Review: It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis

Book Description:

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?

This is such a great book! I have only read two others in the Lucky Harbor series, with intentions to read them all, and this is hands down my favorite so far! Ali Winters grew up on the ‘wrong side of the tracks’. Always the strong one, pushing the bad stuff down and looking on the bright side of things. She moved to Lucky Harbor to start over. A very crafty and talented florist/ceramics maker and teacher, all she wants is to make a better life for herself. Luke Hanover is a somewhat jaded detective in San Francisco who’s come back home to Luck Harbor to find some peace and quiet after the disastrous end to a major case. The last thing he expected was to walk into his late grandma’s house to simultaneously dodge a blow to the head from a flying ceramic bowl and see an underwear clad woman in his kitchen. Lovely first meeting if you ask me! πŸ˜‰ Having been dumped and finding herself homeless, Ali is in a pickle. To make matters worse, she finds herself also accused of stealing the town’s money meant for building a new rec center. Reluctant to get involved, Luke can’t seem to help himself and starts trying to help Ali clear her name. This was a very sweet story of two people who found each other and love when they least expected it. I was very pleased throughout this story. The writing was fantastic and Ms. Shalvis really knows how to draw her readers in! I was so curious as to who actually stole the money and when it was revealed, I have to admit it took me by surprise! I loved the characters and how they interacted! All the old men Ali taught ceramics to were hilarious, as was Luke’s friend Jack (really can’t wait for his book next!). And while the romance was so sweet and tender, it had just enough spice to it for me to not get bored! πŸ˜‰ I seriously had such a hard time putting this one down! (And for those who know me and my obsession with my kindle, reading this in paperback and still not being able to put it down is a big deal!) So in conclusion, this is absolutely a must read! Especially for those who love the Lucky Harbor series! πŸ™‚

Thanks to the author for providing my copy for an honest review

 

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