Friday, February 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis with Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis from Grand Central Publishing/Forever.  My stop today includes an excerpt, my review and the tour-wide giveaway, which you can enter below.  You can also see a Q&A with Jill Shalvis here.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Author: Jill Shalvis
Release Date: 2/18/14
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing/Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance

After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.
Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done

....Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

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It was dark outside when she got back to the Book & Bean, and she stopped short just outside the door. She’d locked up when she left and turned off the lights.
But the door was unlocked now, and the lights on. She went still, then pulled out her phone and dialed 9-1-1. She didn’t hit send but kept her thumb hovered over call. Taking a step inside, she paused. “Hello?”
The low, slightly rough voice wasn’t what had her heart pumping. That honor went to the fact that there was a man on a ladder in the back of her store.
He was in jeans with a tool belt slung low on his hips, his t-shirt clinging to him. He seemed a little irritated, a little sweaty, and just looking at him Aubrey got a whole lot hot and bothered in places that had no business being hot and bothered by this man at all. “What are you doing in here?” she asked.
“I work here.”
“What are you talking about? Get out.”
“Sorry, Sunshine.” He wasn’t even looking at her, but using some sort of long, claw-like tool to pull down a ceiling tile above the wall she’d been working on. And his tool worked way better than hers.
His movements were agile and surprisingly graceful for a guy his size. Not that he was bulky in any way. Nope, that tall, built body was all lean, tough muscle, and it screamed power. And with each subtle movement, his body made it clear that it knew exactly what to do with all that power. “The owner of this building hired me,” he said. “Said you were making a mess of things because your pride was bigger than your wallet.”
This caught her completely off guard, both the insult and the information. “My uncle owns this building,” she said.
He smiled thinly. “Yep. Happy Birthday.”
“It’s not my birthday.”

“Then happy you’ve-got-a-great-uncle day.”

My Thoughts:  I just discovered Jill Shalvis over the last few months and have quickly become a huge fan of her books. Once in a Lifetime is her latest installment in the Lucky Harbor Series, and actually the first book I have read in this particular series, and I loved it. The book reads like a companion novel, and while several of the characters in the book were also in previous novels, it isn't necessary to read them in order. That said, I fully intend to read them all.

Ben McDaniel has returned to Lucy Harbor 5 years after losing his wife, having spent that time working in some very dangerous places while trying to deal with his grief. Aubrey Wellington has a reputation for having been the town's wild child, and has experienced her share of trouble, not all of which was her fault. After getting out of a bad relationship that turns into somewhat of a scandalous story in the small town of Lucky Harbor, she finds herself in the strangest of places with a new-found desire to right the wrongs of her past, part of which involves Ben McDaniel, her high-school crush. Ben McDaniel has been warned that Aubrey is trouble, yet he is unable to stay away from her. As fate would have it, these two find themselves kind of thrown together by circumstances and situations, and they can't deny the intense chemistry that is between them. Neither is looking for a relationship, yet with the thick sexual tension that seems to draw them to each other, they give into their desires, with many humorous and entertaining situations occurring during the process. They both make it clear that what they have is strictly physical, but when the lines between love and "just sex" begin to blur, things begin to get complicated. After a decade long secret is revealed, everything that has developed between them begins to fall apart. Will the engineer and the book store beauty queen overcome the drama that threatens to destroy them?

I loved both Ben and Aubrey's characters. He is the broody, silent, alpha male type that exudes sexiness to the point it feels almost sinful just to look at him. Aubrey's character is fun-loving, snarky, and outspoken, completely opposite of Ben, yet the two compliment each other beautifully. I loved the banter that occurs between them and the romance is sizzling hot. The story is fast paced, entertaining, and kept my attention the entire time. I enjoyed the secondary characters also, and I look forward to going back and reading their stories also. Overall, I found Once in a Lifetime to be a very enjoyable contemporary romance that will make you smile, laugh, root for the characters to find their happily ever after, and is something contemporary romance fans are sure to enjoy.

Author Biography
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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  1. It has been awhile since I have read one of her books so I sadly can't remember which ones I have read but I do remember loving them. I really should pick up another one!

  2. I have not read her books yet so no i do not have one.

  3. I have only read one of her books, so I guess that one would be my favorite, LOL
    I would love to read them all to be able to answer this.

  4. I like Shalvis' books, too, Ellen. And I can't wait to give the Lucky Harbor series a try. I'm glad you enjoyed Grumpy Ben!

  5. I haven't yet read her books! yeah eap I know... I love the sound of them and I think I would really love them, just have not had a chance to. Thank you for sharing!

  6. I am such a huge fan of Jill Shalvis, I have loved every one of her series and can't wait to get hold of this book. My fave book in the series so far would be Head Over Heels, Chloe is hilarious.


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