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Nobody But You (Cedar Ridge #3)
Jill Shalvis
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Expected March 29, 2016


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.

A snarky first few meets lead to some stimulating conversations and full blown lust. But these two have sworn never to fall in  love again, so make a promise not to fall for each other no matter what.

Jacob Kincaid is back in his hometown of Cedar Ridge a decade after running out and stopping communication with his family. He is on leave from the service after a loss. He is a bit lost, broken, and needs something to ground him, to make amends at home, and face those he left. He is broody, closed off, stoic, and feels disconnected.

Sophie Marren has been cheated on, dumped, and made to feel unworthy. She's not looking for love. She is sick of trying to please men and coming out lacking.  She's sassy, strong, determined,  has a fiery temper, and can be impulsive. But is also in life limbo and somewhat defeated, and she needs to figure out what direction her new life is going to go. 

They find a connection and passion, and they both need learn to live in the now and let go of the past. And they are both afraid to look too far in the future.

He's looking for forgiveness, redemption, acceptance, and to feel again.  She has a deep need to feel wanted, needed, truly loved, and have stability. Jacob surprisingly finds it easier to share with her than anyone, and is patient and protective of her. Sophie is an unpredictable daily adventure that intrigues him with her spirited, spunky, outspoken personality. 
Their banter is fun, feisty, and sexy. Together they find lust, passion, laughter, surprising feelings, and something to hold onto. 

This was a funny, sweet, and heartfelt read about finding a home and place to belong, acceptance, being open, and sharing. It was not too heavy on angst or drama, but had enough to cause tension and some skirmishes. Jacob surprised me a little because I think I expected him to be more darker or damaged than he came off. He had some issues, but he also had a lot of positive qualities and was pretty adaptable. These two people never expected each other. They even set up limits in order to try to resist getting in too deep. But their hearts and bodies connected despite their resistance. They have their boundaries, pasts, and issues to fight. Can they both find a true home and be able to move on?

Many of the characters from the other books were back because this was also about him reconciling with the family he abandoned. Hud, and Bailey, Gray and Penny, Aidan and Lily, Kenna, his moms Carrie and Char, and their friend Mitch were all accounted for in the story as featured characters or at least their relationship explained. But this story was not completely immersed in life at the 
 resort since he lives in a cabin on the lake, so close but not right in the middle of it all as in previous books. This was a family born out of negative circumstances, but connected by love. Jacob's leaving them left them all with a void and with his return he had to face the consequences of his actions especially with his twin, Hud. We also get to see a little romance still brewing with little sister, Kenna. 

She gives us a peek into the future with two epilogues resolving some situation and quickly tying story lines up I have not seen anywhere if this is the final book in the series or if there will be a full book for Kenna. But she tied it up enough that it will be okay either way.

ARC provided by publisher/author in exchange for an honest review. 

Returning home after 9 years away, Jacob Kincaid has mixed feelings. While most of his family is thrilled to have him home, there are a lot of unresolved hurts between him and his twin. He is reeling after an overseas mission went bad, and home is the only place he can think to go in order to forget.. But going home means facing his family and his past, two things he has avoided for so long.

Sophie Marren is trying to pick herself up after a particularly nasty divorce, but staying in Cedar Ridge, CO, proves more difficult than she would have imagined. She has a fierce spirit and is determined not to let her situation keep her down. After being cheated on, cast aside, and pushed around, she has decided she doesn’t need a man around to drag her down.

Despite only being in town for a short time on Jacob’s part, and having written off men on Sophie’s, the pull between these two is magnetic. I loved the way they intrigued and pushed each other, and their spark was palpable to readers and everyone around them.

The secrets they’ve each run from dreg up their past pain and trip up what is growing between them. These two are both closed off, though for different reasons, and watching each try to figure a way past their blocks made for great reading.

I absolutely love the Kincaid family. They offer great support, even as they adjust to having Jacob back. The bond between all the siblings (and half-siblings) is proven as they fight so hard to keep the resort that means so much to them. Jacob’s return simply means one more person to help share the load.

There is a lot of humor sprinkled through this story. The light, easy nature of the plot meant a low drama factor and a nice breather for me. I can’t tell for certain if there will be more books in this series, but I would love to see Kenna get a full length story, as there are plenty of crumbs dropped here and there throughout this book as to what is going on in her love life. 
ARC provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

She eyed the bench a long beat but did eventually sit, perching primly as far from him as she could get and yet still be close enough to grab the bottle.

Smart woman.

She took the Scotch and drank. Her eyes watered and she coughed as she handed it to him. With a sigh, she leaned back to study the night sky. Her bared throat was slim and creamy smooth. An unexpected temptation. Remembering the flash of pain and vulnerability she’d unwittingly revealed, and that for whatever reason he’d somehow added to it, he spoke. “I’m sorry.”

She glanced at him as if she’d never heard a man apologize before in her life. “For…breathing?” she asked. “Having a penis? What?”

“You were upset because you didn’t know I was a Kincaid.”

She sighed. “That was just me looking for a reason to be mad at you so I wouldn’t…”

She bit her lower lip, clearly not wanting to go on.

But now he had to know. “So you wouldn’t what?”

“Nothing,” she said. “It’s just that I’m trying to make better choices.”

“Of which I wouldn’t be one.”

“It’s not necessarily your fault,” she said. “It’s that you’re a man.”

“Guilty as charged.”

“And I’m off men right now.”

“And on…women?” he asked with admittedly more than a little fascination.

She rolled her eyes. “I’m on no one, but thank you for proving my point on men.”

“I get that,” he said. “But being off men doesn’t seem to be making you very happy, or sound like a whole lot of fun.”

“Maybe I don’t need fun.”

He understood that. He’d felt the same way since Brett died. “What do you need?” he asked, honestly wanting to know more about her.

Instead of answering, she reached for the bottle. He waited until she met his gaze before letting go.
“Nothing,” she said a little too quickly. “Everything’s…perfect.”

“And your glass is half full,” he said. “So you’ve said.”

But he didn’t believe her. “How about a game?”

“I don’t play games.”

Now, that wasn’t exactly true. Whether she knew it or not, she’d been playing with  his head since he’d first laid eyes on her. “Three truths and a lie,” he said.

She stared at him. “As in you tell me three truths and a lie, and I pick out the lie?”


She considered this. “What do I get if I win?”

“What do you want?”

For the briefest of beats, her gaze dropped to his mouth.

Oh, hell yeah, he thought. Want me…

“My first boyfriend taught me that game,” she said.

“What did the winner get?”

“A kiss.”

Definitely still playing with his head… “Is that what you want, Sophie? A kiss?”

Again she stared at his mouth before dropping eye contact and wrapping that eye-stopping pink robe tighter around her body. “Do you?” she asked.

“Hell yes.”

Her gaze flew to his.

“Problem is,” he said conversationally, “if I kissed you, I don’t think I’d be able to stop.”

Her mouth literally fell open. The pulse at the base of her throat jumped. And she seemed to lose her words.

He went on. “But you should know, I don’t lose. That means you’ll have to tell me three truths and a lie.” And he’d hopefully get to know more about her.
She closed her mouth to bite her lower lip in what could’ve been indecision or excitement. Obviously he was hoping for the latter. “But hey, if you’re not sure you can handle losing, we can just forget about it,” he said.

The challenge lifted her chin and put sparks in her eyes. That’s it, babe. Show me what you’ve got.

“Bring it,” she said.
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Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. 

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