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She didn't expect to run into her first love...or to fall back in love with him.
At the age of eighteen, Julia Jones left her hometown — the small beachside town of Middle Point — with a head full of grand plans. Plans for an exciting life in a town that didn't involve a main street with only one pub or a particular boy named Ryan Blackburn.
But fifteen years and a lifetime later, Julia's forced to put her career and big-city life on hold when she returns home to finalise her mother's estate. Which is exactly where she runs smack-bang into the town's hero, Ry. As in 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 instead, Julia finds his offer of a helping hand and a hot body too delicious to refuse.
Soon, she's ignoring her better judgement and diving into an ‘I'll think about it tomorrow' fling with Ry. But what she doesn't realise is that tomorrow has a way of sneaking up on you...and that saying goodbye to her hometown — and to Ry — is so much harder the second time around.
October 10, 2013
his is the first book in Purman's The Boys of Summer trilogy, a sweet and sexy romance set in a small fictional town on the coastline of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula.
There is plenty of heat between this couple from the first moment they reconnect and though in the way of all romances there are misunderstandings and miscommunications, Julia and Ry's unresolved history gives the overwhelming attraction credibility. The romance is sweet, flavoured by the nostalgia of their teenage infatuation, but the intimate scenes sizzle.
The development of Julia's character rests on her reexamining the reasons she left Middle Point and recognising the flaws in her perception and I think Purman does this well. Julia is likeable and sympathetic, even with the giant chip on her shoulder. Ry is perhaps a more static character, needing only to admit that Julia is who he wants and be willing to fight for her.
The setting for Purman's series is wonderful, I grew up in a beachside suburb in Western Australia and now live in a small town just minutes away from the coast in New South Wales. I liked the way in which Purman brought attention to some of the issues coastal communities face, like the influx of tourists each summer, necessary for the economy but disruptive for the permanent residents, and the way in the character of the town changes as city dwellers replace humble homes with million dollar beach houses.
I really enjoyed Nobody But Him, it is an easy and engaging romance ideal for a summer's day reading. I'm looking forward to the next story from Victoria Purman - I'm guessing it will be Lizzie and Dan who will find love next.