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Review of "Nobody But You" by Jill Shalvis


NOBODY BUT YOUAnytime I get approved for a Jill Shalvis book by her publisher, I do a little happy dance because I know I'm in for a good time.  Her characters are well developed, the dialogue sharp, and the sex scenes steamy.  This was no exception.

Sophie Marren is trying to pull her life back together after an extremely acrimonious divorce in which she lost everything, including her job.  She does not want a relationship and has convinced herself that she doesn't want to love anyone ever again.  Then, she meets Jacob Kincaid.  He's panty-melting hot and she knows she needs to stay far away from him or risk losing more than just her panties.

Jacob Kincaid left Cedar Ridge at the age of 18 and enlisted in the military, leaving behind his twin brother and the rest of the Kincaid siblings.  Now that he's back, all that matters is making amends with his family  Then, he meets Sophie Marren...

I really enjoyed this book--so much so that I snuck away from my desk just to read a little bit more.  I absolutely needed to know what was going to happen next.  That said, Nobody But You seemed a bit rushed in certain places, especially in the last few chapters.  The one thing that truly bugged me about the pacing was that we would go several days/weeks in a matter of pages and while this is normal, what isn't normal is that some of the things that were skipped were important.  Instead of seeing these things play out, we were told about them after the fact.


Character growth was also an issue here, especially at the end of the book.  For instance, Sophie and her ex-husband could not stand each other.  Lucas was an asshole of the highest degree and Sophie was at times a petty bitch when it came to anything related to him.  Suddenly, in the last few chapters, they start playing nice.  Obviously, this was done because there wasn't much left of the book and the loose ends needed to be tied up in a nice bow.  The change would have been more believable had they been working up to it, but they weren't.  It was only a few pages earlier that they were throwing barbs at each other.  It just didn't make sense.

Last, there wasn't a lot about Jacob's family.  His whole reason for being back in Cedar Ridge was to make up with his family, but he didn't spend all that much time with them.  Even when they were together, Jacob was off somewhere with Sophie.  Yes, this is a romance novel and yes, they were the central characters, but what I like the most about the Cedar Ridge series is the bond that is shared by the Kincaid siblings.  Part of the reason this was lacking was because Jacob didn't feel as if he belonged with them even when they told him that he did.

None of these issues truly outweighed the good.  Shalvis novels always pull me in from the very first page and this was nothing different.  I sat down to read this within a couple hours of finishing The Obsession and I was loathe to put it down to get some sleep.  When I wasn't reading it, I was counting down the minutes until I could pick it up again.  I only wish there were more Kincaid novels coming--I'd love to see Kenna and Mitch's story, but I don't think that's going to happen.

3.5 Stars

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