Series: Cedar Ridge #3
on March 29th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAINÔÇª
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. SheÔÇÖs broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, IÔÇÖm-too-sexy-for-myself guy whoÔÇÖs now claiming her dock. Something about JacobÔÇÖs dark intensity makes her want to teaseÔÇöand temptÔÇöhim beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.
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Another Buddy read with Anja and Cyndi – We’ve been reading the “Cedar Ridge Series” together and are hooked. The Kincaid family is endearingly dysfunctional and as loyal as can be. In Nobody But You, returning Marine Jacob Kincaid has spent a lot of time away from home that he WANTS to make up for. Will they let him in? We would!
Without Further Ado
Here’s Our Nobody But You
Buddy read Review
1. After hearing about Jacob in the previous books, was Jacob who you thought he’d be?
Anja: I’m not sure I had a clear-cut view on what Jacob would be like. I expected him to be hot-headed, outspoken, and arrogantÔÇöa Kincaid. But instead he was this quiet, stoic, stubborn, and broken man. I was definitely pleasantly surprised by him though, I fell in love with his self-awareness and (mostly) straightforwardness.
Cyndi: Nope, he was so much more! And yes AnjaÔÇöI think you nailed his Kincaid traits to a T. My opinion had been formed on his leaving his family and I had this idea he was bullheaded and insensitiveÔÇöA lone wolf who didn’t care about anyone but himself. Well, Jacob turned out to be a sweetheart with so much capacity to love and be loved. He’s filled with regret and I never once thought he didn’t care for his family. I felt bad for him when he’s realizing what HE lost out on.
2. Sophie, battling an ass-hat ex and a family who didn’t seem to think she measured up or made good choices, were her actions and personality what you expected?
Anja: Well I didn’t have an idea whatsoever about what Sophie was going to be like. And I was honestly surprised at how strong she was. After everything she went through, she kept fighting. Every time she got knocked down she got back up, which impressed me immensely. She didn’t need Jacob to save her, and yet, she still let him help her even though she didn’t need him to. This combination of strength and vulnerability is something I value in my heroines. Sophie and her smart-assery was definitely something I enjoyed. And I loved that Sophie and Jacob balanced each other out and were able to calm one another as well.
Cyndi: Sophie, Sophie, Sophie…I have liked all of the heroines Jill Shalvis creates, but Sophie is probably my favorite. As Anja points out, she is a fighter. She’s tenacious and really owns herself. Sure she’s made bad decisions, but that doesn’t make a person. It’s the recovery from it that shows who someone is. She sensible enough to contain her pride, but she has limits. One thing I LOVE about her is her sassÔÇöI think that is what “called” to Jacob. Sophie has some of the best inner-dialogue too:
But her brain wouldnÔÇÖt shut up. ItÔÇÖs too fast. You donÔÇÖt want to be just a hookup.
But why not? her good parts argued .
You tried love and got kicked in the teeth! LetÔÇÖs try something new.
LetÔÇÖs try him.”
Anja: Couldn’t have said it any better, babe!
3. What other characters surprised you?
Cyndi: Sophie’s ex. He’s really terrible, spiteful, and heartless. He was definitely the party at fault in the dissolution of their marriage. But then all of the sudden he decides to he cares and meddles in her life. I wasn’t sure I bought into his quick about-face. I feel like there might be something motivating him that maybe I just didn’t see. It surprised me and didn’t sit well.
Anja: Probably Kenna. Kenna was happy, for more than one reason. But i enjoyed seeing a different side of her in this book. Her and Sophie were hilarious at times too. And I agree with you Cyndi, the about-face of the ex was a little odd, and way too quick. I was wondering about this exact same thing too.
4. Was there anything that turned you off of Jacob or Sophie?
Anja: Nope! Not at all! I loved both Sophie and Jacob as individuals and as a couple. They were definitely my favorite couple so far in this series. Loved their fire.
Cyndi: NOOOOO, and again I’m parroting Anja here!
I LOVE them and they are definitely my favorite Jill Shalvis couples. They have intense chemistry and their sexy scenesÔÇöHOT, HOT, HOT! I liked how respectful they were of each other and that for the most part, they communicated well.
She found herself staring at him with a dopey smile.
ÔÇ£You know,ÔÇØ he said, ÔÇ£youÔÇÖre pretty cute when youÔÇÖre being nice.”
ÔÇ£What am I when IÔÇÖm not nice?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Hot as fuck.ÔÇØ
Something went through her at that, something warm andÔÇª dangerous. He believed in her, without question, when he had no reason in the world to do so.
IÔÇÖm yours for the durationÔÇª
5. We’re you surprised by the families reaction to Jacob coming home?
Anja: I was surprised at how much of a jerk Hud was to Jacob. While I understand where he was coming from, I was surprised he was able to hold onto his grudge and hurt feelings for this long and hard. Especially after we was looking for Jacob for a long time beforehand. I would have expected Hud to forgive him sooner.
Otherwise I wasn’t that surprised with the family’s reaction. I did wish however that we’d have seen more of the reunion… It was a big part of Jacob and why he came back, and we only got a few scenes with his whole family together.
Cyndi: I was surprised by the family in its entirety. For Gray and Aiden, they didn’t seem to miss a beat with Jacob. They were very chill about him being back. Kenna’s reaction, WOW! I guess I didn’t pick up on the intensity of their connection, so Jacobs re-appearance was heartwarming. Hudson was kinder than I expected – so you know I was thinking he’d be ridiculously mean. He wasn’t as rude to him as I expected ( Hudson’s “business” persona came off as rude a few times). As expected, he was guarded. But he came around as I thought.
This is my favorite in the series. Jill’s writing is always wonderful and her characters are, obviously, ones I easily accept and care for. I have bunches of highlights and I smile often while reading her books. But lordy, DO.I.SWOON.
I couldn’t have said it any better. I love Jill’s writingÔÇöit’s something I can always fall back on when I need to cheer myself up. I love her heroic men who would do anything for their loved one, and her strong and tenacious heroines, combined with humor that keeps putting a smile on my face. And this book is probably my favorite of hers. I.LOVE.JACOB! (I want my own)
We think this is one of the most romantic lines we’ve ever read and it brings tears to our eyesÔÇöIt’s that lovely!
No frustration. No annoyance at her pace. No sign of anything but the easy acceptance of what she could give. And his patience wasnÔÇÖt a sham either. It was totally real. He loved her enough to let her catch up. He loved her enough to wait. No one had ever loved her like that before, and it stole her breath and her ability speak for a minute. For the first time in her life she had someone who was in just as deep as she was.
Five (5) winners will win the Cedar Ridge series by Jill Shalvis!
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 sheÔÇÖd unwittingly revealed, and that for whatever reason heÔÇÖd somehow added to it, he spoke. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm sorry.ÔÇØ
She glanced at him as if sheÔÇÖd never heard a man apologize before in her life. ÔÇ£ForÔÇªbreathing?ÔÇØ she asked. ÔÇ£Having a penis? What?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£You were upset because you didnÔÇÖt know I was a Kincaid.ÔÇØ
She sighed. ÔÇ£That was just me looking for a reason to be mad at you so I wouldnÔÇÖtÔÇªÔÇØ
She bit her lower lip, clearly not wanting to go on.
But now he had to know. ÔÇ£So you wouldnÔÇÖt what?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Nothing,ÔÇØ she said. ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs just that IÔÇÖm trying to make better choices.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Of which I wouldnÔÇÖt be one.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs not necessarily your fault,ÔÇØ she said. ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs that youÔÇÖre a man.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Guilty as charged.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£And IÔÇÖm off men right now.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£And onÔÇªwomen?ÔÇØ he asked with admittedly more than a little fascination.
She rolled her eyes. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm on no one, but thank you for proving my point on men.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£I get that,ÔÇØ he said. ÔÇ£But being off men doesnÔÇÖt seem to be making you very happy, or sound like a whole lot of fun.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Maybe I donÔÇÖt need fun.ÔÇØ
He understood that. HeÔÇÖd felt the same way since Brett died. ÔÇ£What do you need?ÔÇØ 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.
ÔÇ£Nothing,ÔÇØ she said a little too quickly. ÔÇ£EverythingÔÇÖsÔÇªperfect.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£And your glass is half full,ÔÇØ he said. ÔÇ£So youÔÇÖve said.ÔÇØ
But he didnÔÇÖt believe her. ÔÇ£How about a game?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£I donÔÇÖt play games.ÔÇØ
Now, that wasnÔÇÖt exactly true. Whether she knew it or not, sheÔÇÖd been playing with his head since heÔÇÖd first laid eyes on her. ÔÇ£Three truths and a lie,ÔÇØ he said.
She stared at him. ÔÇ£As in you tell me three truths and a lie, and I pick out the lie?ÔÇØ
She considered this. ÔÇ£What do I get if I win?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£What do you want?ÔÇØ
For the briefest of beats, her gaze dropped to his mouth.
Oh, hell yeah, he thought. Want meÔÇª
ÔÇ£My first boyfriend taught me that game,ÔÇØ she said.
ÔÇ£What did the winner get?ÔÇØ
Definitely still playing with his headÔÇª ÔÇ£Is that what you want, Sophie? A kiss?ÔÇØ
Again she stared at his mouth before dropping eye contact and wrapping that eye-stopping pink robe tighter around her body. ÔÇ£Do you?ÔÇØ she asked.
Her gaze flew to his.
ÔÇ£Problem is,ÔÇØ he said conversationally, ÔÇ£if I kissed you, I donÔÇÖt think IÔÇÖd be able to stop.ÔÇØ
Her mouth literally fell open. The pulse at the base of her throat jumped. And she seemed to lose her words.
He went on. ÔÇ£But you should know, I donÔÇÖt lose. That means youÔÇÖll have to tell me three truths and a lie.ÔÇØ And heÔÇÖd hopefully get to know more about her.
She closed her mouth to bite her lower lip in what couldÔÇÖve been indecision or excitement. Obviously he was hoping for the latter. ÔÇ£But hey, if youÔÇÖre not sure you can handle losing, we can just forget about it,ÔÇØ he said.
The challenge lifted her chin and put sparks in her eyes. ThatÔÇÖs it, babe. Show me what youÔÇÖve got.
ÔÇ£Bring it,ÔÇØ she said.