Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis (Cedar Ridge #3) – Excerpt & GIVEAWAY

 

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Nobody But You by Jill ShalvisAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Grand Central

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Michelle

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.

It’s common knowledge that I have read a Jill Shalvis book or two, and they have all been outstanding reads for me. However, with Nobody But You, she has outdone herself. Not just because the book was fantastic, which it was, but because it totally surprised me. After reading the first two books in the Cedar Ridge series, I had already made up my mind what Jacob’s story would be like. Boy was I wrong.

Jacob Kincaid is the long lost brother to the Kincaids of Cedar Ridge. A decade ago he left his mother, his siblings – even his twin –behind and never looked back. Or so everyone thought. Even though his military career took him all over the world, he did keep in touch with his mom and visited her at least once a year with nobody else in the family knowing. A huge fight with his twin brother Hud was the catalyst for him leaving, and guilt has kept him away.

Now Jacob is back in town on leave, trying to figure out a way to get back into the good graces of his family, while at the same time seeing if he can make Cedar Ridge his home again. His military career is almost over and he wants to come home – for good. Making amends with his siblings turns out to be easier than he expected, with the exception of Hud. Gray, Aidan and Kenna seem to welcome him back with open arms – giving him shit for staying away – but welcoming him all the same. Hud is a tougher nut to crack, holding on to his resentment and anger towards Jacob longer than the others.

Sophie Marren is a hot mess. Newly divorced and living on her ex-husband’s beloved boat – the one thing she took in the divorce – she has no idea where to go with her life. She needs a job and a place to live, but what she gets is Jacob Kincaid. The tough, stoic, sexy soldier finds her at her worst, and instead of walking away, he teases and flirts his way into her good graces. Sophie knows she is not in a place where she should entertain thoughts of getting involved with someone. She needs to get her life in order pronto, and her heart has taken more than a little beating. She’s not exactly keen on letting anyone in.

That’s the thing that surprised me about this book – that Sophie held out longer. I expected Jacob to be a moody, broody, closed-off guy, but he wasn’t. His feelings for Sophie caught him off guard, but he didn’t fight the attraction and tenderness at all. It didn’t take him long to realize that he wanted her to be a permanent part of his life in Cedar Ridge. Convincing her that she wanted the same was the challenge. He was charming and sweet while at the same time incredibly sexy and a little bit vulnerable.

Sophie is completely unprepared for what she feels for Jacob. Her ex stomped on her heart and ruined her self-esteem, and her self-confidence has been lacking all her life. To have this totally capable, steady, gorgeous guy after her is rocking her world. She doesn’t think she’s ready for forever with anyone, but her heart has a big old soft spot for the alpha soldier trying to find his way back to his family.

I loved everything about this book. Jacob was a wonderful hero. Tough, protective, smart and sexy – totally alpha without being a jerk. Sophie was funny and unpredictable and so perfect for him. I thought the way Jacob was integrated back into his family was done just perfectly, and when he and Hud finally mended their fences my heart melted. This book was warm and funny, emotional and steamy – just what I want out of a romance.

I give Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis 5 stars!

EXCERPT

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?”

“Yes.”

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shalvis, Jill 2012New 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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