Title: It Had to Be You
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor, book 7
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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 the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis.
Ali Winters is having a really bad day, she not only found out her boyfriend was cheating on her, he also broke up with her via text message before she was able to tell him what she had on her mind. The bastard also forgot to tell her that the lease in the house they were sharing is expired and she needs to move out immediately. If that wasn’t enough her boss is planning to close the flower shop where she works.
Ali is used to hardships, she grew up with a mother and a sister that were always in trouble; since a young age Ali has been the responsible of the lot. This has made her stronger and a fighter, and right now this inner strength is more than needed, especially when the scumbag of her ex accuses her of stealing $50,000 from his office. Now, Ali is broke, homeless and under police investigation.
Detective Luke Hanover is in dire need of solitude after a high profile case he was working on went wrong, with that in mind he requested his three weeks vacation and returns to Lucky Harbor. What Luke wasn’t expecting was to find a woman living in his house. After learning of Ali’s situation he allows her to stay for couple of days until she finds a new place where to live.
Luke can’t understand Ali and her so positive personality; she’s going through a lot and still she is cheerful and worries about others. Luke also knows that Ali didn’t steal the money and even though the last thing he wanted was to do police work during his vacation he gets involve in the investigation to help clear Ali’s name.
Luke is going back to San Francisco in three weeks, he knows he shouldn’t get involve with Ali, but that is easier said than done when they can’t keep their hands from each other.
Ali is sweet, caring, smart, funny and a fighter; she doesn’t give up easily. She has a very positive outlook in life and knows things could always get worse, so she makes the best with what life has given her. If life gives her lemons she makes lemonade, lemon pie and a margarita.
Luke is broody, handsome and a protector a heart, he also carries an emotional baggage and feels guilty for bad decisions he made when he was younger, decision that affected his sister’s life and his grandmother’s. Years have passed since those incidents but still he hasn’t been able to forgive himself.
Since the moment Ali and Luke met their attraction was very clear, sparks flew every time they were together; they tried to fight the chemistry but it was a lost battle before it had begun. Their relationship developed slowly making it more believable and realistic.
There is a little mystery regarding the investigation of the missing money, this was well done and added to the enjoyment of the story.
In It Had To Be You we are also introduced to the next couple in the series, Jack and Leah. Jack and Leah are friends that would become more. Their book, Always On My Mind, will be release on September of this year and I’m looking forward to their story.
It Had To Be You is a sweet, fun and feel good read. It’s exactly what I call a comfort read. I didn’t feel lost in the story despite not having read all the books in this series. It Had To Be You could be easily read as a stand-alone. I recommend It Had To Be You for those days when you need a feel-good read.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
The Sweetest Thing
Head Over Heels
Lucky in Love
Forever and a Day
It Had to Be You
Always On My Mind (September 2013)
Once in a Lifetime (February 2014)
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