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This book was all kinds of wonderful! I can honestly say that I loved it and was rooting for Sophie and Jacob from the very start. This story really had a little bit of everything that I like to see in a romance novel and I found myself feeling perfectly content as I turned the pages. This is the third book in the Cedar Ridge series but each book in the series works perfectly well as a stand alone novel. This is only the second book by Jill Shalvis that I have read but I am quickly becoming a huge fan.
The characters in this book were wonderful. Sophie had a lot of spunk and I just loved her immediately. She is exactly what comes to mind when you think of a fiery redhead. Life has not been exactly kind to Sophie but she is making the most of what she has left. She is living on a boat that was her ex-husband's prize possession. He loved the boat while Sophie hates it. She is broke and working temp jobs to support herself.
Jacob is on leave from the military. He left Cedar Ridge and his family 9 years ago. He hasn't seen any of his siblings in that time including his identical twin, Hud. He has a lot of relationships to work to repair. When he comes across Sophie's boat moored at his cabin's dock, he is instantly drawn to her. I loved so much about Jacob. He was honest and willing to do what it takes to make things right again. He has been through a lot during his time in the service and has come out stronger in many ways.
The chemistry between Sophie and Jacob was amazing. They really are a wonderful couple. I liked the fact that the barriers to their relationship were really pretty minor. The main thing that this pair had to do was learn to trust each other and themselves. They really had to work together to make things work since they both had their own set of barriers. I loved how their emotions came across in the story in the description of small things like how they looked at each other.
I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This is a completely believable, entertaining, and sexy story filled with wonderful characters. I plan to read more from Jill Shalvis very soon starting with the second book in this series, My Kind of Wonderful, because I really want to read Hudson's story as soon as possible. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Forever Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.Initial Thoughts
This was all kinds of wonderful! I loved it.