A bully in the family!
I liked this book which was a bully/stepbrother romance with a few other twists thrown in the mix. There were a few things about this book that were a bit unbelievable so those few things I could have done without but overall I liked the book and I liked the romance between the two main characters.
This book was about a girl named Candy who comes from less than middle class upbringing where her Mother seemed to go from man to man and most of them were not great people to be around. So when her Mom married Wayne Bale, Candy was immediately taken with her new stepfather. He looked like a movie star, he was smart, sophisticated and he seemed to love her mother. Candy actually developed a bit of a crush on Wayne at first.
Wayne’s son Josiah was a year or two older than Candy and immediately hated her and her mother. Everything changed after his father married her mother. Prior to that they had a good family life. His father attended all his football games and they would talk strategy at dinner. Wayne would pay attention to his ten year old mentally handicapped daughter Emma and watch her while she swam in the pool.
However, Josiah sees that now Wayne seems to only spend time playing chess at night with Candy while his new wife Diana got drunk and passed out and he ignores Emma and has no time for Josiah’s football games. Josiah resents Candy and how she fawns all over his father. It doesn’t help matters that Josiah has been having fantasies about Candy when he is alone and can’t stop thinking about her.
To make matters worse, the guys on Josiah’s football team start noticing Candy and despite the fact that Josiah tells her to stay away from them, she sneaks out to a party. He ends up having to rescue her when he gets a call from a buddy that she is in trouble. Josiah gets back at Candy but it backfires and they both end up at a boarding school type camp for troubled kids.
I like the fact that Josiah is bullying Candy because he likes her. He is almost like a kid in kindergarten that is pulling on her braids or something. But he ends up being sweet to her when you least expect it. There are some bad things that happen as well in the book and this is one of the problems I have with the book.
I don’t want to give too much away, but it is like these bad things happen, but in the end they are not as bad as they should be. That just didn’t make sense to me, because in the real world they would have been as bad as all get out. Candy couldn’t have come through those situations as unscathed as she did. Not that she was completely unscathed. But if you read the book, I think you’ll know what I mean.
Other than that, I think the book was awesome. I liked the mystery, the family secrets, the romance between Josiah and Candy and the steamy scenes were extremely hot! I loved that the book was a stand-alone! Definitely it was a solid four stars!
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