Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Title: Nobody But You
Author: Jill Shalvis
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Cedar Ridge #3
Main Characters: Jacob and Sophie
Release Date: March 2016
Publisher: Grand Central
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN…

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.
My Review:
Yes! Jacob's story. I've been dying for his story ever since Hudson's book came out. Jacob is the other twin. The one who left at the age of 18, after a huge fight with Hudson, and just never came back. For twins this is devastating.

But when Jacob's best friend in the military died, he realized how unfair it would be to his twin if he died...without another word exchanged between them. So he comes home...although it's only temporary because he's just on bereavement leave. But when he comes home, nothing is as he's expected. Hud isn't willing to let bygones be bygones and things are just awkward. The only place that feels right is with Sophie.

Sophie has her own issues going on. She married wrong and is dealing with the fallout from that. Her husband was a lawyer and she took care of life for him while he took care of her. As a result, when she decided to divorce him, he took all of the things his money provided her...her apartment, her car, even her job. Her lawyer advised her to at least demand something so she did...she took his boat, where she's now living although it gives her awful motion sickness. To say Sophie is a hot mess is putting it mildly. 

Sophie and Jacob are brilliant together. They have amazing chemistry and dialogue. They are both really hurt although they both hide it really well. But something works when the two of them are together...they're healing a little bit at a time. And even though they promised this wouldn't develop into more...it's a romance...you know that promise isn't going to stick. I also loved the side plots involving Jacob's family...both his brother, Hudson, and his sick mother, Carrie were brilliantly written.

While I adored the book, I marked it down to a 4 star rating for one reason...Sophie's husband. The entire book he was a complete jerk about the boat and then when it all came to a head, he just didn't react...at all. That part of the conflict just easily melted away. It was too easy, because he wasn't an easy character and there was NOTHING in the story up to that point that said it was even an option for him to be a nice guy. NO. THING. Besides the fact the story had hit the end of it's word count. Yeah...meh. (Otherwise this totally would have been a 5 star read for me.)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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