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.
As much as I loved Second Chance Summer and My Kind of Wonderful it was Jacob’s story I was anticipating the most. Would he return to Cedar Ridge? What would his homecoming with his family be like? And what type of woman would be the one to help him slay his demons? These questions and more swirled around in my head and Ms. Shalvis did not disappoint! Jacob and Sophie were a perfect match and I adore the Kincaid siblings, and the people crazy enough to love them, even when I wanted to smack a couple of them upside the head a few times.
Jacob was a pleasant surprise. I know that probably sounds horrible, but after only hearing about him and all that went down it’s a valid response. I did expect him to be gruff, angry at the world and combative, especially because of the reason he finally returned to Cedar River, but truth of the matter is that instead of coming home broken and angry, he returns more bruised and hopeful. He exudes a quiet, but intense, confidence that causes most to give him a wide berth, but also hides a vulnerable side that makes you want to hug him. But he also has a playful and sweet side, just like his siblings, as well has a hotness factor that is off the charts.
Sophie, I really did like her but dear lord did she give me whiplash. One moment she’s the confident woman, handling anything and everything that is being thrown at her with grace and poise, making everyone around her wish they could be her. Then the next all that confidence has fled and she’s a huge mass of self doubt. Admittedly, there is a reason for it and she is well aware of it, in fact it is something she works to get out of throughout the book, but there were times when I wanted to shake her. Thankfully, the good outweighed the bad, and I loved her upfront, sassy, yet kind nature and how she worked to get to her happy place.
Jacob’s and Sophie’s road to their HEA was a fun one. You have two people who swear they don’t ever want to be in a serious relationship because love isn’t their thing and yet at every turn they find that not only are they seriously attracted to each other on a physical level, but they understand each other on an emotional one as well. Their bantering was fun and there was an ease in how their relationship grew that had me rooting for them to finally admit their feelings for each other.
Though Sophie and Jacob’s budding romance does take up most of the book, Jacob’s reconciliation with his siblings does give it a run for it’s money. While they are all happy that he’s home, they all react to it differently and it was interesting to see how they processed it, or didn’t, and how they all finally put everything to rest. There were some great Kincaid family moments and also one’s where I want to smack them upside the head, mostly Hud and Jacob though I did tend to side with Hud, but the end result showed what the meaning of family is all about.
As with the first two books, I really enjoyed the writing and flow of the story. It was a fun, quick and sweet read with just the right amounts of drama and smexyness. The Kincaid’s, as always, were fun to be around and though I wish there had been more time with them I understand why there wasn’t. The ending has me wondering if this is the end of the series, but either way it works for me.
The Bottom Line: Another fun, quick read in a great series!
~ ARC provided by Forever Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental.
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