Samantha Montclare is not who she thought she was. Straitlaced and academically minded, she's knocked to her knees by an unexpected infatuation with the star of her local soccer team just as she discovers that her biological father is not the loving dad who raised her but a forbidding Italian aristocrat.
Within the social hierarchy of a wealthy suburban high school, Delaney Troy is so superior to naive Samantha that she can't speak to him without provoking obscene taunts from his friends.
Delaney is gorgeous, but much of Samantha's fascination stems from his brazen honesty and bristling wit. His air of confidence inspires so powerful an interest he draws her in without even looking at her.
But how could she possibly date a guy like Delaney who insists he only wants to hook up -- and doesn't believe in love?
Will the scandalous truth about the circumstances of her conception threaten her happy home life?
Must she find a place in her life for an alarming new "father" just as she’s becoming an independent young woman?
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Praise for Love and Candy:
“A sweet, humorous and endearing coming of age story. Really something special!”
“Praise for Elizabeth Famous and this beautifully written and refreshingly unique coming of age story! It made me feel a plethora of emotions...borderline bipolar (and I loved every moment of it).”
“Well, I truly enjoyed it but was also greatly surprised (in a good way).”
About the author:
Elizabeth Famous grew up on a family farm in rural USA before dashing off to the big city and going Ivy League. Never satisfied with doing things the usual way, she married a man from the other side of the globe and won a doctoral fellowship in humanities. Raising her lively and opinionated children is the greatest challenge of her life. She likes to write about flawed characters dealing with challenging situations not touched upon in traditional romance novels -- such as losing one’s virginity in a not all-together spectacular fashion and yet getting together with the same guy by the end of the story, like in LOVE and CANDY.
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In her own words:
I would describe LOVE and CANDY as a contemporary NA/YA romance. It’s about a young woman’s coming on age and takes place in the hyper-sexualized world of a posh high school. It doesn’t shy away from the gritty details of her first serious relationship and deals with very adult topics. In the end, it’s optimistic about Jane-Eyre-style romance and love.