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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday Review: It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis

Throwback Thursday Reviews is dedicated to those books that have been around for awhile but you’ve only recently discovered (Or made time for). They’re the “New but Old” reads that are just too good NOT to talk about because there’s no such thing as “Too Many Books!”

This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is: It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis

Format: .mobi (Purchased)
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: May 28, 2013
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?





What’s it About? Ali Winters is trying to stay positive after her boyfriend cheats on her, dumps her by text, and doesn’t have the decency to warn her in advance that he didn’t re-sign the lease on the house they were living in. Now Ali has nowhere to live AND Luke Hanover, the owner of the house has come to Lucky Harbor to regroup after a case he was working on went wrong. He just wants some peace and quiet but he doesn’t want to throw Ali out when he knows she doesn’t have anywhere to go. If he lets Ali stay in the house with him he’ll get anything but peace and quiet though.
Yay or Nay? Yay.
Why? It Had to Be You was funny. So far, all of the books in the Lucky Harbor series have had elements of humor but this book had “comedy” written all over it. From the moment Luke and Ali meet, to when the elderly citizens step in to help Ali with her troubles, to the ringleader of all things Lucky Harbor aka Lucille putting her two cents in, this is the book that has had me laughing the most.

I liked Ali. Her optimism and determination to survive on her own was admirable but it was her kind heart and sassy attitude that really had me cheering for her. She didn’t let things get her down for very long and she certainly didn’t wallow in her problems or expect anyone else to solve them for her. The only thing is that I wish she hadn’t been so nice when it came to her cheating ex. She didn’t want anyone to know how rotten he’d been to her because everyone thought he was a “nice guy” yet she was okay if everyone thought she wasn’t? And she did have a brief moment of stupidity when she willingly put herself in the position to be blamed for a crime she didn’t commit.

Luke and Ali made a great couple. I think they balanced each other out and kept each other from becoming stale and stagnant in their lives. I liked them together, they were fun and sexy. I loved reconnecting with the elderly citizens of Lucky Harbor. They’re a hoot.

Click It or Skip It: Click It. Luke and Ali are another great addition to the series.


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