Review: It Had to be You by Jill Shalvis

It Had To Be YouBook info:

Title: It Had To be You (Lucky Harbor, #7)
Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Source: ARC received from Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 5 stars

Official Summary:

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?

My Thoughts:

Luke and Ali. Wow. I wasn’t sure anyone could top Sawyer and Chloe (from Head Over Heels) in my mind, but I think Luke and Ali just might have. I will admit that after six books in a contemporary romance series I had my doubts that Jill could continue on with Lucky Harbor and still make them fresh, but she does. The plot in It Had To Be You brings a little element of suspense, too, which I always enjoy.

Luke is your typical brooding, alpha male who takes responsibility for many things that have gone wrong to those he loves. He constructs walls around his heart so he won’t have to let anyone else in and disappoint them. Ali is a girl that has had a lot of crap dumped on her throughout life but still manages to see the glass as half full. I think she reminds all of us that we can choose to be happy and kick life’s butt or we can let life kick our butt.

I love the dialogue Jill writes in her stories. There are so many lines I wanted to quote here but if I started it would be about half the book and I don’t think Jill would appreciate that. I love the smart quips from the characters and the honesty that Ali brings to the story. She says things we are all thinking which is so refreshing. Luke is a bit surprised by her honesty, too, but it is one of the many things he loves about her. He tries very hard to resist Ali and she isn’t throwing herself at him so it is great to see this budding romance.

The Lucky Harbor books are usually pretty hot and sexy with passionate characters. I actually really liked that It Had To Be You didn’t have as many intimate scenes (or didn’t appear to because I didn’t really count) as the others. Luke and Ali waited a long time before they gave into a physical relationship and it fit them and the story well. It was fun getting to meet Jack and Leah (friends of Luke and Ali) and I look forward to their story next. I really enjoyed It Had To Be You and recommend it highly to anyone looking for a witty, dialogue-driven, sweet, sexy contemporary romance.

Reviewed by: Amy R.

Five stars

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One Response to Review: It Had to be You by Jill Shalvis

  1. Amy,
    I love it when an author writes great dialogue!!
    Thanks, as always, for another of your terrific book reviews ;).
    I’m pretty sure I’ll really like this one!

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