Nobody But You (Cedar Ridge, #3) by Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 29th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: e-ARC
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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.

This is my first Jill Shalvis book and and the third book in the Cedar Springs series.  True to form, I haven’t read the first two books but decided to jump into this one anyway.  Lucky for me, that wasn’t a problem at all.  Even though this book is based on members of a family, not having read the others’ stories did not leave me at a disadvantage.  I was still able to understand the backstories while enjoying Jacob and Sophie’s story line.

Both Sophie and Jacob have baggage.  Sophie has recently divorced her cheating husband and, as sweet revenge, got his beloved boat in the settlement.  She’s still stinging from the betrayal, trying to take on life on her own, and not looking to fall in love anytime soon.  Jacob has been away for many years.  Having left his family without a word to join the miliatary, he’s had virtually no communication with his siblings, one of which is his twin, and very little in the way of interactions with his mom.  Now that he’s back, his main concern is making amends with his family and integrating back into the fold.  Love is not on his radar either.  However, the universe has a strange way of not always doing what we want and, when Sophie and Jacob meet, their lives are turned upside down.

I really enjoyed the interactions between these two and felt their chemistry was good.  I also loved Jacobs deep desire to make things right with his family.  His commitment to do whatever it took to explain his disappearance and his lack of communication was honorable.  I enjoyed getting to know some of the secondary characters who, of course, had played bigger roles in the previous books and I liked the bits of humor that were present in the story.  My only concern was that the book felt both rushed and too slow at the same time.  For example, the love was insta…within a couple of weeks there was profession of love, and I felt like some of the situations at the end came to resolution quickly (although this might be because this is the last book in this series I believe).  At the same time, and even though they were in love, it felt like it took too long for them to actually take the leap and commit to each other emotionally.  They were good together but I still felt like they were disconnected for too long.  However, this might be an “it’s me, not the book” situation based on all the other reviews I’ve seen.

Don’t get me wrong, this was a good read and I might even go back and check out the first two books so I can meet the other characters.  The writing was good and I enjoyed the character interactions.  Overall it was a fun, quick, romantic read and, if you love Ms. Shalvis’ books, I think you’ll enjoy this one as well.

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