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ARC Review: Sweetest Mistake by Candis Terry

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Sweetest Mistake (Sweet, Texas #2)
   by: Candis Terry

Publication Date: Dec. 31, 2013
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC provided by Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 384 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars


Firefighter and former Marine Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but he’s learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything. He’d just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life. Five years later, she’s back and he’s battling a load of mistrust for her disappearing act. But for some reason he just can’t keep his lips—or his hands—to himself.

When her stint as a trophy wife abruptly ends, Abby returns home to Sweet, Texas, and comes face-to-face with Jackson—her biggest and sexiest mistake. Time and distance did nothing to squash her love for the act-first-think-later stubborn hunk of a man, and when he suggests they renew their old just-friends vow, Abby realizes she wants more. She’d cut and run once. Could she do it again? Or could she tempt him enough to break his promise?

 
 
It's official. Candis Terry is one of my favorite adult contemporary romance authors. This says a lot because I have found that adult romances are really hit or miss with me. Candis Terry is a complete hit. I really enjoyed last year's Anything But Sweet and when I saw this pop up for review, I jumped at the chance to get back to my favorite small town of Sweet, Texas and those sexy Wilder brothers.
 
I really liked Jackson. He is a good man, a great father, and a hard worker. He is a former Marine and is now a firefighter. He not only works for the San Antonio department, but volunteers at their local station as well. Jackson is a bit of a stubborn character, though, as I'm discovering most of the Wilder men are! He doesn't always say what he feels and that tends to cause problems for him.
 
The book starts with him realizing that his former best friend Abby has returned to town. Jackson harbors a lot of hurt feelings toward her, as she disappeared from his life seven years ago after he deployed to Afghanistan. Jackson wants answers and I can't really blame him. We learn that these two were very close and shared a lot of moments together. Not only were they each other's first kiss, but they also were each other's firsts. There's a lot of history between them and Jackson can't believe that she left without a trace and wasn't there for him after losing his brother and father.
 
I felt bad for Abby. She, like Jackson, doesn't say what she feels either and these two end up dancing around what they really want from one another. Abby definitely made poor decisions seven years ago, but she did what she felt was the best at the time. She was trying to protect her heart from Jackson and thought leaving was the only way to do so. Now, she's back in Sweet to help get her parent's house ready to sell and Jackson Wilder comes storming back into her life. Abby left town to avoid heartbreak, but her life didn't end up quite the way she planned. Her marriage didn't work out and ended much the same way her and Jackson did. Abby is a bit lost, trying to figure out what she wants and where she wants to be.
 
I love Abby and Jackson's chemistry. Jackson can act as blasé as he wants in regards to his feelings for her, but deep down he is just afraid of what will happen. He's known loss in his life and has also been married once before. I think he's afraid Abby will take off again and his heart wouldn't recover again. There were a few moments where I literally wanted to smack Jackson upside the head for being such an idiot with her. I'm glad Abby decided to take control and tell him how she finally felt. It was a bold move on her part, but I was cheering her on because Jackson needed to get his head out of his ass and see what he would be losing.
 
I love that we get to see a lot of the characters from the first book in the series also. Reno and Charli show up, as does their mom Jana, who is a lot of fun and always meddling with her sons' love lives. She's a good woman and would do anything to see her boys happy. She also loves Abby and doesn't hold a grudge against Abby for leaving. We also get to see more of Jesse, Jackson's and Reno's brother, who is known to be quite the playboy. I'm really looking forward to his story next because there's a lot more to Jesse than people think.
 
We also get to see Jackson interact with his daughter Izzy and it will absolutely melt your heart. He's a great dad and loves his daughter to pieces. He is on good terms with his ex-wife, Fiona, and I was glad to see her accept Abby even though she still loves Jackson. However, she understands that Jackson doesn't feel that way and doesn't hold that against him or try to interfere with his life.
 
Overall, I thought Sweetest Mistake was a great addition to the Sweet series and watching Jackson and Abby forgive each other as well as fall for each other again was really what drew me in. If you are looking for a good love story with great characters, this is the series to check out!
 

 

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8 comments

  1. Oh this sounds so so so good! I haven't read much adult contemp lately but I think I need to fix that! This sounds like a great series! Awesome review my dear friend!

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    1. I love this series Teresa! It's so good! I haven't had much luck with adult contemp- but Candis Terry does the job!

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  2. I haven't read any of Terry's books, but I almost bought this at Walmart bc I love the cover! No I know to go back and snatch it up!

    Glad you enjoyed Sweetest Mistake, Jessica.

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    1. I really like Terry! She reminds me of Rachel Gibson and I really like her too. I love this cover too! I could get a copy myself at Walmart! :D

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  3. This sounds super cute! I really need to check this series out. I love a sweet and sexy contemporary. Awesome review girl!

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    1. Yes! I love it! One of my faves! I just squealed because I saw the next book was on EW!

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  4. This sounds great, Jessica! I have the first in the series but haven't cracked it open yet. Now I'm gonna have to get to it soon! Fantastic review!

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    1. Thanks Brandee! I hope you enjoy it when you start it! I think they are really cute and light!

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