Sweet Surprise by Candis Terry


Sweet Surprise by Candis Terry
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (222 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Hawthorn

Playing naughty or nice…

Fiona Wilder knows all about falling in lust. Love? That’s another story. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, the single mom and cupcake shop owner is focused on walking the straight and narrow. But trouble has a way of finding her. And this time it comes in the form of a smoking hot firefighter who knows all the delicious ways to ignite her bad-girl fuse.

Can lead to heartbreak…

Firefighter Mike Halsey learned long ago that playing with fire just gets you burned. He’s put his demons behind him, and if there’s one line he won’t cross, it’s getting involved with his best friend’s ex. But when fate throws him in the path of the beautiful, strong, and off-limits Fiona, will he be able to fight their attraction? Or will he willingly go down in flames?

Or a sweet surprise!

A gorgeous fireman with a golden heart should be enough to attract any reader. Add a sweet and strong single mom and some palpable sexual tension between the two and you have a scorching read.

Sometimes we all need new beginnings, but some of us are too scared to start anew. The courage Fiona shows after her divorce and the move to Sweet, Texas, is inspiring. Not to mention that she is a single mom to a cute four-year-old, and she’s starting a new business. But all that is nothing compared to the emotional storm that another novelty in her life causes – fireman Mike Halsey.

Mike is her ex-husband’s best friend. To Mike, that’s a huge problem when he starts feeling attracted to Fiona. The other problem is that he doesn’t think he could make her happy. Despite the fact that I feel this lack of self-worth was a bit overdone, Mike is a great character. He reveals his heart through his actions and gestures, not just words. I liked that about him.

Apart from Mike and Fiona, the rest of the characters were less developed, but I supposed that is because they all have other novels that they star in. Despite knowing little about Fiona’s and Jackson’s marriage, I loved how they remained friends and how she became part of his family, with his mom practically adopting her.

Another great aspect of the novel was the romance. Despite the instant attraction, the cautiousness on both sides slowed down the relationship which only added to the chemistry and the sizzling tension between Mike and Fiona. The love scenes when they finally do it were that much more satisfying.

The tears-inducing ending was a bit overdone for me, and I felt the far more telling and important scene was the one where Mike returned from LA.

Sweet Surprise is a heartwarming tale of how sometimes we need to let go to find love. Life is full of surprises, no matter how far ahead we want to plan it.

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