Once in a Lifetime (Lucky Harbor Series #9)

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SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT

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 ...

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Overview

SOMETIMES WRONG IS OH-SO-RIGHT

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/09/2013
The ninth installment of Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series (after Always on my Mind) scores big with a delicate love story and red-hot passion. Aubrey Wellington is used to taking care of herself and projecting a tough-girl image, but that facade starts to crumble under the scrutinizing eye of Ben McDaniel, the most eligible bachelor in Lucky Harbor, Wash. Working hard to reopen her deceased aunt’s bookstore and make it a place of warmth and companionship, recovering “bitchaholic” Aubrey is also on a private mission to make amends with a long list of people she’s wronged. Ben, who buried his grief over his wife’s death by taking on dangerous engineering missions around the world, agrees to fix up the store and is soon curious about Aubrey’s list. As sparks fly, they are amazed not only by their heated attraction to each other, but also by the concurrent tender feelings—until an old secret threatens their commitment. Fans of smalltown contemporaries will savor this delicious and heartwarming story, a refreshingly realistic romance between two great characters. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Feb.)
RT Book Reviews
"Top pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Shalvis never disappoints with her witty, comical and überromantic reads. The ninth installment of the Lucky Harbor series should be on every reader's TBR list. Fans of contemporary romance will fall in love with Aubrey and Ben and find their sexual tension electrifying. Our leading lady has a lot to prove in this book, and women will likely see a little bit of themselves inside this character. Sweet and spicy - what more could you ask for?"
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"[S]cores big with a delicate love story and red-hot passion. Fans of smalltown contemporaries will savor this delicious and heartwarming story, a refreshingly realistic romance between two great characters."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Top pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Shalvis never disappoints with her witty, comical and überromantic reads. The ninth installment of the Lucky Harbor series should be on every reader's TBR list. Fans of contemporary romance will fall in love with Aubrey and Ben and find their sexual tension electrifying. Our leading lady has a lot to prove in this book, and women will likely see a little bit of themselves inside this character. Sweet and spicy - what more could you ask for?"—RT Book Reviews

"Shalvis makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me sigh with pure pleasure."—Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Playing Dirty

"Count on Jill Shalvis for a witty, steamy, unputdownable love story."—Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author of Harvest Moon

"Jill Shalvis is a total original! It doesn't get any better."—Suzanne Forster, New York Times bestselling author

"Shalvis writes with humor, heart, and sizzling heat!"—Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author

RT Book Reviews on At Last
"4 Stars! Shalvis's latest Lucky Harbor novel is a winner-full of laughter, snark and a super-hot attraction between the main characters. Shalvis has painted a wonderful world, full of entertaining supporting characters and beautiful scenery."
RT Book Reviews on Forever and a Day
"Top Pick! 4 1/2 Stars! Laughter is served in doses as generous as the chocolate the heroine relies on to get through the day. Readers will treasure each turn of the page and be sorry when this one is over."
Carly Phillips
"Shalvis writes with humor, heart, and sizzling heat!"
Susan Andersen
"Shalvis makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me sigh with pure pleasure."
RT Book Reviews on Lucky in Love
"4 Stars! Shalvis pens a tale rife with the three "H"s of romance: heat, heart and humor. LUCKY IN LOVE is a down-to-the-toes charmer..."
Suzanne Forster
"Jill Shalvis is a total original! It doesn't get any better."
Robyn Carr
"Count on Jill Shalvis for a witty, steamy, unputdownable love story."
Library Journal
02/15/2014
In Lucky Harbor's collective opinion, there is no way that a well-respected guy like Ben McDaniel should have anything to do with a supersexy trouble magnet like Aubrey Wellington. But that doesn't stop the electricity that arcs between them or the tentative relationship that gradually develops. A caring heroine trying her best to make up for her past and a hero driven to make life better for others discover that they're not so different after all. Now they just have to prove it to the town. VERDICT Once again Shalvis (Rumor Has It) serves up her classic mix of humor, gripping emotion, and heartwarming romance as she brings an unlikely pair together beautifully in the latest addition to her popular series. She lives in the Sierras near Lake Tahoe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455521135
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Series: Lucky Harbor Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 60,283
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

You can learn more at:
JillShalvis.com
Twitter @jillshalvis
Facebook.com/jillshalvis

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    There is a fine line when writing a review on a book you love, s

    There is a fine line when writing a review on a book you love, story that has touched you. You find yourself writing about everything, and then realize that you have now officially ruined the outcome for whom ever is reading the review. So I have censored myself a little bit.
    There are books that you read once and put on a shelf, and there are book you read over and over. Stories that touch something in you, something special, and that special something makes you return over, and over.
    Each time I pick up “Once and a Lifetime”, and begin to read I can’t put it down. There is a zing and fire that grows between Aubrey and Ben, and this zing fuels a friendship. There are times when you just want to put the book in the freezer, until Ben learns his lesson, or when you find you self trying to flip ahead to get to the end of Aubrey’s to do list.
    Aubrey realizes that in order to achieve her goals, she must come to terms with her past. She faces her past with courage and humor. As she steps up and tries to right the wrongs she done and completes here to do list. She finds the courage to right the one wrong she fears the most. Ben.
    Ben is back, after losing his wife in a car accident, traveling the world, and facing danger he didn’t sign up for, he returns home. Family and friends worry that he will never open up his life to another and find love that they are sure he needs.
    Ben is attracted to Aubrey, yet his friends caution him away, while Aubrey agonizes over secretes that threaten to tear apart their friendship and rip apart her heart.
    I could not put this book down, I had to finish it. I needed to find out what happened, and how it ended. I cheered, got angry, felt sad, smiled, laughed, and finally I got a little emotional. I am not ashamed to say that I am invested in the story, the outcome, and the characters, that when the end came I was truly happy for them.
    This is one book that will never make it to the shelf!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

    Aubrey Wellington is the completely hot women with an attitude a

    Aubrey Wellington is the completely hot women with an attitude and wall around her like no other. Renovating and opening her aunt's beloved book store back up to help fulfill an emptiness. She ends up in an AA meeting unknowingly she starts her own process of righting her wrongs from the past. 
    Ben McDaniel is a tough as nails military man that had escaped to working in the war-torn dangerous places in other countries to escape the death of his wife. Now back in Lucky Harbor he does odd jobs to keep himself busy. 
    After Aubrey's uncle hires Ben to do work at the book store and the various other encounters they have in the town; these two know they are definitely so wrong for each other even though they are both so attracted to the other, and decide it is only physical.
    Will this journey for making amends for Aubrey and the start of a new chapter in Ben's life be one that will bring them together or push them apart.
    A very enjoyable read that will have you smiling, laughing and rooting for the not so nice heroine.  Thank you again Jill Shalvis for the most wonderful read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Loved the characters and the story! Couldn't put it down! Jill S

    Loved the characters and the story! Couldn't put it down! Jill Shalvis is amazing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

    a woman determined to right the wrongs of her youth, and a man t

    a woman determined to right the wrongs of her youth, and a man that lost a wife he loved very much make for a very heartwarming story. jill shalvis has the right stuff for writing such a story. ben 's wife dies 5 years ago and he has decided he can't do love again. aubrey was a 'mean' girl growing up. they meet and sparks fly, but each is determined not to fall. an interesting story watching these two dance around each other, until the dance ends. this is a soul-searching story that will leave going....awwwww!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    ¿After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief

    “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?”




    What can I say about this book?  Aubrey and Ben are both haunted by their pasts, and looking to make a future for themselves in Lucky Harbor.  Ms. Shalvis does an excellent job of intertwining their lives, and bringing them out on the other side.  This is a must read book, and a must read series.  Though this story can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading the series in order.  It just makes for a better overall experience.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Loved it

    Another wonderful story and characters by one of my favorite authors. Love Jill Shalvis!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Loved it!

    Another wonderful romance in Lucky Harbor. A great way to spend a winter afternoon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2014

    This book was HOT! I could practically feel the heat coming off

    This book was HOT! I could practically feel the heat coming off my Nook. It was great to see how Aubrey starting taking the blame and asking for forgiveness for past sins.
    It shows that even if you make mistakes in the past, they don't have to define you or your future.
    Was very glad to see Ben taking a chance on forgiving her and leaving the past whete it belongs. So great to see these characters grow and get caught up with characters from past books.
    Love Jill Shalvis and the Lucky Harbor series. August can't come soon enough!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Very entertaining

    It was great. I have enjoyed all of the Lucky Harbor Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Why?

    Jill Shalvis is a creative writer BUT the language of the characters so disappointing. It takes from my enjoyment. I may be naive but I hope most people don't use profanity as a first language. It belittles the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    hmmmmm

    Love this series of books

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  • Posted July 13, 2014

    In the 9th installment of the Lucky Harbor series we meet Ben Mc

    In the 9th installment of the Lucky Harbor series we meet Ben McDaniel a widow who for the past couple of years has been in war torn countries helping improve local communities. In addition, you also meet Aubrey Wellington, the local girl who everyone calls trouble who is trying to revitalize her Aunts old bookstore.  These two unlikely people are brought together when Aubrey’s aunt hires Ben to help finish renovating the store.  Having talked very little to each other in high school will they be able to tolerate each other enough to finish this store?




    All Aubrey wants to do is make her aunts bookstore successful while adding in a little of herself to it. However, things don’t go as planned when she stumbles into an AA meeting where she realizes that she may be able to right the wrongs of her past. Put first she will need to make the people of Lucky Harbor realize that she isn’t the trouble teen she used to be.  Unfortunately she soon figures out it might not be so easy as she thought when the top person on her list to apologize to is Ben who has no idea what she did to him.




    Will Aubrey be able to right her wrongs and keep herself from falling for Ben McDaniel’s? Will Ben be able to get through this carpentry job without falling for Aubrey and will he be able to forgive her when she tells him the truth?




    My Review:




    This is the 9th book in the Lucky Harbor series that I have read of Jill’s. Once again Jill does not disappoint. She is able to write a great story that incorporates love, friendship and laughter.  Because Jill does a great job of describing the characters I was once again able to really feel like I knew them and the emotions that they were going through.




    In addition, Jill does a great job of incorporating previous characters from other books into this book. I think this is great because as a reader you like to read about previous characters to see how their love story has evolved.




    Lastly, I really loved the humor in this book. From Lucille the well-known gossip of Lucky Harbor to Aubrey’s cat who she inherited when she took over the bookstore.  Jill does a great job of combining fiction and real life things that happen in her life into a great story.








    Jill once again created a spectacular book and I can’t wait to read more books from her. I think that even though this book is a part of a series it can be read individually. There are only a couple spots in the book that they refer to things that happened in previous books.

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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    I won this book for free on Goodreads First Reads for a honest r

    I won this book for free on Goodreads First Reads for a honest review. Another enjoyable Lucky Harbor book.  Jill Shalvis knows how to write a yummy total alpha hero. Aubrey Wellington was known as the ‘hot but mean girl’ in high school.  And now is trying to make amends to all the people she hurt. Ben McDaniel  is on her list. Ben does not want any commitment to any one after losing his wife but he was drawn to Aubrey.  The sex was smoking hot but more the great story Jill wrote. The Lucky Harbor series is great. 

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

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    Hott Synopsis: Aubrey Wellington has always been bad news ¿ even

    Hott Synopsis:
    Aubrey Wellington has always been bad news – even she knows it – so, she’s angry but not terribly shocked that she winds up as fetter for a local’s tell-all that will ruin her remaining friendships and fledgling business.
    And then she walks into an AA meeting that changes her life. Not an alcoholic, Aubrey isn’t sure how she ended up in this room but it’s obvious it was meant to be when she hears another talking about atoning for their misdeeds. That immediately strikes Aubrey as the right thing to do. She can’t even care about fixing her past anymore – only making a silver lining for her future.

    Until she winds up falling for a biggie on her list – before she’s told him that she’s the one who destroyed his life…

    Hott Review:
    What I liked: Amazing! I loved this book!! Every word was a hypnotic picture taking me to another place! Thank you for the escape!
    What I didn’t like: As always, I really don’t enjoy the cursing or graphic intimacies.

    More…
    Author: Jill Shalvis
    Source: Grand Central Publishing via Netgalley
    Grade: A
    Steam: Scorcher
    Setting: Lucky Harbor, Washington
    Series: Lucky Harbor #9

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

    Very good book, I love this series. Aubrey is firey and strong.

    Very good book, I love this series. Aubrey is firey and strong. It seems most people do not like her in Lucky Harbor and that made me love her all the more. I couldn't put this book down, read it in 24 hours. This series is wonderful, each book is different from the others, so thats good. I can't wait to read the rest in this series. Jill Shalvis is wonderful!

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  • Posted April 6, 2014

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     I just discovered Jill Shalvis over the last few months and hav

     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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    I fall in love....

    Every time I read one of Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor books I fall a little more in love with the town and its citizens. Cant wait for the next one.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    Jill Shalvis continues to hit it out of the park with her Lucky

    Jill Shalvis continues to hit it out of the park with her Lucky Harbor series.  I loved that Aubrey wasn't always the good girl and was trying to make up for past mistakes.  And Ben...well Jill knows how to write about the hero.  He was fantastic.  One of my favorites of the series.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    I love Jill's writting, she always puts humor and romance togeth

    I love Jill's writting, she always puts humor and romance together in a great story. I love Aubrey and her decision to right her past wrongs and Ben jumping in to watch it happen and pick her up when it fails. The entire Lucky Harbour series is a must read in my opinion. When other authors get too dreary or heavy I pick up a Jill Shalvis to give me back joy and light, doesn't matter if its new or one of her first I love them all.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    Always read what Jill Shalvis writes she does not disappoint her

    Always read what Jill Shalvis writes she does not disappoint her readers...ever.

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