ARC Review – Once in a Lifetime (Lucky Harbor #9) by Jill Shalvis

A sexy love story wrapped up in fun, engaging, and entertaining package; Once In A Lifetime is Jill Shalvis at her finest. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 


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.


Review copy provided for an honest review


Jill Shalvis is BAAACCCKKK! I was a little bit disappointed in the last Lucky Harbor book so let me purestdelightawardjust put it out there Once In A Lifetime is awesome! I had a feeling it would be we saw the sparks flying off of Aubrey and Ben in the last book and in this one they became a raging inferno. I loved this couple from their mixed up “non” relationship, to her list of people she wronged, to his need to give two kids their own happily ever after. There is nothing more satisfying that watching two people who don’t think they want love find it and in this book we get that in spades.

Aubrey Wellington has had a pretty horrendous year; she slept with her boss, found out he was cheating on her with multiple other women one of whom stole money from the town, she quit her job, ex- creepy bossman lover has written a tell-all book starring her, and she’s not sure her fledgling bookstore is going to make it in a digital world. To top is off the uncle she adores has just hired the most annoying man, the one she had a crush on in high school to help her renovate her store. She’s not sure life could get any worse, but she’s about to find out that it can.

After losing his wife of five years, Ben McDaniel is back home and trying to decide what to do next with his life. He’s watched his two best friends fall in love and while he knows that’s not in the cards for him, he can’t deny the passion he feels when he’s around Aubrey. He knows however that them together is not a good idea but when her uncle asks him to help renovate her store he agrees somewhat reluctantly but he soon begins to realize she fascinates him in a way no other woman ever has.

I get a little giddy thinking about the way these two are with one another; I love their verbal sparring, the way they goad each other into taking action, the way they soften when they discover new aspects of the others life, and the way they can’t seem to help from wanting to make it better for each other. I found it quite ironic that they both had unusual childhoods that left scars they are still dealing with but neither one let it break them or define them. I think that’s what made them both so strong and recognize a kindred spirit in each other.

I loved the humor in this story as well as the extremely sexy love scenes. I loved the often fun but on the money advice they both get from their friends. I even enjoyed Lucille and the senior gang once again who were there for some comic relief without going overboard in their efforts to help them both see the light.

A sexy love story wrapped up in fun, engaging, and entertaining package; Once In A Lifetime is Jill Shalvis at her finest. So celebrate the Seahawks Super Bowl win by visiting Lucky Harbor, Washington…you might just begin to understand why the Pacific Northwest is THE place to be!


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