Always on My Mind [Lucky Harbour, #8] by Jill Shalvis

Always on My Mind [Lucky Harbor, #8] by Jill Shalvis
Grand Central Publishing | ARC via Net Galley
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Book number 8 of Lucky Harbor series follows the story of best buds, Jack and Leah. Growing up, Jack had always been Leah’s sanctuary when her home life goes to hell in a hand basket. Being neighbors gave Jack the unfortunate privilege to hear every single verbal abuse that Leah’s father doled out. After quietly taking everything her father gave her, she would come crawling through her window and into Jack’s room for comfort. Just your typical childhood best friends’ story:  sad and sweet and a relationship that’s simple and complicated at the same time. This may not be ingenious in the genre but it’s something that I still enjoy reading.

Even when her father died, he was never far from Leah’s head. He was always there to remind her that she’d never amount to anything or to tell her how much of a screw-up she is. With every single blow to her self-worth, it’s not a surprise that she’s developed some issues. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy that she’s become what her father had always accused her of: never finishing anything she’s started and always running away from her problems. Even when she knows Jack is worth sticking around for, she still ran away to find that elusive happiness that she’s searching for. 

Coming home to Lucky Harbor meant that she might be able straighten things out with Jack. After leaving town without a word, she at least owe him that. But she complicated things whens she told a little lie that was only supposed to make Jack’s ailing mother happy. It doesn’t take long though until their pretend relationship becomes way too real for their own tastes. 

Another lovely installment from Jill Shalvis.  Lucky Harbour series is probably one of the few series out there that I try to not to fall behind on. It’s got small town charms, characters with big hearts, and oh-so romantic story lines that are different from each offering. Jill Shalvis creates characters with larger than life personalities.  The books could be read out of order, in my own opinion. The stories aren’t all that related but it’s still nice to be aware of the goings on in the little town. 

The best thing about this series is that the books are never boring.  She somehow manages to give them their own allure. It’s tough trying to weed out the best ones among a genre that’s overly populated with the same story arches. And yet Jill Shalvis is somehow able to make hers stand out. I will always look forward to reading Jill’s contemporary novels. They’re fun and sweet and romantic. 

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