on March 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Hockey star Jordan Kincade wasted no time ditching Sunshine Valley and everyone who mattered for a career in the NHL—a truth Jordan confronts when his parents’ deaths bring him home. Now he’s back to make amends, which begins with keeping his younger sister from flunking out of school. It’s just his luck that the one person who can help is the girl whose heart he broke years ago.
Lucy Diamond has racked up a number of monumental mistakes in her life, the first involving a certain blue-eyed charmer. She has no intention of falling for Jordan Kincade again, but when he shows up asking her to help one of her students, Lucy just can’t say no. Worse, the longer he’s back, the more she sees how much he’s changed. And so when a blistering kiss turns to more, she can’t help but wonder if her heart will be crushed again . . . or if she’ll discover true love with a better man.
While A Better Man is my first book by Candis Terry and I didn’t know what to expect, I was immediately drawn in by the beautiful cover. A great suspenseful contemporary romance, I enjoyed spending time with the Kincade family but our hero, Jordan, didn’t click with me.
After a tragic accident that kills Jordan’s parents, the hockey player returns home to his large family. After being absent for so long and only thinking about his career, Jordan has a lot to make up for, especially with his teenage sister, Nikki. Lucy is not only Nikki’s teacher, the one whose class she is failing, she is also the shy, bookish girl Jordan stood up in high school. After a disastrous marriage, Lucy has returned home but starting something with Jordan is definitely not on her agenda. At the same time, the sexy but frustrating man just won’t give up and Lucy wants to do everything in her power to help Nikki graduate.
While the story has a sad beginning, it quickly becomes clear that Jordan’s family is very close, even though they might not always have time for each other. I found myself involved with all the brothers and very intrigued by Nikki, who, apart from dealing with her parent’s death, seems to have underlying issues to resolve. I thoroughly enjoyed how Candis Terry built up the tension because not only are there a lot of secrets revolving around Nikki, but also the business Jordan’s family has. I was a bit disappointed that so many questions were left unanswered. While they will hopefully be picked up in future books, they were major parts of the storyline and I felt a bit unsatisfied at the end. More than anything, Jordan wasn’t appealing to me as a hero. He seemed quite pushy with Lucy at the beginning, especially when he was meeting her as Nikki’s teacher and hadn’t seen her in years. I often found him to be overly dramatic, always announcing his heroic deeds, how he would sacrifice everything for his family but the follow-up was fairly lackluster.
Overall, I did enjoy Candis Terry’s way of storytelling and will definitely pick up the next book in the Sunshine Creek Vineyard series. I’m very curious about several unresolved issues from the book and really invested in Jordan’s brothers. I’d love to know more about them.