As I was not thrilled with the first two novels in Jill Shalvis's Cedar Ridge series, I was relieved when this story turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable.
I think the plain reason why I have not been loving the series is the fact that these books are too similar to the author's Lucky Harbor novels. When I discover a new town, heroes, and of course romance, I expect that the books will be set apart from other releases. Of course, the novels are always very well written. Shalvis has a real gift for storytelling, I just think she needs to broaden her plots a little bit.
Returning to the foundation of this book—I favored Jacob and Sophie's characters. Their romance had a sharp spark of attraction, although I will state that the romantic lines were a little too cheesy at times for my taste. I thought that out of all the characters from the Cedar Ridge series, this duo had the best chance at earning a HEA ending. So I have to give the author thumbs-up for inventing this sizzling romance because it was very entertaining, as was the scenery of the book.
Personally, I think that it was Sophie who made this book for me as she is one my favorite heroines. I liked her wit and how independent she was written. I think that very few contemporary heroines are willing to stand on their own two feet the way that Sophie did in this book. She might have been broke and down on her luck, but she was still capable of turning her life around on her own. Still, Jacob was too irresistible to pass up and I didn't blame Sophie at all for claiming such a man as her own.
Lastly I would recommend the book, the story has certainly changed my mind about the series so far. I'm hoping that as I continue the series the books will only improve as "Nobody But You" has done.
From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis...
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.