Thursday 31 March 2016

Review - Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Title: Nobody But You
Series: Cedar Ridge #3
Author: Jill Shalvis
Release Date: March 29, 2016


After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.

Jacob Kincaid left Cedar Ridge, Colorado at eighteen, in a huff over a fight with his brother, Hudson, and joined the Army. His brother’s in arms have been his family for the past nine years, because Jacob hasn’t found a way to make things right at home. After a mission gone wrong, Jacob realizes he needs to fix the past, needs to go home to heal his body, mind, heart and soul. Needs to be around his family. What he didn’t realize was he also needs some love. Maybe some love and lovin’ from the gorgeous redhead who’s somehow living on a boat attached to his dock.

Sophie Marren is living day to day on the boat she wrangled from her ex-husband in their divorce. It was the only thing her ex really loved, too bad she hates every minute because she’s so seasick. Add to that the fact that she needs to traipse from dock to dock every night because she doesn’t have a permanent mooring location—she’s been squatting at a dock in front of an empty house, until it’s suddenly no longer empty. One hot, sexy, delicious man is now living there…and Sophie is having a damn hard time fighting her attraction. She lost her heart and herself to a brooding man she thought loved her and only her once before, she’s not willing to give herself away again. 

I love a “prodigal son returns home” story. And this is a great one! Jacob is desperate to repair the relationship between himself and his siblings—he doesn’t realize is that his family forgave him a long time ago, and they’re just happy he’s home and safe. What Jacob really needs to do is forgive himself and open himself up for love and happiness. Sophie needs to do the same thing! She married young to a man who hid his real self from her—she wasn’t wrong to fall in love, and she had the strength to get out of the relationship. Now, she just needs to allow herself to love again. Sigh. I found myself cheering on Jacob’s attempts to “fix” the past with his siblings. Cheering on Jacob and Sophie to become more than “friends.” And especially cheering on Sophie when she dealt with her ex-husband! 
~ Review by Missy

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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