Written By: Debra Doxer.
Category: Romance, Teen & YA.
Publisher: Self Published.
Release Date: October 20th, 2015.
Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: If I could describe this book in one word, it would be unnecessary. Not unnecessary in the sense that it shouldn’t have been written, but unnecessary in the fact that there was a lot going on that should have just been erased. Candy spent too much time thinking about how mad she was at Jonah for lying to her, but at the same time thinking how it was so hard to be mad at him. Um..HELLO, he lied to you about who he is. He is a grown ass man pretending to be a teen in high school(that just screams PERVERSION to me), and he was trying to get your father put away. If those reasons aren’t a big enough red flag, then you need to seek help, and get your priorities straight!
When Candy’s dad was telling her to go make enchiladas for dinner and to follow her mom’s EXACT recipe, I was thinking, GIRL he is giving you a clue, GET UP and go read it. But no, of course she didn’t put two and two together right away, like any other normal person with common sense. Your life is a straight up mystery, everyone knows that when someone, in your dad’s position, is telling you to do something SPECIFIC, there’s a good reason…Use your head!
I also found Candy to be quite annoying and immature. When she didn’t like the way someone treated her, instead of calling them out on it, she played pranks on them. For example, when she didn’t like the way Jonah was treating her, she went and bought a GIANT bag of bird seed. Then, she proceeded to pour it all over his car later that night, after HE HELPED HER carry it. Birds being the assholes that they are of course, pooped all over his car. He was PISSED, and because she is so childish, he knew it was her right away…and she wondered why her dad thought she couldn’t handle knowing his business… 🙄
Just like when I was reading Like Candy, I got bored way too many times and had to either skip around, or just put the book down and take a break. In my opinion there was no need for two books. Like Candy, could have been part one, and Sweet Liar could been part two in the same book, under a better title. This story could have been WAY more juicy, if it wasn’t so cliche. It was a little better than Like Candy, but not enough to give it extra stars. So like, Like Candy, I gave Sweet Liar, 3 Stars.