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 was eagerly waiting for my arc of Once in a Lifetime because firstly, its a Jill Shalvis book. Secondly, it's a Jill Shalvis book! I was really excited to get started on it even though I wasn't that sure about Aubrey and Ben as a couple. But Lucky Harbor is one of my favorite series and all my doubts were for no reason. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Ben suffered a great loss five years ago. Since then he has been burying himself in work, taking on dangerous missions and going to godforsaken places all to keep his mind away. Now he's back in Lucky Harbor. What he doesn't expect is to be pulled in towards the town't troublemaker, Aubrey. I liked Ben. He was the quiet guy but he saw Aubrey for who she really was unlike others.
Aubrey knows she's made a number of mistakes in the past. Now all the wants to do is right her wrongs so she can move on in her life with a clear conscience. I hadn't liked Aubrey in the previous books but I found her so much better in this one. She was not irritating or snobbish like she pretends to be. Aubrey was actually pretty vulnerable and the only one who gets to see it is Ben.
I loved the romance between Ben and Aubrey. They understood each other even if they didn't want to. They are both not looking for a serious relationship but they have undeniable chemistry. In signature Jill Shalvis style the romance goes. I loved seeing two people fall for each other against the odds.
We also get updates on Luke and Ali and Jack and Leah. Their friendship is so deep and true and it just adds more richness to the book. I am extremely happy that there are going to be more books to the Lucky Harbor series. This series is a definite must read.
*Note: A copy of this book was provided through Netgalley by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.
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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-
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