Monday, September 23, 2013

Always on My Mind


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 and Jack are more than just friends. Soon pretending to be hot-and-heavy with this hunky firefighter feels too real to handle . . . 

No-strings attachments suit Jack just fine - perfect for keeping the risk of heartbreak away. But as Jack and Leah break every one of their "just friends" rules, he longs to turn their pretend relationship into something permanent. Do best friends know too much about each other to risk falling in love? Or will Jack and Leah discover something new about each other in a little town called Lucky Harbor?

The publisher is Forever Grand Central Publishing and the release date is set for 9/24/13. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy through NetGalley thanks to the publisher.

I love each visit to Lucky Harbor. I also love a friends to lovers story and Ms. Shalvis pulled it off very well with Leah and Jack's story. Leah has been gone from Lucky Harbor for a while. She is back to help her grandmother in her bakery until her grandmother recovers. Leah just competed in a reality cooking show for the chance to get her own pastry shop, and while she knows she messed up big time, contractual obligations keep her from sharing with anyone in Lucky Harbor, which includes her grandmother and her best friend Jack. While Leah can't share her work life issues with anyone, luckily she now has a couple of best girlfriends (Ali and Aubrey) to share her love life issues with...or lack of love life anyway. That is until she tells Jack's mom, who is recovering from chemo treatments, that she and Jack are a couple. 

Honestly, watching Jack and Leah fall, made me laugh out loud so many times. They had great chemistry between them, but each seemed to be holding back trying not to get hurt. Leah has always run when things got rough for her, and Jack is the one person she has always kept in touch with no matter what is going on in her life. I have to say I fell a little bit in love with Jack myself in this book.

Always on My Mind is a must-read for all Jill Shalvis fans. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to more Lucky Harbor books in the future.

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