A Better Man by Candis Terry
Series: Sunshine Creek Vineyard
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eARC, 368 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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Hockey star Jordan Kincade wasted no time ditching Sunshine Valley and everyone who mattered for a career in the NHL—a truth Jordan confronts when his parents’ deaths bring him home. Now he’s back to make amends, which begins with keeping his younger sister from flunking out of school. It’s just his luck that the one person who can help is the girl whose heart he broke years ago.
Lucy Diamond has racked up a number of monumental mistakes in her life, the first involving a certain blue-eyed charmer. She has no intention of falling for Jordan Kincade again, but when he shows up asking her to help one of her students, Lucy just can’t say no. Worse, the longer he’s back, the more she sees how much he’s changed. And so when a blistering kiss turns to more, she can’t help but wonder if her heart will be crushed again... or if she’ll discover true love with a better man.
Y’all know I loved Candis Terry’s Sweet, Texas series. It was the perfect small town sweet romance. Since the series ended, I’ve been eagerly anticipating Candis’ next series and I was really happy with it. It might not have been *quite* as good as Sweet, Texas … so far … but it was sweet and swoony and I can’t wait to see what’s to come for the Kincades.
Second chance romances are one of my favorite tropes, so there really wasn’t ever a doubt in my mind that I would like this book. I really enjoyed getting to see Jordan and Lucy get to know each other again. A lot had changed for both of them since they’d last seen each other, but this NFL player and spunky teacher had plenty of chemistry and I was definitely rooting for them. They were both great characters. Jordan was struggling with the death of his parents and decisions about his future he wasn’t planning to make. He was also dealing with angst from his family – particularly his little sister, Nicole. It was that angst that led him back to Lucy, Nicole’s teacher.
There was definitely some history there and, unfortunately, it ended badly after she believed he tricked her. They were friendly, but he was athletic and popular and she wasn’t. When he stood her up for the big dance, she was heartbroken. That, combined with her ex-husband’s actions, have made her a pretty untrusting person. Which is totally understandable. Jordan works pretty hard to get her to trust him again and I loved it. There was a great “grand gesture” about halfway through the book that had me swooning all over the place. Was it a little cheesy? Maybe… But you know what? I don’t care. It made me smile – and even tear up a little – things I definitely look for in my sweet contemporary romances.
Not only did I love Lucy and Jordan, but I found myself wanting more of the secondary ones as well. If the Sunshine Creek Vineyard series is anything like Sweet, Texas, I think I’ll get just that in time. With the Sweet, Texas series, the family moments, romance and, well, everything else just hit the perfect chord for me. I dare say I believe she’ll do it again with this new series. I’ll certainly be following along to make sure. 🙂
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
“You’re everything that matters today, tomorrow, and forever. You’ve made me a better man.”
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