When friends become lovers . . .
Firefighter and former Marine Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but he’s learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything. He’d just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life. Five years later, she’s back and he’s battling a load of mistrust for her disappearing act. But for some reason he just can’t keep his lips—or his hands—to himself.
It can lead to disaster or . . .
When her stint as a trophy wife abruptly ends, Abby returns home to Sweet, Texas, and comes face-to-face with Jackson—her biggest and sexiest mistake. Time and distance did nothing to squash her love for the act-first-think-later stubborn hunk of a man, and when he suggests they renew their old just-friends vow, Abby realizes she wants more. She’d cut and run once. Could she do it again? Or could she tempt him enough to break his promise?
Award-winning author, Candis Terry, may have taken 22 years to become published, but since 2011 she’s made up for lost time with the release of The Sugar Shack novels—a series of sexy small town contemporary romances. Reviewers have called her books delightful, charming, and clever. Her short story in the anthology FOR LOVE AND HONOR was awarded a STARRED REVIEW by Library Journal Reviews and was called “Uniquely satisfying.” To date, Candis has authored four novels and a short story.
When not writing, Candis can be found working her day job as a graphic designer, or camping and ATVing through the beautiful Idaho wilderness with her family.
Sweetest Mistake by Candis Terry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jackson Wilder has had a rough couple years, but the firefighter and former Marine is making his own way. When his former best friend returns to Sweet all the emotions he pushed away are suddenly brought to the surface and he’s determined to confront her about the past.
Abby Morgan has returned to Sweet after her sham of a marriage falls apart and she’s tossed aside. She’s readying her parents’ home for sale. She was hoping to be in and out of Sweet before even being noticed, but that’s not the case when Jackson shows up on her doorstep. Just seeing him reawakens all the feelings she has buried away.
The last time they saw each other, Jackson was heading off to war after an amazing night spent in each other’s arms. But Abby was his best friend and the only person he can confide in and despite sharing all his firsts with her he’s not willing to risk that for the possibility of a relationship.
His lack of any kind of promise drove Abby away and into the arms of her now ex-husband Mark Rich. But being back in Sweet renews all the old feelings she had for Jackson and while he may deny that they may have feelings that are more than friend related she is determined to get him to see her as more.
First let’s talk about Jackson. *fans self* Best. Dad. Ever. We get to see him as a father… letting his 3 year old putting makeup on him and doing his hair … singing along to Disney movies and entertaining his daughter. But he struggles with his demons… the death of his brother and the guilt he carries because of it. He struggles with the idea that he scares his daughter because of those demons. And he struggles with the idea that he and Abby can’t have anything more than friendship. Oh… and he says stupid things. LOL But holy crap does he make up for it in sexiness and swoon.
I really liked Abby too. She was relatable and strong and determined to have Jackson see her for who she could be to him instead of being stuck in the friendzone. But his stubbornness is definitely going to be a problem.
As in the first book in the Sweet, Texas series, Terry has given us a wonderful small town feel with memorable characters and stories. The Wilder boys are larger than life and Jana Wilder, their mother remains one of my favorites.
You can definitely see the setup for the hopefully upcoming books which I assume will give us more on the remaining Wilder boys, Jesse and Jake. While the plot of the story itself isn’t completely different, Terry writes with a fresh voice and gives us interesting characters and stories that I can be invested and interested in.
If you’re looking for a light-hearted romance with some sexy guys you definitely need to add the Sweet, Texas series to your to read list.
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