My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jill Shalvis brings us back to Lucky Harbor and introduces us to the quiet, sexy and grieving Ben McDaniel and former bad girl Aubrey Wellington. Two people who shouldn't have any trouble avoiding each other but who just can't keep their hands to themselves. You will find Once in a Lifetime to be a solid addition to the couples we've all come to know and love in the addictive Lucky Harbor series.
Our hero Ben is back in town after years spent away escaping to distant destinations in order to run from his grief. He's Lucky Harbor's golden child who can do no wrong. However, he's just sort of drifting and not committing to any one thing. Then he takes a fix-it job from Aubrey's uncle and the sparks start to fly. I loved how Aubrey and Ben worked so hard to convince the other that their affair was casual, when everyone but they could see how deeply they were involved with each other. Ben is a signature Jill Shalvis hero; hot, sexy, sweet and hoooooottt! Her heroes always make me drool.
Aubrey is the bad girl in town who no one thinks is good enough for perfect Ben. But Aubrey has been dealt some pretty unfortunate circumstances throughout her life that she's not always reacted well to. However, the wonderful thing about Aubrey is she's decided to take control of her life and works diligently to make amends for past wrongs. The transformation we get to watch really makes you fall in love with Aubrey and respect her dearly. In the end, the tables are turned and it's our bad girl who just might be too good for our golden boy hero Ben.
You'll find Once in a Lifetime to be the quintessential Jill Shalvis book in that it is full of funny and sexy characters, steaaaaaaammmmmy scenes and a touching and meaningful happily ever after.
Oh, and one last thing...if this book does nothing else for you, it WILL make you pine heavily for Jill's next hero Sam! I cannot wait!
**Thanks to Jill for providing the ARC to me!
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