Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book review: It Had to Be You (Lucky Harbor #7) by Jill Shalvis

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Ali Winters is not having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she's a thief, and now she's about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who's as sexy as he is stern.... 

After a high-profile case goes wrong, Luke Hanover returns to his hometown for some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he helps Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke's own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling? Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor?

The Lucky Harbor series continues with the first of 3 more book in the series. Ali Winters has the worst luck all at one time. Seems like everything is falling apart in her life. Boyfriend dumps her then she finds out he was cheating on her with more than one woman and then $50,000 in cash goes missing and she's the one accused by the ex for taking it. She's homeless and she loses her job when the owner closes it down to move away.  Luke Hanover finds her in her undies in his home that he rents out but is supposed to be vacant.  This is how they meet. Luke just looking to hide out for a while from his disappointment in himself. A cop he had a case go horribly bad and is blaming himself. He doesn't want to help Ali at first but one look in her eyes and he's sunk. Even though Ali is in dire straights herself she helps him as he helps her. The whole while falling for her and in denial about it. Ali tells herself she can do this but after a while it's apparent she can't and not fall for him. In the mean time Luke and Ali try to find out who really took the $50,000 before Luke has to go back to his real life and back to his job. I enjoyed this installment of the Lucky Harbor series. We get a pinch of time with our old friend Sawyer  and the sheriff investigating the stolen money. Luke thinks he has issues but it's nothing compared to everything that Ali has been through in her life and he learns from her how to persevere and stay strong. He is so gentle with her and so taken by her she will  to not let things get her down. Of course there is a nice healthy dose of Jill Shalvis humor is this book as well. Below are a few of my favorite lines.

"Not all men will disappoint you," he said. "I don't mean me. Because i will absolutely disappoint you. But we're not all assholes, Ali.

"I'm not nice. I'm never nice. And Jesus, remind me to never try and separate you from your ice cream again."

He stared at her. "I don't think i am authorized to have this conversation." ( this after Ali told him she might be falling for him) lol

Once Luke got it together i really liked him a lot. We get introduced to more people who will be in the next two books as well. Another hit for Jill Shalvis. 4 out of 5 stars for It Had to Be you.

Find out more about Jill Shalvis and Lucky Harbor series here

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