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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Review: Home Sweet Home by Candis Terry / @TastyBookTours @CandisTerry

Title: Home Sweet Home
Series: Sweet, Texas Novella
Author: Candis Terry
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: May 19, 2015
(Reissue with additional content)
Genre: Contemporary, Military (Post), Romance
ARC Received From: Edelweiss
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

Before Candis Terry’s wild Wilder brothers met their matches, a soldier gets a homecoming in Sweet, Texas.

Army Ranger, Lieutenant Aiden Marshall, fought in some of the most hellish corners on earth and survived. Those closest to him, did not. When he returns home to Sweet, Texas, he believes he’s broken and has lost everything-including his soul. The only fair thing he can do is tell the woman who’s patiently waited for him to come home-to move on with her life-without him.

Sassy waitress Paige Walker has no intention of walking away from the man of her dreams. He gave his all for his country and served with honor. Now it’s time to pull him from the darkness and give him hope. With a heap of love, the help of the entire town, and a tail-wagging companion, Paige makes sure her hero knows there’s no place like home sweet home.

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So... *sigh* Yeah...

I love this story. It's short, it's sweet, it's spicy. It's emotional.

Aiden's got so much going on in his head that's warring with his heart it's no wonder he's confused about what to do with his relationship with Paige. His love for her is undeniable; his guilt over losing his brothers at arms is unbearable. He's caught between living life to the fullest and simply existing. He's also missing his beloved Renegade, a dog he adopted while overseas that couldn't come home with him. It's easy to see why he was choosing to walk away from Paige instead of embracing her completely.

Paige wasn't a quitter. She'd waited for her Aiden to come home. He did but he wasn't the man who'd left her years before. No smiles, no laughter. He was a shell of a man who deserved so much more than what he'd resigned himself to. Her determination to show Aiden life was worth living for himself and to honor the memory of his fallen brothers made me smile, and I wanted her to succeed despite the odds.

It didn't take a village to bring Aiden and Paige together, attraction and love did that, but it took the entire town of Sweet to show Aiden how loved he was, that he was where he should be with the only woman he'd ever need. The townsfolk of Sweet didn't even hesitate to bring happiness back into Aiden's life when they agreed to help bring Renegade stateside. Can we all saw, "Aw!"?

Very few things in life are as healing as the love of a good man or woman. It reaches beneath the strong facade to the hurt below and slowly, methodically soothes it. That ache doesn't go away completely but it doesn't stifle the will to live either. Instead it gives the person a reason to continue on. Aiden did his late brothers in arms a huge honor by living a full life instead of half of one.

A beautiful short story about coming home and discovering that love, with the help of caring townsfolk, conquers all.

A note from Candis Terry:
"The inspiration for HOME SWEET HOME came from an article I’d read about a soldier who been forced to leave the pup he’d rescued in Afghanistan because it wasn’t allowed to bring the animal back to the U.S. In writing the story I realized that rescue animals are a huge part of the romances I write. Since I’m prone to rescue four-legged friends in my personal life I thought that maybe I could help in a bigger way. When I started looking into rescue centers I was overwhelmed by not only the number of animals in need but the generosity of the volunteers who often nurse these animals back to health so they can be adopted. The love and loyalty of an animal is unconditional and I’d like to see them have the opportunity to be loved right back. I know I can’t help them all, but I hope these donations will help as many as possible."

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.

1 comment:

  1. This novella & the whole series is excellent! I am one book behind - I need to read Sweet Surprise. Not entering contest, since I own the books! :)