ARC Review: Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

Posted February 18, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 8 Comments

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ARC Review: Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis
Once in a Lifetime
by Jill Shalvis

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Feb 18, 2014
Series: Lucky Harbor #9
Published by Forever Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
 

 

ONCE IN A LIFETIME reminds me of all the things I love about the Lucky Harbor series: fun characters, unique storylines and multiple laugh-out loud scenes make this book and this entire series as a whole so endearing and full of life. ~ Under the Covers

Nine books into this series and Jill Shalvis still manages to create a fresh, fun and flirty story set in my favourite fictional small-town of Lucky Harbor. Picking up a new LH book is like returning to your favourite vacation spot. It’s always exciting and relaxing as you see the familiar characters and discover new ones. One of Shalvis’s strengths is that she is able to make you like her characters instantly. At 7% of this book, I was already in love with Aubrey’s character. As the former troublemaker and bitch extrodinarire, Aubrey has made quite the long list of mistakes in her life. However, when she stumbles into a AA meeting and hears the words from a recovering addict about owning your mistakes and making amends, Audrey takes that to heart and tries to turn her life around by first righting the wrongs she made in the past. She creates a list of people that she had hurt in her life and tries to fix the damage she has done. It’s a little silly, but the fact that Audrey’s whole heart is involved in this makes me adore her more. You can sense that she really has changed and that she really wants to be forgiven. That’s admirable in a character and when Shalvis is writing it, it almost makes for some hilarious situations as well.

Ben McDaniels has returned home after having practically saved the world. He has done so much good that in comparison, Audrey looks a little like the devil in a dress. Nevertheless, these two have sparks brighter than the fourth of July. It really is only a matter of time before the clothes start coming off.

What I loved about Ben’s character is that he doesn’t judge Aubrey at all through this. I actually thought the worst about Aubrey and the secret of why he was on her list, but it turned out that my mind is more evil than Shalvis’s because her reason was more much better and realistic. It made the resolution feel well-done without rushing.

ONCE IN A LIFETIME reminds me of all the things I love about the Lucky Harbor series: fun characters, unique storylines and multiple laugh-out loud scenes make this book and this entire series as a whole so endearing and full of life. If you want a series where you genuinely care about all the characters, then this is one you should check out.

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About Jill Shalvis

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's latest, RUMOR HAS IT, on shelves and ereaders now, and get all her bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold. Also, visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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Thanks for the review. I need to catch up on this series, I am only on book 5.

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I hope you do continue, Amy! i love all the characters in this series. They are such a fun bunch of personalities.

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Been awhile since I’ve visited Lucky Harbor…definitely looking forward to reading this!

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I hope you enjoy Timitra!!

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I have to get a move on in this series!….thanks annie

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Yes, you do, Elizabeth! Hope you love it!

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Excellent review! Thank you!

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