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Always on My Mind (A Lucky Harbor Novel) Mass Market Paperback – September 24, 2013
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Talented pastry chef Leah Sullivan returns to Lucky Harbor to help her grandmother, who has just had knee surgery, run her bakery. But Leah guards a secret—the reality cooking show the townspeople are so proud she’s on doesn’t end well, and she knows when they see how badly she bombed, everyone will be disappointed. In the meantime, her best friend, sexy firefighter Jack Harper, has a seriously ill mother, Dee. Leah has known Dee since childhood, and to cheer her up, Leah tells her that she and Jack are together. Because of his mother’s condition, Jack reluctantly goes along with the charade. As Leah waits for her embarrassing cooking-show episode to air and for Dee and her grandmother to get better, her engagement to Jack starts to seem real. Shalvis (At Last, 2012, and Forever and a Day, 2012) adds another steamy, sassy episode to her popular Lucky Harbor series, and lovers of contemporary romance will be so glad she did. --Shelley Mosley
"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Full of the warm and crazy characters who make up her tiny town, Always on My Mind has a sexy and tangled story that will put readers on the edge of their seats."―RT Book Reviews
"Charming and engaging... Shalvis's fans will devour the two friends' introspective and passionate journey to love."―Publishers Weekly
Shalvis adds another steamy, sassy episode to her popular Lucky Harbor series, and lovers of contemporary romance will be so glad she did.
"Shalvis makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me sigh with pure pleasure."―Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Playing Dirty
"Count on Jill Shalvis for a witty, steamy, unputdownable love story."―Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author of Harvest Moon
"Shalvis writes with humor, heart, and sizzling heat!"―Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author
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Leah is back in Lucky Harbor after a stint on Sweet Wars, a reality competition for baking. She's contractually prevented from telling anyone until after the show airs, but she lost the show and feels like a failure. Leah is a character with whom I sympathized quite a bit because of her rough upbringing. Her father was abusive and even as an adult, Leah still struggles with issues of self-worth. Even though she's an amazingly talented pastry chef, she still feels that she's not good enough and that she'll never amount to anything. As a result of these feelings, it's Leah's instinct to run whenever things get tough.
Local firefighter Jack is best friends with Leah. He's known around Lucky Harbor as a ladies' man. He's also infamous for avoiding commitment, due to what happened to his parents. His dad was a firefighter who died in the line of duty. Jack's mom, Dee, never remarried. Jack is scared to commit because he doesn't want to end up alone like his mom—which is ironic because he's basically alone, aside from the flings and casual sex that are the norm for him. In addition, Dee is undergoing cancer treatments and the stress of her illness is taking a toll on both her and Jack.
When Leah comes back to town and catches up with Dee, Dee shares her fear that Jack won't ever find love and will end up alone. Leah (ever the do-gooder) decides to tell Dee a fib and blurts out that she and Jack are a couple. Both Dee and especially Jack are surprised at this revelation. When Leah explains to Jack that she's just trying to comfort his mom during her illness, he agrees to go along with the charade and pretend to be a couple.
It's not long before all of Lucky Harbor hears the news, thanks to town gossip Lucille (who I really love as a recurring character—she's a hoot). It's also not long before Leah and Jack find the lines between make-believe and reality blurred as their emotions get involved and they find themselves truly falling for each other. Ultimately, Leah and Jack have to decide whether they want to continue the charade or take a chance on something real.
The only thing that I didn't love is Jack's behavior after word about his and Leah's "relationship" spreads around town. His flings and booty calls come out of the woodwork to express their disappointment and Jack seems a little too disappointed in his own right that he can no longer pursue those other girls. I wanted him to have eyes only for Leah, even during the beginning of their pretend romance.
Shalvis is really great at writing a cast of supporting characters with memorable personalities. As I mentioned, Lucille is always a favorite, as are the characters and couples from the previous books in the series. Even Jack's goofy dog, Kevin, is a hilarious addition to the world of Lucky Harbor.
I really liked Leah and Jack as a couple. They have an easy camaraderie that doesn't feel forced. Additionally, this book has some of the hottest scenes in the entire series. Shalvis definitely turned it up a few notches with this one. It also helps that Leah and Jack have known each other for a long time, so they have an established friendship before the pretend romance begins. As their relationship evolves, it feels natural.
The next book is about Leah's friend Aubrey and Jack's cousin Ben. I'm really excited to read their story and highly recommend Always On My Mind.
Leah and Jack have been friends since high school. When Leah leaves and goes to make something of herself she heads to a pasty school which she later drops out to become a big wig on a TV show. She enters the show called Sweet Wars..she comes home to Lucky Harbor and everyone wants to know if she's won or not? She can't tell them.
Always running into Jack and flirting with him..He comes into the bakery where she's helping her grandma out, with his mom one day..his moms not doing so well, she's giving up...not eating just plan giving up..Leah tells a little fib that has his mom so happy and Jack beside himself wondering what the heck has she done..He goes along with it for his mother's sake..but it just starts feeling real between them..They haven't admitted to themselves yet..a little but you have to see what happens...Leah is tired of pretending.
What happens between them? Things start to spark between them and everyone in town see's it..fires are happening in town and Jack has to find out why and who are starting them? When Leah is caught in the middle of it things get too close for comfort..So besides things getting serious and not knowing where there fake relationship is going...other things in town are causing Jack to focus on the those issues he's in charge of.....Jack is over his head in figuring out what is going on in town..He'll get to the bottom of things the he can talk to Leah...but Leah is helping him which is really great. It's really great.
So this is one book that Jill has you seeing other things...It's heartwarming and it's the most beautiful story I have read in the entire series. I loved it..If I could give it more then 5 stars I would.
One book in the Lucky Harbor series that touched upon two things which brought tears to my eyes, and what you do for the ones you love...You will do anything..you would move heave any earth for them...and walk through fire for them...