Monday, February 10, 2014

Once in a Lifetime (Lucky Harbor #9) by Jill Shalvis - Review & Giveaway



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?


“I don’t want to talk about it,” she said. Once again he was close. Too close. So damn close. “At all,” she added, hearing with some alarm that her voice had softened. Everything had softened, at just his proximity. “Ever,” she whispered, and found her gaze locked on his mouth.

He had a really great mouth.

“I don’t want to talk, either,” that mouth said very seriously. And then he lowered his head. They shared a breath for a beat, just long enough for her to know what was going to happen and feel the anticipation swamp her.

Then he kissed her, deep and slow and utterly mesmerizing. His hands were firm on her back. Needing an anchor, she reached out and grasped his shirt and leaned into him. He was warm and solid, so very solid, emitting the kind of strength that she herself was a pint low on today.
Leaning in more, she felt his body respond.

Someone moaned. I did, she realized, swamped with the sensation of being wanted, even just physically. She took in the delicious taste of him, the feel of him, the sound of his very male groan when she stroked her tongue to his.

Things got a little hazy then. A lot hazy. She felt his hands move over her, melting her bones away. She touched him, too. Her hands wandered all over his body—and good Lord, what a body.

She had no idea how long they kissed—and kissed—but she didn’t think about stopping until she ran out of air. Breathing hard, she slowly opened her eyes and stared directly into his.
They’d heated. Darkened. And something else. He wasn’t looking so relaxed now. In fact, he was looking the opposite of relaxed. He looked…feral.

And she was his prey.

My review:
Another terrific addition to the tales from Lucky Harbor.  This book can be read stand-alone but if you haven’t read the others you will want to add them to your TBR shelf once you’ve read this.  And though this book doesn’t have as many “I love Lucy” moments as perhaps previous installments did the story does not lack for it. 
Love doesn’t always strike when convenient. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the chance when it does come around.  After the debacle at City Hall that took place in It Had To Be You (Lucky Harbor #7) Aubrey is starting over.  She is remodeling and reopening the bookstore she took refuge in as a child.  The only place she could be herself with no expectations.  To start forward fresh she needs to make amends for the past.  Including a hurt she did to sexy Ben McDaniel.  One he has no knowledge of.  But if she tells him it may destroy any chance of a future together that they may have. 

Living in a small town is both good and bad.  Everybody knows your business but everybody also has your back.  Nowhere is this more evident than Lucky Harbor.  You will adore its residents and keep coming back for more.

I was lucky enough to have received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  

Pre-order Links
Amazon -  
Barnes & Noble -
IndieBound -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Author Biography

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Social Networking Links

Website -    

No comments: