ARC Review ~ Once In A Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

OnceInALifetimeBook: Once In A Lifetime

Series: Lucky Harbor #9

Author: Jill Shalvis

Format: e-book

Page Count: 368

Published: Grand Central Publishing, February 18, 2014

Source: Publisher


I’ve been a Lucky Harbor regular for some time now. Ever since a few of my friends have recommended this series to me, I’ve been restlessly waiting for the next book, and the next one, and the next one. For those of you who are familiar with the series and its colorful residents, I’ll say I’m as fascinated and involved with it as Lucille is with her gossip. Yep. That’s just about how much I love these books, their tough as nails women and the small town hotties who fall for them.

Which brings me to Aubrey and Ben. The couple whose book I’ve been dying to read ever since their appearance in firefighter Jack and pastry chef Leah’s book. I gotta say, Jack got me at firefighter and Leah with the pastry thing-because let’s face it, who doesn’t like them? But Ben and Aubrey? They became serious competition for my most beloved couples in the series.

Ben is a man who’s been around the block of marriage and lost his wife to an accident. He’s lived his five years after his wife’s death in a bad place, both mentally and physically, since his work took him around the world’s poorest and toughest countries. And after those five years, he’s back in his hometown, ready to pick up his life where he left off. What he doesn’t factor into his plans is one tough cookie named Aubrey, the local cold and collected girl.

While reading-and absolutely falling in love with- it, I’ve come to think this was somewhat a bit different than the previous books. Every couple has its own hardships and struggles to go through, and every couple has so far had this very romantic, love-at-first-sight thing going on. Not that this book wasn’t romantic. On the contrary, it has romance enough to make me feel jealous of fictional people. But it was also very, very hot. Sexy. The bad boy image Ben presents is not one who simply pushes Aubrey away, although he does that too, but he’s changed in the years he’s been away from his hometown and his life as it’s once been with his wife. He’s not only tough, because he’s seen some of the worst things out there, but he’s also charming, playful and sexy as hell. Be careful with the silent ones, I say.

Aubrey, as a heroine, surely has got to be my favorite in the series. She looks and acts cold, but in reality she’s not, in fact, she’s quite the little girl her family has left torn in half. She doesn’t have things perfect, though she makes everyone believe the exact opposite. She’s wary about opening up to people, letting them in-something that made me easily connect with her- and so everyone just assumes she’s distant and difficult. As a person, I found Aubrey a very likable and relatable character. The fact that she starts off her story by admitting to her mistakes and making a plan to rectify them, makes her stand out. She’s strong, she sure gets afraid but not enough to take a step back, instead she chooses to move forward. I liked that about her. A lot.

As expected, when these two people came together, their chemistry was undeniable. Sparks were flying off, and with both Ben’s dominant attitude and Aubrey’s sensitive nature, they made their private moments quite sizzling. And as much as I enjoyed their hot-as-hell encounters in various positions and places-I mean, damn, Ben sure can bend a gal to his every whim!- I’ve found their interactions very sweet. They made sense as a couple and I think I wouldn’t be wrong when I say they completed each other.

So far with the last two books we got a few mysteries thrown in along with the romance, but in this one the only mystery belonged to how these two were going to realize the past was the past and the only way was forward. And of course, the glue that held everything together, Aubrey’s heartwarming list.

Once In A Lifetime was a nice mix of past mistakes and second chances. A story of how two broken souls can come together, mend each other and make a whole again.

I’m adding five huge spoonfuls of this beautiful story into my hodgepodge, and grabbing my own list and hopping into my car. Only my list is blank at the moment, I’m going to fill it with names of the sexy single hotties of Lucky Harbor if there will be one left for this poor gal.




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
  10. It’s In His Kiss

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