Review ~ It Had To Be You by Jill Shalvis

ItHadToBeYouBook: It Had To Be You

Series: Lucky Harbor #7

Author: Jill Shalvis

Format: e-book

Page Count: 368

Published: Grand Central Publishing, 2013

Source: Own Library


Oh boy. Welcome to this year’s first challenge. Writing a review for a series you love so much that you’ve already exhausted the appropriate words for it. It’s been a while since I was in Lucky Harbor, and boy, have I missed it. The small town atmosphere, gangs of oldies but goodies-Hi, Lucille!- and men who sure don’t grow on trees except for Lucky Harbor. I mean, seriously! What I wanna know is, do they put something in the water? Because I’d like some of that magic rubbing off in the small town I’m currently living in. Yes, I do.

Luke Hanover is a man off a mission. He’s one hundred percent from the well of gorgeous men of Lucky Harbor, and after a job goes bad in San Francisco where he works as a cop, he comes back to his hometown for a little bit of peace and quiet. It’s a tough thing though, because what he finds in his home is far from quiet. The sweet trouble is Ali Winters, an all around good girl with her own version of a series of unfortunate events. She’s currently dumped by her cheating boyfriend, with a text no less, homeless and accused of stealing. Did I say Luke was looking for some peace and quiet? Tough luck, Luke.

There are several reasons why I loved this book so. Giving it a high rating, it’s clear I loved the characters and the plot, but one of the most pressing was Ali. She was sweet and very outgoing, a heroine who was extremely positive in her attitude towards life despite having a hard childhood. One can hardly complain about their lives while reading this story. It wasn’t tragically written mind you, just the mention of where she came from and where she wanted to go was inspiring. I had her people pleaser personality in common with her too, which was a great factor in making me love her this much. If she can overcome this and find herself a sexy cop with a protective and possessive streak, then so can I, right? All I gotta do is move to Lucky Harbor before they run out of these gorgeous men.

Which brings me to Luke. The officer who has handcuffs-oh how I missed saying it!- in common with my first love of the series, Sawyer. Ali’s one lucky gal to have someone in her life who has a pair of handcuffs and knows how to use them too. So. Luke. There isn’t much to say about him, except for maybe how sweet he was in trying so hard to protect Ali and keep her from any harm, or how playful he could be when he wasn’t lost in his self blame. He was truly a good man, similar to Ali in his own way when it came to trying to be worthy of people when he already was.

The hero and the heroine completed each other, and the supporting characters were the cherries on top. There was a good amount of emotional and mystery thrown in as well, with Luke finally facing himself and his worries, and the real culprit of the crime Ali was being accused of.

I enjoyed very much to be back in Lucky Harbor, and like Luke, I think I’ll stick around for a little more while. I mean, I have to see how things go for Jack, my most favorite person in this book, apart from Ali and Luke.

I’m adding five big spoonfuls of this lovely story into my hodgepodge and leaving my kitchen for one of Leah’s delicious pastries. I have to stock up some energy after all.


Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis:

  1. Simply Irresistible
  2. The Sweetest Thing
  3. Head Over Heels
  4. Lucky In Love
  5. At Last
  6. Forever And a Day
  7. It Had to Be You
  8. Always On My Mind
  9. Once In a Lifetime

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