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Truly Sweet: Sweet Texas #5 by Candis Terry with Excerpt and Giveaway

Truly Sweet: Sweet Texas #5 by Candis Terry with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my review of the fifth book in the Sweet, Texas series by Candis Terry. You can see my review and read an excerpt, check out what other readers thought about the book by checking the tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where one US winner will get a Sweet, Texas Prize pack.

Truly Sweet

I’ve read two of the shorts from this series, and this story, the last of the Wilder children finds his footing here. Jake is back from the Marines, but life isn’t moving smoothly. His best friend’s death combined with an injury has left him floundering a bit.  Coming home isn’t giving him all the warm and fuzzies or making all the hurts heal, or alleviating his guilt.

Annabelle had a crush on Jake in school, and she’s sure that she’s over him, and they can move on to a more mature relationship, one without the bickering and poking at one another of the past.  Old habits die hard: and unrequited love isn’t always ‘gotten over”, as she soon realizes.

These two are adorable together: the reliving their old interactions like two kids at the sandbox is funny, they both see the silliness there, but only Annabelle is wise enough to make a change. Jake’s surprised by his feelings for her, but he isn’t willing to take a chance on someone who is “too good” for him.  She’s supportive, friendly and just what he needs, until he throws a wrench in the works and suggests they be friends with benefits, no strings.

The refusal from Annabelle was perfect to bring him to his senses, she did deserve more than he was offering, and being afraid really isn’t the point. You want the girl, you do what it takes- including trusting her to mean what she says.  It only took him some time, and some fierce truths from Annabelle to get him to see sense.  While not off the charts scorching heat, these two had a comfortable familiar chemistry that heated up as their more adult affections grew.

A wonderful read that I devoured in one sitting, that now has me going back and adding all of the titles I missed to my shelf.

Truly Sweet: Sweet Texas #5 by Candis Terry with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Truly Sweet
Author: Candis Terry
Series: Sweet Texas #5
Also in this series: A Sweet Cowboy Christmas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 006235115X
Published on: 28 July, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 5 minutes
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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About the Book:

Candis Terry returns to Sweet, Texas for the last time when former Marine Jake Wilder discovers how truly sweet love can be. 

When the one you’ve always wanted 

At sixteen, Annabelle Morgan hoped her crush on Jake Wilder was just a passing phase. Now she’s twenty-nine and nothing has changed except Jake. The once-carefree marine has come home with a giant chip on his shoulder. He insists a single mom like Annie deserves more than he can offer. Yet no matter how gruff his gorgeous exterior may be, Jake s toe-curling kisses convince her that this attraction is definitely mutual. 

Becomes the one who wants you back 

Butting heads with feisty Annie was always a thrill. Add other body parts to the mix, and Jake is in serious trouble. He can’t be a forever-and-family guy and Annie s not a friends-with-benefits kind of woman. But love has a way of changing the best-laid plans, and surrender has never been so tempting. 

The outcome is truly sweet.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

Tasty Excerpt

 

A moment to forget the bad and remember the good. To find his way back into the rhythm of life—one that had nothing to do with military routines, high-powered weapons, and the enemies of mankind. To find the joy and laughter that had once been the foundation of his life.

Minutes later he rolled the truck to a stop in the gravel lot beside Bud’s Nothing Finer Diner. The exterior was little more than a yellow concrete box with a neon sign. But the interior overflowed with character and a patriotic red, white, and blue décor that shouted “Don’t Mess With Texas” from every corner. No question he’d be walking into a bird’s nest of gossip. Bud’s was theplace the townsfolk gathered to mourn, celebrate, discuss local politics, or who was sleeping with whom.

From his open window, the aroma of grilled burgers and fresh apple pie made his mouth water. When he opened the truck door he realized getting down from the damn thing might not be as easy as getting up. He hadn’t thought of that earlier when he’d climbed inside. His thigh muscles were healing in a way that made moving in one direction easy. The opposite direction, however, was like letting Freddy Krueger use him as a scratching post.

Thankful no one was in the parking lot to see him struggle, he maneuvered down to the ground, curled his fingers over the head of the cane, and controlled his uneven gait as he headed inside.

Bud’s might be Sweet’s breeding ground for chitchat, but he hadn’t come looking for gossip, sympathy, or acknowledgement.

He’d just come for a burger and a milkshake.

Before he could reach for the door handle, the door swung outward. Holding it open from the other side was Chester Banks, Sweet’s very own playboy octogenarian. The man had more nose than face these days and his smile often displayed a set of false teeth that didn’t always stay put, but he gave Jake a respectful nod as Jake maneuvered into the diner with as little detection as possible.

“No need to thank me,” Chester said. “Been in about the same place as you. Got my scrawny ass shot up stormin’ that damn beach in World War II. Sure puts a hitch in yer giddyup, but it coulda been worse I guess.”

“True that.” Jake had no idea the old guy had ever served in the military, let alone one of the toughest wars ever battled. Of course, as a soldier himself he knew there were two kinds of veterans; those who loved to tell war stories, and those who wanted to bury the memories deep. As easy as it was to poke fun at Chester’s flirtatious ways, at least the old codger was still around to make it happen.

“Thanks just the same,” he said as Chester gave him another nod and left the diner.

 

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About Candis Terry

Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.