Series: Sweet Texas #5
Published by Avon Books
Publication Date: July 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Who doesn’t love a determined woman, especially when combined with sweetness and sass?
Annie Morgan has been in love with Jake Wilder since she was sixteen but unfortunately for her, he’s never noticed her as more than a mouthy, sassy younger friend of the family. Now he’s back home after an injury ended his career with the Marines, he better watch out because she has plans for him.
Back home after an injury sidelines his Marine career and feeling guilty over the loss of his men in Afghanistan, all Jake wants is space to figure out the next step so his sudden awareness of Annie as an attractive woman is unexpected.
Annie understands loss and its various forms, having been abandoned by the father of her son when she found out she was pregnant, so she empathizes with Jake and is willing to support him while he deals with his feelings. Annie is an amazing character because of her upbeat and optimistic outlook at life. She has taken the bad hand life dealt her and made something good out of it and even though she won’t give up on Jake, she knows what she wants from him and won’t settle for second best. She’s in love with Jake and open about it. She’s fierce, tenacious and definitely someone to have in your corner.
“I’m here for you, Jake. I don’t want to be your booty call—the one you think of when the bar closes, and there’s no one else around. But I want to be here for you because your heart and soul need me.”
Like his elder brothers, Jake is dedicated to his family and friends which makes the loss of his friend and team mates so hard for him. A chance at happiness with Annie is something he doesn’t want to pass up so he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep her and I had tears in my eyes seeing such a strong guy finally break down and cry about the loss of his friend.
I loved reading TRULY SWEET because it has what I love in my books – characters who know what they want and go for it, without all the angst-filled drama, family, friends, babies and second chances and Annie and Jake had me rooting for them.
I have enjoyed reading the Sweet, Texas series because of the interesting and varied characters Ms. Terry created and the small town vibe she captures so well – friendly but nosy townspeople and the requisite gossipy neighbors, but not in an intrusive or annoying way and TRULY SWEET is my favorite.
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