Anything But Sweet (Sweet, Texas Series #1)

Anything But Sweet (Sweet, Texas Series #1)

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by Candis Terry
     
 

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He's stubborn and thoroughly male . . .

If Charlotte Brooks thinks she and her TV makeover show can turn Reno Wilder's hometown upside-down, he'll be happy to prove her wrong. The ex-Marine has seen too much turmoil and he likes Sweet, Texas, just the way it is. Traditional. Familiar. A little dull. Everything Charli isn't. But instead of backing off from his

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He's stubborn and thoroughly male . . .

If Charlotte Brooks thinks she and her TV makeover show can turn Reno Wilder's hometown upside-down, he'll be happy to prove her wrong. The ex-Marine has seen too much turmoil and he likes Sweet, Texas, just the way it is. Traditional. Familiar. A little dull. Everything Charli isn't. But instead of backing off from his scowls like everyone else, Charli digs in her skyscraper heels.

She's tenacious and wickedly tempting . . .

Reno Wilder is a one-man unwelcoming committee, but Charli isn't budging. It's clear the gorgeous cowboy needs an overhaul just as much as Sweet. Someone needs to break him out of that gruff shell and show him how fun and rewarding a little change can be.

They're about to find that loveis anything but predictable.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Designer Charli Brooks travels to small towns for the makeover show My New Town. A Marine brat, she has lived all over the world, and she yearns for a permanent home. Former Marine Reno Wilder, owner of the hardware store in Sweet, Tex., refuses to be drawn into the excitement over the spiffing up of Sweet’s historic Main Street buildings. He doesn’t want change; he’s endured too much already and struggles with grief after the deaths of his oldest brother, his dad, and his fiancée. With no hotel in the tiny town, TV crew members are put up in private homes, and Reno’s mom volunteers an apartment above Reno’s barn for Charli. Cap the close living arrangements with a bet about making over his store, and the two square off with humorous dialogue in clever situations while denying their budding attraction. Terry (the Sugar Shack series) adds interest by describing the show’s progress and the camaraderie of Reno’s surviving brothers. Agent: Jennifer Schober, Spencerhill Associates. (July)
Rachel Gibson
"A fun and refreshing voice in contemporary romance."
NYT bestselling author Rachel Gibson
“A fun and refreshing voice in contemporary romance.”
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.”
Idaho Statesman
“A truly wonderful love story for those who enjoy small-town life.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062237224
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Series:
Sweet, Texas Series, #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
162,039
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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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Anything But Sweet 3.9 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 65 reviews.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Loved Anything But Sweet. Small town living in Sweet, Texas. The characters of Reno and Charli have sparks flying but takes time for the romance to fire up. Loved the secondary characters, many giggles from me on their antics. I can see many more stories coming out of Sweet Texas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solid, enjoyable contemporary romance. I liked the premise with Charli's work on a home makeover show, and her visit to the small. A good amount of depth with the characters and shades to their romance. Nothing is too easy, but the roadblocks felt legit and not forced. This is one of those books that starts light but hits on some emotional points, just enough to move beyond fluff to a really enjoyable read. I will definitely read more of Candis Terry!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully entertaining novel by Candis Terry. When sassy, sexy, big shot TV star Charlotte Brooks rolls into Sweet Texas, Reno Wilder is determined to derail her plans to make over and change his hometown. But what he doesn’t realize is that he’ll be the one derailed! He can’t believe how attracted he is to her, and what’s worse is once he gets to know her, he begins to see that she isn’t exactly the person he had her pegged for. Sure she’s hot, but she’s also fun, compassionate, and exactly what he needs to help him overcome the pain he’s suffered from losing his fiancée, father, and older brother. Charlotte grew up with a marine father and lost her mother at an early age. She’s used to moving around and never really having a place to call home. Sure, she’s got a place to live, but it’s never really had that “stay here forever” feel. When she rolls into Sweet and meets all the warm and friendly people, she begins to think that she’s finally found a place she’d love to live, permanently. Her only problem is a big, sulky, ex-marine that’s determined to get in her way. But as she spends more time with Reno, she realizes that there’s something there, something more than wild animal attraction. Can she break down the walls Reno has built around his heart and find a way to help him heal? And can she finally find a home in Sweet, Texas? What an amazing new series from Candis Terry. I loved the hometown dynamics of Sweet and can’t wait to read more! Charlotte and Reno will simply make you melt. And with great supporting characters like Reno’s mom and brothers you can’t ask for more. From drama, romance and comedy, you’ll find a little bit of everything in this novel! Be sure to pick up your copy today, it’s definitely worth it! This is a novel I will read again and again. It’s an easy, entertaining read. Great for a lazy day on the couch! Rating: 4.5 Heat Rating: Mild Reviewed by AprilP Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific author with a great sense of humor... Writes about fiesty women and handsome cowboys... Loved the book and read it quickly cause I couldn't put it down... Can't wait for the next book and hope to read more of Charli and Reno... When all the fun was done it was sobering to think about the story and realize what experiences of our youth have to do with the people we become... Ms Terry writes a beautiful book - all will enjoy... Characters are beautifully drawn and the story is very well told...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable read that was hard to put down. Sweet, emotional, and sexy.....What more can you ask for? This is part of a series centered around characters in a small Texas town. 272 pages
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Now that you have a delicious treat lets discuss Anything But Sweet by Candis Terry. Thank you to Candis for the copy of the novel. Synopsis: Reno loves his town of Sweet Texas. He feels strongly that nothing needs to change in his precious town. Unfortunately the town of Sweet and his mother don’t agree with him. They would like to see Sweet be more productive and have a better economy. Enter My New Town a reality television led by its host Charli. She announces the renovations to many of the businesses including Reno’s hardware store. When they meet Reno is not impressed and wants nothing to do with her. Will he change his mind? Will the town be improved? l? My Thoughts: I enjoyed the story of Anything But Sweet. This contemporary romance held my interest all the way through. There was also humor sprinkled throughout the novel. The two main characters of Reno and Charli are hard not to notice. These characters are strong in both emotion and their backgrounds. Loyalty plays a big role with both, but more so with Reno. The other characters help to move the story along. Over all an entertaining read one you will enjoy! Jencey Gortney/Writer's Corner
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
War and the deaths of loved ones have changed Ex-marine Reno Wilder’s attitude. Now this military man is ready to settle down into a calmer life. So when Sweet is chosen as a destination for a makeover TV show, he’s less than pleased about the potential disruption to his routine. Headstrong show host and designer Charlotte Brooks arrives in Sweet ready to change everything, including Reno. Locked in a face-off neither saw coming, will they be able to find common ground and realize that a life together could be sexy…and also very sweet? This book was amazing. Not only did Candis Terry bring light into darkness with how Reno and Charlotte's relationship grows but also with other characters in this book. This series is looks like it will be pulling your heartstrings bringing you to tears and then laughter and enjoyment at other moments. As the first book of the Sweet, Texas series you know the others to come will be just as good and you'll be seeing in the future what happens to these two. The pace and flow of this book was just fantastic and it kept you interested page after page. Its these genres of books that I positively love to read and get me hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book about reality TV that I've read, and I enjoyed it. I'm not a huge reality TV fan - except for HGTV, which is exactly what ANYTHING BUT SWEET is based on. The writing was quick, witty, and fun, and the characters were believable. Each back story was clearly well thought-out by the author, and she gives it to the reader in perfectly-rationed doses throughout the book; I felt I really understood where Reno and Charli came from, and what they hoped to achieve in their lives without having to suffer through the typical flashback mechanism. Charli is a fun, admirable character who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go get it. In the overwhelmed market of stronger-than-thou alpha heroines, it's actually nice to see a sweet, nice woman who's career-driven but wants to find a life balance, who won't take any flack from anyone, and who loves her life but recognizes when it's time to change things up a bit. Charli is positive throughout almost the entire novel, and that is the best thing about her. She's not sticky-sweet, she's not cutesy, and she's not fake - all of which one might expect from a TV hostess. She broke every expectation I had of her, and I loved that. Reno tends to fall into the more typical alpha hero mold. He's an ex-Marine (read: stubborn, handsome, brave, loyal) and a Texas cowboy (read: sexy, loves his family, shoulders lots of responsibilities). His gradual fall into Charli's arms is a slow, highly resistant one - and it's believable because Charli's positivity infuses everything and everyone around her in an honest way. She doesn't pressure Reno into anything, but she consistently disallows his stubborn ways to derail her own plans. Sweet, Texas is a well-crafted place full of southern charm and welcoming people. You definitely get the feeling that once you decide to make a life in Sweet, the people would envelop you in its arms, offer you a glass of sweet tea and dance in the hot summer breeze late into the night. The Wilders are the backbone of this community, and I look forward to reading about Reno's brother, Jackson, in the next release (SWEETEST MISTAKE, January 2014). This is a fun read, but there's no plot that drives any outer conflict, which is something I really love in my escapes from reality. However, this is a well-written, character-driven book - and I did enjoy it. It's a perfect book for a girls' night in, so I give it three and a half out of five stars. (Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and truthful review.)
kipha More than 1 year ago
This was my first read from Candis Terry and I’ll say I love her writing and her characters right off the bat, especially her heroes but this book really got my jaw tensing and teeth clenching tight! Reno Wilder has lost lost of loved ones in his life and he most definitely doesn’t like change. He’s a cowboy, he runs a hardware and feed store, a build it your self type of man; a very hard, broken and tortured man with a big heart but stubborn as heck kind of man. He’s a stay out of my personal life and leave me to my own thing kind of man. But he is also a loving, caring, touching kind of man. But when a Bossy pretty lady from the big life came to town to change up his small town, it throws him in over his head. Angry that this little miss would target his hardware store and place it on the lists of changes and for his attraction towards her, he plan to counter attack and show her that changing the town will bring only havoc. That is if he can stop falling into her traps! Charlotte ‘Charli’ Brooks is a designer who came to Sweet, Texas with her recording crew to redecorate the town from the requests of the residents. Out spoken and determined to get the job done she has no time to waste. On a short budget she has to depend on the town for help and most likely from the swoon worthy scowling broad shoulders cowboy rancher. Raised by a barely there military father and having nowhere to call home, she is drawn to the little town and wonder if it can be call home. But the very man to ruin her plans of making it big for the town is tying her up in strings, but does she have a plans for him! She will not look away from a challenge. Tying him around her fingers will be fun. This was a great story and I loved the secondary characters, Reno’s mother and his brothers. I really want to get to know them better and see where life takes them in this little town. But I most definitely want to see the lovely ladies who will touch their hearts and bend their knees! I super adore and love Reno and his brothers! But as I mention before, this book got me clenching my teeth! Charli, Charli, Charli. I didn’t really like her. She was great and I know she was doing great things for the town but I couldn’t help but be on Reno’s side about keeping the town how it is and just fixing things up would have been just fine, but to change up the town? I was not so much on that side. So the first couple of chapters I just disliked her. She was bossy and annoying! And Reno, poor Reno…..I just wanted her to leave him be! Stop talking and making him mad and crazy because you’re making me mad! I guess I read this whole book in the point of view from Reno. I’m a lot like him, we don’t like to be bothered and picked and jabbed at. And when there’s something we don’t like we stick too it. I don’t know, I will always have this feeling towards Charli even though I’ve moved passed it as the story went, but it’ll still be here, so maybe I haven’t moved on. But it was good~ And I hated it! I almost didn’t want to read any more of it, and throw it in the did not finish pile, (which I don’t even have!) I had to stop a couple of times but I just had to keep on reading. I had to find out the ending…. Although it was predictable, I wanted to know how everything transpired. All in all it was great. I love the characters and their little town and it was all a big happy go party community! I do really want to read the brothers stories though so I’ll look up on it when they become available. This eARC was provided by Avon via Edelweiss.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I'm really glad I got a copy of this off Edelweiss. It was a cute, light-hearted, read. I really enjoy books set in small towns that have the everyone knows everyone else and is all up in your business dynamic. I guess it's the Gilmore Girls fan in me of thinking how cool it would be to live somewhere to have a 'place' to go and have everyone know you. (Those of you that live in those types of towns are probably laughing at me right now to be real. That's ok. LOL.) I also love books about cowboys. Did I mention that Reno's a cowboy? Oh yeah. This book alternates between both Reno and Charli's POV's, so we really get to see both sides, which I adore. As the synopsis states, Reno likes things the way they are. He doesn't like change. He lives by the motto, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." He's a former Marine, so he definitely is not a weak man at all. He has principles and expectations and doesn't want them to be impeded on. He has counted on stability and everything running like a well-oiled machine for years. Charli bursts onto the scene and all of that goes POOF! Charli is such a fun character. Her job is to give towns a makeover to improve the state of things by doing renovations so they can bring in more revenue, etc. One of those places includes Reno's hardware store that has been passed down to him by his father. It has great sentimental value to him, which is why he is so irritated with her to start. Reno's first impression of her is that yes, she's attractive, but she's well-polished with her heels, clothing, and her prissy little dog. He sees that Hollywood persona and wants nothing to do with her. She however, also notices the rugged, handsome guy with the scowl on his face. I loved the dynamic between these two. Watching Charli break down Reno's walls is worth reading in itself. There's a reason he doesn't like change and is so guarded and we find out those reasons a bit later in the book. There is definitely some serious sexual tension between these two. So naturally, the steam factor is quite high! Charli and Reno both come from less than perfect family situations. Charli lost her mom at a young age and was forced to grow up with her strict military father. She found it to be quite lonely, never quite meeting her father's expectations. All her life she's been moved around, so it's no surprise that she longs for a place to settle down and call her own. Reno had a very difficult childhood in the beginning. However, it did get a lot better, due in part to his family now. I won't say much more because I definitely don't want to spoil anything for you. However, he is still haunted by his past and doesn't recognize his own self-worth. After getting over his initial dislike of 'Fancy Pants' (as he calls Charli), he begins to really fall for her, but keeps himself at arm's length because he thinks, "Nobody wanted-or needed- damaged goods." We have a lot of fun side characters too. I loved Reno's mom, Jana, and her relationship with Charli. They get along so naturally and I think it's nice for Charli to have another female to spend time with besides her assistant, Sarah. Reno's brothers are also a lot of fun. They love to tease each other and you can tell just how close the brothers are. They are a close knit family and I loved watching them together. Once the two finally give in to each other---- SIGH. I was swooning like crazy! However, with Charli only staying in town for a few more weeks- what does that mean for the pair? Overall, this was a really enjoyable, cute read that I couldn't put down! The story did start off a little slow, and I did get a little bogged down by details, but it quickly righted itself to where I didn't have any problems continuing! This is a great book about how change is inevitable but shows how it doesn't always have to turn out to be such a bad thing... *Received a copy of this in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
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Cute story, very good. 252 pages.
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Great romance..loved it!!!!
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Sweet it is not.  Boring.
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Good read. Had humor, little sadness, good story line, and flowed easily southern style.
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