It Had To Be You by Jill Shalvis

It Had To Be You by Jill Shalvis
Publisher: Grand Central
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (327 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

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’s always fun reading a book by a new to you author and I’m glad I got to read this one by Ms. Shalvis. There’s nothing more fun than a character who runs into trouble almost from page one.

Ali is a likeable character who I found myself cheering for, especially when things go downhill every quickly for her. It seems like life is out to get her. But this is a romance, so there’s bound to be a knight in shining armor and it’s in the shape of Luke. He’s sexy and very likeable, tough, but gentle, and you know he’s just right for Ali. If only she can get out of her current problem of trying to clear her name and that’s what makes you turn the page.

I especially liked the setting of this book and the name, Lucky Harbor that Ms. Shalvis did a wonderful job describing and weaving little pieces of information about this make believe Northwest town throughout the book. And then there’s the supporting cast of characters who are all either quirky or people you dislike because they’re standing in the way of either Luke or Ali’s happy ending. If you’re looking for something to add to your summer reading list this might be a good pick for you.

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