Okay first of all, let me get the negatives for this book out of the way now. The major negative for me is that this is Book 3 of 3 in the Cedar RidgeOkay first of all, let me get the negatives for this book out of the way now. The major negative for me is that this is Book 3 of 3 in the Cedar Ridge series. And that means the end of the series. You are just getting into another wonderful series by the highly talented Jill Shalvis and it ends. There are still siblings I would love to meet and get their stories but the series ends. But the positive is that Jill Shalvis is always writing so this means there is another series that will be on the way to help you over come your sadness at the end of the Cedar Ridge series.
'Nobody But You' is Jake Kincaid’s story. Jake and his twin, Hudson, had a falling out when they were eighteen and have not spoken since the fight. It is kind of hard to speak when you have disappeared from the life of not only your twin brother but the rest of your slightly dysfunctional but loving family.
We come to find Jake had ended up joining the military. He has proudly been serving in the military but has finally realized it is time to come home. A mission ended badly and although Jake is okay, he needs time to deal with the death of a good friend and the mission. So he comes home to mend fences with his twin and heal.
Sophie Marren is trying to remake her life and start over again. Starting over includes getting over her seasickness while living on the boat she has gotten from her ex-husband as her part of the divorce settlement. One of her issues is finding a docking spot for the boat where she doesn’t have to pay for overnight docking.
When Sophie docks the boat at the pier of the house that Jake has rented while he is hiding from his siblings in Cedar Ridge, sparks start to fly.
Neither Jake nor Sophie are perfect but well rounded out characters who are flawed like all humans. And this is huge part of what makes the story fun to read. Jill Shalvis always writes real characters who are flawed human beings. And that is why her books are such great reads....more
This is the first time I have ever read one of Ms. Lindstron's books. And this was the prefect book to read first since it is the prequel to the GreysThis is the first time I have ever read one of Ms. Lindstron's books. And this was the prefect book to read first since it is the prequel to the Greyson Brothers's series. Now when I read the rest of the series, having a bit of the back story will help. Although each book is a stand alone book.
The story starts off with Hal burying his brother, John, who was his partner in a small sawmill after an accident. His brother had been delivering a load of wood prior to going to the train station to meet his mail order bride. Neither brother has a penny to spare since they are working to build up their business and any money they have is going right back into the business. Yet John has decided he needs to have a wife. Hal decides that he will tell his brother's mail order bride that she has to return back to her home town and he has scrambled to find the money to purchase her the return ticket.
Hal has never met a strong willed woman like Nancy before. She is escaping an arranged marriage by her father and thinks that taking a chance on a marriage with a stranger is a better choice.
Nancy manages to keep Hal talking by saying no and arguing why she needs to stay that she misses the train. This is the start of the story and how both Hal and Nancy fall in love while observing the social mores of the time. There is something to be said for old fashioned social mores.
This is a lovely read so pick yourself a cup of tea after finding a quiet hour or two and pick a comfy spot to read this lovely intro to a new series....more
First of all, I seriously doubt that Cora Seton can write a bad book. I love her Chance Creek series and this new series happens to take place in ChanFirst of all, I seriously doubt that Cora Seton can write a bad book. I love her Chance Creek series and this new series happens to take place in Chance Creek again. This is a brand new series independent of the other books in the Chance Creek series.
Boone Rudman is a Navy SEAL looking to make some changes to the world as a result of things he has seen during his time in the US Navy. He and the others on his team have a plan to build a community that is sustainable and off the grid. Boone has taken the chance and submitted the plan to some one who has the power to help make it come true. But it will come with strings including that Boone and his friends all must marry since the back wants them to found a real community which includes having women and children as part of the community.
The property that is offered to Boone and his buddies to use for their community is a property in Chance Creek, Montana, where Boone and several of his friends were born and raised. Even with the conditions placed on them, Boone and the boys are eager to get their community up off the ground so they agree to the terms.
Riley Eaton has known Boone since childhood. She used to escape from her unhappy home life every summer to her grandparents’ ranch in Chance Creek, Montana. Riley and her college friends have found that their lives are not working out as they thought they would during college. And they do not have time to pursue their passions. At a weekend reunion in Boston at Riley’s place, they all decide to try living their lives for six months based on the lives of characters in Jane Austin novels. Riley suggests that they go to her grandparents’ ranch in Chance Creek since her uncle has promised it to her many times. The plan is that they will sell off everything and pool all of their resources and spend time at the ranch working on their passions. For Riley, this means working on her art which has suffered as a result of trying to make a living.
The ladies even down size their wardrobes down to about five or six period outfits. And for their Austin life, the ladies even make their own clothing. (This is one of my favorite things about the book.) They even burn their modern clothing after they arrive at the ranch.
Unbeknownst to Riley, her uncle has sold the ranch. Of course Riley and her friends do not find this out until after they arrive at the ranch. Boone has plans that include taking Riley as his wife in order to fulfill the strings attached to the contact to but he has to make up for several mistakes he made as a teenager when he treated her poorly. Think obtuse teenage boy mistakes.
Watching these two dance around each other and finally admit that they love each other is what makes reading this story a great read.
The audio version of this book is read by Eric G. Dove. His voice is great for the character of Boone. His narration of the novel moves along at a nice steady pace. Being able to listen to the book was great since it meant that I could knit and sew and “read” the latest book by Cora Seton. This was my first time in several years that I have had the chance to listen to an Audible book and I realized that they do have a place in my life again. Being able to “read” while knitting means that I don't have to worry about flipping to the next page.
I was provided by the author a coupon for a free copy of the Audible book in exchange for a fair, unbiased, balanced review....more
I love all of Jill Shalvis's books so kind of hard to not like this new series set in the Colorado Rockies. This is small town living with everyone reI love all of Jill Shalvis's books so kind of hard to not like this new series set in the Colorado Rockies. This is small town living with everyone remembering what you did way back in high school no matter how much you wish they would forget those things. And families and first loves.
Pour yourself a cup of hot tea or cider and curl up and watch Aidan and Lily work around old memories and remember that they do love each other. ...more
You know how you start a book and don't want to put it down once you start reading it? And once you realize that it is about to end, you don’t want itYou know how you start a book and don't want to put it down once you start reading it? And once you realize that it is about to end, you don’t want it to end? Okay, this is true of all well written books but even more so with Just Stop Me.
First of all, Iain’s physical description makes me immediately picture Richie McCaw. Than the story starts with his fiancé leaving him at the alter and she is a member of the Silver Ferns, you have no choice but to think of the All Blacks recently retired captain, Richie McCaw.
The story starts out with Iain waiting for his mum to arrive back to En Zed from a trip to the UK to visit his sister. His mum has a huge heart and traded her seat that Iain paid for so another mother and her children would be more comfortable on the long flight. And his mum find another stray to take under her wing because she switched seats as well. Iain isn’t too pleased to discover his mother has not only taken this stray under her wing but she has hired her to look after his grand dad.
Nina looks like a waif who has escaped from a bad place. And there is an element of truth in that she has escaped from almost marrying the wrong man. A man who thinks because he is a prince, anything he says goes and the word no does not apply to him. Nina was engaged to him because it seemed like the thing a successful model would do. After all doesn’t every woman want to marry a prince? But after having second thoughts and telling Matthias that she will not marry him, she takes the steps she needs to escape from this gilded cage. (Obviously he doesn’t listen to her.)
Since there is no commercial air flights to Antartica, Nina ends up heading to New Zealand which turns out to be one of the best decisions she has ever made. On the flight from London to Auckland, she meets Iain’s mum, Carmella and everything is set into play.
Nina has never cooked or cleaned or done laundry or any of the basic things most of us do without a second thought. She has always been a model managed by her own mother so never has had to do ordinary things like basic household. But she wants to hide away and start over so working as a care giver to Iain’s grand dad sounds like a great idea to her since it includes a place to stay.
Iain is taking some well deserved time off from the All Blacks and has been planning to spend some time with his parents and grand dad at their home near Nelson on the South Island. With Nina being there, he is hooked and plans to keep a close eye on her.
Not wanting to give away too much but the beauty of the South Island at times steals the scene. As well as does Arthur, Iain’s grand dad. Iain’s parents are just as much a major part of the book and plot line. It is actually rather nice to see the issues his parents are having and how they chose to resolve them. Many books tend to focus solely on younger romantic partners and them finding their HEA. This book has a long standing relationship going through some adjustments as well. Plus how some one decides to continue on after their life partner has died.
The explanation of a relationship by Iain from his grand father’s words is wonderful and worth reading just for this alone.
If I write much more in this review, I will spill all of the juicy details which means that you won’t want to read the book.
Full disclosure - I was provided with an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for a honest fair review. Although I would buy this book because well hot rugby players are involved!...more
A totally different locale than most romance books since it takes place in Cape Town, South Africa. I would have loved to had more of the local faunaA totally different locale than most romance books since it takes place in Cape Town, South Africa. I would have loved to had more of the local fauna and scenery in this book but even without it, this story is fantastic.
Jed is a wanderer, a solider and a photographer but in Simons Town because his sister has asked him to be her "man of honor." But being an over protective big brother, he has issues with his baby sister getting married. He thinks she is too young and that there is something off about her beloved.
Mckenna, aka Mac, is a bridal gown designer and single mom to a darling little girl named Daisy. She has a secret and doesn't want to ask for help with it. Some one is stalking her and scaring her badly.
When Jed and Mac meet, sparks fly hot and literally flames appear. But he is a wanderer and she is trying to make smart choices since she is trying to make smart choices and put Daisy first. But Jed happens to be in the right place at the right time when her stalker ups the game. Can these two manage to keep their hands off each other while Jed tries to protect both Mac and Daisy? And who is the stalker? It is not the person you (and Mac suspect) just a warning there....more
This is a well written story but involves some deceit on the part of Prince Nicholas since he is posing as some one he is not. His motives are well meThis is a well written story but involves some deceit on the part of Prince Nicholas since he is posing as some one he is not. His motives are well meant but rarely do relationships started with deceit end well. Or so it seems.
Both Anna Lee and Nick are well written and fleshed out characters. Anna Lee is attempting to renovate her family home into a B&B and Nick is trying to protect his island home from being used as a haven for drug dealers. In an attempt to save his island home, Nick decides to work with the US government which is how he ends up in a small charming Alabama town.
The rest of the story is what you would expect from romance book. Until the ending. The ending sadly is why I have given this book 3 stars. You are left hanging at the end of this book. And there is no sign of the follow up book which would give you the resolution to this story in sight. Nothing on the author's webpage including this book. On the publisher's website, the author has a book due out in January of 2016 but no description of the book so hard to tell if it is the resolution to this story.
I normally love the high quality of novels that come out of this publisher but this one missed the mark greatly....more