Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis is book three in the Cedar Ridge series. I didn’t really like book two in the series, (and you can check out my review here for that book), but I love Jill Shalvis so I gave her the benefit of the doubt and read book three. I was not disappointed.
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.
I loved Jacob and Sophie. They had great chemistry and great banter. And in romance books banter is a key thing for me. Sophie is definitely struggling when the book gets underway. She’s had some man trouble, and some self-esteem issues and she’s trying to get her shit together. That is always admirable. Jacob has come home on leave and is trying to sort out things with his family. The thing that I most loved about this two characters is that from the get go they are always in each others’ corners – even before they really become a thing. And they need each other – the people in their lives are not quite as supportive originally as they need and so they become each others’ support system.
The pace of the book was really good, and you got to visit with other characters from the previous books, which I always love. It’s always nice to visit old friends. In terms of Jacob it’s also really lovely than a veteran can have a happy ending as well – even after all that they’ve seen and done. I love that Jacob was able to come home and reconnect with his family and start to put down roots again. He deserved that.
Overall and enjoyable and quick read. I’m excited to see if there’s going to be another book in this series. I do hope so because there’s a sister – Kendra – and she is also one who deserves a happy ending.