We are so excited to take part in the blog tour for Jill Shalvis’ latest in her Cedar Ridge series! I have been loving each book in this series and NBY is no exception. We have an excerpt, a giveaway and of course my review for you today. Enjoy. And as always happy reading! ~ Amber
When Jacob was injured in the war, it changed him for life. Now all he wants to do is come home to Cedar Ridge, settle in at his lakeside cabin and get some much-needed peace and quiet. But there’s no peace to be had when he finds a spitfire of a woman camping out on his property. Half the time he’s not sure whether he wants to spank her or kiss–or maybe both. He’s in a dark place and a dark mood, and here’s this wildly hot woman who is also funny and light and may be the balm be needs to soothe his aching soul.
Sophie Marren is pretty much penniless after leaving her abusive husband. She doesn’t have the money to pay rent or the slip fees for docking the boat where she’s been sleeping. She was getting along just perfectly until the good-looking, brooding, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy moves into the lake cabin that the slip belongs to. Sure he’s hot as the noon sun with those dark lens and even darker ‘tude, but god forbid she tie herself to another man who’s always telling her what to do. But the more she gets to know Jacob, the more she sees how willing he is to battle for her wounded heart…a battle she might just let him win.
There’s something really comforting and wonderful about a Jill Shalvis novel. They are always fun, always have great chemistry and heat between the characters and I always leave at the end wanting more! Her Cedar Ridge series has been all these things for me, each book I leave eager for the next so I can spend more time in this great place with the Kincaid clan!
In NOBODY BUT YOU, we finally get to meet the elusive Kincaid brother Jacob. He’s been gone since he was 18 and he and his twin reached a crossroads. Now Jacob is home and trying to figure out how to reconnect with the family he walked away from. Just as he returns and is trying to decide how best to make his move, in walks or should we say floats Sophie Marren into Jacob’s path. Sophie is a definite force of energy. Where Jacob is self-assured and confident in many areas, Sophie is wild and unpredictable – though not always in ways she likes.
They are both sorta adrift and trying to find their way. Jacob dealing with the aftermath of years in combat, losing his best friend and trying to once again find his place in his family. Sophie is trying to put her life back into some semblance of order after a nasty divorce and losing her focus during her marriage. As much as they are both a little lost, it seems together that they ground the other and just make sense even if they don’t want to admit it to themselves. One thing that couldn’t be debated was the passion and chemistry that Jacob and Sophie ignited in the other; it was hot! Besides the smexy good connection was the way that they laughed and just brought out the best in each other that I loved.
Add in the family dynamics of the Kincaids; the way that they bring Jacob back into the fold despite Hud’s reluctance and you have another winner in the Cedar Ridge series for me! Sophie fits in with this group so well and I liked the friendship that she and Kenna developed, it really helped her come into her own even more than her relationship with Jacob. The variety of relationships that Sophie and Jacob develop within the Kincaids really showcased how much they had both been missing and how lonely they had been until they crashed into each other. Sometimes that’s how life is I think, we don’t realize what we are missing til it finds us. I know I can’t wait to see what’s next in Cedar Ridge because I know we’ll continue to see all these fabulous couples continue to live their happies!!
“You know,” he said, “you’re pretty cute when you’re being nice.”
“What am I when I’m not nice?”
“Hot as fuck.”
“There’s a chance I already love you,” she whispered. “But you scare the hell out of me.”
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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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