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Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis does it again.  Nobody But You is being released tomorrow, which is just in time because Spring is here and love is in the air.

Nobody But YourTitle: Nobody But You
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge, Book 3
Publish Date: March 29, 2016
Genre:
Romance
Source:
NetGalley

Publisher’s Description:

SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN…

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.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

My respect for Jill Shalvis’s writing increases with every book I read.  Nothing But You is the third and final book in the Cedar Ridge series, and I am a little sad about leaving such a beautiful place.  Her vivid imagery and true to life problems that the characters face cause Cedar Ridge to become a very real place in the minds of her readers.

Many people feel that romance books are nothing more than formula writing but Jill badge4v4Shalvis is about as far from formula as you can get.  I love the snarky comments that Jill writes for the main character Sophie.  Every one of them made me laugh and led me to like Sophie a little more.  Jacob is a returning soldier with PTSD, and Jill takes that on with the compassion it deserves.

Jill Shalvis also makes it very clear about how she feels about 50 Shades of Grey with many direct references that don’t paint the book in a good light. They made me look at the story from a different angle, and I agree with many of her comments.

Overall, Nobody But You is a funny, well written, romantic story that I very much enjoyed over my Spring Break.  If you have read Jill Shalvis before, I am sure you are excited for this book release tomorrow.  If you have never read a Jill Shalvis book, you are missing out and Cedar Ridge is a good place to start.


Lucyfer’s Corner

1 paw – Lucy FaceRomance…  I can’t believe that I had to start reading romance again. Ruby felt that the “romantic situations” were a little too hot for Izzy’s young kitten eyes so I had to subject myself to the mush and grossness of human love.  I have never been more happy that Ruby had me spayed.  Who in their right mind would want to deal with all that?  Yuck!


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My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

I eagerly anticipate  Jill Shalvis book release days.  I can’t wait to meet her new characters and see what kinds of trouble they can get themselves into.

25317360Title: My Kind of Wonderful
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series:
Cedar Ridge, Book 2
Publish Date: December 22, 2015
Genre:
Romance
Source:
NetGalley

Publisher’s Description: Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she’s determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn’t realize is that item #1 comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn’t want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn’t the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she’s not planning to stick around.

As head of ski patrol at his family’s resort, Hud thinks he’s seen it all. But never has he run into someone like Bailey. She might look delicate, but her attitude is all firecracker. And her infectious joy touches something deep within him that he’s been missing far too long. Now he’ll just have to convince Bailey to take a chance on her biggest adventure yet . . . something rare and all kinds of wonderful.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

Jill’s characters are special because they aren’t “cookie cutter” people.  That is one of the arguments that anti-romance book people use frequently when they try to make the point that romance literature is not up  to the standard of the other genres.   I have actually had first hand experience with this at a book club Christmas party a few weeks ago.  Everyone was name dropping these “exclusive” book titles that they were reading.  When I told them I was looking forward to the new releases by Jill Shalvis and Kristan Higgins, they just stared at me and passed over my comment.  They act as if reading is suppose to be a kind of torture that they need to endure to be well-read.  I think it is sad that these people are missing out on tremendous stories that whisk the reader away to another time or place.  They allow us to become other people, if only for a moment.  It is my strong belief that reality 100% of the time is not good for anyone and “these kind of books” make life a happier, sunnier place.

Enough about me and on to this incredible book.  This book is character driven, and they are amazing characters at that.  They have a depth that few authors can achieve and they face things that aren’t “fixed” at the end of the book.  You know these people will continue to face their demons long after the book is over, but they will be able to do it together.  Plus they will continue to have mind-blowing lovemaking sessions that are constructed creatively and, at times, with lots of humor in this book.  The romance would definitely be rated an R+.

However, there is one part of this book that took it from a strong 4 rating to a 5 rating for me.  There is a scene in the book when Bailey and Lily get overwhelmingly drunk while waiting for Hudson and Aidan to return frombadge5v4 a rescue call.  When Hudson arrives to take her back to his place for the night, he refuses to make love to her because she is intoxicated.  He knows that a woman cannot give consent to sex when she is intoxicated.  Hudson and Aidan even have a discussion about how she is off-limits that night.

Jill Shalvis, you are an amazing woman to include this in your book.

In other books that I have read, the mental state of the woman is never addressed and it is considered sexy if a man loses control and “takes” her.  But it is not sexy and it is not legal.  In my other life, when I am not Ruby Lee, part of my job is to educate people about consent for sex.  We teach them that if a person is intoxicated or under the influence of anything, they can’t give consent.  It is a difficult message for some to get when our culture has condoned it for so long.  Another part of my job is to work with those that have been assaulted when they were intoxicated.  It is heartbreaking and something that can never be truly repaired.

So in closing, READ THIS BOOK.  It is sweet and funny with great characters that you will love until the end and after.

I am counting the hours until the next Jill Shalvis release day.


Izzy’s Corner

 ? paws – I can’t rate this book because mom spent most of it covering my eyes.  I know there is skiing, painting and a man that acted IMG_0640 (100x80)stupidly.  I don’t know about the last one for sure but every book I have read with mom so far has a man who has done dumb things.  Boy I a glad to be a female cat.

 


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You are a person of great taste.  You should also try the Hope Series by Jaci Burton or the FBI/US Attorney Series by Julie James.

All I Want by Jill Shalvis

October has been beautiful this year with weather you don’t often see this close to Christmas. I even got sunburned one day. But no matter how nice the weather is or how beautiful the leaves are, this fall will always be remembered as a season of loss.

24804591Title: All I Want
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism, Book 7
Publish Date:
October 6, 2015
Genre:
Romance
Source: 
Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionFrom the “awesomely, incredibly talented”* New York Times bestselling author of Still the One, comes a sexy new Animal Magnetism novel set in Sunshine, Idaho, where the sky is the limit when it comes to love.

Pilot-for-hire Zoe Stone is happy to call Sunshine, Idaho, her home base. But her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her brother’s friend Parker comes to stay with her for a week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent is a handsome flirt with a gift for getting under her skin. And the situation only escalates when Parker hires her to fly him around the area while he collects evidence on a suspected smuggler.

Now she has to live and work with the guy. But when they’re in the air, she sees another side of him. He’s driven, focused, and sharp. And while he enjoys giving commentary on her blind dates, she quickly realizes with a shock that it’s Parker who gets her engines going…

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

There has been a lot to grieve, but most of it I won’t share to be respectful of the privacy of others. However, there is one heartbreak that I can share because it is completely mine and Lucyfer’s. On Friday, my cat and Lucy’s companion Hobbes slipped from this world peacefully as the cancer became too much. He was a beautiful 14 ½ year old tan and white cat that always rubbed his head on my kindle as I read and sometime got the pages to turn too quickly when he hit the screen with his paw. He loved that.

So on Friday night, Lucifer and I sat alone wondering what to do next. Reading has always been my escape so I picked up my kindle that still had Hobbes hair sticking to it. My heart contracted but I smiled at the silly memories I had of him. I started looking through my kindle trying to find something that I could get lost in and make me laugh. Then I found Jill Shalvis’s new book All I Want.

All I Want is a fun loving stand-alone book in her Animal Magmatism series. However, we still get to visit many of the characters we fell in love with in her previous six books. My first smile came when Zoe opened the door and kissed Parker thinking he was someone else and my first laugh came when this happened:

           “Help!” screeched a feminine voice. “HELP ME!”

           Parker whipped around, automatically reaching for the weapon that he didn’t have at the small of his back because,    oh yeah, he was in running gear with no place to hide a weapon.

           But there was no woman. Just a huge parrot perched on a printer at the front desk.

          “Help!” it squeaked in a shockingly authentic woman’s voice. “I’ve been turned into a parrot!”

         “Peanut, play dead,” Wyatt said. Peanut sighed and tucked her head into her feathers.

         “Good parrot.” Wyatt looked at Parker. “She’s a nut.”

         “Damn, shit, farts,” the bird muttered beneath her breath, making Parker grin.

         Wyatt sighed. “Peanut’s a mimic, and Jade, our office manager, has a bit of a potty mouth.”

         “Boner,” Peanut said, head still tucked into her feathers.

         “Peanut, dead parrots don’t talk.” Wyatt turned back to Parker. “Follow me.”

I was laughing so hard that tears were running down my face. This is what Jill Shalvis’s books do. They make you laugh. They make you open your heart to two imperfect but wonderful characters. They make you fall in love. They make you badge4v4forget about the bad day, the awful boss, or the hole that is in your heart. That’s a gift that not many writers have but Jill Shalvis is filled with it. It’s a gift that she gives her readers.

I loved this book. I loved how each interaction between Zoe and Parker was well sculpted and added to each character. I loved the sexual tension that crackled between the two characters. I loved the witty banter back and forth. I loved the Rated R love scenes and I loved that they rescued 2 kittens that needed a home. Somehow, that Friday night, I felt that Jill had written that book especially for me. So when the happy ending came and the story was over, my heart was a little lighter and little more whole.

Books can be magic. Jill Shalvis’s certainly are.


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I absolutely love Jill Shalvis so I recommend any of her books including her new series, Cedar Ridge.   Other great books would be The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick and Take Me Home by Nancy Herkness.

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis

24362484Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Cedar Ridge Book 1
Publish Date: June 30, 2015
Genre: Romance
Source: NetGalley

Publisher’s DescriptionCedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it’s the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there’s an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance …

Possible spoilers beyond this point.


Ruby LRuby_Lee 100ee says…

I fell in love with Jill Shalvis on a snowy winter evening. I had just purchased my first Kindle and I wanted to find the perfect book to read. As I was skimming through hundreds of books, the words “sexy veterinarian” caught my eye. I will read anything if there is a sexy male veterinarian found someplace in the pages. Sexy male veterinarians are my kryptonite, so I bought my first Jill Shalvis book out of her Animal Magnetism series. The story was great, as I expected, but what caught me off guard was the humor. She made me laugh out loud and that rarely happens for me while reading a book. So I worked my way (quickly) through her Animal Magnetism series (many drool-worthy veterinarians in those stories), and then I started devouring the Lucky Harbor series.

I know this may be more information then you need but it is important to understand my mindset when I started Second Chance Summer. This is Jill Shalvis’s first book in her new Cedar Ridge series that is being released on June 30th. I was so head over heels excited to be one of the first people to read Second Chance Summer, but I was also scared. Jill Shalvis has been my go to author for so long. What happens if this series doesn’t have the same magic? How will I feel if this book is just okay? It is hard to recover from being disappointed by one of your go to authors, and it can throw you off of reading for a while.

badge4v4When I finally turned on my Kindle and started reading, I immediately knew Jill Shalvis had woven her magic through the pages and my fears were completely unwarranted. What I love about Second Chance Summer is that it is full of very real characters that you could meet on the street or in a coffee shop of any small town. Don’t get me wrong… I like the Billionaire-sweeps-the-girl-off-her-feet-and-she-never-has-to-worry-about-anything-again type of stories but I don’t get invested in those characters. At the end of the book, I felt sad that my new friends won’t be able to come out and play again until the second book of the Cedar Ridge series is released.

But the best thing about any Jill Shalvis book is the humor. Check out one of my favorite passages:

She cleared her throat. “So you showed up all Captain America to save the day, and now what? I jump into bed with you? Was that your plan?”

“Yeah, he said, “but in my version we didn’t talk this much.”

A full-service rescue then,” she said evenly.

He tried a cajoling smile. “I’m really good at full service.”

If you like romance and humor, you won’t be disappointed. Besides I learned something very important about myself while reading this book: If sexy male veterinarians are my kryptonite, then hot male firefighters are my crack.


Lucyfer’s Corner

Lucy Face2 paw prints –  Sexy veterinarians give me hives so I am giving an extra star for not having to subject myself to that. I was also pleased that there was some blood, pain, and danger. I need something to get myself through these romances she exposes me to and this book had no dogs. Dogs in romance novels give my hives a rash.


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