Review: It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis

Review: It Had to Be You by Jill ShalvisIt Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #7
Published by Grand Central Publishing on 05/28/2013
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon

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?

I usually make it a point to not read books in a series back to back.  I just find that for me, often I get a little tired of books in the same series if I read them back to back, but when I spread them out, each book feels new.  But, sometimes it’s good to change things up, and I really NEEDED to read lots of Lucky Harbor books.  This is the fourth Lucky Harbor book I read in a row (practically), and although It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis was adorable and charming, I didn’t find it quite as charming as some of the others I’ve read.

The heroine of It Had to Be You is Ali Winters, who is most assuredly a girl down on her luck.  She doesn’t have a lot of job security, her boyfriend just broke up with her, and she’s basically just been kicked out of the apartment she shared with her ex-boyfriend.  And then she is a accused of stealing thousands of dollars.  Talk about a bad few days.  Ali is really easy to like, to root for and to relate to.  I know I have had times in my life when nothing seemed to go right.  I really loved how strong Ali was.  She just does her best to put things to right, and really doesn’t sink into a pity pot of despair.

Luke has returned to Lucky Harbor after some very stressful weeks due to his job as a police officer.  He’s running from some things he blames himself for, and trying to hide out in Lucky Harbor.  When he stumbles across Ali, who may be also staying in the same house, he isn’t exactly pleased.  Luke is definitely the kind of guy I fall for.  He’s strong, and he does what has to be done, even if he doesn’t like it.  I really liked how Luke decided to help Ali even though he didn’t know her at all.

The smallish struggles I had with It Had to Be You had to do with certain aspects of the romance.  Although I could absolutely see why Ali and Luke belonged together, I thought the situation was a little unbelievable.  That Luke would let this stranger stay in his house with him, and that they would get together so quickly.  I know that romances are a bit of a fantasy anyway, but I still need to fill like the characters actions are believable and I think that’s where this book loses some of its impact.  But even with those issues, Ali and Luke had a ton of chemistry, and I was SOOOO rooting for them to get together and stay together.

In Lucky Harbor fashion, It Had to Be You is full of the geriatric gang, led by the amazing Lucille, and I enjoyed their antics so much.  Shalvis really does a wonderful job of showcasing the sweetness of Lucky Harbor, and I never get sick of reading about this delightful coastal town.  

Although It Had to Be You was not as charming for me at some other Lucky Harbor books, it has most certainly left me craving more.  These books are perfect for fans of lighter, more realistic contemporary romances.


7 Responses to “Review: It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    I use to read series back to back, and found myself rushing and not quite enjoying them as much. So as a rule I wait at least 3 weeks. I am so glad this worked and you lost yourself in Lucky Harbor 🙂

  2. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I’m notorious for glomming series and authors that I enjoy so I understand your obsession with Lucky Harbor. I have one of the LH books on hold at my library so I can see if I enjoy it better than the first book. Great review!

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