Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Title:  Nobody But You
Series:  Cedar Ridge #3
Author:  Jill Shalvis
Publication Date:  March 29/16 by Grand Central Publishing
Length:  368pgs
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:


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:

Shalvis never fails to spark my interest from the first page, and this novel is no exception. I read it cover to cover in a single sitting. Returning to the mountains of Colorado and into the heart of the Kincaid family, Shalvis weaves a tale of love and loss, of returning home and accepting oneself. The intricate and intimate manner in which she weaves each aspect of the tale together in order to create a complete and unique whole left me with a sense of completeness and a slow smile. I enjoyed the way that she brought forward some difficult subjects with ease but without downplaying them.

This was a very character driven novel. From the characters’ innermost thoughts to their most overt actions, everything leads towards the final heart-warming conclusion. I loved getting to know Jacob and Sophie as they got to know each other and as they rediscovered who they were themselves. Shalvis didn’t simply develop them as a couple, but as they are as individuals today, what shaped them, and what they were and still are dealing with. Surrounded by supportive (and not so supportive) friends and family, this entire community comes to life.

Overall, this was a fantastically heart-warming novel that was both emotionally enriching and hard hitting. It could easily be read on its own but would be best served as part of this fantastic series.

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