Candis Terry returns to Sweet, Texas for the last time when former Marine Jake Wilder discovers how truly sweet love can be.
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.
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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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Under the scorching sun in the rocky terrain of an Eastern province of Afghanistan, hell exploded in a firestorm of fury. In that hellhole, newly assigned Marine Second Lieutenant Jake Wilder and his twelve troops became the bull’s-eye in a merciless path of destruction.
When the first crack of incoming mortar rounds screamed over their heads and exploded approximately 100 meters behind them, Jake had no choice but to conclude that the confidential intel for their surveillance mission hadn’t been faulty. They’d been betrayed.
Jake dropped to his knees, shook the ringing from his ears, blinked, then leveled his weapon.
“Fucking assholes!” This verbal eruption came from his best friend, Sergeant Eli Harris, as he dove behind a boulder barely big enough to cover his ass while rapid fire and mortar rounds continued to discharge in their direction.
Any other time Jake would have laughed at Eli’s outburst. At the moment he was too busy scoping the hills in front of them from behind his own meager refuge. Everything around them was drab—brown hills, brown sand, brown dust floating in the air. The enemy didn’t fight in a uniform, and their garb was as colorless as the landscape, which made them hard to spot and twice as dangerous.
In his periphery, Jake caught the flash of sunlight against hard steel. “Contact north. 200 meters,” he shouted to his team. “Additional small RPG west.”
“Small RPG east. 150 meters and closing,” Eli shouted in return while scoping the opposite ridge.
Muzzle flashes continued as Jake grabbed his radio to call in and report the three-sided ambush and request air support. A lack of response signaled the radio was either dead or offline. He hoped it was only a momentary break in communication and not a sign that they were stranded out there without backup or communication while the enemy tried to turn them into Swiss cheese.
Not for the first time did he wonder if they were really brave or just plain crazy. A bullet pinged off a rock behind him. He hit the ground then belly crawled to a shelf of gravel that would give slightly better protection.
Crazy mothers, he decided. Just fucking crazy as hell.
Thank you to Candis Terry, Tasty Book Tours, and Edelweiss for providing Sassy Moms a chance to read and review this final book in the Sweet, Texas series. I have been a fan of this series for a few books now. I have been patiently waiting for this book. There was something about Jake that grabbed my attention and held it. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to share the joy of this series.
This book came at a time when I was leaving my job at Veteran’s service agency, so I felt more of a connection to the characters than I did with the others. That is not saying that I didn’t love the previous books. This one just hit the heart strings more on a personal level. I love that Candis took a realistic approach to how she write PTSD scenes in this book and how someone that loves someone that has PTSD deals with the symptoms and the bad times. While every person is different, Candis did not play it down, nor did she over exaggerate the effects of PTSD.
I have been hoping that Jake and Annie would get together since there was a history that was subtlety mentioned in previous books, but we saw the whole story this time around. I love the way Candis wrote these characters and their struggles.