Return to Lucky Harbor with Jill Shalvis as she brings us the seventh book in the series, narrated by Annie Greene. Please read on for my review of
It Had to Be You
Ali Winters is having a crap day – and it all started after a text arrives dumping her, and notifying her that the lease on the house wasn’t renewed, so she was out of a place to stay as well. If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s a strange man in her house while she’s in her undies, and she can’t raise the asshat ex on the phone. Couldn’t be worse – right? Well – hold on, because it’s about to. The ex? He’s claiming Ali stole money earned from the fundraiser, and yes, she was in the ex’s office where the money was “kept”, that night before. Bad enough? It actually fits with what she’s come to expect from her life, however, since she’d had a rough life growing up and her recent arrival in Lucky Harbor was to be the start of everything looking up. Ali is smart, generous with her time and friendship, determined and resilient, and has just started to feel at home. And then everything went pear shaped: hell, she can’t even get a good temper tantrum up at the ex because of everything else.
Luke Hanover is back in town after several years away, he also happens to be the man who appears in Ali’s house and catches her in her undies. It’s a far cry from what he’s been used to encountering as a member of the San Francisco PD, but he really wants just to get away from it all after a case went horribly wrong and all he wants is to regroup and relax, alone. He’s catching only some of Ali’s dust-up, but he won’t put her out on the street with nowhere to go, despite the end of the lease. And this little issue of ‘theft’ – he knows, in his guts and from his conversations (and perhaps the attraction) that Ali isn’t guilty – and he’s going to discover just who did steal the money.
I loved BOTH Luke and Ali – and their interactions and attraction is clear- but I don’t know that I actually found them in love, not the full-on, all for one sort of love – but even their lusty moments showed promise of more – when they stopped and everyone could take a breath (and a cold drink). These two are like many of the couples in this series – they play well off one another and share bits and pieces of their past and their hopes after much testing of the waters. Narration in this book is from Annie Greene, and she captures Ali beautifully and gives a sense of who she is, and her sunny personality through the smile you can hear, frequently. Not to say Ali doesn’t have her moments, but she isn’t often sharp or pointed in a nasty way (except with her ex). Luke has that no-nonsense way about him, protective, a bit domineering when he thinks his way is THE way, but mostly he’s sweetly romantic, honest and just huggable. Other characters make appearances and are easy to distinguish, as is Luke’s rather jaded view of the world starting to be less negative, all due to Ali. Another lovely installment that was all about the individuals for me, and not really the mystery or the romance.
Stars: 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: It Had to Be You
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #7
Also in this series: It's in His Kiss , Lucky in Love , At Last, Forever and a Day, Always on My Mind, Once in a Lifetime
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Small Town
Narrator: Annie Greene
Published by: Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Audio
Published on: 11 June, 2013
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 54 minutes
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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?
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.