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Always on My Mind (Lucky Harbor Series #8)
     

Always on My Mind (Lucky Harbor Series #8)

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by Jill Shalvis
 

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"Count on Jill Shalvis for a witty, steamy, unputdownable love story." — Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author of Harvest Moon

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

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"Count on Jill Shalvis for a witty, steamy, unputdownable love story." — Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author of Harvest Moon

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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Publishers Weekly
In the charming and engaging eighth Lucky Harbor contemporary (after It Had to Be You), Leah Sullivan, full of secrets and longing for love, returns to the Pacific Northwest town to help her aging grandmother run her pastry shop. Leah is easing back into normal life after a stressful run on a popular baking reality show. Her best friend, Jack Harper, a well-liked local firefighter dealing with suspicious fires around town, has mixed emotions about seeing Leah again. When Dee, Jack’s ill mother, voices her concern over Jack’s future, Leah recklessly claims that she and Jack are an item. As the fib makes its way around town, Leah and Jack begin to act the part and wonder how life might be if it were real. Shalvis’s fans will devour the two friends’ introspective and passionate journey to love. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Sept.)
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Shalvis adds another steamy, sassy episode to her popular Lucky Harbor series, and lovers of contemporary romance will be so glad she did.

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"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.

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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

RT Book Reviews
"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."
Carly Phillips
"Shalvis writes with humor, heart, and sizzling heat!"
Robyn Carr
"Count on Jill Shalvis for a witty, steamy, unputdownable love story."
Susan Andersen
"Shalvis makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me sigh with pure pleasure."
RT Book Reviews on Forever and a Day
"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Laughter is served in doses as generous as the chocolate the heroine relies on to get through the day. Readers will treasure each turn of the page and be sorry when this one is over."
RT Book Reviews on At Last
"4 Stars! Shalvis's latest Lucky Harbor novel is a winner-full of laughter, snark and a super-hot attraction between the main characters. Shalvis has painted a wonderful world, full of entertaining supporting characters and beautiful scenery."
RT Book Reviews on Lucky in Love
"4 Stars! Shalvis pens a tale rife with the three "H"s of romance: heat, heart and humor. LUCKY IN LOVE is a down-to-the-toes charmer..."
Suzanne Forster
"Jill Shalvis is a total original! It doesn't get any better."
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-04
After yet another spectacular life failure, Leah Sullivan comes back to Lucky Harbor to help her grandmother and embroils herself in a pretend relationship with her best friend that she wishes more than anything could be real. Leah spent a miserable childhood listening to her father tell her she'd never amount to anything, so why is anyone surprised that she's lived down to his expectations? She knows she's a screw-up, and she'd be so happy, thank you very much, if everyone would stop trying to convince her that she can do something with her life or that she just might be worth loving. Then there's firefighter Jack Harper, the best friend she's always loved but isn't going to risk hurting, again, because she can't be depended on for anything. So why she decides to try to cheer his ailing mother up by announcing the two of them are a couple--when they definitely aren't--she'll never know. Perhaps it's wishful thinking. But when the white lie takes on a life of its own, Jack and Leah have a real challenge on their hands. Attraction between them has never been a problem, and being forced to spend time together to keep up appearances is like setting a match to a mountainside of dry brush. Frankly, Lucky Harbor has enough fires going on, what with a serial arsonist on the loose. Jack finds the investigation a welcome distraction from dealing with Leah, the girl who broke his teenage heart. He knows her better than anyone, and the second he makes her feel like he wants her for good is the second she'll turn and run. Shalvis pens a best-friends-to-lovers winner with Leah, a wounded, deer-in-headlights heroine who must first believe she is worthy of love before she can accept the devotion of hunky Jack, the hero who can have any woman in the world but chooses her--and would do anything to help her save herself. A sexy, textured winner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455521104
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Series:
Lucky Harbor Series , #8
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
141,112
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

You can learn more at:
JillShalvis.com
Twitter @jillshalvis
Facebook.com/jillshalvis

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Always on My Mind 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
DComfort More than 1 year ago
ABOUT THE BOOK: 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: I read both this book, and Seeing Red back to back because I couldn’t seem to get enough. And sure enough, my TBR pile grew because I just had to go out and get the backlist for Jill Shalvis and start reading all of her previous novels. I must say I have officially turned into a fan and am in love with this series. What a great story told here. I love the whole childhood friend love story and this one fits to the par just right. The way she also works in the animals into these stories is also a very cute touch. The romance didn’t seem over the top and the chemistry between these two was palpable. I loved the bit of suspense Ms. Shalvis added in here. The entire story was gripping, hot, and more than steamy enough to leave me wanting more. I recommend not only this book, but the entire series to read! Five out of five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always love Jill Shalvis!  This book was wonderful...my only criticism was the name of the DOG.  Kevin...really?  For the first few pages I kept wondering WHO Kevin was until I realized it was the DOG!! Falling in love young and then thinking you're not 'good enough' for the man of your dreams...breaking his heart...then coming back after a perceived failure...well...it's just too good to be true.   Ms. Shalvis made the whole thing believable and H.O.T.!  Love the Lucky Harbor Series...and can't wait for the next book!
julieford More than 1 year ago
Jill Shalvis is one of the funniest authors, she is my go-to when I need a smile or a laugh. This book did not disappoint. It is the story of Leah, a baker who grew up in Lucky Harbor but left and Jack, a firefighter who is following in his father's foot steps. They have been best friends forever but are now pretending to have a relationship to make Jack's mom happy. But the question is can pretend become real. You must read to find out. This book is full of laughs, a few tears and a lot of love.
tsmb02 More than 1 year ago
I loved Leah. She was so strong willed but yet so fragile. And Jack! Can you say HOT fireman! This story starts off when Leah comes back to Lucky Harbor after trying to win a cooking competition but she can't tell anyone the results yet. Leah stops in to see Dee, Jack's mom who is battling cancer and ends up telling Dee a little lie that Leah and Jack are a little more than just friends. In their attempt to please Dee because she is suddenly happier than she has been in a long time, they keep playing pretend. Well soon those feelings turn into more than just pretend! Loved the humor in this story. The dog Kevin...too funny! Great story with a great happy ending.
Grandma_Tami More than 1 year ago
Ok I just read this whole series well up till the last one out and can't wait till the next one comes out! This Town sounds like a great place to be! I want to go visit lol Started with this one Loved it went back and made sure I had them all . Waiting for the next . I would recommend this series ! Love Laughs and yes some heat :D Thank you for this fun series !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: Leah and Jack have been best friends for years. He’s the reason she managed to survive school and graduate. Now, though she’s been through four colleges in four years and is still without a degree. She’s had a disastrous experience with a reality show. Now she’s returning to her Grandmother’s Lucky Harbor home to help with her bakery until Grandma recovers from her recent knee surgery. Jack has been longing for Leah since she deserted him just after she graduated. He’s never told her or anyone else exactly how much she means to him. So, when she tells his mother that they’re dating to relieve his mothers guilt Jack has no idea hw to react – should he give into what Ed always wanted or keep pretending they’re just friends so he doesn’t get hurt? Hott Review: What I liked: I loved the characters. Their personalities were wonderful and I loved the angst of Jack and Leah pretending to pretend that they loved each other – too cute! What I didn’t like: There was too much steam for me. Also, I kept getting periphial characters confused – there were quite a few. More… Author: Jill Shalvis Source: Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley Grade: B+ Steam: Scorcher Setting: Lucky Harbor, Washington Series: Lucky Harbor #8
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
Leah has been running for so long that it's a surprise when she is back in Lucky Harbor due to her grandmother needing her help.  Leah has always had a thing for Jack Harper but will he realize he loves her too?  I love watching Leah grow and accept the fact that her father isn't there anymore to brow beat her with how much a failure she is, or how he created a anxiety ridden woman. Jack Harper is taking care of his mother Dee as she recovers from Cancer, Jack is also drowning in his work and he notices Leah is around but doesn't want to get his heart broken again like that last time.  When Leah tells Dee that Jack and Leah are a couple how far will the fake couple go to make it look real?  And when does the fantasy turn into reality? This book was great full of so much reading about firefighters and the investigation into an arson and find out who it was.  Also reading about Leah and the reality food show she was on and how that ended.  It was a fabulous story which makes me glad to go back to Lucky Harbor over and over again!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite Always on My Mind is the eighth book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. This novel features Leah Sullivan, who has just appeared on a reality baking show. She has returned to Lucky Harbor to help out her grandmother who has been taken ill and is unable to run her bakery. Leah meets up with her high school friend Jack and instantly she has flashbacks of the old relationship she abandoned to pursue a career in the culinary arts. But then, on impulse, she tells Jack's mother that she and Jack have renewed the relationship. Leah hopes the false news will have a positive impact on Jack's mother, who is in a serious battle with cancer and chemotherapy. But, it is a fake romance and Jack is furious! As a firefighter, he is handling issues of his own and he appears to be headed for danger while mimicking the actions of his deceased hero/father who died in the line of duty. When Leah's false statement then becomes oh-too-real, the fireworks begin and Shalvis' story line takes off like a rocket. As young adults, Leah and Jack are totally believable characters who debate issues of loyalty, love, and personal growth. Leah comes off as an indecisive woman who wants to protect herself from further hurt at all costs. Jack reaches the hearts of readers as he struggles with his love for Leah and his loyalty to his profession. The Lucky Harbor townsfolk are forever a delight and the steamy sex will have readers trying to control their rapid heartbeats! Always on My Mind is another Jill Shalvis home run in the world of modern romance literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one, love this series
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I enjoy Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor series. At least the few I have read. It is full of characters that have so much personalities, flaws, good points and history with each other. They have humor, drama, Too much sex, and even a mystery. Though I did guess early on in the book is the guilty party is and why. Leah Sullivan came back to town to help her Grandmother while she was recovering from surgery. While she was there back in Lucky Harbor the reality show she was part of is now airing. She can't tell anyone how far she went. Leah was concerned about how Jack's mother was coping with her cancer that she told her that Jack was seriously dating her. Jack is a firefighter. He tries to take care of everyone. He had always been their for Leah in her teen years. He is worried about his mom. Ends up setting up a pretend relationship with Leah. He has all these rules. The whole town of Lucky Harbor are watching and posting on facebook how their romance is going. Also on facebook a pole of who will end up with Leah. Kevin is Jack's dog and has his own personality. This is book #8 in Lucky Harbor, Washington. I really enjoy this community of characters and their relationships with each other. The only thing I would change is all the love scenes that I skipped over. Some parts of the story had me smiling still. I would read more Lucky Harbor books in the future. I was given this ebook to review and in exchange agreed to give honest review of it by Netgalley. Forever (Grand Central Publishing) Published September 24th 2013 352 pages ISBN:455521108
Suzzie1 More than 1 year ago
SUPERB, THE ENTIRE SERIES !!!!!!!  LUCKY HARBOR I started with the first book in this magnificent series and became addicted immediately. Every one of these stories made me laugh uncontrollably with the endless wit and humor and Cry because Jill's words were about life, love, and insecurities we have all felt at one time or another. How can anyone reading any of these stories not help but fall in love with the most wonderful cast of amazing character's who simply warm your heart and soul. For me, Jill's writing  conjures up  one's vivid imagination suddenly transporting us to "Lucky Harbor", living among it's loving and accentric inhabitants and giving us a glimpse into their complicated everyday lives and emotions.  It's so hard to pick out a favorite, but I have two. "Simply Irresistitable", which started the series,  and "Always on My Mind".  The men are "hot", "sexy," and sometimes brooding. The women are real, strong, funny and fighters giving these alpha males a good run for the money. Jack is a firefighter  and Leah is a pastry chef. Their friendship started in their youth. Leah was all Jack ever wanted but she ran away and broke his heart. Now she's back in Lucky Harbor and trying to protect her heart at all Costs . What starts out as a little "white lie" to Jack's mother soon becomes the catalyst in one very  Hot and romantic relationship renewing old feelings that neither wants to face while fighting their inner  most demons. This superb story is simply the best!!!!!!!!! And one you will remember long after you finish Reading it.   Suzzie 1
Debby43 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! I love this series!!! I fell in love with Leah earlier in the series, and who wouldn't love Jack?!?!
akkittykat0 More than 1 year ago
Another Lucky Harbor Hit!  Love the Lucky Harbor series and this was no exception!
Rhodes123 More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A FREAKING AWESOME BOOK! I could not put this book down, I enjoyed it's LOL moments, I liked how the main characters had such crazy, hot chemistry and loved that it included previous characters. This is number 8 in the small town, Lucky Harbor Series but it can be a stand alone book. Always On My Mind, is very well written, has great characters, a rocking plot, in short...IT JUST HAS IT ALL! You Can't Go Wrong When You Pick UP A Jill Shalvis Book, But This One I Strongly Recommend.... Leah Sullivan is a Pastry Chef who has returned to her small hometown to help out her grandmother in her bakery. She has always had a "thing" for her friend, Jack Harper, who happens to be a HOT, Fire-Fighter. Leah has self-esteem issues and Jack makes a habit of not doing long term relationships. A pretend relationship is started when Leah tries to cheer up Jack's sick mom. But soon the no-strings charade is starting to feel real for the both of them and the risk of heartbreak is high. Soon Jack wants the relationship to be permanent and Leah just wants to run. Can these best friends risk falling in love? Or will Old Habits Die Hard... Now I Can't Wait To Read Ben's Story.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
is it good??????????????
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I absolutely love this series!! These books are so fun and enjoyable you can read them over and over again and never get bored. Jill Shalvis is a genius! Ali, Leah, and Aubrey's books in this series are some of my favorites. I always love the bff turn romantic relationship plot, especially when you add that it's a fake relationship. Lucille and her posse are at it again and full of mischief like usual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had some hot chemistry and a good suspense. Leah was such a nice person, but a little misguided. Jack hid his feelings. Leah tells a lie to make Jack's mom feel better and what happens after is interesting to watch. The mystery arsonist was not a huge surprise, but it made you realize that this really does happen. Jack finally let Leah know how he felt and she had to let down her guard and finally let someone in. This was another really good book in the series. I loved seeing the residents of Lucky Harbor.
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