Truly Sweet Series: Sweet Texas #5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 28, 2015
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: ARC, 384 pages
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"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."
I might’ve been late to the party that is Candis Terry’s Sweet, Texas series, but I fell for this series hard and fast. I loved the small-town setting and the cast of characters. I’ll definitely credit this series with my foray into the world of mass market paperback adult contemporary romance. I’m totally addicted now.
After four books and a novella about the Wilder boys and the town of Sweet, Texas, I was SO VERY READY for Jake’s story. I’m a sucker for a military hero and a second chance romance, so I was thrilled to find both in this book. I absolutely adored both Jake and Annie. My heart broke for him and the guilt he was carrying around after his time in combat. He was such a good guy and it was so easy to want better for him. I wanted him to find a way to deal with his guilt and live his life again. I knew he could do that with Annie. I loved this woman. She was so strong and determined, yet sweet and caring. She was a great mom. I loved how she fought for Jake. Their past was messy, but she never stopped loving him, even if she did push him away. Watching them work their way back together was wonderful. It was low on angst, big on heart and had me feeling all the feels. It was romantic and sexy and tugged at my heartstrings.
I love standalone series. In most cases, I lack the patience to wait two or three books to get to the happily ever after for ONE couple. I much prefer a quick, sweet romance that gives me all the feels. Also, with standalone series you tend to get updates on your favorite characters from earlier on as the new books come out. Since the characters I read tend to stick with me and I always want to know more about them once they’re together, I love this. Candis definitely gave us a glimpse of the previous couples from the series in this book and it totally warmed my heart. And one of the biggest standouts for me was how she introduced a new and important character into the mix and made him part of the Wilder family. Of course, I’m talking about Peter, the man Jared was in love with before his death. Ooooooooh boy did I get all emotional when he was brought into the clan. (I’m doing it again now just as I type this review, as a matter of fact.) SO MANY FEELS.
To me, Truly Sweet was utter perfection. I laughed and cried and, as much as I hate to say goodbye to this series, I’m so incredibly happy with how it all wrapped up. The epilogue was pure gold. I can’t imagine a more perfect ending. If I could give this book more than five stars I would.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.