Title: Sweetest Mistake
Author: Candis Terry
Publisher: Avon (HarperCollins)
Release Date: December 31, 2013Rating: 5 out of 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.
It can lead to disaster or . . .
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?
My review:As you know, I was a big fan of ANYTHING BUT SWEET, which was my introduction to Candis Terry. And, after reading SWEETEST MISTAKE, I am fully convinced: Terry is, hands-down, one of the best contemporary romance authors I've read in years. Her stories come across as effortless, even though Jackson had to be difficult to write. He is so stubborn and so thick-skulled, that sometimes you just want to smack him upside the head.
Thank goodness Abby's known him her whole life, or she would've given up on him years ago.
Jackson's story is full of the emotional turmoil I experienced in ABS, but this hero has so much more in his soul. He was there when his oldest brother (his hero) died in battle. He saw it go down, and he holds a lot of guilt with that. He has a daughter, and his sweet side comes through, which is such a testament to how Jackson himself was raised. And his unwillingness to trust in Abby's love packages up all his insecurities into a not-so-neatly tied bow.
Le sigh. :)
The entire book was a joy to read, and to be honest, I've read it twice already. It's one I'll re-read many times, but especially when I need to remember the simple pleasures in life, and how stubbornness can only be overcome if you're willing to let it go.
I don't want to give away too much, but there is a scene in which Jackson takes out Jared's (his brother who died at war) truck. Jackson is cruising, listening to the last CD his brother had in there, trying to clear his mind. And when Jackson sits in the truck, parked at his favorite spot, and he asks his brother for advice...I had tears in my eyes. The scene is so beautifully written, so full of what Jared must've been like in Jackson's life, made my heart hurt for the entire Wilder family. It took me a good hour or so after I finished the book to convince myself that this family is, indeed, a fictional family.
Fictional or not, this is one of my favorite families in all of romance. And the next book, SOMETHING SWEETER, is about the youngest Wilder, Jesse. He's a veterinarian (swoon!) who loves animals and kids...and I simply can't wait to read about him.
Order this book immediately - you won't be disappointed.
(Disclaimer: I was provided an digital copy from the publisher for an honest and unbiased review.)