make her weak. In fact, opening herself up may be the very thing that makes her whole again.
The Truth Is Never Easy and Almost Always Tinted With Gray
This is the second installment of the Candy Series dare I say it is the end. Doxer has a way of making the reader want to turn the pages for more. The first ended with a pretty shocking cliffhanger. I had no idea how these two would or could find their happy ending. I have to be honest I liked the first installment better than this one. Not to say I didn’t enjoy this read but I had a little bit of trouble connecting with Candy and Jonah. Not enough to really affect the story just enough for me to rate the first a bit higher. There was an open story line at the end of Sweet Liar so I could see it continuing.
The Story, Candy’s whole life or should I say father is in trouble. She has to find a way to save him but she has no idea how. Jonah has betrayed her with lies more times than she can count but he seems to be the only one who can keep her safe. Candy really has to face her fears in this installment and she has to learn to trust again. Things are not as they seem and her father certainly isn’t talking. Uncovering secrets after secrets she learns more than she could ever have imagined.
The Characters, Candy is still quite the little prankster and I enjoyed her character quite a bit although I have to admit Jonah was the star for me in this installment. I have to mention Candy’s unwavering love and commitment to her father and friends. Once Candy loves and lets someone in they unlock a treasure. Jonah has had a less than fun upbringing and all of his truths come to light. We learn why he is the way he is but he has a beautiful heart. The very delicate love these two share is put to the test. Definitely YA I enjoyed their stolen moments and when they finally forgave each other. The rest of the clan was there and my new fav side character is Heather. If we see another story I have a feeling she will be our main girl. I loved her honesty and her voice.
The End, as I mentioned before there are several questions that are finally answered. We find out exactly who what when and where! I enjoyed every twist and turn the author gave us throughout the read. I wasn’t sure Jonah and Candy would find their happy ending but somehow things worked out. Jonah figures out a way to be with the one he loves against the odds. The reader gets a lot of closure but there is a friend or two who’s story lines are left a bit open. If this series continues I’d follow it to see how Candy and Jonah are fairing.
Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”
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