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.
*Hangs head in shame* I bet you are wondering why I am doing that aren’t you? Well you know how I always try to read a series or be caught up prior to reading one for a review? Well *kicks feet across the ground in a child like manner*, well I hadn’t read any of the books in this series prior to reading Truly Sweet and I am so mad at myself because it appears that I have been missing out on a really good series. The even sadder thing? I have the first two books still packed away from my move last year, yep last year and I am still not close to being unpacked. Enough about my self condemnation and lets get to the book now shall we.
As you all know by now I have a very large soft spot for a military hero especially one that was wounded or suffers from PTSD. So when I read the blurb for Truly Sweet and saw that Jake was a former Marine I knew that I had to sign up. I am so glad that I did because this is one that will make you want to take Jake into your arms and help him work through his guilty feelings and demons. I honestly believe that Annie was the best thing to have happened to him. Sometimes it isn’t medications, therapy or the bottom of a bottle that helps wounds heal, but the right person even if at first it may not seem like it at first. Annie was feisty, funny and sweet. She had a crush on Jake for a long time, since they were kids. She needed Jake as much as he needed her.
Honestly this book was a great sweet romance that left me with a very large smile on my face and happiness in my heart. Truly Sweet is the final book in this series but I can guarantee that I will be going back and reading the previous books before reading this one once more because I have a feeling it will be one I reread a lot in the future.
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While Jake made his way to a booth, he got a two-finger salute from Bill McBride, a Vietnam vet, and a chin lift from Ray Calhoun who were sitting at a table playing a game of checkers. At the big round table in the back, the Digging Divas Garden Club looked up in surprise. Instead of their usual exuberance, most just smiled as though they realized he might need some space. The tear sliding down Arlene Potter’s crinkly cheek could have been from allergies. Or it could have been because, even at her advanced age, Arlene loved a man in uniform. Not that he was wearing one. But that really didn’t matter to Arlene. She had a vivid imagination.
Jake tried to relax. He hadn’t known exactly what he’d be walking into here, but the silent acknowledgements worked just fine for him.
With his favorite booth vacant, he eased over to the middle of the red vinyl seat and stretched out his leg. As he looked out the window at the passersby on their way through their daily routines he took a breath to ease the ache slicing down his thigh. Moments later a menu sailed onto the table in front of him and a cup of ice water landed without a splash.
His head instantly came up.
Blue eyes focused, Annie Morgan stood there, weight balanced on one hip while she tapped the eraser of her pencil against the order pad.
In the past couple of years the Wilder family had expanded with three of his brothers having said the I do’s. Thanks to his brother, Jackson, and her sister, Abby, he and Annie were now related by marriage. Before that they’d been adversaries for as long as Jake could remember. Always outspoken and not a stranger to butting in where she didn’t belong, they’d gone head-to-head on many outlandish subjects. If he said the sky was blue, she’d argue it was turquoise. If he said a steak would take seven minutes to grill, she’d say five. If he said the Rangers would win by a homerun, she’d bet they’d lose with a strike-out. It seemed like the girl just liked to argue. More often than not, he’d rise to the bait. Just as he always did with his brothers. One of these days he’d learn to just sit back and smile.
Today probably wasn’t that day.
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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.