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


Book: Once in a Lifetime

Series: Lucky Harbor

Author: Jill Shalvis

Publication Date: February 18, 2014



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?


This is book 9 in the Lucky Harbor Series but can be read as a stand alone. I have not previously read any of the series, but after reading this book, I am ready to read 1-8 now! Thanks to Net Galley, I was allowed to read this one and it has me hooked on the town of Lucky Harbor.

This is a sweet story of Aubrey and Ben as they fight their personal demons while fighting their attraction to each other. Aubrey had a difficult life where everyone blamed her for everything that happened and the townspeople all feel like she is a troublemaker. Ben has returned home from five years of adrenaline work after losing his wife. He is the town hero but fights his own demons of thinking that he may never want a serious relationship again due to the chance of loss like he experienced before. When the two get together the chemistry is palpable and they both realize they can’t fight it. Even then, they both continue to fight the feelings that go along with the chemistry….Ben more so than Aubrey.

This book is a great story of personal growth and facing not only your past but your future. When Aubrey’s deep secret comes out, Ben does what he is so good at…he runs. You will have an emotional ride with these two and all their flaws. They are humorous in their sarcastic relationship so you will laugh along with them. You will be brought to tears with their personal stories. All in all a great read as usual by Jill Shalvis. Five-stars and thanks again to Net Galley because now all of the Lucky Harbor Series has been added to my to-be-read list.



Jill Shalvis

New York Times and USA Today bestseller Jill Shalvis is the award winning author of over four dozen romance novels, including her sexy contemporary and award winning Lucky Harbor series (FOREVER AND A DAY was one of Amazon’s Top Romances for 2012). She won a Rita for SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE and is a 3-time National Readers Choice winner as well. Make sure to click on the blog button above for her daily blog where she recounts her Misplaced City Girl adventures.

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