Review: ALWAYS ON MY MIND by Jill Shalvis

I never tire of the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. Really. Enough time passes between each one that when I pick up the latest one to read I can sigh, settle in and just enjoy the laughter and emotions that I will be experiencing throughout the book. Always On My Mind by Jill Shalvis is just as entertaining as the others. When you go back to Lucky Harbor your favorite characters (ahem, Sheriff Sawyer Thompson) always seem to pop in at some time or another so you feel like you are going back home (sort of like Leah).

Always On My Mind is the story of Leah, the pastry chef, and Jack the firefighter. They grew up together and have always been best friends. When Leah lies to Jack’s mom and says they are dating to make her happy, things get a little crazy. After all, everyone but Jack and Leah realize they aren’t really pretending. Jack and Leah are relatively serious people so the typical banter that we see in Jill’s books comes from the secondary characters trying to knock some sense into the two of them more than between the hero and heroine. They speak another language. Several times without any words at all. In addition to the wonderfully developed characters, Kevin the dog was quite a fun addition to the story.

The romance between Leah and Jack was interesting and not like other stories in Lucky Harbor. There were a few times that I was confused by Jack and Leah’s relationship, trying to figure out what they were doing but I think that was intentional since Jack and Leah were pretty confused most of the time, too. Of course, the older generation of Lucky Harbor has a way of meddling in the younger generation’s lives which is not only humorous but very much needed. There are always lessons to be learned!

Jill always does a nice job of moving the story along well and Always On My Mind includes some mystery and suspense in it with Jack trying to find out who is starting all the fires around town. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story and hope that happens in future books. Jill Shalvis is a must-read author if you like contemporary romance. Always On My Mind can be read as a stand alone or in order with the rest of the series so I highly recommend it to anyone!

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About the Book:

Title: Always On My Mind (Lucky Harbor #8)
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Grand Central
Release Date: September 24, 2014
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble

Official Summary:

There’s nothing like the real thing.

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?

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