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Always on My Mind

(Lucky Harbor #8)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  8,996 ratings  ·  773 reviews

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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2 ½ 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
About 2.5 Stars, rounded down because I've finally realized that, OMG, all of this author's characters and stories and dialogue and prose are more or less the same from one book to the next, like to the point where I honestly find myself wondering if she copies and pastes from old manuscripts rather than writing wholly new and original material!

This book gave us a promising beginning and fairly strong end, but an incredibly frustrating and meandering middle. The subplot about an arsonist was mi
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
Sums up everything for me:
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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 suppos
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
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
Ⓐ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. ❤️
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-com-heaven
Second reading: So here's the thing: Jill Shalvis and her 12 funny, sexy, steamy Lucky Harbor series has kept me sane in an insane time. As we "shelter in place" during this worldwide pandemic, it's been so nice to escape to a place with lots of hunky men, snarky conversation, and a wealth of HEAs! Thank you, Jill Shalvis!!!!

Totally trashy, way more steamy than I usually read, fun brain candy. I’m on a kind of challenging business trip and these silly, sexy, totally unrealistic love stories are
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. ...more
Anna's Herding Cats
Oh my gosh. These two. I wanted to shake. them. so hard! lol

The Gist: Jack's mom is ill and in a glorious moment of pure special Leah decides to cheer her up by telling her that Jack and Leah? Well they're totally a couple! What was she thinking? Hell if anyone knows! Especially Jack who totally has girls he's dating and his best friend not one of them.

Oh my. Yes, Jack and Leah were special. I enjoyed them, though. Jack s a solid guy. Firefighter, dependable, loves his mama and his go
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
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.
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. ...more
AudioBook Review:
Stars: 4 Narration 4 Story 3

I hate to say it, but aside from some wonderful moments with Kevin, the intractable Great Dane, I had more trouble letting go of ‘expectations’ and rolling on with this friends to lovers story that started with a ‘fake’ relationship, added in a serial arsonist for tension, and allowed the heroine to take far too long to grow up. But I truly did adore Leah and understood her issues: it’s well-accepted that children who experience extreme traumas and a
Janet Robel
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Leah and Jack's story was really fun to read. I love the way this starts out and how they become a couple. Lucky Harbor is a wonderful small town. Can't wait to read Aubrey and Ben's book. ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fv, shalvis
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
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
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
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A friends to lovers story about Leah, a baker, and Jack, a firefighter.

Leah and Jack had been best friends since Leah moved to Lucky Harbor and (view spoiler).

Years later, they're both grown up and Leah has returned
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
Tammy  Zautner
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
Jill Shalvis is a brand new author for me, let me just state for the record, I fell head over heels in love with her writing style. Always On My Mind is book 8 in her Lucky Harbor series; I never once felt like I was lost or missing anything important due to not reading the others. However, just an FYI, I will definitely continue reading more of Ms. Shalvis's work in the future! Her writing has reminded me of why I have been a big fan of Contemporary Romance for so long!

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Multiple New York Times and USA Today 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 … mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning heartwarming and full of humor novels wherever books are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city ...more

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