Review: Jill Shalvis "Always on my mind" (Lucky Harbor #8)

Publisher: Grand Central

ISBN: 978-1455521104

My rating: 3/5

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 thoughts

I never thought I'd be saying, but, um, this story was a bit flat. Sometimes even a bit boring.

Leah is back in Lucky Harbor to help out in her grandmother's bakery. Background story is her being part of some baking-off reality show with everyone expecting her to win. Jack's the local firefighter, who's been Leah's friend since childhood - through thick and thin.

This is hard, but ... it just lacked the "Shalvis magic". If someone would tell me it was written by a "ghost writer", I easily believed it.

Leah's self-doubt was somewhat over the top, Jack a push-over. None of the characters had the usual depth we're used to and it seemed all the hilarious scenes were left for the dog "Kevin".


Eagerly waiting for Ben's story!




  1. Hi Iris,
    Thanks for the review. Sometimes it is hard when our favorites have a disappointing book. I found out one of my favorites put out two books that lacked romantic punch while she was going through a nasty divorce. She wasn't feeling the love. I am glad I didn't give up on her. :)

    1. Never ever would I give up on Jill Shalvis' books ;-) I know we have highs and lows and it was still a good book, just not what i've been used to.
      Thanks for stopping by Morgan!