Reviewed by Ami
Title: Nobody But You
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge #3
Heroine/Hero: Sophie Marren/Jacob Kincaid
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 368 Pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: For the past two books, Jacob Kincaid has been one of the “talk but not seen” character of the Kincaid family. He left town when he was eighteen years old, he never came home, and his leaving is part of the big chip on the shoulder of Hud, his twin brother, who is the hero of the previous book. So of course I was highly intrigued and excited to finally able to read Jacob’s story.
I truly loved that part … the part where Jacob needed to deal with his reason for staying away, of finally trying to reconnect with his family, especially his twin brother. I found that part to be emotionally engaging.
Unfortunately, the romance was just so-and-so. I just didn’t cheer on their romance as much as I did the others. Jacob and Sophie came together very fast, but at the same time, the ending felt very rushed. I couldn’t really put my fingers on it, but I didn’t find Jacob and Sophie to be as interesting as the previous couples. In fact, I found Sophie to be uninspiring.
Personally, I thought Sophie paled in comparison to Lily (from the first book) or Bailey (from the second). Sophie was broke, her husband cheated on her constantly, and usually this would be time for Shalvis’ heroine to show how feisty and independent she is. However, I just didn’t get that vibe from Sophie and I was having a hard time rooting for her.
On that particular note, I also felt disappointed that Lily, the heroine from the book that starts this series, was nowhere to be found. It was really weird because she was an integral part of the Kincaid family, being Aidan’s girlfriend and all. In her place, we had Kenna Kincaid (the youngest) and a very sudden, out of the blue, relationship with Mitch. I had to struggle to remember whether it was ever hinted before, and I definitely think it didn’t.
So overall, it fell below my expectation and wasn’t my most favorite from Shalvis. I liked it for some parts, but not the others.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*