Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #8)

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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?

Source: eARC through Netgalley/Grand Central Publishing for review purposes

So Leah is back in Lucky Harbor after being gone for years, running from one place to another, never finishing anything.  Now that she’s home, she’s taken over her grandmother’s bakery temporarily, knowing that she wants to be gone before the final episode of the reality tv show she was on airs.  And then she makes a little fib and gets caught up in a “relationship” with her best, most loyal and protective friend, Jack.

Jack and Leah have quite a history and I loved learning about their past.  Jack was a typical alpha, macho firefighter, but he was fun and sweet and there were a few times when I nearly caught fire just reading about his heated looks at Leah.  Leah was a lot of fun, someone I could see myself being friends with.  In a lot of ways, I completely understand her issues, the fear of success, the feeling of inadequacy, especially given her family.  There’s also a bit of a mystery revolving around a maybe arsonist, which I kinda figured out, but it was still good fun.

Another ace love story in Lucky Harbor!  But of course, it’s to be expected.

4/5

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4 thoughts on “Always on My Mind by Jill Shalvis (Lucky Harbor #8)

  1. Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) January 2, 2014 at 8:00 am Reply

    Gosh, I have several of these Lucky Harbor books but I haven’t read any of them yet! Do they need to be read in order? Everyone that I know that has read them just loves them to pieces!

    • Daphne January 2, 2014 at 8:20 am Reply

      no, i don’t think you need to read them in order. in fact, i missed the one right before this one. they’re great fun. Jill Shalvis is pretty hilarious.

  2. bookgoonie January 2, 2014 at 8:25 am Reply

    I’m going to race to get caught up in this series. I think people that are looking for love in all the wrong places needs to go to Lucky Harbor.

    • Daphne January 2, 2014 at 8:31 am Reply

      for real. too bad it’s not a real place 😦

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