I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #9
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 thought this book would be the first in this series that I wasn’t going to love. Aubrey Wellington just didn’t appeal to me…think mean girl grown up. Silly me, I should have trusted Jill Shalvis.
Aubrey takes us with her as she travels down her road to redemption. It was fascinating to learn what lay beneath that beautiful and bitchy veneer and feel compassion for her. Her journey was self-revealing, humbling and painful. Wrapping all of this around her surprising relationship with the sexy and brooding Ben McDaniel just tied the perfect bow on the story. He’s also finding his way following the death of his wife five tears ago, awakening from the self-imposed exile to the most dangerous regions of the world.
Ben and Aubrey’s romance was honest, mature and sensual. They couldn’t understand their attraction to each other even though it was clear to me. It was lovely to see them become aware of their feelings, finding the depth in each other they didn’t know existed.
I also love the friendships between the men and women in Lucky Harbor. Those sad moments were adeptly balanced with some of the funniest situations, true laugh out loud scenes. I had a tough time putting the book down.
This may just be my most favorite story in the series to date. Loved it!
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