Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis: Review

February 20, 2014 Reviews 0

In the interests of keeping my previous post from resembling a copy of War & Peace, I decided to separate out my review into another post. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Book Tour post, just click here or visit via the homepage.

What is Once in a Lifetime about?


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?

Here’s my thoughts on Once in a Lifetime:

As I said on Goodreads not long after I read this, Once in a Lifetime is another winner from the Lucky Harbor series.

The chemistry between Aubrey and Ben is sizzling hot, in and out of the boudoir. This is one thing that I love about them (and the other couples of Lucky Harbor that Jill Shalvis has brought us) – they’re not all about the sexytimes. Yeah, the heat they generate could strip paint from the walls, but the way they are together outside the intimate setting is just as packed with connection and chemistry.

I think the fact that Aubrey is not perfect and doesn’t profess to be is what I love about her as a heroine. Another aspect of Aubrey I really connected with was how she wanted to right the wrongs of the past, even when those she saw as the wronged weren’t entirely on board.

Oh, I love that the role of the town’s beloved is taken by the hero in this book. Ben does have the alpha vibe rolling off him in waves, but that tough outer shell masks a core of pure marshmallow. How he was with those two little girls….now that was just gorgeous!

The town of Lucky Harbor delivers again with its cast of supporting characters, particularly the Facebook-obsessed Lucille. I laughed so hard when she spoke about getting kicked off Facebook for putting up photos of the sexy men, and her solution to that. It was also nice to see a different side to her later in the story.

Oh, how I wanted to get punchy with Ted. He’s so slimy, and boy, I hope he gets a magnificent comeuppance. Jill, I trust you’ll think of something awesome.

Whenever I read books from this series, I just get that big goofy happy face. I can’t wait to read Sam’s story later this year. If you haven’t gotten around to reading the Lucky Harbor series, do yourself a favour and get your hands on them – you won’t be disappointed.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Release Date: 18 February 2014

Purchase Links: Amazon – Barnes and Noble – iBookstore

Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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