Blog Tour & Giveaway : Always On My Mind: Jill Shalvis

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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?


ALWAYS ON MY MIND excerpt for RT

He stared at her. “That’s quite a list of shortcomings,” he eventually said. “Is that all?”
“No.” She shoved her wet hair from her face, though she managed to keep her regal stance, nose firmly in the air at nose-bleed height. “I held back because I didn’t want to be overly rude.”
He laughed softly. “Don’t hold back, Leah. Let’s hear all of it.”
“Well, your truck has more sporting goods than a store, you never say you’re sorry, and your girlfriends look like supermodels. I mean, what is that? There’s nothing wrong with real boobs, you know!”
“I fail to see the problem.”
She snorted again, and he was starting to feel greatly insulted. “You’re not exactly a walk in the park, Leah.”
“No. You’re flighty, you live for your every whim, you downplay any real emotion you feel.”
She hugged herself tight. “Good thing this is all pretend then, isn’t it,” she said softly.
She was freezing. And hauntingly gorgeous, so damn gorgeous standing there wet and silvery by the moon’s glow, like a goddess. It’s Leah, he had to keep reminding himself. Leah, who’d once beaten him in a marshmallow-eating contest, only to puke all over him. Leah, whose dark-green eyes had a way of telling the world to bite her. Leah, who’d run off on him and left him heartbroken. He took a step into her—for what exactly, he had no idea—and she poked a finger into his chest.
“God,” she said. “You’re so…” Words apparently failed her, but she let out a sound that managed to perfectly convey how annoying he was.
“Ditto,” he said, and then grabbed the finger drilling a hole between his pecs and tugged her hard enough that she lost her balance and fell against him.
He wrapped an arm around her waist, entangling a hand in her wet hair.
She went still as stone and stared into his eyes. And then lowered her gaze to his mouth.
Yeah, they were in sync there. Suddenly he couldn’t breathe. Hers caught audibly in her throat, a good sign, he decided. Maybe she wouldn’t knee him in the balls. Testing the waters, he grazed her jawline with his teeth.
She shivered.
Then he slid his mouth to the very corner of hers and was rewarded by the clutch of her hands on his shirt. Having her hold on to him like this, like he was her only anchor, sent a bolt of lust straight through him. “Leah,” he murmured, hearing the surprise in his own voice, feeling the heat course through him as he finally—God, finally—covered her mouth with his.
Her lips parted for him eagerly, and he groaned, drowning in the erotic collision of her hot tongue and chilled, wet body.

Serious trouble. He was in serious trouble.

Jill Shalvis is a brand new author for me, let me just state for the record, I fell head over heels in love with her writing style. Always On My Mind is book 8 in her Lucky Harbor series; I never once felt like I was lost or missing anything important due to not reading the others.  However, just an FYI, I will definitely continue reading more of Ms. Shalvis's work in the future! Her writing has reminded me of why I have been a big fan of Contemporary Romance for so long!

What I loved
   * I loved everything about this book from start to finish.
* The characters were well written and developed to perfection. I adored how different their personalities were in contrast to each other, yet they totally balanced each other out.
 * I also had a blast with the interactions between Jack and Leah, their relationship is a mix of sweet and spicy, along with a bit of drama to round it all out.
   * One of my favorite all time relationship types are the ones that mature from childhood friendship to soul mates. For me, this type of love always brings something special to the table, as I believe it makes them stronger and more connectable as a couple.
   * The hero is a hot as hell firefighter; let me repeat that, HOT AS HELL FIREFIGHTER! Seriously, what's there not to love about a hometown hero. 
   * Any way, my list could go on forever, as I said I loved everything I experienced with this couple and their journey.

What I struggled with: 

   * Nada! Absolutely, nothing comes to mind.  

Leah and Jack were super cute! These two blended with Jill's stimulating writing comes as a high recommend from me. As an added bonus, you don't even need to read this series in order. Therefore, if you're looking for a light quick engaging read, grab this hot firefighter and pastry chef and settle in for some warm entertaining chemistry.

Thank you, Jessica and Forever, for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of Always On My Mind in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author: 


New York Times and USA Today bestseller Jill Shalvis is the award winning author of over four dozen romance novels, including her sexy contemporary and award winning Lucky Harbor series (FOREVER AND A DAY was one of Amazon’s Top Romances for 2012). She won a Rita for SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE and is a 3-time National Readers Choice winner as well. Make sure to click on the blog button above for her daily blog where she recounts her Misplaced City Girl adventures.

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1 comment:

  1. I love all her books and all the couples have a special place in my heart denise smith denise226@verizon.net


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