Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Anything But Sweet

A man who doesn’t like change . . .
The Wilder family is something of a Sweet, TX institution: between their yearly BBQ blow-outs and their Hardware and Feed store, they’re an institution—an institution that ex-marine Reno Wilder has tried to preserve, in honor of his lost loved ones. But it seems like he’s the only one who’s got any respect left for traditions when a new TV makeover show rolls in to renovate Sweet to bring in more tourists. Everyone is pleased except Reno—and this cowboy is determined to keep everything just the way he likes it.
 A woman who wants to change everything . . .
Inquisitive. Stubborn. Smart. Drop dead gorgeous. That would be makeover show host and designer, Charlotte Brooks—the woman Reno has declared war against. And yet, he can’t seem to keep away from her, or to get her off his mind. Charlotte isn’t afraid to back down from a challenge—of any kind—and she’s promised to prove to Reno that change can be sexy, hot, and very, very sweet, if Reno and Charli learn to let go of their pasts and grab hold of a future full of promise. 4 of 5 stars false

Guest post from Candis
What are some of the things you enjoy most about being a mom or a grandma?
Way back when I was a new mom with a newborn who wouldn’t sleep through the night (sound familiar?) a friend gave me some romance novels to keep me awake as I rocked that baby girl for hours. Months later I got this crazy idea that I could write a book. The idea didn’t actually get out of my head and onto paper and a word processor until that baby girl turned four. Then I would write at night after everyone else had gone to bed.
My daughter turned out to be very active, as I’m sure most mom’s can relate to. She played soccer and volleyball. She got involved in 4-H, FFA, and rodeo queening. And boys. We were always in the truck hauling her and her horse all over Idaho. And then there were the cowboys who’d look at my 16-year-old with interest in their eye and I’d have to shut them done fast. My husband and I now admit we were probably a bit overprotective. Nah. We were a lot overprotective. I’ll swear that teenagers were created to drive parents’ nuts! Even so, all the activities we continuously did together along with the camping, fishing, and long truck rides, kept us very close. I adore my daughter and we have a wonderful relationship. Now that I don’t have to watch her every move with a magnifying glass! I’m very proud of the woman and the mom she’s become.
And then there’s my granddaughter.
I was lucky enough to be in the delivery room when she was born. Okay. My daughter insisted I be there. I got to help with the delivery and besides the doctor I was the first one (even before her parents) to see her precious little face. We bonded like crazy. I’m the kind of MiMi (I wanted a special moniker because the kid has a ton of grandmas!) who gets down on the floor and plays. I have always read to her, sang to her, made up stories for her. Heck. I’d do anything that kid wants me to do.
There’s such a difference in being a mom or being a MiMi. It took me a while to figure out why the whole MiMi thing was so much better. Then it was like this Disney laser light show went off in my head. I only have half the worry. None of the responsibility. And I get lots of love. Who’s going to complain about that, right?
We go for walks. We build fairy gardens together. I get to show her new and amazing things. And then I get to hand her over to her mother for the discipline, the piles of dirty clothes, the homework. Ah. I can just enjoy her and who she is and is becoming without all that extra stuff that gets in the way.
I’m super happy that she’s quite the little reader. She goes through chapter books like crazy. I just think it will be quite a few years before she can read my books. She keeps asking though.


****I received an ARC of this book and reviewed it on content only****
 On the request of the residents Charli has come to a small Texas town to fix it up, Reno Wilder is not happy with change and he is not having it. The two of them have differing ideas and as their personalities clash, the attraction between the two of them starts to smolder. Can the two of them work together, be together or will they push each other away and ruin the project?  
I really liked this book, beyond the two main characters Charlotte aka Charli and Reno, there were a bevy of lovable people who kept the story rolling with their attempts to help. I loved how the author made the couple really work for their relationship, it wasn't just a they met and now they are in love, no it was they met sparks flew and they kinda wanted to punch each other in the face. Charli and Reno both have issues and problems in their pasts that they needed to get over, I think the author did a good job of tackling them and not having them disappeared. Anything But Sweet is a great light funny read, nothing to deep but it's very entertaining and you can't help but become addicted to the family and town.
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  1. Thank you for hosting today! And I'm so glad you enjoyed Anything But Sweet!

  2. Congratulations on the new release! Just saw it on Amazon that it released yesterday! :-) I've added it to my TBR list. I love the premise...a makeover show! Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  3. your book looks great! i loved your story about being a mimi. i have lost all my grandparents when i was little and your bond with your granddaughter sounds very sweet. thanks for the great giveaway

  4. Congratulations on the new release! The cover is gorgeous! I am glad it is a "light, funny read" - just what I need! Thanks!

  5. Loved Anything But Sweet. You sound like a wonderful Grandma. I am enjoying Jenny's boyfriend's kids just like my own!

  6. I'm so excited to read this!! I love your books!

  7. Such a lovely post thank you. Grandmas do have all the fun. ANYTHING BUT SWEET looks fabulous.