Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

Once in a Lifetime [Lucky Harbor, #9] by Jill Shalvis

Grand Central Publishing | E-ARC via Net Galley
February 18th, 2014
Adult Fiction, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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?

Jill Shalvis is back with another story from my favorite fictional (?) town of Lucky Harbor. This time, it’s the story of the town troublemaker, Aubrey Wellington and the town favorite, Ben McDaniel.  I can say in all honesty, that this is the only romance series that I follow with gusto. It’s hilarious, quirky and lovely. I look forward to each installment with bated breath.
Two headstrong characters in a tiny town can’t be good for anyone, but as a signature Jill Shalvis romance, these two will have you laughing at the most inopportune moments, and sniffling at the sudden on-set of the feels. 
Quick Story:
Aubrey Wellington has a lot of people to answer to in her life. However, Lucky Harbor being the quasi-Mayberry town that it is, don’t really expect a lot from a once troublesome beauty.  Armed with a list of people that she’s done wrong in the past, she sets out to make amends and make up for the troubles and mistakes she’s caused. However, there’s one person in the list that she’s terrified of ‘fessing up to: Ben McDaniel.
Ben McDaniel has done everything in his power to escape the grief of losing his wife. Even to the extent of putting his life in danger all for the sake of helping war-torn countries rebuild. Back to Lucky Harbor with the intention of finally moving on, he never once expected the fiery Aubrey Wellington.  The woman got under his skin in seconds like an annoying sliver. However, if there’s one thing Aubrey is good at, it’s that she’s managed to make him forget the past that he’s been trying to escape. The woman made him overly curious – too curious for his comfort.
My Thoughts:
Jill Shalvis is not your typical drugstore romance author. Her work is never cut and dry, nor a one-dimensional plot. Her characters are larger than life that would make you think they’re acquaintances you’ve met once in your life. Her stories are wonderful and never boring. I’m not one to read these types of contemporary romance but after reading the first book to this series, I was hooked. This series is one of the few that I look forward to every year. I just wish Jill can write faster!
About the Author:
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.

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