Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis

Title:  Always on My Mind
Author: Jill Shalvis
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Lucky Harbor #8
Main Characters: Jack and Leah
Release Date: September 2013

Publisher: Forever- Grand Central Publishing 

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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan needs to accomplish something in her life. But when she returns home to Lucky Harbor, she finds herself distracted by her best friend, Jack Harper. In an effort to cheer up Jack's ailing mother, Dee, Leah tells a little fib - that she and Jack are more than just friends. Soon pretending to be hot-and-heavy with this hunky firefighter feels too real to handle . . .

No-strings attachments suit Jack just fine - perfect for keeping the risk of heartbreak away. But as Jack and Leah break every one of their "just friends" rules, he longs to turn their pretend relationship into something permanent. Do best friends know too much about each other to risk falling in love? Or will Jack and Leah discover something new about each other in a little town called Lucky Harbor?

My Review:
Loved, loved, LOVED this book! Did I mention that I loved it? OMG...this book...it just is every single little thing I love in contemporary romance. Small town of Lucky Harbor...check. Sexy, vulnerable fireman....check. Smexy times with chocolate...check. Friends to lovers...check. Laugh out loud moments....check. Make me tear up and cry moments...check. It had it all!!

This book is about Jack and Leah...two best friends who can tell each other anything except how they truly feel about each other. Been there, done that...Leah ran and broke Jack's heart. Not going there again. *sob* Seriously, there is just something so awesome about two characters who have the depth of relationship that these two do. 

They grew up as next door neighbors. Leah's father was mentally abusive and she would crawl in Jack's window afterwards and he would hold her while she cried. This happened through their entire childhood and teenage years. He knows her and her vulnerabilities and loves her regardless. But all those years of mental abuse took their toll...Leah can't follow through on anything...just like her father drilled into her head over all those years. She's not allowed to be happy and finishing something, anything, is beyond her capability. So she runs whenever happiness comes close. 

Jack has his own set of issues. He followed in his father's firefighting footsteps...and everyone is afraid that it's going to take him to the same final place...death in a fire. It's almost like he has a death wish and doesn't deserve to live any longer than his heroic dad did, despite the fact that he has a bum knee that needs to be retired and/or operated on. He also watched his mother curl up into herself when his father died. He's not willing to do that to someone else so he has tons of meaningless flings. 

In the midst of all this, there is a serial arsonist story. I figured that out pretty early, but it still provided for some great moments in the story and kept it even more intriguing than normal. 

There are so many moments....sweet, heart-wrenching, and funny...that I loved between Jack and Leah. They have an easy camaraderie because they've been friends for so long. Even during those difficult discussions, I loved the frankness and ease they had between them. It made this book simply PERFECTION to read. I spent most the book with a smile on my face and was definitely sad when it was over. This romance tops the list of my Jill Shalvis favorite couples!

1 comment:

Felicia S said...

I am starting this series! I think I will like it :)