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.
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.
Title: Truly Sweet
Author: Candis Terry
Series: Sweet Texas #5
Also in this series: A Sweet Cowboy Christmas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon
Published on: 28 July, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 5 minutes
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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.
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