Don’t You Love Small Town Romances? IT HAD TO BE YOU by Jill Shalvis

It Had To Be You

It Had to be You

A Novel
Book Seven
Grand Central
May 28, 2013
ISBN 978-1455521128
E-Book/Mass Market Paperback/Audio 352 Pages
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Ali Winters is not having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she’s a thief, and now she’s about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who’s as sexy as he is stern….

After a high-profile case goes wrong, Luke Hanover returns to his hometown for some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he helps Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke’s own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling? Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor? JillShalvis.com

 

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Short TakeNobody does small town, steamy romance like Jill Shalvis.  This is the seventh book in this series but it stood up fine on its own. I wouldn’t mind reading the previous books in the seriess but I did not feel that I was missing important information.
I enjoyed Ali’s character, her exuberant family and her life view.  The way she stands up for herself is fortifying.
The story is somewhat predictable in its plot but has enough twists to keep it interesting. Some of the other characters are a little typical, including Luke and his friend Jack. That’s okay, they are still hot and I would be happy to have them on my side as friends.  Ali’s friends are cool too; especially Leah, a pastry chef who could make me gain weight just reading about her caramel puffs!

Small town romances have to leave me with a good feeling and this story, all the stories I have read by Jill, do.  The twists and turns in the plot go the wrong way long enough to make you wonder how the heroine ever gets out of her bind, and you will be rooting for her and Luke too.  He has a lot to overcome.

Jill’s style is usually comedic with thoughtful breaks. Her characters tend to take a humorous point of view and are often peppered with snarky dialogue. But when something hard (not hard that way) happens to Ali I feel it  right down to my toes.

This was a good read and there are several coming out over the next few months so you’ll have plenty to read and enjoy.

 

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