Series: Boys of Summer #1
Published by Harlequin MIRA on October 1, 2013
Genres: Coastal Romance, Contemporary Romance
Source: My own copy
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She didn’t expect to run into her first love… or to fall back in love with him!
At eighteen, Julia Jones left for the city with a head full of grand plans for an exciting life that certainly didn’t include her home town of Middle Point – a main street with a pub – or Ryan Blackburn.
But fifteen years – and a lifetime later – she’s forced to put her big city life on hold when she heads home to finalise her mother’s estate. Which is where she runs smack bang into the town’s new champion… the same Ryan Blackburn. The sensible thing to do? Stay the hell away from him and head back to Melbourne as fast as her stilettos can carry her. But Julia finds his offer of a helping hand and a hot body too delicious to refuse and dives into a reckless, one-time fling. What she doesn’t realise is that tomorrow has a way of sneaking up, and that saying goodbye to her home town – and to Ryan – is much harder the second time around.
OK, now that I have worked out that I need to check my posts before I go ahead and publish them, it’s time to put my next batch of RuBY reviews out.
First cab off the rank for today is the wonderful coastal romance from Victoria Purman, Nobody But Him. I first read this back in January, and it was my first 5-star read for the year. As it was a leisure read for me, I hadn’t originally planned to review it. However, upon seeing that Nobody But Him was nominated for a RuBY in the Stories with Romantic Elements category, I couldn’t wait to tell you all how much I loved it.
Obviously, I got a little too excited – if you were around this morning, you will have noticed that I posted the review without a most important part….the actual review.
So, Victoria, once again I apologise for my boo boo, and here it now is….
Here are my thoughts on Nobody But Him:
OK, now I have never been to South Australia, let alone the Fleurieu Peninsula, but if it looks half as gorgeous as it is described by Victoria Purman in Nobody But Him, I will definitely have to find my way to my next western neighbour state.
I’m a sucker for second chance romances – I love the idea that two people, once connected by chemistry and love, can find their way back together. Nobody But Him explores the unexpected reunion of formerly teenage lovers, Julia and Ryan. I loved that their connection was still obvious to them, but also that they didn’t immediately jump straight back into sexytimes. Both are strong, determined people, and you wouldn’t be out of place to say a little stubborn either! The push and pull between them is simply delicious and I just knew that once they got their act together, they’d be explosively good (which they were!).
As I said earlier, the setting is a character all of its own. The beachy, relaxed feel of the town and the way in which it is described in the book brings back memories of seaside trips and holidays. I read this in summer here, so it is absolutely perfect as a beach read.
The human supporting characters have a life and colour of their own as well. In this story, we meet Lizzie, Julia’s ever-helpful and happy friend, and the deadly charming Dan. As I know it, these two are featured in the follow-up to this, Someone Like You. From the hints that you get in Nobody But Him, their story is bound to be fascinating.
This is a wonderful story, and I cannot wait to read more from the pen of Victoria Purman!