BOOK: ALWAYS ON MY MIND
AUTHOR: JILL SHALVIS
PUBLISHER: GRAND CENTRAL
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?
My review: 2 stars (in fact, I didn’t even finish it)
Oh my. Not sure where to begin with this one.
I couldn’t read all this. I tried. I really, really did. By page 101 I’d simply had enough.
The hero and heroine are supposed to be childhood friends but I found the more I read about them, the more awkward and really uncomfortable it was for me. I’m sorry. I’m definitely not one of the hundreds of Goodreads and Amazon reviewers that liked this. Not even a little bit. It was a total yawn fest for me.
To quote another reviewer: “The whole premise of the story where a lie is told to his sick mother in order to make her happy about their relationship also felt off.” 100% agree with this.
I don’t know if I’ll read another Jill Shalvis book for a while.