Can’t Get Over You by Shirley Jump

Posted August 17, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Can’t Get Over You by Shirley JumpCan't Get Over You by Shirley Jump
Series: Fortune's Island #2
Published by TKA Distribution on June 23, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 222
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars
four-flames

His voice pierced the darkest corners of her heart.

Waitress Jillian Matheson needs a life makeover. The first thing on her “Get it Together” to-do list is breaking up with her fiancé, Zach Gifford, a struggling rocker who refuses to grow up. With Zach on the sidelines, Jillian pursues the dream career she’s secretly craved for decades and finds romance in the arms of a hot, mysterious visitor on Fortune’s Island. There’s just one kink in her plans. Zach’s band has a regular gig at The Love Shack where she works. And, she can’t deny the effect of his velvet-cloaked voice, a voice that can still reach places she no longer allows his hands to touch.

She’s the only song he ever wanted to sing.

Zach thought he had everything figured out—a music career on the edge of a breakthrough and a gorgeous fiancé—until Jillian left her engagement ring on his amp one night and walked out of his life. He is sure that he can get her to remember their shared passion and realize that they belong together, until a new man enters the picture and begins to sway Jillian’s heart.

Is it ever too late for true love?

Just as Zach begins to break down Jillian’s walls of resistance, a dark secret from his past comes to light and threatens to ruin their second chance at love. With shattered trust pushing them farther away from each other than ever before, can these two wounded hearts find their way back to each other before the last song?

 

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Jillian Matheson and her ex-fiancé Zach Gifford were together for eight years before she ceremoniously left her engagement ring on top of his amp three months ago. She was tired of taking a back seat to his music career and waiting to set a wedding date. And when he didn’t work really hard to get her back, Jillian was ready to move on with her life.

 
I really liked both Jillian and Zach. He’s a guitarist with a local band playing at The Love Shack, a popular beach restaurant there on Fortune’s Island, owned by Jillian’s parents. She’s a waitress there so throughout their separation, they’ve never been too far apart physically. I also liked how, though Zach may have been the one most slacking, both of them bore responsibility for their failed relationship. Their pain, along with their hopes, fears and dreams were very well illustrated, making them seem real and like people I’d want to know better.

 
I enjoyed their introspective journey back to each other and the insights they gained in doing so. The story was a bit repetitive at times but overall was interesting. I also liked the music industry aspects, particularly how their songwriting developed. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, hopefully about Jillian’s brother, Carter’s.

About Shirley Jump

New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump didn’t have the willpower to diet nor the talent to master under-eye concealer, so she bowed out of a career in television and opted instead for a career where she could be paid to eat at her desk—writing.

She started out in journalism, selling her first article at the age of eleven and dreaming of being the next Jane Pauley. She hosted two of her own shows on the local cable channel and co-hosted a late-night comedy show. After writing 3000 articles and two non-fiction books, Shirley grew too dependent on her robe and fuzzy slippers, and decided a career as a freelance writer suited her better.

After having two kids, she sold embarrassing essays about her children to anthologies such as Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul and Chocolate for Women II.

Then she turned to the world of romance novels, where messes are (usually) cleaned up before The End and no one is calling anyone a doodoo head. In the worlds Shirley gets to create and control, children listen to their parents, husbands always remember holidays and housework is magically done by elves.

She sold her first book to Silhouette Romance in 2001. That novel, THE VIRGIN’S PROPOSAL, won the Booksellers’ Best Award for Best Traditional Romance of 2003.

Since then, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump has written more than 50 novels for Berkley, Harlequin, Entangled and Kensington books. She has won numerous awards, including the HOLT Medallion, the Booksellers Best Award and Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence.

She’s been nominated multiple times for the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award, most recently for THE RETURN OF BRODY MCKENNA, the last book in her McKenna Brothers series for Harlequin.

Though she’s thrilled to see her books in stores around the world, Shirley mostly writes because it gives her an excuse to avoid cleaning the toilets and helps feed her shoe habit.

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2 responses to “Can’t Get Over You by Shirley Jump

  1. This does sound like a nice quick read. Rock star romances aren’t usually my thing but there are a few that have come around and been the exception.

    • This is more a local island band that plays classic rock so none of that normal story that surrounds a touring rock band (players with big egos, lots of sex and roadies). The hero is more of a songwriter. Completely different vibe, one I think you’d like.