Truly Sweet (Sweet, Texas Series #5)

Truly Sweet (Sweet, Texas Series #5)

by Candis Terry

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When the one you've always wanted . . .

At sixteen, Annabelle Morgan hoped her crush on Jake Wilder was just a passing phase. Now she's twenty-nine and nothing has changed—except Jake. The once-carefree Marine has come home with a giant chip on his shoulder. He insists a single mom like Annie deserves more than he can offer. Yet no matter how gruff his gorgeous exterior may be, Jake's toe-curling kisses convince her that this attraction is definitely mutual.

Becomes the one who wants you back . . .

Butting heads with feisty Annie was always a thrill. Add other body parts to the mix, and Jake is in serious trouble. He can't be a forever-and-family guy—and Annie's not a friends-with-benefits kind of woman. But love has a way of changing the best-laid plans, and surrender has never been so tempting . . .

The outcome is truly sweet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062351159
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Series: Sweet, Texas Series , #5
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.27(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.81(d)

About 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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Truly Sweet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
romance_junkie89 More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Jake is a darlin' and Annie is his match in every way. A returning veteran with battle wounds that run deeper than the scar on his thigh Jake needs Annie's kind of care and commitment. Annie, a single mother, knows what determination means and she's willing to help Jake put back together the shattered pieces of his heart. A can't put down heartfelt, touching romance that will have you believing in happily-ever-after. My only fault with it is it's the last in the series.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I have so much love for this series and finishing it was a very bittersweet moment for me. Candis Terry has created such a beautiful series that is filled with heart and soul. I have fallen in love with the Wilder clan and their significant others and friends. I am so pleased with the way all of the storylines have been resolved as there were a few that spanned a few books. I was hoping Annie would be the one to wrangle Jake's heart and sure enough, she was! I really enjoyed this story, but I have to admit Jake drove me a bit crazy. His story is one we've seen before in romance, so it's not overly original, but it still packs an emotional punch. Jake is a former Marine, and after failing to save his best friend and some other men in his unit, he has survivors guilt and doesn't feel like he deserves to move forward and be happy with his life. He is attracted to Annie, but his guilt is always at the forefront of his mind and just when he gives in a little, he pulls way back and puts her in the friend zone. Annie has always had a crush on Jake, but she never thought he really noticed her. Having grown up with two absentee parents who didn't have any investment in their kids, Annie flees to Seattle and ends up living with an aspiring musician who gets her pregnant and then ditches her. I felt for Annie, because she feels like people walk out on her and even after she confesses this to Jake, he ends up doing the same because he can't get a handle on his emotions. Once Jake finally decided to go after Annie and make her his, I felt much happier because I really thought they made a great pair. They bicker and fight, but they also confide in one another. I liked seeing this dynamic first because it really solidified their relationship for me. And man, do they have some sexy times. And some incredibly sweet ones. I adored seeing Jake with Max and Hank, his new dog. There were a few scenes in this book that actually made me tear up- that's how much of an emotional impact it had. The epilogue was perfection, as it was told in Mama Wilder's voice and it gave me all the warm and fuzzies to see her reflect upon her life and how her kids are settled and happy. It was a great ending to a wonderful series and I am beyond excited for Terry's next series, which is set in Oregon's wine country!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Anothrr book about family - 240 pagrs.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 stars!! In this final book in the Sweet, Texas series, we see the wonderful dynamic in the relationship between Annie and Jake. They had been buddies growing up, Annie's like the little sister he didn't have. But Annie has been nursing feelings for Jake for years, and the fear over his injuries really solidifies her feelings in her mind - she decides that she's not going to let her fear of rejection keep her from letting Jake know how she feels - she realizes that life is too short for those types of fears. The author does a fantastic job of depicting a soldier suffering from PTSD and survivors guilt. His survivors guilt is so strong that it influences everything he is doing in his life, including his budding feelings for Annie. He feels incredibly unworthy of happiness in his life due to the loss of his best friend and the misguided guilt he feels over living when his friend died. The author's depictions of the emotions experienced by a soldier experiencing these emotions was realistic and emotionally wrenching for the reader. Annie also epitomizes delightful character development, as she is a single-mom who struggles with every day living as a single mom, but eternally grateful for the gift she had been given in her son. She rarely demonstrates the "woe is me" attitude you often see in single moms in stories - she relishes every experience she has with her son and sees being a mother to Max as the most important job she has. The author provides a realistic view of life as a single mom - struggling from time to time with basic necessities but fiercely loyal to her child nonetheless. But let's not forget the love story. the love story develops throughout the story, often derailed by the PTSD feelings Jake is harboring, or Annie's concerns over getting involved as a single mother, or even well meaning family and friends who aren't sure Jake and Annie should end up together. But it seems that Annie is just what Jake needs to help him see what he needs to see about the future, and do what he needs to do to heal and move forward - hopefully with her. Their happily-ever-after has such a feel-good feeling since he is the last one standing. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, grief, pain, secrets, and heartbreak. If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first Home Sweet Home (Sweet, Texas 0.5) Anything but Sweet (Sweet, Texas, #1) Sweetest Mistake (Sweet, Texas, #2) Something Sweeter (Sweet, Texas, #3) Sweet Cowboy Christmas (Sweet, Texas, #3.5) Sweet Surprise (Sweet, Texas, #4) This is Annabelle and Jake’s story. Jake has come back home but does not think he deserves the love of a good woman. Annie has loved Jake for years but knew didn’t think of her as more than a friend. Jake helps her out when she needs it and wants her but when she realizes he wants a friends with benefits thing she tells him she is not interested and she deserves better. When he finally realizes she is all he wants rumors around the town are started about him and she wonders if she is still being played. Can she trust him at his word or is she going to be the woman we always gets played. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
What happens when Candis Terry combines a tough as nails, wounded marine with sweet single mom… you get an amazing, sweet and endearing romance to get utterly lost in. From start to finish, the Sweet, Texas series has been a delightful journey. Truly Sweet is pure icing on this heartwarming proverbial cake! Swoon worthy, emotionally engaging and completely realistic characters, Truly Sweet was the perfect contemporary romance read. I received this ARC copy of Truly Sweet from Avon in exchange for a honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Truly Sweet describes this story perfectly. The chemistry between these two characters was adorable. I loved how they looked out for each other no matter what. Ms. Terry has created a story that is heartwarming, funny and just plain good. Copyright Night Owl Reviews
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I might’ve been late to the party that is Candis Terry’s Sweet, Texas series, but I fell for this series hard and fast. I loved the small-town setting and the cast of characters. I’ll definitely credit this series with my foray into the world of mass market paperback adult contemporary romance. I’m totally addicted now. After four books and a novella about the Wilder boys and the town of Sweet, Texas, I was SO VERY READY for Jake’s story. I’m a sucker for a military hero and a second chance romance, so I was thrilled to find both in this book. I absolutely adored both Jake and Annie. My heart broke for him and the guilt he was carrying around after his time in combat. He was such a good guy and it was so easy to want better for him. I wanted him to find a way to deal with his guilt and live his life again. I knew he could do that with Annie. I loved this woman. She was so strong and determined, yet sweet and caring. She was a great mom. I loved how she fought for Jake. Their past was messy, but she never stopped loving him, even if she did push him away. Watching them work their way back together was wonderful. It was low on angst, big on heart and had me feeling all the feels. It was romantic and sexy and tugged at my heartstrings. I love standalone series. In most cases, I lack the patience to wait two or three books to get to the happily ever after for ONE couple. I much prefer a quick, sweet romance that gives me all the feels. Also, with standalone series you tend to get updates on your favorite characters from earlier on as the new books come out. Since the characters I read tend to stick with me and I always want to know more about them once they’re together, I love this. Candis definitely gave us a glimpse of the previous couples from the series in this book and it totally warmed my heart. And one of the biggest standouts for me was how she introduced a new and important character into the mix and made him part of the Wilder family. Of course, I’m talking about Peter, the man Jared was in love with before his death. Ooooooooh boy did I get all emotional when he was brought into the clan. (I’m doing it again now just as I type this review, as a matter of fact.) SO MANY FEELS. To me, Truly Sweet was utter perfection. I laughed and cried and, as much as I hate to say goodbye to this series, I’m so incredibly happy with how it all wrapped up. The epilogue was pure gold. I can’t imagine a more perfect ending. If I could give this book more than five stars I would. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
SusanFrank More than 1 year ago
Terrific ending to the Sweet, Texas series. This is the story of Jake, the youngest of the Wilder boys. Like his brothers before him, Jake joined the Marines and expected to make a career of it. Instead, he was injured in a mission that went wrong, losing his best friend in the same battle. Now he's home, trying to pick up the pieces of his life, but sinking under the crushing guilt he feels over his friend's death. The last thing he expects is to start seeing his old friend Annie as the beautiful woman she is. Annie has had a crush on Jake since she was sixteen. Even leaving Sweet for a few years did nothing to reduce her feelings for him. Now she's back in Sweet, with a toddler son and trying to get her own life back together. Jake's return brings back all her old fantasies about him. I loved the relationship between Jake and Annie. They had been friends when they were younger, able to talk to each other about anything. As they got older the relationship changed, as Jake got a bit on the wild side and Annie had no trouble calling him out when he was being a jerk. Annie hates the changes she's seen in him since he got back, but refuses to coddle him. Jake has always seen her as just his friend until his first encounter with her after his return. Suddenly he sees her as a woman and his attraction to her freaks him out. I hurt for Jake as his guilt over his friend's death has affected the way he looks at his life now. Before it happened, he was a fun loving guy who loved his family, was great with kids, and had plans for his future. Now, every time he's around kids all he can think about is that his friend is not going to see his child grow up. Jake is so eaten up with guilt that he hasn't even been able to visit his friend's widow, and that makes him feel even worse. He's attracted to Annie and could have feelings for her if he'd allow it, but feels that he's too broken to give her what she deserves. Fortunately for him, she's not ready to give up on him. I loved Annie. In spite of all the things that have gone wrong in her life she refuses to give in to it. She is determined to be a good mother to Max and give him the best life she can. She also doesn't put up with any crap from Jake. She can see that he is hurting and challenges him to take control of his life. She can also see that he is just as attracted to her as she is to him. I enjoyed seeing the changes in their relationship. Jake is, at first, more interested in just the physical attraction to Annie, but also realizes that she's not booty call material. Annie wants him just as much as he wants her, but isn't going to settle for less than she feels she deserves. I really enjoyed seeing how she knew just when to push Jake and when to back off to make him see what he needed to do. There were several fantastic examples of this, my favorite being when she talked him into going to the animal shelter to look at dogs. Eventually her love for him gave Jake the confidence to face his demons. His visit with his friend's widow was incredibly emotional. I loved his big moment at the end when he was finally able to offer all of himself to Annie. Due to space limitations, review is continued at:
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
A great finale to the series of Sweet, Texas. The perfect read full of emotion, happy tears, sad tears and lots of laughing. Jake, alpha wounded marine and Annabelle, single mom with the cutest toddler reconnect. There is an instant attraction but then Jake gets scared, he has inner demons that he needs to work though on the death of his fellow marine. Annabelle is that perfect person to help move along in life. It was great to catch up with the rest of the Wilder family, love babies and weddings! Canid Terry, I am going to miss the Wilder family, but excited to meet your new friends. Highly recommend for small town romance lovers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole series is great & this wraps it up nicely.
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I really thought this book would be good. But all it really focus' on is two grown adults who need to take care of their sexual desires. It gets old after a while.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
In this emotionally touching romance, Jake has returned home from the war with his heart and his body broken after his best friend died on a mission, a death he feels personally responsible for. Being home is therefore bittersweet as he tries to adjust to 'normal life' once again. And that life includes Annie, a single mom now who he's been friends with for years but lost that closeness that they shared as pre-teens when high school took him and his friends on to new pursuits, and the marines called to him as a young adult. Annie sees Jake clearly, her teenage crush having morphed into something ready to be expanded upon if Jake will only give her the chance. Can a wounded warrior let a sunshine girl in to heal the darkness? While the plot of this story is familiar, the author has done a lovely job of bringing the town of Sweet with all its quirky and lovable characters to life in this romance between two people who deserve a happy ending. There is no shortage of teary moments in the story, as the past deaths of loved ones play an intricate role in how Jake feels about his future. At times it was frustrating to be in his shoes, to feel his despair and his desire to dismiss Annie under the guise of self pity. Annie was a wonderful feisty heroine in this story, a caring mother to her son Max, and just the woman Jake needs to snap him out of his self pity and make him realize that survivor guilt is not the way to honor the dead. I loved the two of them together, their chemistry leading to some sexy scenes between them. But more importantly, in their quiet moments they reveal their true selves to each other and that companionship is the basis on which to build their future. For readers who've enjoyed seeing the Wilder brothers get tamed, there are some delightful cameos of Jake's brothers and their partners (and their widowed mother who gets her own happy ending too). The closeness and affection of the Wilder family is sweet to see. It was a really lovely read, and one for the keeper shelf. 4.5 stars.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story of a wounded Marine (Jake) coming home filled with guilt about his time in Afghanistan.. Blames himself for the death of his best friend Eli... Is surprised to find that Annie has grown into a woman and has a baby Max but no husband... Annie has loved Jake forever and tries to help him find his place back home and to rid him of his guilt... A long and sometimes complicated story of forgiveness and love... All the brothers and their wives appear from the previous books and this was a beautiful conclusion to the four book series.. Read this one in one sitting because I could not put it down... Will read this one again...
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gaele More than 1 year ago
I’ve read two of the shorts from this series, and this story, the last of the Wilder children finds his footing here. Jake is back from the Marines, but life isn’t moving smoothly. His best friend’s death combined with an injury has left him floundering a bit. Coming home isn’t giving him all the warm and fuzzies or making all the hurts heal, or alleviating his guilt. Annabelle had a crush on Jake in school, and she’s sure that she’s over him, and they can move on to a more mature relationship, one without the bickering and poking at one another of the past. Old habits die hard: and unrequited love isn’t always ‘gotten over”, as she soon realizes. These two are adorable together: the reliving their old interactions like two kids at the sandbox is funny, they both see the silliness there, but only Annabelle is wise enough to make a change. Jake’s surprised by his feelings for her, but he isn’t willing to take a chance on someone who is “too good” for him. She’s supportive, friendly and just what he needs, until he throws a wrench in the works and suggests they be friends with benefits, no strings. The refusal from Annabelle was perfect to bring him to his senses, she did deserve more than he was offering, and being afraid really isn’t the point. You want the girl, you do what it takes- including trusting her to mean what she says. It only took him some time, and some fierce truths from Annabelle to get him to see sense. While not off the charts scorching heat, these two had a comfortable familiar chemistry that heated up as their more adult affections grew. A wonderful read that I devoured in one sitting, that now has me going back and adding all of the titles I missed to my shelf. 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.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Jake comes home from the war with nightmares, pain, regrets. He lost some of his men, his best friend, got wounded himself, but the survivor's guilt is eating him up, and will not allow himself to be happy again. Annie has always loved Jake, more than anything or anybody. But Jake has never seen her as a girl, until now. But Annie is not a bootie-call type of a girl, not now, not ever. And that is all Jake has to offer. Jake and Allie together are so perfect, they are sweet and spice, mixed in a perfect harmony. The author has created so many swoon worthy scenes in the story, written in such a humorous way, that you can't help but smile through the tale. Until you are in tears... Cause the guilt Jake is carrying with him, he seems to be stuck. With Annie's help and encouragement, he takes on a pilgrimage, and when the moment of healing, and forgiveness comes, it is so powerful, I admit, I was in tears. Whether there's banter and goodhearted trouble between the brothers, an argument between Jake and Allie, or advice given by mother, the story is filled with warmth, love, and care of a family. The story completely enthralled me, I was wrapped in it like in a big pink cloud. Even when there was trouble and heartache, you knew, that the family was there to support you, protect you, and love you until you are whole again. So many emotions went through me while reading this story, it certainly will not leave you cold. This might be one of the most warmhearted, romantic stories I have read in a long time, and even though it is the last book in the series, it is easy to be read as a stand-alone novel. ~ Five Spoons