by Candis Terry
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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."
Truly Sweet is the last book in the Sweet, Texas series by Candis Terry and it was one of my favorites. Former Marine Jake Wilder has returned home after being honorable discharged. He carries with him a world of guilt and pain. Truly Sweet is a friends to lovers romance and it delivered all the swoons, tears and joy one comes to expect when embarking on one of Terry’s small-town romances.
We met Jake and Annabelle in earlier books and I was delighted to get their stories. Annabelle Morgan returned home to Sweet down on her luck and pregnant. The town and Wilder family took her under their wing. She is working at the local diner and living in her sister’s home while she raises her son Max.
Jake was injured during a mission in Afghanistan that went terribly wrong. He had planned on a career with the Marines but his injury has changed all that. He is trying to put on a brave face for his mother and brothers but guilt over the loss of some of his men troubles him. Craving a greasy burger, he stops at the local dinner and runs into Annabelle (Annie). In high school, the two of them confided in each other and teased each other relentlessly. I loved the banter between them and right away felt their connection. Jake has never thought about Annie as a woman but the way she fills out her jeans now- there is no denying it.
Annie has always been half in love with Jake, and seeing him suffering pains her, but a few rolls in the hay to soothe his wounds is not in the picture; not with Max to think about. I loved the slow building romance that unfolded. It was a mix of sweet and heat laced in humor and tenderness. Their emotions felt genuine and I quickly found myself rooting for them. Terry has a gift for creating couples that readers can relate to. We see growth in both Annie and Jake as they grow closer and I enjoyed their journey.
As the final book Truly Sweet has secondary storylines to tie up loose ends. The author updates us on the other brothers and of course we had to see Mother Wilder get her happy. Terry did a wonderful job of bringing it all together.
While each of the books involve one romance and can work as standalone, I would recommend reading the series in order. For fans of brothers and small-town romances with a little heat and a whole lotta heart Truly Sweet and the entire Sweet, Texas series is sure to make you smile.
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