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A Better Man: A Sunshine Creek Vineyard Novel

A Better Man: A Sunshine Creek Vineyard Novel

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by Candis Terry

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Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll do what it takes to protect their legacy—but what happens when love gets in the way?

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


Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll do what it takes to protect their legacy—but what happens when love gets in the way?

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.

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Publishers Weekly
Witty repartee brightens the melancholy mood in Terry’s new Sunshine Creek Vineyard series. NHL player Jordan Kincaid has lived a life most people dream of. He’s played hard, partied hard, and traveled the country—but he’s done it at the expense of time with his close-knit family. When his parents are killed, he takes responsibility for his teenage sister, Nicole, whom he barely knows. When Jordan finds out she’s struggling in school, he turns to Lucy Diamond, her teacher, for help. Growing up, nerdy and shy Lucy couldn’t believe it when high school jock Jordan asked her to the graduation dance. She finally agreed to go only to have him stand her up. Lucy decides to put her feelings aside and help him, and Jordan seizes the opportunity to make amends. While working together to help his sister, he realizes the things that attracted him to Lucy long ago have only gotten better. A mystery involving a thief and the attention-grabbing secondary characters of this delightful, tender-hearted romp will keep readers anticipating the sequel. Agent: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Jill Shalvis
“Candis Terry is an absolute delight! I laughed, sighed, and fell in love. You’ll want to visit Sweet, TX again and again-I know I do.”

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Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She's experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push-and-pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily-ever-after.

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A Better Man: A Sunshine Creek Vineyard Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Finally I start a Candis Terry series at the very beginning… one of my ‘ooh I must’ grabs for contemporary romance. In this new series, Sunshine Creek Village, we get to meet a whole new family, and dive into the world of her making with A Better Man. Jordan spent most of his life dreaming of the ice and away: now a hockey star with his own set of commitments and issues, he’s thrust back home with the news of his parents’ death. Returning home to reconnect with his brothers (four) and seventeen year old baby sister. While Jordan loves his family, he’s been away chasing his own dreams which has created some distance between them all, and the anger he experiences from his sister Nicole (aptly nicknamed Baby Dragon) confuses and hurts him. Lucy never really left Sunshine Creek and now works as a creative writing teacher at the high school. Years ago she, like others, crushed on Jordan and was sorely disappointed. That, a difficult childhood and some decisions made with the inexperience of youth left her with one failed marriage and a serious guarded nature. While she’s concerned for Nicole, and wants to help the girl deal with everything on her plate, seeing Jordan some 15 years later was not in her plan. So many different elements come into play in this story: the family members (particularly Nicole) who felt abandoned by Jordan’s leaving. Jordan’s own lack of effort, not in a malicious way but in thinking ‘it’s family- they’ll always be there’ attitude. The struggles with the vineyard and running a business, the grief over the loss of their parents, Lucy’s trust issues, the budding relationship between Jordan and Lucy, and the questions behind Nicole’s anger and acting out. Each element is completely real and tangible: you can see the why and understand where it comes from, but then you always have other ideas of what should be done. Then, as the story unfolds, it is apparent that Terry has not only thought through ALL the possible options, but, it couldn’t have worked so well had any other choice or direction been taken. Jordan and Lucy are wonderful: she needs reassurances and honesty. Jordan is not the most intuitive or insightful, he needs more plain speaking and decided answers. This pushes Lucy to actually think about, and truly decide what is important for her: and put it into actual words. When you add in the family dynamics and the moments with Nicole, the story is so full it could burst, in all the best ways! Heart, redemption, resolution and hope all combine to start us on the journey with the Kincades. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
The title fits this book so well. Right off you can get the connection between the title and the message in the book. Jordan wants to be a better man not just for his family, but for the girl he blew it with 15 years ago. I can tell you I'm already hooked on this series with book one and I look forward to more in this series. The family goes through a tragedy, but with that the siblings may just find their path back to one another. I really liked Lucy. She has a big heart even with what she endured in her past. She doesn't believe anyone would take a second look at her, but when you see how she looks through Jordan's eyes you'll fall instantly for the guy. He may not be perfect, but who is. The biggest thing that is in his favor he that he tries and puts forth effort on anything he does. Right there makes him great hero material. You see a family trying to find their way again and they have a tough time with their little sister. Watching the relationship build between her and Jordan is one of my favorite parts in the book. This book intrigued me right from the blurb because Jordan's a hockey player and some of the setting in the book takes place at the family owned winery. Then once I opened the book and started reading I was sucked right into the story. I highly recommend this one and look forward to more books by this author.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
As a blogger/reviewer/reader Candis Terry’s books have been on my radar but I always seem to find them mid-series so I was delighted to have the chance to read the first in a new set. I can now make up my own mind and see if all the hype is valid. I think the cover matches the content perfectly. This is a story about Jordan Kincade and his family, the rise to fame, the tragedy, the resulting issues with his younger sister Nicole and Lucy his former high school sweetheart who just happens to be Nicole’s teacher now. This shows how decisions made during the angst ridden formative years can have a huge bearing on later life. There is a great moral background to appreciate family, life is short, treat others as you wish to be treated etc Jordan went on to be an NHL (hockey) star, can he expect Lucy to forgive his previous shun and give him another chance at romance. I guess being a ‘romantic’ book makes falling back into old habits easier than it might be in ‘real life’. But these two are cute and charming .. it’s a sweet tale, none of the bad-boy element but easy to read and pleasant enough to lose yourself in for a while. It’s very much a case of finding the ‘zone’ in order to appreciate it. Possibly too sickly for some but as a light fluffy read I enjoyed it and will read the next in the series to find out what happens to the rest of the Kincade boys. Thanks to Tasty Book Tours and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Candis Terry scores with A Better Man. Carolina Vipers forward Jordan Kincade returns to Sunshine Valley after his parents’ death. He regrets losing the bond he once had with his family and reevaluates his priorities, which include helping his younger sister, Nicole, graduate from school. He needs the help from her teacher, Lucy Diamond, the girl whose heart he broke fifteen years ago. Candis Terry does a great job with her character development. I like Jordan. He was focused on nothing but the NHL his entire life. He realizes that he has missed his family, and that he has no idea what he wants to do after hockey. He wants to do right by his family, especially his little sister who he felt like he barely knew. Lucy is a caring individual who has gone through a lot, never having family she could count on. She is the kind of teacher you would have loved to have and would want your kids to experience. We discover a lot about what is going on with Nicole throughout the story. She transforms immensely and is a sweet girl. I also, enjoyed the rest of the Kincade brothers. They are very different individuals, that you can tell care about one another. I enjoyed the plot. It had me crying more than once. I loved Jordan’s and Lucy’s first date. Jordon is very creative. He comes up with great suggestions to help the vineyard. A number of unexpected, yet believable, things happened throughout the story. A Better Man is a wonderful start to the Sunshine Creek Vineyard Series. Complimentary copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
NicoleUlery More than 1 year ago
This story was so much fun to read. I found it impossible to put down once I started. Jordan and Lucy knew each other in high school, and after he asks her to a dance and never shows, Lucy picks up and moves on with her life. She becomes a teacher and when Jordan's little sister becomes a sullen, angst-ridden teen, Lucy contacts her brother for a conference, but the brother she wasn't expecting appears. Jordan had left his home behind for his NHL career and had not been around much, turning his sister into a brat in his presence. There ends up being quite a few layers to the story to keep your attention. Jordan is pretty yummy, even if at times he does a few bone-headed things. You still cheer for him to do right by his family and Lucy. His NHL career really makes him even yummier; I cannot resist a man in a hockey uniform. Lucy is a character you just want to be your best friend. It's obvious she cares deeply for those in her life. She is the teacher that you wish all of your high school teachers had been, so caring of her students and their well being. There is great chemistry and an interesting story. If you like contemporary romance, you should enjoy this tale. I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
I adored meeting the Kincade family in Book 1 of the Sunshine Creek Vineyard series and can’t wait to see what more they have in store for us when the next sibling’s book comes out! They are a family filled with love that has had some sadness, regret and secrets mixed in along the years that are coming to the surface now. Jordan Kincade has been living the high life in the NHL since he was drafted right out of high school 15 years ago. It takes the tragedy of his parents death to bring him running home to Sunshine Valley, Washington to face his grief along with his 4 brothers and little sister. He never realized how much he pushed family aside and no longer fit into the pack until he walks through the door and feels like a virtual stranger. He’s determined to make it up to his siblings for not being there, and starts out by handling their little sister who is bordering on flunking her senior year in high school because of a sudden attitude she has going on. When he goes to meet with one of her teachers, he finds out it’s Lucy Diamond who he had a little thing with in high school. He can’t resist flirting with her, but she’s intent on not forgiving him for the past. Will he be able to change her mind?
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Great start to a new series featuring the Kincaid family. Jordan and Lucy's is kind of a second chance romance. They knew each other in high school, but he broke her heart when he stood her up for school dance. Now he's a famous hockey player and she is his teenage sister's teacher. When his parents die, he comes home to find that he's been apart from his family for so long that he doesn't really know them anymore, especially his sister Nicole. When he goes to a meeting with her teacher, he is surprised to see Lucy. He's determined to apologize for standing her up and renewing their relationship, but Lucy is equally determined to not let him in. But working together to help Nicole back on track helps Lucy see that Jordan is more that just a player. He does some really sweet and romantic things for her that break down the walls she has built around her heart. It was a fun, sweet and sexy read. Looking forward to the next book! 4.5 stars I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited that the day finally arrived to read the new series, Sunshine Creek by Candis Terry. I'm already in love with this small town and the Kincaid family. A second chance romance between hockey player, Jordan and school teacher, Lucy. Lucy was Jordan's tutor in high school, whom he stood up for senior prom. Jordan returns home after a family tragedy, only to find out Lucy is youngest sister, Nicole's teacher. Jordan has his hands full with his team, rebellious Nicole, the family winery and proving his love to Lucy. Loved the family dynamics, Jordan really stepped up to be Nicole's brother. The chemistry between Lucy and Jordan is hot along with great banter. Jordan is so patient with Nicole and Lucy. Can't wait for more of the Kincaid brothers. I highly recommend this book!!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I adored Candis Terry's Sweet, Texas series, so I was beyond excited for a new one by her! While A Better Man was an enjoyable read, it wasn't my favorite of Terry's books. I am definitely interested in the Kincade brothers, especially Ryan, and I think this series has real potential. However, I felt like something was missing in this one. I was engaged but I wasn't fascinated. The romance was cute, but it wasn't anything to write home about. I liked Lucy and Jordan together and they definitely had some sweet, sexy moments together. It's hard not to compare books, but when I finished reading this one, I just felt I lacked the satisfaction that I felt upon finishing her Sweet books. I did really enjoy the family dynamic in this one. Jordan has been the absent brother for so long due to his career in the NHL. This has definitely caused some rifts between himself and his siblings and after tragedy strikes he wants to make amends and be a better brother. The sacrifices he was willing to make on their part was quite admirable and you couldn't help but feel warm and fuzzy over it. I loved his relationship with his baby sister Nicole. She is a central part of the story because of how angry and withdrawn she is, and Jordan is determined to get her back on track. He enlists the help of her creative writing teacher, Lucy, and the two work together to figure out how to best get through to her. I did like that there was a hint of a second chance romance in this one though. Lucy and Jordan had a missed opportunity in high school after he stood her up before the big dance he invited her to. He genuinely liked the brainy girl, but circumstances prevented him from following through and she has resented him since that day. Lucy has been through a lot in her life and it takes some work on Jordan's part to get her to open again. My heart hurt for her as she is such a good person and never deserved the hurt that was inflicted upon her. Overall, while this wasn't my favorite of Terry's books, I do want to continue the series. I liked meeting Jordan's brothers and look forward to hearing their different voices and stories, as well as watching them fall in love.
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
4.5 Baskets Format: Galley copy Jordan has everything he's ever wanted. He's on the fast track with his hockey team headed for the Stanley Cup. One phone call from his brother brings his world swirling down. He heads home to help his family and support them after they've lost their parents. His little sister is angry and he has a meeting with her creative writing teacher to figure out what to do to help her get through and graduate. Lucy didn't expect Jordan to be the brother coming to the parent/teacher meeting for Nicki, Jordan's little sister. As much as she tries she can't stay away from Jordan even though her broke her heart when she was 17. Jordan and Lucy heat the pages up and their mutual concern for Nicki draw them closer than the potential that already lies between them. Jordan works his hardest to prove he'll be there for his family and that makes the hottie mctottie even more likable than he already is. Lucy has a huge heart but when she gets upset step back out of the way she's got some bite. A Better Man was a sweep me off my feet romance that left me ready for the next book in the series.
BookReaderAnnie More than 1 year ago
The thing I most love about Candis Terry's books are her characters. They have such depth to them. You can never take them at face value. A Better Man is the first in a new series and she starts that series out with a bang! I loved the characters! You only get the bare minimum about the brothers but that's okay, you know their stories are come! You get a little bit more about the sister, that's because her story works into Jordan's. I really liked Jordan. It's not easy when you wake up and realized you've missed so much in your life, that your not really part of those that you hold the closest. But he handled it well. He grew a pair and did what was right for him and his family. I have to give it to him. He could have done the easy thing and gone on with his life and leave the family mess to other, but he didn't! Now Lucy was a different kettle of fish for me. I didn't warm up to her right away. Not sure why? There is really nothing wrong with her. I sort of know what it is...Jordan, she wasn't very nice to him at first! What can I say, I'm shallow. Ha! It didn't take long for me to warm up to Lucy. She showed me that she has a huge heart that she really can't wait to fill! This is a story of growth and second chances. I really loved it! Sunshine Creek Vineyard series is starting off with a bang and I can't wait to see what's coming next!
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. 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. FAVORITE QUOTES: "You're everything that matters today, tomorrow, and forever. You've made me a better man."
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
There are so many things we take for granted. Young people believe they are invincible and can conquer whatever life throws at them. I think everyone believes that those they love are indestructible as well. We know in our hearts these things are figments of our imagination but feel if we hope long enough and pray hard enough that it will become a reality. Jordan is just like every other person. I received an ARC of A Better Man in exchange for an honest review. I loved how Ms. Terry contrasted between the man that he was and the one he wanted to become. The people around him served two fold purposes to challenge him and to remind him of what he left behind. The reason that these characters and this scenario touched my heart most of all is that the decisions Jordan made in his past set him on the path to accepting his future. They taught him lessons that allowed him to mature and that is what made him a better man. Copyright of Night Owl Reviews