Book Review: Sweetest Mistake by Candis Terry
Series: Candis Terry
Series: Sweet, Texas, book 2
Source: From NetGalley
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If you were to ask me who puts out reliable contemporary romance, one of the author’s I’d name would be Candis Terry. She has a knack for writing sweet, without being saccharine, romance with smart, capable characters. I reviewed and enjoyed her last book, Anything But Sweet, so that made requesting Sweetest Mistake a no brainer.
Jackson Wilder is floored when he hears that his old childhood friend/sweetheart has returned to Sweet, Texas. She left without any explanation and cut him completely out of her life. Abby fled from a disastrous marriage and came back to Sweet to put her parent’s house on the market. She had no intention of reconnecting with Jackson again, but he doesn’t waste anytime on asking why Abby left with nary an explanation. Yay for direct heroes!
While her ex-husband did a number on her self-worth, Abby is working on moving forward and starts spending more time in Jackson’s company. Jackson is a brilliant hero. While he’s still hurt and perplexed about why she left, he still treats her with kindness and respect. The only real disconnect that I have with the book is about why Abby cut Jackson completely out of her life for good. They didn’t part on ugly terms exactly, but the separation speaks volumes about how unable Abby was to communicate her feelings to Jackson, and vice versa.
I also really liked the fact that Jackson’s ex-wife wasn’t painted as a horrible, selfish woman. They married after she got pregnant, but came to realize they’d be better off as friends. Now Abby’s ex on the other hand, is the exact opposite. She married a coldly, controlling man who didn’t care to show emotion and asked for a divorce the day after Abby asked for a baby. The book demonstrates quite clearly at the effect this is had on Abby. She’s quite unsure of herself around Jackson, and runs hot and cold at times.
As the book moves along, you see quite clearly that Jackson still loves Abby but is afraid of his feelings for her and this leads to him bungling some of their interactions. That being said, I want more heroes like Jackson. Direct but sensitive, caring and loyal. I enjoyed Abby’s character as well, but to me, she didn’t stand out like he did. The middle of the book loses some ground as Jackson dithers about what to do about Abby, but for the most part, it was a lovely contemporary romance and I’m looking forward to reading more books by Ms. Terry.