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Always on My Mind (Lucky Harbor #8)

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After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan needs to accomplish something in her life. But when she returns home to Lucky Harbor, she finds herself distracted by her best friend, Jack Harper. In an effort to cheer up Jack's ailing mother, Dee, Leah tells a little fib - that she
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it

3.5 Stars


Always on My Mind is the eighth book in Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series. I adore this series. With Ms. Shalvis' writing you can't help but get invested in all her beautifully written characters and it also makes you want to pick up your life and move to Lucky Harbor.


Leah Sullivan childhood was less than stellar as she was always under the thumb of her domineering father. She never could seem to please him and he had no kind words or any care whatsoever to offer his daughter. The only
2 stars – Contemporary Romance

I'm a bit surprised to be rating this so low because I love this author and I've really enjoyed previous Lucky Harbor books. But this was a disappointment and my least favorite of the series, and I honestly found myself rather bored. I just didn't feel much connection between the H/h or find their friends to lovers romance all that convincing or exciting. I don't know, but I feel like this series might have run out of steam. It happens.
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4 passionate, romantic, poignant, sexy, laugh out loud funny stars!

Always on My Mind is the 8th book in Jill Shalvis’ brilliant Lucky Harbor series. It’s all the things I mentioned above – passionate, romantic, poignant, sexy, laugh out loud funny – and then some.

From the Cover:
After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan needs to accomplish something in her life. But when she returns home to Lucky Harbor, she finds herself distracte
Jaime Arkin
Jill Shalvis is an author I tend to drop everything for... especially the Lucky Harbor boys. I can't help it. She has this way of making me forget everything that's going on in my life for a few hours...letting me jump into the small town that is Lucky Harbor. Where the view is quaint and picturesque and the guys are all drool-worthy. And after the month I've had, I needed this book more than anything else in my life.

Leah and Jack have been friends forever... Or at least since they were in the
To start Goodreads is doing my head in as I have just finished a long review of this book and hit the upload button only to have the site crash on me! I haven't got time to completely re-write it so am gonna keep it short and to the point.

I really struggled with this one and it took me a whole week to get it finished whereas I normally read a book in 48 hours tops. I knew that if I put it down and grabbed something else then I wouldn't go back to it at all but wanted to read just in case it cont
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Do not attempt to read this book on an empty stomach! lol

This book was as usual, fun, sweet, sexy and... tempting!!! Halfway in the book I went in the kitchen and baked swirl caramel brownies!

Loved it. ❤
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
-- A Romantic Book Affairs Review

Ah, it’s like a fresh of breath air being back in Lucky Harbor. I adore this series and the hunky alpha heroes. Jill Shalvis’ writing is addictive and sexy and sassy. I really loved reading as Jack and Leah unravel and crash into a whirlwind of lust, desire, and finally… love

Leah Sullivan has never really known her path, but she’s always loved adventure. She grew up with an abusive and domineering father that expected her to be the best. Perfect. Yet no matter wh
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am like a broken record with JS books, they are just so freaking amazing but this time I'll be honest that there was one factor that annoyed me to no end in this book, Jack and Leah were apart most of the book and were seldom together on page. I mean there are these two awesome characters who know each other so well, have awesome chemistry and they hardly spend time together, that was just plain mean.

Jack is a fire-fighter who followed in his hero father's footsteps. He is a stand-up guy and
Lori Foster
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a humorous and sexy contemporary story!
Recommended to Lori by: I'm already a longtime fan - especially of her "Lucky Harbor" books.
LOVED it! This book was so funny - and so sexy. And had a terrific alpha hero and a lovable group of girlfriends. A winning combo for sure. The dialogue had me cracking up several times.
Now I can't wait for Ben's story - thank goodness I know it's in the works because there's an except in the back of the book. Yay!
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Way too much back and forth passive aggressive dialogue which got in the way of my enjoyment of this. The whole 'this is a pretend relationship, real, pretend, REAL!' merry go round just muddled everything for me. It left me confused with all the contradicting dialogue. I think Shalvis over did it with the forced tension and unspoken feelings between Jack and Leah. I don’t get how one drunk night of almost (not really) sex thirteen years ago lead to such supposed str
The set up
Leah Sullivan returns to Lucky Harbor to help out her grandmother Elsie with her bakery as she recuperates from knee surgery. Leah dropped out of pastry school and participated in a reality TV show that's now airing. Everyone thinks she's the winner but Leah's bound by contract to keep the outcome secret and she plans to bail before the final show. Jack Harper, firefighter and her best friend since the 8th grade, gets caught up in her fib to his mother when Leah tells her they're now a
Jane Stewart
Frustrating read. Not for me.

My take on this is that the characters’ actions and words do not fit their motivations. The main story is the romantic relationship between Leah and Jack. The entire book is full of I don’t want you. I don’t like you. This is just pretend. Lets have sex. The next day Leah says that was a mistake. We can’t do that any more. Then she buys condoms. Then they have sex again. This goes round and round for the whole book.

Jack’s thoughts are I’m not going to fall for her be
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm... disappointed in this latest instalment of the Lucky Harbor series.

While it still contained the quirky banter and feel-good romance of her previous books, Shalvis just missed base with this book. I spent the first 2/3 of the book confused as to Jack and Leah's stance relating to their relationship (or non-relationship in this case). Every time they conversed about their relationship they seemed to contradict the position they had at the beginning of the conversation. Jack and Leah also see
Aug 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Always on My Mind: Number 8 in series (Lucky Harbor) Unfortunately, one of my least favorite Shalvis books to date. There is humor and charm.. but the main characters left something to be desired.More in depth review to come.
(Originally posted as a guest review)

      I’m a nut for the cute and quirky contemporary romance novel, and Jill Shalvis has consistently delivered on all fronts.   Always On My Mind is entry number eight within her Lucky Harbor s
Tessa Teevan
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet, sweet escape! This book was fun, sexy, and a downright great read!' I forgot how much I missed the people of Lucky Harbor.
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: shalvis, fv
Review: Always On My Mind by Jill Shalvis Leah Sullivan has spent her whole life running and feeling like she is not good enough.  Growing up with an abusive father did a real number on her psyche and she has never gotten over the things he said to her.  She is back in Lucky Harbor running her grandmother’s bakery while she recovers from knee surgery and trying not to think about her recent stint on the show Sweet Wars.  Unfortunately, the whole town is watching Sweet Wars eagerly awaiting the f ...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
It’s definitely unoriginal coming from me, but hopefully this is one of those things that you can’t ever say too often: books by Jill Shalvis make me happy!  They make me smile.  They make me laugh.  They make me feel good!  When the day or week, or even month, has consistently left me feeling down, I know I can pick up a book by Jill Shalvis, and it will inevitably lift my spirits.  No matter how determined I am that it won’t ;)  Jill’s books are like comfort food for those who take sustenance ...more
Stephanie  G
I’m a nut for the cute and quirky contemporary romance novel, and Jill Shalvis has consistently delivered on all fronts. Always On My Mind is entry number eight within her Lucky Harbor series and features baker Leah Sullivan and the hunky fireman, Jack Harper. While the book is filled with Shalvis’ typical humor and charm, it mostly fell flat when it came to the overall execution.

Putting her baking skills to good use, Leah Sullivan has returned to Lucky Harbor to help out her grandmother at her
The eighth installment of the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. Leah Sullivan finds herself back in Lucky Harbor helping her grandmother with her bakery business. She tells Dee Harper, the mother of firefighter, Jack Harper that she and Jack are seeing each other. An agreement is made to continue the charade for a time and things gets a little hotter than expected.

Reading Jill Shalvis is much like eating comfort food for me. Yummy! I will admit, however, that this one started a bit slow for m
Lauren Morrill
I'm pretty sure these Lucky Harbor books are my new crack. I'm going to start from the beginning and read them all, and I'm not one bit guilty about it.
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars. Cute and charming book. Not my favorite in the series because I had a hard time connecting with jack and Leah. I found myself more interested in Ben and Aubrey and their story.
The Romance Evangelist
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for an honest review at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.

Always On My Mind is the newest entry in the Lucky Harbor small town contemporary series by Jill Shalvis, and a perfect example of why this series stands out in a category filled with so many other excellent competitors. In Always On My Mind, Jill Shalvis employs some of the most familiar romance tropes in such a way that they feel fresh and perfectly chosen to show how the pas
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: C+

Best friends for years, Jack was Leah’s rock when she was growing up with a verbally abusive father. She’s never been able to finish things and find success in her life, due to the abuse and that includes her relationship with Jack. They came close years ago to moving beyond just friends, but Leah bailed and left Jack and Lucky Harbor. She went to school, but didn’t finish with one semester left, she ended up on a reality baking show, which
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I've really enjoyed the Lucky Harbour series in the past, but this installment featuring Jack and Leah was a disappointment.

From the beginning I couldn't connect with either character. They were meant to be life long childhood friends and a lot of their story was based off this fact, with readers getting glimpses into moments from their past. But from the outset when the two characters interacted in the present of the story, they felt like strangers getting to know each other. Neither one act
Leah grew up with a demanding father who smashed her self esteem into small pieces, and a mother who was unable or unwilling to protect her from him. She became a woman who always ran before she could be rejected.
Now back in Lucky Harbor after years away, she is staying with her grandma, the one bright-spot from her childhood, and helping out in her bakery.

Jack was the guy she left behind all those years ago. Now he flits from one relationship to another without ever committing. While trying t
Anne - Books of My Heart
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I received this book because I am a Bookaholic. So it's true I am a totally biased, unabashed fan of Jill Shalvis. However, I strive to give an honest review. I will add more to this later but I will begin with saying I LOVE Kevin!

I had a lot of trouble reviewing this book. And I couldn't figure it out because Jill Shalvis is amazing and generally I love all her books. And I did really enjoy this book when I read it. But then I couldn't really remember it after a couple days. Today, more than a
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a cute love story, but the characters had trouble settling into their personalities. The mystery was barely touched on and then solved. Wham. The hero is an amazingly sexy fireman and the heroine is a pastry chef working in her Grandmother's bakery temporarily. I think a little more story line into their pasts and the relationship they had as children might have helped to cement their personalities a bit more. But, the love story was still cute and worth a quick, mindless read. Sometime ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've always loved Jill Shalvis! Leah and Jack was a cute love story. I never knew if they were actually going to ever be together or not. Quick cute read!
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars really

This is my second novel by this author. I wouldn’t say it’s bad, but I didn’t like it that much either. It was probably not such a good idea to read two books by this author one after another as I felt like I was reading the first novel (Instant Gratification) all over again as similar elements were present, ie: 1) a heroine with awful parents, 2) a really hunky hero (which is always welcome!) 3) another small town setting; 4) a heroine having to give up a big career opportunity
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
★★★★★ 5 Stars

My Opinion:

Like all books in the series - I loved it!

Leah and Jack have been friends forever - she's always been there for him - and when you forget about the thing that almost happened - nothing romantically ever happened between them.

Now Leah is back in Lucky Harbor.

Lucky Harbor sat nestled in a rocky cove between the Olympic Mountains and the coast, the architecture an eclectic mix of old and new. She’d been to a lot of places since she’d left here, but there’d been nowhere l
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