Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis (Q & A, Review, Excerpt)
Nobody But You
Cedar Ridge #3
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher:Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 29th 2016
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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.
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Quick Talk: Q & A with…
Author Jill Shalvis
Q: What scene from NOBODY BUT YOU was the hardest to write?
A: The reunion between the hero Jacob and his twin brother Hud, given that they hadn’t seen each other in years
Q: What book(s) are on your nightstand right now?
A: None, I read on my Kindle! ☺ I’m reading the latest JD Robb right now.
Q: What can you tell us about Jacob and Sophie that we won’t find in the book?
A: Jacob has a secret sweet tooth and he stops at the convenience store for a daily candy bar. Sophie too. And one day, maybe a year from now, they’ll run into each other doing it and laugh.
*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review*
In Nobody But You, book three of Jill Shalvis’s Cedar Ridge series, Jacob Kincaid finally comes home to Cedar Ridge—something I’ve been waiting and hoping for since I read and devoured the first two books in this series, Second Chance Summer and My Kind of Wonderful. And it was just as amazing and awesome as I was hoping it would be—which is to say lots of male angst and swoon-worthy get to know you fun. Two of my most favorite things!
Jacob meets Sophie Marren, the heroine of this book, when she illegally moors at his boat dock—the dock that belongs to the cabin he just rented—and I have to say, I absolutely adored their introduction to each other. It was the perfect meet for them, and I loved all the imagery and characterization that came with that meet.
I loved Sophie from the start of this book, mostly because I could relate to her on a real level. And not only did I feel for her with her plight, but I also smiled and laughed because of her. She’s funny and quirky and has no idea what she’s doing whatsoever, but that only made her endearing to me, and so, so interesting. Right away, I knew she was a woman I could be friends with, laugh with, and man, I loved that.
There is something remarkably special about two people in the throes of a budding attraction and new love. Jacob and Sophie embark on a kind of intimate, slow-and-steady seduction that really spoke to me because they built something honest and real, and something I hadn’t actually known I was needing to read until I found it in this book.
Nobody But You is a must-read book. I can honestly say, without a shred of doubt, this is my favorite Jill Shalvis book. Perhaps, my love for this book stems from a few reminders of some quiet, intimate, lake-side moments out of my own past, but mostly, I think it’s because these characters were so well-written, so well-crafted, that they felt real and so, so natural to me.
Sophie and Jacob are people I could know and hang with, and would want to hang with. They’re good people who maybe haven’t done everything right in their lives, or done everything they hoped to accomplish, but they’re trying. They’re learning and growing, too, and that means something. That says something, about who they are, and who they can become with—and because of—each other.
I loved Jacob and Sophie’s journey. It was funny and intimate, romantic and seductive, and it hit every single one of my feel-good, contemporary-romance-loving buttons. I finished it, and then I immediately wanted to read it again.
Nobody But You is a book that stays with you. A rare book that captures your heart and your imagination, your hopes and your dreams, and it places them all on the page, one right after another, until you’re smiling and sighing and falling in love a little bit more in each and every scene, each and every moment between the characters.
If you love romance, if you love real, honest emotion and deep, soul-hitting moments, you need to read Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the first two books in the Cedar Ridge series because each one stands alone, and all of them are worth picking up and reading at any time. But let me tell you, they all deserve a chance at a place on your keeper shelf, just like they’ve earned a spot on mine.
Rating: 5 Stars
*Okie Dreams Top Pick*
From Nobody But You 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 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.
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About The Author
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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