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[REVIEW] Always On My Mind by Jill Shalvis

Always On My Mind

by Jill Shalvis
Published by Grand Central
Lucky Harbor Novel #8

Contemporary  Romance


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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Kevin causing trouble
Jack causing Leah trouble

My Review
5.0 Star Review – Always On My Mind (Lucky Harbor #8)

I recommend this book.

I enjoyed this book by Jill.  This book includes passion, laughs, heartache, pain, betrayal, and at least one totally hot fireman.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books first from “Lucky Harbor” series.

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1)
The Sweetest Thing (Lucky Harbor, #2)       
Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor, #3)       
Lucky in Love (Lucky Harbor, #4)       
At Last (Lucky Harbor, #5)       
Forever and a Day (Lucky Harbor, #6)       
It Had to Be You (Lucky Harbor, #7)             

Leah Sullivan and Jack Harper have been friends forever. 
Leah grew up in a home with her father who told her all the time that she would never amount to anything.  She would sneak over to Jack’s house and crawl into his room.  Jack used to overhear her father yelling at her and when she snuck into his room he would hold her when she cried.  He has always had a special place for her in his heart.  She broke his heart when she up and left town years ago.
Leah is back in town to help her grandmother out with her bakery.  While she was gone she starred in a reality TV show for bakers.  While the show is airing she cannot say if she won the show or not even though everyone keeps asking. The town is all watching and cheering for her.  She is just trying to run the bakery before she leaves town again.
Jack is a firefighter.  He is following in his late father’s footsteps.  He seems to always be working.  Even when he is off the clock he is still investigating the fires that are happening in the town. 
He is happy Leah is back as he missed her while she was gone.  He has been dealing with his mother having cancer.  She is getting better but the treatments are wearing her down.  He brings her to see Leah hoping she will eat some of the sweet things Leah has baked. 
When Leah realizes nothing Jack and her are doing is making Jack’s mother eat she tells a small fib.  She tells Jacks mom that she and Jack are dating.  After Dee (Jack’s mother) hears that she gets happy and starts eating. 
Now since Leah told the lie, she and Jack have to pretend to be dating.  The only problem is Jack was already dating a few other ladies.  When those ladies find out via facebook that Jack is dating Leah they get mad.  Jack gets a drink to the face for his trouble.  Jack is mad about the situation also.  
Leah was just trying to help out but it has become a huge issue.  Jack and her decide to go ahead and date but with both of them holding back feelings how is that going to work?  As the days go on are they still pretending?  Or have they moved beyond the pretend stage and on to the real relationship?  Do they both have the same path for the relationship or are they working against each other? 
Leah knows that she is still trying to leave town as fast as she can.  What will happen with Jack when he finds out?  Should she stay or should she go?  Either way there are going to be hurt feelings.  Can they both live with the hurt feelings or is this the end?  Does Leah win the reality show or not?   

So much chemistry between these two you feel it in every encounter.  Love Kevin and that he does not listen to Jack.  Gotta love a book where even the dog has a sense of humor.  Jack is a sweetheart.  Leah is a little confused and that should be expected from her troubled past.  These two make a great story. 

The other characters also make the story flow and it’s great to have them intermixed into all the books from this series.  Jill blends the story so you really feel like you are part of the town and the characters might just walk right by you as you sit on the boardwalk.  Jill combines just the right amount of sarcasm and romance to every book that keeps you turning the pages.  As ALWAYS Jill delivers a winner.   

One of my favorite parts:

“What?” Jack said.
“You tell us what,” Ben said.
“I suck today. So what? You two were both pussies last week. Maybe it’s my turn.”
“You’re not usually a pussy,” Ben said. “You’re usually more like your dad.”
Solid. Steady as a rock. Never faltering, never taking a misstep.
Well, except for the one that killed him.
“Get the hell off my plate,” Jack said.
“Touchy,” Luke noted.
“Needs a Midol.” Ben said.
They played the rest of the game with a minimum of errors’ but it was too late.
They got their asses handed to them.


Look forward to the next books in this series listed below.

Once in a Lifetime (Lucky Harbor #9)      



About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis has published over fifty romance novels. Check out her website, www.JillShalvis.com for more info on her books and to read her daily blog.

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Another firefighter stepped up to the griddle to relieve Jack who loaded a plate for himself and stepped over to Kevin. He flipped the dog a sausage, which Kevin caught in midair with one snap of his huge jaws. The sausage instantly vanished, and Kevin licked his lips, staring intently at Jack’s plate as if he could make more sausage fly into his mouth by wish alone.

Jack laughed and crouched down to talk to the dog, a movement that had his shirt riding up, revealing low-riding BDUs – his uniform pants – a strip of taut, tantalizing male skin, and just the hint of a perfect ass.

On either side of Leah, both Ali and Aubrey gave lusty sighs. Leah completely understood. She could feel her own lusty sigh catching in her throat but she squelched it. They were in the F-zone, she and Jack. Friends. Friends didn’t do lust, or if they did, they also did the smart, logical thing and ignored it. Still, she felt a smile escape her at the contagious sound of Jack’s laughter. Truth was, he’d been making her smile since the sixth grade, when she’d first moved to Lucky Harbor.
As if sensing her appraisal, Jack lifted his head. His dark mirrored sunglasses hid his eyes, but she knew he was looking right at her because he arched a dark brow.
And on either side of her, Ali and Aubrey sighed again.
“Really?” Leah asked them.
“Well look at him,” Aubrey said unapologetically. “He’s hot, he’s got rhythm, and not just the fake white-boy kind either. He’s also funny as hell. And for a bonus, he’s gainfully employed. It’s just too bad I’m off men forever.”
“Forever’s a long time,” Ali said, and Leah’s gut cramped at the thought of the beautiful, blonde Aubrey going after Jack.
But Jack was still looking at Leah. Those glasses were still in the way but she knew his dark eyes were framed by thick, black lashes and the straight, dark lines of his eyebrows. And the right brow was sliced through by a thin scar, which he’d gotten at age fourteen when he and his cousin Ben had stolen his mom’s car and driven it into a fence.
“Forever,” Aubrey repeated emphatically. “I’m off men forever,” and Leah felt herself relax a little.
Which was silly. Jack could date whomever he wanted, and did. Often.


Buy links for other books in Lucky Harbor series:
 Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1)         
Lucky Harbor Book 1
In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother—a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career—if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes—and mouth—are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

 The Sweetest Thing (Lucky Harbor #2)
Lucky Harbor Book 2
Two Men Are One Too Many . . .

Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.

But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can’t control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she’s lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor.



Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor, #3)





Lucky Harbor Book 3

Breaking rules and breaking hearts

Free-spirited Chloe lives life on the edge. Unlike her soon-to-be married sisters, she isn’t ready to settle into a quiet life running their family’s newly renovated inn. But soon her love of trouble–and trouble with love-draws the attention of the very stern, very sexy sheriff who’d like nothing better than to tame her wild ways.

Suddenly Chloe can’t take a misstep without the sheriff hot on her heels. His rugged swagger and his enigmatic smile are enough to make a girl beg to be handcuffed. For the first time, instead of avoiding the law, Chloe dreams of surrender. Can this rebel find a way to keep the peace with the straitlaced sheriff? Or will Chloe’s colorful past keep her from a love that lasts . . . and the safe haven she truly wants in a town called Lucky Harbor?



 Lucky in Love (Lucky Harbor, #4)      

Luck Harbor Book 4

Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she’s expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she’d like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he’s only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he’s gone . . .

For the first time in his life, Ty can’t bear to leave. Helping this sexy seductress-in-training walk on the wild side is making him desire things he shouldn?t?including leaving the military for good. As their just-for-fun fling becomes something more, Mallory and Ty wonder if they could really be this lucky in love. After all . . . anything can happen in a town called Lucky Harbor



 At Last (Lucky Harbor, #5)

Lucky Harbor Book 5


Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she’s looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she’s tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won’t make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob.

A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn’t let anyone get too close. But something about the feisty beauty caught his eye the moment he first saw her in the diner. After a hot night under a starry sky, Matt can’t deny their attraction-or the fact that for the first time in a long time, he feels the stirrings of something more. Now it’s up to Matt to help Amy see that, no matter what is in their past, together they can build a future in Lucky Harbor.




 Forever and a Day (Lucky Harbor #6) 

Lucky Harbor Book 6


Grace never thought she’d be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh’s loveable mutt to caring for his rambunctious kids. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad…

With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family–until Grace arrives in town. Now this brainy blonde is turning his life inside out and giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “good bedside manner.” Josh and Grace don’t know if what they have can last. But in a town like Lucky Harbor, a lifetime of love starts with just one day…



 It Had to Be You (Lucky Harbor #7) 

Lucky Harbor Book 7

Ali Winters is not having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she’s a thief, and now she’s about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who’s as sexy as he is stern….

After a high-profile case goes wrong, Luke Hanover returns to his hometown for some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he helps Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke’s own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling? Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor?




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