Sunday, February 23, 2014


Title: Once In A Lifetime (Lucky Harbor, Book Nine)
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Grand Central
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

ARC provided by NetGalley 

Book Blurb

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done . . .

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

Book Review

Jill Shalvis ALWAYS writes engaging characters and fills her stories with sweet/spicy romance--and ONCE IN A LIFETIME is a prime example of just how great Shalvis is at creating feel-good romances.

Ben McDaniel is a quiet man who keeps to himself, when he's not hanging around his buddies (Jack, Luke, and the sometimes-present Sam Brody). He's already experienced that "once in a lifetime" kind of love with his high-school sweetheart, Hannah, who died in a fatal car accident. After working several years away from home, Ben is back in Lucky Harbor, trying to figure out what's next in his life.

Aubrey Wellington finds "herself"--literally--in the middle of an AA meeting. After hearing other people admit to their past mistakes, but who are determined to find redemption in order to move on toward the future, Aubrey makes her own list of past mistakes.

And Ben McDaniel is on her list.

Ben cannot deny the spark between him and Aubrey, but he knows it can't go anywhere. She is the opposite of everything he had with Hannah. Where Hannah was quiet and reserved, Aubrey is fearless and outspoken.

But when Ben starts to see a different side to the otherwise fierce woman, he finds himself wanting to spend more time with her.

Aubrey cannot let her emotions take control when it comes to Ben. She has had a crush on him since high school. And if Ben ever finds out that she is responsible for breaking Hannah and Ben up their senior year, he will never forgive her. But her heart quickly becomes involved when Ben lets down his guard and she realizes just how much she could fall for this sexy engineer.

Once In A Lifetime is like returning home. Visiting with the people o Lucky Harbor is a treat and a joy to read. Shalvis tickles your funny bone with her quirky characters and humor as well as heat up the pages with her delicious men that reside in the small town of Lucky Harbor.

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