May 17 2013 10:00am

First Look: Jill Shalvis’s It Had to Be You (May 28, 2013)

It Had to Be You by Jill ShalvisJill Shalvis
It Had to Be You
Grand Central / May 28, 2013 / $8.00 print, $5.99 digital

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?

It Had to Be You is the seventh book in Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series, and it's is just as strong as the first six. One of the tricks to keeping an ongoing series fresh is creating characters whom people like and with whom they can identify. Ms. Shalvis has a gift for writing down-to-earth yet quirky heroines and swoonworthy, honorable heroes.

Ali Winter, our heroine, is scattered. She has been dumped, has a precarious hold on her job, no place to live, and to top it off has been accused of stealing a briefcase full of money.But we still like her; a heroine like Ali should come across as weak and unlikable, but that is not the case. She is written in a way that shows more guts and courage than someone in her position should display.

In her truck, she drew in a deep breath and drove off. It was a Winter’s gift, the ability to shove the bad stuff down deep and keep moving. Teddy wasn’t even a five on the bad stuff meter, she told herself.

Throughout the book she shows that she is more than a handful of bad events. She defends our hero, teaches a class of senior citizens. and takes care of her mother and sister, all while trying to figure out to deal with her own life problems.

Luke Winter, our hero, is hiding out. He is a big city detective running from the conclusion of a very bad case. The media and his commander have been all over him and he returns to Lucky Harbor to get away from it all.

Disgusted with the job, the system, and most especially himself, he’d put in for all twenty-one days of the vacation he’d accumulated and left the city, hoping to find his sanity. He’d come here to Lucky Harbor, planning to sleep for at least a week and then maybe have some pizza and catch a few games, and then sleep for another two weeks.

Luke, part damsel in distress rescuer, part cop—and all man cannot resist helping Ali with her problems. They are drawn to each other, but both know the situation is temporary, because Luke’s life is back in the big city. He might be on a vacation now, but it won’t hurt him to help Ali resolve some of her many problems in the short time he is there.

He told himself that she was used to shitty circumstances. Hell, it appeared she was used to shitty men. Her father, the pincher….him. She was used to taking care of herself and other.

And he had no idea why that got to him. But it did. She did.

Luke and Ali deal with growing feelings, the mystery of the lost money and trying to figure out what they want from their complicated lives. The reader is taken on another wonderful Lucky Harbor adventure complete with the Lucky Harbor Facebook page, gossiping elders and appearances from past beloved characters all the while rooting for Luke and Ali to find their way to a HEA.

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Jen loves a broody, alpha book boyfriend and the St. Louis Cardinals, not necessarily in that order. You can find her at Fiction Vixen and @FVJen_Cardsgirl

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2. joyofbean
I love this series! Have this one at the top of my to get list.
Laurie Johnston
3. lauriej963
This series is fantastic, I wish this place was real, I'd move there in a minute.
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