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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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Sunshine Creek Vineyard #1
Candis Terry
Releasing March 29th, 2016
Avon Romance

In Candis Terry’s first novel in her Sunshine Creek Vineyard series, the handsome Kincade brothers convene to rescue their legacy-but the last thing they expect to find is love….

Sooner or later…

Hockey star Jordan Kincade wasted no time ditching Sunshine Creek for the NHL, but his sports career has overshadowed everything else-a truth Jordan confronts when his parents’ deaths bring him home. Now his little sister Nicki is flunking out of school, and only one teacher can help Jordan save her-the shy but incredibly sexy Lucy Diamond, the same girl whose heart he broke years ago. But he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only Lucy would give him the time of day.

Love has a way of catching up with you.

Lucy has no intention of drowning in Jordan’s deep blue gaze again, even if he seems to have turned over a new leaf. Still, his devotion to his sister is impossible to ignore. As they team up to salvage Nicki’s future, Lucy soon discovers that Jordan’s sweet caresses and lingering kisses might just be everything she needs.

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4 stars!
I am in love with this new series by Candis Terry! All of the characters bring something special to the story and I can't wait to find out more about the Kincade family as we get further into this series.

Jordan is a very well off hockey player that got drafted when he was 18 to go and play professional hockey. Although Jordan made a name for himself in hockey, he also made a name for himself with his family. When his parents are suddenly killed in an accident while on vacation, Jordan goes home to help deal with the arrangements. He was not around much and therefore his younger sister blames him for a lot of stuff and has resentment towards him. With Nicole being 17 years old, she is going through a lot as it is without having to deal with loosing both of her parents at the same time. 

Nicole had been slacking off in school before the death of her parents so when Jordan is asked by her teacher to come in for a conference, he does just that. He never expected that one of his old flames would be her teacher and he would have to try and make amends with her for standing her up. The conference goes well and Jordan actually has a hard time placing Lucy, but shortly there after he remembers that she was the girl that he stood up at Homecoming one year. Lucy doesn't seem to hold a grudge against Jordan, but she is in no means ready to accept dating him or even seeing him much past what has to do with Natalie. 

When Jordan tries to approach Natalie, she is very closed off to him because of how absent he has been in the family lately. She does not want to talk about anything with Jordan and so he knows when it is best to cut his losses and walk away. Jordan goes back to Lucy and asks her if she would be willing to help him with Natalie. Lucy cares about Natalie and is willing to make any effort that she can to help when it comes to Natalie. When Jordan and Lucy continue to meet and discuss Natalie, they begin to talk about other things as well. Jordan wants to earn her trust back as soon as he can and Jordan is willing to go to great lengths to prove to Lucy that he is a changed man. 

With Jordan being away dealing with his family issues, he has left his team in a bad spot while they are in the playoffs to go to the Stanley Cup. Jordan is determined to not abandon his family in this difficult time and has a major choice to make in regards to continuing his hockey career. When Jordan makes a drastic decision and decides he is going to take Natalie with him to his home while he plays the last games of the season, he also asks Lucy to come along to help him with Natalie. At first things are touchy, but soon Jordan begins to break the ice with Natalie and they begin to communicate better than they ever have before. 

While Jordan, Natalie and Lucy are at his home, things heat up even more with Jordan and Lucy. Jordan has earned Lucy's trust again and things are going really well between them until one night at an event where the players are interviewed. A flirty, snotty girl from Jordan's past puts bad thoughts into Lucy's head and she lets her get her down. Jordan and Lucy end up going their own ways for a little bit when they get back to their hometown, but eventually Lucy is lead to believe by Jordan that no one is going to stop them from being together and he has changed. All that he has gone through with his parents has opened his eyes to a whole new world besides hockey.

Candis Terry does so well with her stories and makes them flow flawlessly. I love how she has the swoon worthy Alpha male that goes out of his way to please his woman. Lucy was just lovable as all the characters were. A great story that I really enjoyed reading and highly recommend.
*Review by Melanie H

Today, she was a different person. Stronger because of the things she’d lived through. Smarter because she’d found a way to survive and come out the other side in a happy place. She knew exactly where she belonged, and that was teaching and helping students like Nicki. Which was why, right now, she was going to pull on her big girl panties and face the boy who had disappointed her head on.

Lucy managed to pull herself together as Jordan removed his sunglasses and slid them to the top of his head. His smile lifted a masculine pair of lips that somehow managed to look cruel and sexy at the same time.

The boy had turned into a man times ten.

Tall and broad shouldered, his chest looked a mile wide. Judging by the smooth ripples beneath his snug shirt he was packing muscle, not pounds. Jeans, worn and frayed at the stress points, accented his long muscular legs and trim waist. His longish nearly black hair gleamed beneath the overhead lights. And his sharp blue eyes focused intently on her. 
It was all she could do to keep her heart at a normal pace and her legs solidly beneath her. If ever a man could be described as delicious, Jordan Kincade would be a menu’s specialty of the day.

Too bad he was such a jerk.

“Ms. Diamond?” He came forward and stretched out his very large hand. “Jordan Kincade.”

And clearly he didn’t remember her.

Lucy smiled as a funny little tickle moved through her chest. Maybe this was going to be fun after all. Rarely was she ever given the upper hand or the opportunity to have even the slightest edge.

When he moved closer his warm palm engulfed hers and her triumph died with a sizzle.

Close up she got a better look. She inhaled his sexy scent of worn leather and warm man. Every square inch of her female DNA perked up like it was party time. She hated to disappoint the little darlings but today was all about helping someone else.

“Please.” She kept the handshake brief and formal before she disengaged and motioned toward the chair in front of her desk. “Have a seat.”

He glanced at the standard school chair with a you’ve got to be kidding me lift of his brows. When he sat down, the orange plastic chair creaked and seemed ridiculously small beneath the scope of his height and muscles.

Lucy took her own seat and noticed that the difference in chairs made her tower over him and seemingly give her another advantage. But when he leaned back and crossed an ankle over a knee, he appeared completely comfortable.

So much for one-upmanship.

“I apologize if I seemed taken aback just now.” She opened the folder and pulled out Nicole’s progress report as well as several exams and the few assignments Nicole had actually turned in. Late, of course, but complete nonetheless. “I expected your brother Ryan.”

“He had business at the vineyard and sends his regrets.” 

She couldn’t help notice how very deep and smooth his voice had become. Like hot buttered rum on a cold winter night. He had the kind of voice a woman could imagine whispering sweet nothings in her ear while he caressed her in places that tingled beneath his touch.

“I understand.” Snapping out of the fantasy, she imagined the enormous scope of duties Ryan Kincade must need to tend to after the death of their parents. Her heart sank a little further for the family. Especially for Nicole, who was so young and really needed the love and guidance of her mom and dad. “I hope you’ll accept my condolences. And I sincerely apologize for having you come down at this sorrowful time to deal with what might seem insignificant but—”

“Anything regarding my sister is important, Ms. Diamond. Now more than ever.” His brows dipped in a no nonsense fashion. “So don’t judge me when you don’t even know me.”

Oh, she knew him.

Knew he was the type who’d make a promise then shatter it without ever looking back.

But that was then, and this was now.

“My apologies, Mr. Kincade. That was certainly not my intent.”

His piercing eyes perused her face for a long, uncomfortable moment and she had to admit that the look did something funny to the beat of her heart.

Especially when with a slight tilt of his head he asked, “Why do you look so familiar?”

“Do I?” That erratic heartbeat kicked up another notch as she let go a chuckle to cover up what was really going on inside. “People say that all the time. I guess I just have one of those faces.”
She pushed Nicole’s schoolwork in his direction. “If you’ll take a look at these projects, you’ll see that even though she didn’t complete the assignment exactly as it was defined, Nicole has an enormous gift.”

“I’m pretty sure that’s a lie.”

“Excuse me?” Irritated, Lucy’s gaze shot up to the slight smile curling his lips. “How can you say that without even reading anything? I guarantee your sister has a multitude of talent.”

“I’m not talking about my sister’s work. I’m talking about you just having one of those faces.” He uncrossed his long, muscular legs and leaned forward without even looking at the papers she’d put in front of him. “So now I’m wondering why you sidestepped my question.”

Good God the man was intense. There was something in the combination of that nearly black hair that fell over his ears and his nape in perfect waves and those deep blue eyes that seemed almost otherworldly. She could imagine how he’d intimidate an opponent on the ice.

And it had nothing to do with his size.

But as far as admitting who she really was? Not going to happen. No need to dredge up a bad memory when all she really wanted was to help his sister.

“I apologize.” Her heart beat erratically as she avoided the intensity of his gaze. “But I would like to stick to the subject of your sister’s grades—or lack thereof—that may prevent her from graduating with the rest of her class. I genuinely care about her which is why I noticed a problem way before the loss of your parents.”

“And now you won’t even look at me,” he said. “Why is that?”

As he leaned in, his intoxicating scent came with him. Normally such things didn’t affect her. Well, at least not with her colleagues who tended to wear either too much aftershave or worse, too much body odor. Jordan wore his masculine scent like a sexual promise and Lucy swore he should come with a warning label.

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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. Lovely review. Thank you for hosting A BETTER MAN today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours