In each of Jill Shalvis’s mini trilogies there is one book I look forward to more than the others. There is always one hero or heroine who, from the start, catches you attention and makes you really want their story. In her newest Cedar Ridge series, Jacob Kincaid was that character.
Nobody But You is book three in the series and during the previous two book we learned a lot about Jacob. My Kind of Wonderful is book two and features Jacob’s twin, Hud. Throughout the series we learn about the fallout that happened between Jacob and Hud causing Jacob to leave and join the military, cutting off all contact with Hud and the rest of their siblings. Now, many years later, Jacob is home, trying to deal with the death of his closest friend and trying to figure out where he fits in with the life his family has made without him.
Sophie is the heroine in the story and also down on her luck. She has recently gone through an ugly divorce with a man who was a serial cheater. In the divorce, she took the one thing he loves, his boat, and nothing else. This was not the best move on her part considering she gets seasick and she has no place to put the boat. Desperate to find a spot she lands in a dock in front of the house Jacob is renting. This prompts their first couple of meetings, one in which Sophie pukes on Jacob’s feet.
She might be a hot mess, but Sophie intrigues Jacob. Plus she is also a way he can stall the inevitable meeting of him and his brother. They left so much unanswered between them and so much time has passed for his family, he isn’t sure how or where he will fit in. He knows that he wants to, but will they be willing to let him back in the fold after he abruptly left so many years ago?
There were basically two parts to this book. There is the romance and then everything going on with the rest of the family and the business. The romance part, I really enjoyed. Jacob is so kind and patient with Sophie. She has been having a rough go in life and has been a little scattered. He could have easily judged her for her nomad ways with jobs but instead he chose to listen to her and, I believe, he understood her on a level nobody else had ever taken the time to do. The romance is light and easy with a minor conflict toward the end. It is a slight bump in the road, as all romances usually have, and nothing to be concerned about. I liked this couple. I thought they fit well and had the story been about just them, I would have graded it much higher.
My lower grade probably comes from the confusion of what happened in the last pages of this book. There is another sibling, Kenna, who we’ve learned about for several books. She was going to have an awesome story but somehow, something seemed wrapped up here. Who is this Mitch guy and now she is wearing his promise ring? What? How did that happen?
The biggest issue I had is the fate of the resort. Weighing on everyone’s mind was how they were going to pay the debt their father had left for them. I have no idea what happened but in one paragraph, all of a sudden, it is resolved and they are free of worries. Again, what? The biggest plot point for the series and it wraps up in a paragraph?
Oh and where were Aidan and Lily? Did they go on a long trip, never to be seen in this book?
Overall, I had mixed feelings on the book. Good romance, everything else was in what the heck happened land. I know nothing but it almost felt like there was supposed to be a book four and now all the sudden there isn’t so everything had to be wrapped up in that last chapter. It was so abrupt and confusing. It wasn’t all bad, this is still an entertaining read and one that people will enjoy. I just wish I knew what happened to make things seem so stunted. Final grade- C+
“We going to argue about this?” he asked.
“Don’t we argue about everything?”
“Good point,” he said. “Let’s settle this one like adults— in the bedroom, naked.”