A Nix Review – It Had to be You by Jill Shalvis (5 Stars)

Posted May 28, 2013 by Nix in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

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’ve heard Jill Shalvis described as a comfort read and I couldn’t agree more. To me, this series is the one that I pick up when I need to read something drama-free that I know will make me laugh and smile all the way through. I can give this book no less than 5 stars because it literally will be read again and again. On another note here (to be honest it’s a bit of a whine) this book was obtained from NetGalley but I cannot buy the finished article as it is not available in the UK in eFormat.
This relationship starts with a living arrangement based on convenience and it progresses into one of the most charming books of the series. Ali has got to be one of the most unlucky characters in the series but she approaches the whole situation with a breeziness that was endearing.  Life smacked her down but she kept getting up and carrying on and I loved her resilience. There were times when I expected her to just give up but she just moved on to the next challenge. She took support and guidance when she needed it but for the most part she was completely independent; she is one of my favourite heroines of the series.
Luke, well Luke is an adorable hero. He isn’t one of my favourites of the series (he doesn’t contain the “edge” that some of the others do) but I loved him all the same. He doesn’t want to get involved with Ali but he finds that he cannot abandon her to the false accusations of grand theft and so becomes her champion. Spending more and more time with her he starts to fall for her and some of the scenes where he starts to realise this are truly lovely. He was as sweet as sugar.
Jill Shalvis manages to create sex scenes between her characters that are steamy whilst still staying true to the overall sweet tone of the series. The scenes between these two are another example of how well this author crafts her contemporary romances and even a seasoned erotica reader such as me can be satisfied with the heat level of these books. I wanted these two to get a HEA because I loved every facet of their relationship; it was such a lovely tale to read.
There is the addition of all the usual jokes in this one and I was so happy to see the first mention of Lucille and *that* Facebook page.  If you haven’t read this one, I don’t recommend that you start from this one. Although it can be read as a stand-a-lone, I feel there are in-series jokes that you may miss if you start only from this one.
This is another fantastic to a series that has cemented its way into my heart.  With a fantastic heroine meeting her genuinely nice hero, this has something to appeal to everyone. I can’t wait for the next one.


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