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Guest Review: Anything But Sweet by Candis Terry

Posted July 1, 2013 by Judith in Reviews | 1 Comment

Published by Avon, Harper Collins

Judith’s review of Anything But Sweet by Candis Terry

HE’S STUBBORN AND THOROUGHLY MALE . . .

If Charlotte Brooks thinks she and her TV makeover show can turn Reno Wilder’s hometown upside down, he’ll be happy to prove her wrong. The x-Marine has seen too much turmoil and he likes Sweet, Texas, just the way it is. Traditional. Familiar. A little dull. Everything Charli isn’t. But instead of backing off from his scowls like everyone else, Charli digs in her skyscraper heels.

SHE’S TENACIOUS AND WICKEDLY TEMPTING . . .

Reno Wilder is a one-man unwelcoming committee, but Charli isn’t budging. It’s clear the gorgeous cowboy needs an overhaul just as much as Sweet. Someone needs to break him out of that gruff shell and show him how fun and rewarding a little change can be.

THEY’RE ABOUT TO FIND THAT LOVE IS ANYTHING BUT PREDICTABLE.

Change is never easy and even though most of us like to think of ourselves as open to change in some degree, when presented with the fact, that is something altogether different.  So it was with the hero in this really wonderful contemporary romance novel.  A man deeply hurt, grieving over the loss of special people in his life, trying so hard to keep his emotional balance by making sure everything stays exactly as it has always been, believing that if the externals change he will lose the connection he has with those he has lost.  Add in the fact that his military service has left him with scars.  He is most definitely NOT happy when Charli comes to town with her TV reality make-over show.  Yet this intrepid TV producer/designer keeps on pushing him, his buttons, his boundaries, along with his willingness to let her into his personal life and his bed.

This is a delightful story about people of all kinds, but mostly about two people who are trying to get through life without anymore hurt.  Charli has lost her faith in herself when it comes to men.  She has had enough of shattered feelings and that sense of never being good enough.  Reno is hanging on for dear life to his dead fiance, his dad, and all that represents these people for him.  He just can’t take the chance of moving on.  Yet he doesn’t really know what to do with this woman who has blown into his life like a tornado and who never leaves him in peace.  It’s another compelling look at the inner workings of the human heart and brought to us by an author who has written about contemporary American and its citizens in ways that so many of us really love.  Once again she has crafted a story that is thoughtful, populated by characters who are one of a kind, kept reader interest steady with twists and turns and some really hot loving.  One can’t really figure out where these two lovers are going as they seem to be headed in different directions.  And most of all, Charli is working toward her dream, wanting to find a place to call home and stop being a wanderer.  On the other hand Reno is so so stuck, wallowing in his fears and grief, resisting anything and anyone who want him to let go of all that is in the past and letting the past define his present.  (I know some people like that.)

So I highly recommend that anyone who wants to read a warm and wonderful love story between lovers who don’t know what to do with each other emotionally read this novel.  It’s one that I have decided is on my “read again in the near future” list.  It’s just that good.  I think you’ll like it as well.

I give it a rating of 4.25 out of 5.

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.


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DFRAT Review: Somebody Like You by Candis Terry

Posted June 20, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Straitlaced . . .

Chicago prosecutor Kelly Silverthorne has a perfect record in the courtroom and a big fat zero in the bedroom. When she loses her first case ever, she returns home to Deer Lick, Montana, to regain her confidence and shake off the “Sister Serious” moniker she’s been stuck with since childhood. Only a few hours into her repentance, karma thrusts her face-to-face with yet another of her major fiascos—a one-night stand with the hottest cop in the county.

Rebel with a Cause . . .

Deputy James Harley has always played with fire. When smart and sexy Kelly pops back into his life, he doesn’t mind going for a full burn. And that might be exactly what happens when his past threatens to catch up with his future.

A Match Made in . . .

Heaven only knows what Kelly’s dearly departed mom has planned from the other side—especially since she’s already meddled in Kelly’s siblings’ love lives. But even heaven knows that when love comes.
Kelly Silverthorne is shocked, dismayed and completely disillusioned when a murder case that she is trying doesn’t go how she wants it to. She heads off to her hometown of Deer Lick, Montana with the excuse that she has to attend her brothers wedding but also to try to regroup and figure things out. She had never lost a court case before and she’s not quite sure she likes the fact that she did this time.
When she gets to Deer Lick she runs into Sheriff Deputy James Harley. Kelly had had a one-nighter with him after her sisters wedding and a lot of champagne. Though she loved that night she’s not ready for a repeat performance. She’s confused about her life and James won’t help matters.
James has had a thing for Kelly since they were kids. He was thrilled when he got a chance with her after her sisters wedding but dealt with it when she headed back to her job in Chicago. Now she’s back and he’s anxious to hang with her again. It turns out that even though Kelly thought that James couldn’t help her she was dead wrong. Not only did he show her the wonders of her small town that she’d never opened her eyes enough to see but he also got her to see that she was more than just a lawyer.
In this book Kelly is confused. In previous books we hadn’t gotten to see all that much from her but she seemed like a strong person. She still is a strong person, but she’s just doubting herself. Now, knowing her track record in the courtroom I can see how she might have some thoughts as to whether she’s doing the right thing or not but frankly I never expected her to do such a turn around. The book never said that she would never be a lawyer again but I kind of got that vibe.
James really helped Kelly in so many ways and had her examining her life in a way that she maybe wouldn’t have done without him. I very much admired his good sense when it came to that. Unfortunately James had some serious issues of his own that he couldn’t quite figure out. I felt for him that his life hadn’t gone the way he expected with his mother getting sick and him taking over the care of his young brother but I was surprised that being as smart as he was that he couldn’t see the troubles he was facing and work them out. I guess we’re usually more observant to other people’s issues than our own.
The romance in this book was good and I liked Kelly and James together very much. What I had issue with in the story had to do with what I felt were unresolved issues. In the story Kelly is, for the most part, living with her father. She has guilt that she didn’t stay with him longer after her mother had died and she wanted to make things better. Her dad was still grieving and was even to the point where he couldn’t go into the Sugar Shack without looking for her. This part of the story broke my heart but then it was kind of swept under the table and not mentioned again. Kelly wanted so much to help yet we didn’t get to see if she did. Redecorating your parents home, to me, isn’t helping the bigger problem. Then there was Kelly herself. Throughout the book, on James’ request, Kelly was looking to find her hidden talent. She found it and it made her very happy but I felt like I was left in the dark as to how it would be used in the future. On top of that Kelly does decide to stay in Deer Lick but what would she do for her job? That was never mentioned either. Would she continue in the law field but closer to home? She couldn’t make money with her hidden talent so I felt like I was left floundering. Maybe I needed my t’s crossed and my i’s dotted at the end of the story and I didn’t feel like that was done.
Besides the niggles I mentioned Somebody Like You was a good book and I really liked it. It was fun, sexy and we got to check in with the characters from previous books and that was good too.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5


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What I Read Last Week

Posted June 18, 2012 by Tracy in Features | 5 Comments

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It was hotter than hell here but I managed to stay in a lot in the various places I went so that was good. Father’s Day was nice – my hubby was a homebody but hey, that’s what he wanted. 🙂
DFAT is still going strong! I managed to read 6 DFRAT books last week – woohoo! Go me. lol 
Here is the schedule for all of the blogs involved in the Digital First Read-A-Thon for this week:
Monday, June 18th
Alina Adams Book Binge
Nancy Cassidy  RR@H Novel Thoughts
Charlie Cochrane The Book Reading Gals
HelenKay Dimon Book Binge
Liz Strange RR@H Novel Thoughts
Tuesday, June 19th
Ruthie Knox Book Binge
Larry Benjamin RR@H Novel Thoughts
Lillian Grant The Book Reading Gals
Mary Hughes Tracy’s Place

Wednesday, June 20th
Annie Nicholas Book Binge
Eugenia O’Neill Book Binge
Cathy Perkins RR@H Novel Thoughts
Phoebe Conn The Book Reading Gals
Barbara Meyers Tracy’s Place
Thursday, June 21st
Lynne Connelly RR@H Novel Thoughts
Julie Rowe Book Binge
Born of Empire by Simon Brown Giveaway Book Binge
Georgie Lee RR@H Novel Thoughts
Desiree Holt The Book Reading Gals
Kay Keppler Tracy’s Place
Friday, June 22nd
Veronica Scott RR@H Novel Thoughts
Renee Wildes The Book Reading Gals
Mari Carr Tracy’s Place
Hope Tarr Book Binge
Saturday, June 23rd
Jessica Scott Book Binge
Anne Hope The Book Reading Gals
Cathleen Ross Tracy’s Place
Sunday, June 24th
A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder Book Binge
Serenity Woods Tracy’s Place
Lots of great authors to read about and lots of giveaways as well!
On to what I read this week:
I started off the week with Tempting by Hope Tarr. This story is Hope’s take on Pygmalion. In this case an aspiring member of Parliament, Simon, finds a woman in the attic of a brothel and ends up taking her home with him and trying to make her speech and dress suitable enough to find her a position as a governess or lady’s maid. Life, of course, doesn’t turn out the way he planned and he ends up falling in love with Christine and all the angst that brings to the story. It was a very good book and one I’d recommend it. 4.25 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)
Next was His Heart’s Obsession by Alex Beecroft. This was the story of Robert who is in love with his shipmate and friend, Hal. Hal, however, is in love with his straight captain, William. Robert professes his love but with Hal so gone over William it’s a battle to prove his feelings for Hal. This was a good m/m story that I very much enjoyed. You can read my full review here. 4 out of 5
Next was About Last Night by Ruthie Knox. This story is about an American woman who is living in England. She is all sewn up and proper as she feels she should be since her life prior to that had been a complete mess – as far as she’s concerned. She meets banker Nev who is much more than what he seems on the surface and learns a whole lot about herself while falling in love with him. It was a really good book – fun and funny and it just hit all the right buttons with me. Definitely worth the read. 4.5 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)
Next up was Black Wolf by Jade Buchanan. This book had Adam, a tabby cat shifter, who left home and is working at a bar when he meets his mate, Marcus – a wolf. He is in trouble with his landlord though who wants to have more from Adam than his money and isn’t afraid to knock him around to make him see his point of view. The story has Marcus and Adam dealing with the situation as well as falling in love. It was very short but pretty darned cute. 3.25 out of 5
After that was the next book in the Wolf Creek series by Jade Buchanan, Duck Fart.. Bailey is a friend of Adam’s (from book 1). He actually followed Adam because he wanted to tell Adam how he felt about him. He’s shocked when he finds Adam mated. He’s confused but horny and ends up going home with a mallard shifter named Drake. Drake is nuts and funny but uses humor as a shield. He is a kinky little thing though and ends up putting a cock cage on Bailey and then can’t find the key. Enter Keith who is a cousin to Marcus (book 1) so he knows about shifter. Keith gets Bailey out of his predicament and the three end up spending the weekend together. There’s a whole lot more going on in this story but I don’t want to tell all. It was very good and I really liked it. 4 out of 5
Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt was next and it was Oh So Good. I’ll post my review for the book later this week.
Next was Somebody Like You by Candis Terry. This is book 3 in The Sugar Shack trilogy and a good one as well. I’ll post this review this week as well so keep your eyes open.
Last on the list was Hearts of Darkness by Kira Brady. I know it doesn’t come out until August but I just couldn’t help myself. This is Kira’s first novel and well worth the read. The story is about dragon shifters who are trying to open a gate to hell so they can take over the world. The Kivati who are shifters who have pledged to protect humans from the dragon shifters (a completely separate shifter race). Kayla goes to Seattle after the death of her sister and finds a world she had no idea existed. She meets wolf shifter Hart and she thinks he’s helping her complete a mission for the Kivati when he’s actually working for his boss the dragon shifter. It’s a story about love and loss and betrayal. It’s written so well and there are so many different intricacies in the story that it just caught me and didn’t let go. I’ll post a review of this one when it gets nearer release time but keep it on your radar. 4.25 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:

Happy Reading!


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Review/Rant: Any Given Christmas by Candis Terry

Posted March 10, 2012 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Holly‘s review of Any Given Christmas (Sugar Shack, Book 2) by Candis Terry

Dean Silverthorne’s mother may be dead, but she still has matchmaking to do.

When an injury dashes NFL Quarterback Dean Silverthorne’s Super Bowl dreams, he heads back to Deer Lick, Montana with a chip on his wounded shoulder and more determined than ever to get back in the game. He loves his kooky family, but his trip home is nothing but a very brief Christmas visit.

His game plan didn’t include an instant attraction to Emma Hart, a feisty kindergarten teacher who seems to be the only person in Deer Lick not interested in the hometown hero. Or his dearly departed mom popping up with mistletoe in hand and meddling on the mind. Now Dean can’t help but wonder if there’s more to love than life between the goal posts.

Beware: This review is riddled with spoilers.

This is the second book in Terry’s Sugar Shack series. I believe it can stand alone.

Emma is a school teacher who wants to find a man to spend her life with. A man who is not like football star Dean Silverthorne. She doesn’t do bad boys – in bed or otherwise – anymore. And Dean is the baddest of them all.

Dean has taken a couple hard hits on the field, which means he’s got some time off to recover. Spending it in Deer Lick isn’t exactly his idea of a good time, but his dad needs him. Emma would be the perfect distraction…if only she didn’t seem immune to him.

As they spend more time togther, Dean and Emma realize they aren’t so different..but can Emma let go of her past enough to embrace what could be a bright future?

Ok, here’s the thing about this book. It features a theme I loathe. One that, unfortunately, is seen quite often in romance. The hero being punished for his past (or, alternately, the heroine being punished for her past – though this is less prevalent). I do not believe a man (or woman) should be judged based on things that happened in their past. Unless they’re mass murders or something equally nefarious (something no romance hero should ever be…unless they’re highly trained, super speshul government agents – but that’s a post for another day). Just because a man (or woman) has a checkered past (i.e., slept around a lot) doesn’t necessarily make him (or her) a bad person.

In this case, Dean is known as one of the bad boys of football. He’s wild and crazy. He parties hard. He dates (ok, sleeps with) a lot of women. But that doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy. It means he’s a bit of a manwhore, but even manwhores can have good qualities. Are they the best candidate for happily ever after? Probably not. But are they lower than dirt? No. No they aren’t.

Right from the beginning Emma jumps to the conclusion that Dean is an asshole because he dates sleeps around a lot. How sleeping with a lot of women makes him an asshole, I’m not quite sure. Does he torture small children? No. Does he talk crap about his mother? No. Is he careful to let the women in his life know he isn’t interested in something long term? Yes. So..again, not the best candidate for Wuv, Twu Wuv, but not an asshole.

I was really enjoying this until about 3/4 of the way through. Then the heroines “poor me” routine got old. She was selfish and immature.

Emma had a bad experience when she was in high school. She was one of the nerdy chicks who didn’t get out much. She was invited to one of the cool kid parties and ended up giving her virginity to a friend of Dean’s – who was home from college and brought his buddy to visit – and he never bothered to call her the next day. Then some other stuff happened. The moral of the story? Bad boys aren’t to be trusted. There are so many things wrong with that kind of thinking, but I was able to move past that and go with the flow.

Until Emma started acting like a selfish bitch. She wanted Dean but didn’t want to want him. Even though he treated her really well and was there for her when she needed someone, she still pushed him away. No matter that his present actions showed him to be a compassionate, responsible man, she still insisted he was nothing but a douche bag who was going to screw her over. I went along with this until toward the end of the book. Then I just couldn’t take it anymore.

The final conflict came about because Dean’s career imploded. He thought he’d be able to go back to playing football, but he was told he needed a lot more PT before that could happen. He is then released from the team. Instead of calling Emma, he heads straight home so he can be with her. She hears about it on the news and decides to kick Dean out of her life because he didn’t come to her first. Dean has just had a major blow to his self-esteem, but are her thoughts with him? No. She was focused only on herself. “If Dean really cared about me he would have called me before he called anyone else.” Of course what she doesn’t know is that Dean asked the announcement be held over the weekend and his first thoughts were of her. He just wanted to see her in person. All this because she went through a bad time 10 years ago. Really?

On top of that everyone – including her – blamed the Dean for everything. She was the one who kept pushing him away and judging him based on things that happened in her past. Yet he was in the wrong? He had to apologize and grovel? No. Just no.

I did like Dean. Though he started out as a jaded playboy, he really grew up over the course of the novel.  I also liked the bits with his mom, mostly because of his reaction to seeing her ghost. Too bad he was saddled with such a terrible heroine.

I enjoyed the first book in this series enough that I’ll read the next book. I hope its better than this one.

 2.5 out of 5

The series:

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Guest Review: Any Given Christmas by Candis Terry

Posted January 26, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments

Judith’s review of Any Given Christmas (Sugar Shack #2) by Candis Terry

Dean Silverthorne’s mother may be dead, but she still has matchmaking to do.

When an injury dashes NFL Quarterback Dean Silverthorne’s Super Bowl dreams, he heads back to Deer Lick, Montana with a chip on his wounded shoulder, more determined than ever to get back in the game. He loves his kooky family, but this trip home is going to be a very brief Christmas visit.

His game plan doesn’t include an instant attraction to Emma Hart, a feisty kindergarten teacher who seems to be the only person in Deer Lick not interested in the hometown hero. Or his dearly departed mom popping up with mistletoe in hand and meddling on the mind. Now Dean can’t help but wonder if there’s more to love than life between the goal posts.

Christmas may have come and gone for 2011, but the very readable and enjoyable stories built around that holiday are still with us and still calling out to anyone who loves a good love story. Now, as the Super Bowl approaches, it is appropriate to review a story about an NFL quarterback who is at the top of his game with the arm candy he attracts and has been at the top of the heap for 12 years–that is, until a career ending tackle occurred in the Thanksgiving game against the Denver Broncos had severely injured his weak shoulder. Now he is back in Deer Lick, Montana, attending his youngest sister’s wedding to the newest candidate for sheriff and the love of her life. He is still the hometown hero, and in Dean’s inner being he is still convinced that he will heal and be as good as new for Spring training and summer football camp.

Now I know the blurb talks about Dean’s dead mother who is a matchmaker, but in truth, Lettie Silverthorpe was much more of a “I’ve come back to finish up some unfinished business” kind of ghost. And she particularly liked to visit whenever one of her kids was driving her 20 year old rust-bucket Buick. The back seat was still filled with all her “stuff” and her kids couldn’t seem to figure how to part with all the bits and pieces she had carted around in her “office on wheels.” Now Dean is visited by a mother who had been dead for about five months and who was terribly troubled about her son, his understanding of himself apart from his identity as a sports superstar which was seriously in jeopardy along with his refusal to look at anything in the future apart from playing football. Dean’s way of insuring that he never has a troubled marriage is to never marry. Supermodels and actresses aren’t hanging around him to get a husband. They want his public to pay attention to them as well.

Fate seems to play a hand in many circumstances and so I would seem for Dean. One of his sister’s bridesmaids catches his eye in a big way–certainly not hard and boney like some of his supermodel gals. She has curves in all the right place and she’s soft like women should be. She wants absolutely nothing to do with him and the factor that seems to turn her off the most is that Dean simply doesn’t remember her. As things go with Emma, that’s just about the cardinal sin–being forgotten.

There is so much in this story that is noteworthy and there is most definitely not sufficient room to discuss all of it here. Suffice it to say that some of the characters that made an impressive appearance in Second Chance at the Sugar Shack are once again a part of the context in this tale and bring the warmth and human connections of this community to bear upon the story. This is also a look at the thoughts and struggles of a superstar athlete when real life begins to make itself felt. One very important positive about Dean: he has a heart for children and he deeply respects women. His parents loved each other to distraction and he knows that such is the kind of relationship he wants if he ever does find a woman who can tempt him to settle down. He wants to use his wealth to help people, and under all the glitz and putting football first in his life, Dean is a stand-up guy in so many ways.

I really enjoyed this book–no, that isn’t exactly true. I loved this book and felt that I had become a silent presence in the town of Deer Lick, Montana, and a part of the lives of its citizens. I am looking forward to the third book in the series which will feature the middle sibling–a hard punching prosecutor in Chicago who may have the upper hand in her professional life, but I bet her mom will be having conversations with her in the back of the old Buick when it comes to the mess of a personal life. This may have a holiday theme, but it is a marvelous read for any time of the year. You owe it to yourself to read it.

I give it a rating of 4.75 out of 5

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

This book is available from Avon Impulse. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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