‘Nobody But You’ is the third book in Jill Shalvis’s series entitled ‘Cedar Ridge’ and like its predecessors can be read as a standalone. Once again, this author delivered a sweet, fun and sexy romance that will entertain you from start to finish and will make you fall in love with the Kincaid siblings. If you are looking for a light romance, than you definitely should check this series out. This third book in the series tells the story of Jacob Kincaid.
“He’d been a lot of things in his lifetime: brother, son, friend, Army Special Forces officer. He was none of those things at the moment, though he intended to change that.”
Jacob Kincaid finally has come home. A military man, Jacob returned to Cedar Ridge looking for some quiet after losing one of his army brothers. He knows that ten years ago when he left his town he did some mistakes, so all he wants now is to make things right with his twin, his other siblings and his mother. He leases a cabin on Cedar Ridge Lake planning to face his family as soon as possible. The very last thing Jacob expects on his first day back in town is a run-in with a temperamental green-eyed woman named Sophie.
“Her knees quivered. Other parts did too. And an intense heat flashed through her, but she had a decent sense of self-preservation, and her inner alarm was going off now. This man was a danger to her mental stability. And maybe her heart too.”
Sophie Marren is recently divorced after being married for years with an a$$hole who never really loved her and never appreciate her. She gave up on many things for her ex, but she plans to find who she is and what she really wants to do with her life. She’s not looking for a man or to be in a relationship – any kind of relationship, but she can’t deny how handsome Jacob Kincaid is or how attracted she is with him.
“She wanted him so badly she was shaking, wanted to be held, and for just a little while, wanted to lose herself. And she wanted the same for him, wanted him to be able to lose himself in her too.”
Jacob doesn’t want a relationship either, especially since he believes he’s incapable of love. He truly believes love is not for him, but as time passes and he gets to know Sophie he can’t deny the strong attraction he feels towards her.
This was such a sweet and fun read. I had a blast reading Jacob and Sophie’s story. A delightful, comfort read, ‘Nothing But You’ was as good as the previous books in the series. Unlike the heroes from the previous books in the series, Jacob was a little broken having some serious issues. I liked the fact that he was aware of the fact that he made a mistake walking away from his family and I also liked his determination to make everything right with his siblings. Our hero was endearing from the beginning, sweet and attentive, caring and thoughtful with our heroine, he was very swoony. I loved the way he was with her, how much he respected her, how much he liked her without wanting to change anything about her and also how patient he was with her when she needed to accept that he’s the perfect man for her.
“She tasted like the Scotch, warm woman, and the very best kind of trouble.”
Sophie was very likeable as well. I loved her feistiness and her sassiness and I admired her strength and courage. She was fun and I enjoyed her personality. Jacob and Sophie’s relationship progressed naturally and I found their banter to be so entertaining. They were perfect for each other in every way and their chemistry was sizzling from the very beginning.
“I’m not really into hurrying,” he said.
“What are you into?”
“Slow. Long. Hard. Hot. Dirty…” His teeth sank into her earlobe. “You still in?”
Once again, the dynamic between the Kincaid siblings was well done and enthralling, their interactions putting a smile on my face so many times.
Overall, ‘Nobody But You’ was a great contemporary romance filled with steam and humor that will make you swoon and smile.