Guest Reviewed by Ami
Title: Something Sweeter
Author: Candis Terry
Series: Sweet, Texas #3
Hero/Heroine: Allison Lane/Jesse Wilder
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 384 Pages
Publisher: Avon Publishing
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Available at: Avon Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance Ebooks and Kobo
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The men in Texas are hard to resist . . .
Seattle event planner Allison Lane is an expert at delivering the perfect wedding—even if she might not exactly believe in the whole “’til death do us part” thing. When her father decides to tie the knot with a woman he barely knows, Allison heads to Sweet, Texas, to make sure his new honey is the real deal. What she didn’t expect to find at the local honky-tonk was a sexy Southern man as bent on charming her pants off as he is on blowing her “true love doesn’t exist” theory all to hell.
And they always promise . . .
Veterinarian, former Marine, and Sweet’s favorite playboy Jesse Wilder takes one look at Allison and knows she’s a handful of trouble he can’t deny. But even after a sizzling kiss and obvious mutual attraction, it seems Allison has no such problem. When Jesse uncovers her sweet side, can he crush his playboy image, melt her cynical heart, and change her mind about taking a trip down the aisle?
Review:Allison Lane – daughter of Martin Lane who is going to marry the Wilder’s matron, Jana – comes to Sweet to check out her future step-mother. Allison is a non-believer of true love and happily ever after. And it’s up to Jesse, a well-known womanizer in Sweet who believes in love though he thinks that it is not yet his time, is set to prove Allison wrong.
I think my main issue is that I’m not completely convinced of both Allison’s and Jesse’s reasons for not wanting to be in a relationship. Sure, Allison’s logic feels more reasonable than Jesse’s – the wreckage of her parents’ marriage, the statistic of divorce cases of the marriages she helps planning – but at the same time, I don’t feel that she is completely against happy endings, thus her accepting that she falls in love with Jesse feels predictable (although. of course. that should be the end result).
Meanwhile, Jesse’s justification over his ‘I-do-want-my-happy-ending-but-not-right-now’ stance feels weak. I just don’t see it as a strong logic for avoiding a relationship. However, his back story is VERY moving. It actually broke my heart and I had tears in my eyes when I read it. It’s a heartbreaking storyline and one I hope Ms. Terry follows in the future.
Despite that, I still love this story very much. I love Allison, as she is a no nonsense big city girl, and she can take care of herself when dealing with Jesse’s reputation. I love the way she flirts, and I love how efficient she is when she is determined to ensure Reno and Charli’s wedding goes without a hitch.
And Jesse … aaaaah, Jesse *swoon*. I love that he is more than meets the eye. That there’s something more beyond the surface, beyond everybody’s saying that he beds different woman every night. In fact, Jesse has a heart as big as Texas – I mean, come one, he’s a sucker for animals (which is why he’s a very competent veterinarian), he cries when kittens are being saved, and HE ACTUALLY LOVES “THE NOTEBOOK”! *dies*
I love the banter between Allison and Jesse … and they have such great chemistry.
Now, I always highlighted supporting characters in the previous books. This time, let me speak about Jared. Truthfully, even when he is not around, big brother Jared has been a very significant supporting character throughout the whole series. Even if he only appears in memory from those he left behind. Thus the combination of that big reveal about Jared’s ‘secret’ and his presence in loving memory during Reno and Charli’s wedding adds a very beautiful subtlety to this third installment.
So in conclusion, I love Jesse and Allison and this story so much. I think it is pretty romantic and well, it is so far my favorite title of the series. What can I say, Jesse the sexy cowboy/veterinarian = ♥♥♥
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*