Saturday, June 28, 2014

Something Sweeter (Sweet, Texas, #3) by Candis Terry

Title: Something Sweeter
Series: Sweet, Texas
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback; 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (June 24, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0062237268
ISBN-13: 978-0062237262
Author's Website:
Notes: I received and eARC loan from the publisher.

"When you search for something, chances are you'll never find it. Be open to the surprises that come your way because you never know how quickly they might end." 

To Allison Lane love is an elusive thing that is synonymous to the stuff of myth. Many search for it rigorously, but she believes it rarely exists outside of fairy tales. As the owner of an events company called Happiest Day Events that occasionally plans weddings, she's seen many a return customer whose marriage didn't last even though all signs indicated it would. Allison has come to Sweet, Texas on a mission--to stop her father from making a terrible mistake by marrying a gold digger. Mere months ago her father uprooted himself and left life in the city for the out-of-the-way rural Texas town of Sweet. Allison is a firm disbeliever in romantic love, even more so of love at first sight, and has come to save her father from himself and the woman he intends to marry. She doesn't understand the allure and charm a rural community can have on someone like her father and having seen him survive a disastrous marriage with her own mother, a selfish woman who only ever thought of herself, she doesn't want to see him get hurt again. Even more so, she doesn't understand the rush to marry.

What she doesn't expect to find is the generous sweet woman that her father intends to wed. Nor the fact that she'd actually like the woman, Jana, and her family. But the real person who throws her for a loop is the woman's sexy son who is by all accounts the areas most notorious playboy, Jesse Wilder. He's determined to prove to her that love is more than just a cliche and that their parents will be happy. Will he help her break down the barriers she's built up over the years and prove once and for all that true love does exist? Well, he's sure gonna try.


One of the things I absolutely love about Candis Terry is the lovable and swoon worthy men she creates for her stories. Jesse Wilder is no exception and if Candis could make her characters come to life off the pages, she'd have plenty of women knocking at her door begging her create one just for them. lol There's no doubt after reading one of her stories that the couple in them has the groundwork set for solid relationship which will end in a happily-ever-after. This is the third book in the Sweet, Texas series, but you won't feel lost if you don't read the previous books. You'll just be tempted to read them after you finish this one.

Another aspect of the book I enjoyed, was that both Allison and Jesse had issues they needed to deal with before they could enter a relationship and, in doing so, they both grew as individuals right before our eyes. Allison needs to realize each relationship is different and just because someone else's doesn't work it doesn't mean yours won't. If you don't give love a chance, you're dooming yourself to never finding it. Jesse, on the other hand,  feels he can't find his own happily-ever-after until he ensures everyone else in his family gets theirs. He'll have to realize everyone is responsible for finding their own ever-after and while those around them might help sway things, it's the two individuals involved that have the final say. Plus, before he can move forward he'll have to unburden himself of a secret he's been holding onto for quite some time.

Overall, I gave this one 4 1/2 roses. I enjoyed the story and the family atmosphere it conveyed. It was a fun, sweet and entertaining read that left you feeling all warm and snuggly inside and out--almost like you'd been wrapped up in a nice warm hug. The couple's initial meeting had me laughing and smiling in equal measures, and I loved how the story flowed together. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. If you're looking for something a little sweeter in a book, you can't go wrong with one of Candis Terry's tales.

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