It Had to Be You (Lucky Harbor Series #7)

It Had to Be You (Lucky Harbor Series #7)

by Jill Shalvis

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Lost and Found Sisters comes a heart-warming and funny story about family, friendship, and love.

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?

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ISBN-13: 9781455521128
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Lucky Harbor Series , #7
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 232,223
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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.

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Twitter @jillshalvis

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It Had To Be You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
Jill Shalvis does not disappoint with this next installment in her Lucky Harbor Novel! I didn't think it was possible, but her writing just keeps getting better and better!! Ali is scraping by in Lucky Harbor, working in a florist shop, making her pottery, and volunteering with the seniors to name a few things! She is also in a relationship (or so she thinks!) with Teddy. Then before she knows it within 24 hours she's been dumped by Teddy, needs to find a new place to live, and is accused of stealing a lot of money! Luke, a detective who lives in San Francisco but has roots in Lucky Harbor, comes home to what he expects to be an empty house, looking for privacy, peace and quiet after a case goes drastically wrong. He hasn't been back to Lucky Harbor in 10 years when he felt like he let both his sister then his grandmother down. He craves a sense of home now but instead, in his kitchen he finds a mostly naked Ali, reporters trying to find him, and the local police arriving to question Ali about the missing money. Ali is proud, honest and strong. She has grown into a terrific woman who doesn't let life get her down no matter how rough things got when she was growing up. She really doesn't carry her baggage around, letting things get her down. But all that's happening now she's finding it harder and harder to be strong and alone. Before they both know it, Luke finds himself wanting to help her. Not only her, but the little things other people are coming to him for. Neither of them are looking for a relationship, especially one that can't go anywhere since Luke is leaving again soon. Ali and Luke spend a lot of time together though and soon it is harder to resist the magnetic pull they feel towards each other. Both of them insist to themselves and to each other that it can only be temporary, but can they keep their hearts out of their relationship? As they get to know each other better, the mystery of the missing money and trying to clear Ali's name keeps them busy. Can they help the local police find the missing money before Ali ends up in jail due to only circumstantial evidence? If the air clears and Luke goes back to his job in San Francisco can they move on apart? The more time Luke spends in Lucky Harbor and with Ali, the more he starts to feel whole love again. Leaving will be the hardest part for both of them. I loved, loved It Had to Be You!!! Jill's writing is flawless, filled with humor and love that had the book glued to my hands! I really enjoyed both Luke and Ali. Both of them were refreshingly honest. It was so great to read a romance that didn't have any of those little games some characters sometimes play when they hide parts of themselves. Luke and Ali fit really well together. Both of them have had a rough go at different times of their lives...Luke needs a little more help moving on and seeing things in perspective, and Ali is just the woman for him! It was great to see some of the secondary characters again (for example Lucille and her posse!!). It's a small town so they were an integral part of It Had To Be You, but they weren't overwhelming either. The storyline was great, Jill develops it smoothly and we are always right there with the characters. I can totally visualize Lucky Harbour in my mind and Luke out on the water!! I highly recommend this book to any romance reader, it's perfect!
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
Ali is having a very bad day when her boyfriend Ted Marshall dumps her via text messaging, leaving her in a house that the lease ran out on and where she comes face to face with Luke Hanover the homeowner who has returned to Lucky Harbor hoping to escape and spend some time alone. What he finds is a very angry Ali Winters who is in the middle of a temper tantrum on the voice mail of her dirt bag ex-boyfriend. When Ali's life falls apart the one person who seems to be in the middle of it all is Luke Hanover who is throwing himself into her money theft issue. He is determined to figure out who stole the money Ali's being accused of stealing. Through the course of this investigation we learn alot about Luke and his demons and Ali and her childhood and how she deals with things. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more!
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Ali Winters is having a crap day – and it all started after a text arrives dumping her, and notifying her that the lease on the house wasn’t renewed, so she was out of a place to stay as well. If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s a strange man in her house while she’s in her undies, and she can’t raise the asshat ex on the phone. Couldn’t be worse – right? Well – hold on, because it’s about to. The ex? He’s claiming Ali stole money earned from the fundraiser, and yes, she was in the ex’s office where the money was “kept”, that night before. Bad enough? It actually fits with what she’s come to expect from her life, however, since she’d had a rough life growing up and her recent arrival in Lucky Harbor was to be the start of everything looking up. Ali is smart, generous with her time and friendship, determined and resilient, and has just started to feel at home. And then everything went pear shaped: hell, she can’t even get a good temper tantrum up at the ex because of everything else. Luke Hanover is back in town after several years away, he also happens to be the man who appears in Ali’s house and catches her in her undies. It’s a far cry from what he’s been used to encountering as a member of the San Francisco PD, but he really wants just to get away from it all after a case went horribly wrong and all he wants is to regroup and relax, alone. He’s catching only some of Ali’s dust-up, but he won’t put her out on the street with nowhere to go, despite the end of the lease. And this little issue of ‘theft’ – he knows, in his guts and from his conversations (and perhaps the attraction) that Ali isn’t guilty – and he’s going to discover just who did steal the money. I loved BOTH Luke and Ali – and their interactions and attraction is clear- but I don’t know that I actually found them in love, not the full-on, all for one sort of love – but even their lusty moments showed promise of more – when they stopped and everyone could take a breath (and a cold drink). These two are like many of the couples in this series – they play well off one another and share bits and pieces of their past and their hopes after much testing of the waters. Narration in this book is from Annie Greene, and she captures Ali beautifully and gives a sense of who she is, and her sunny personality through the smile you can hear, frequently. Not to say Ali doesn’t have her moments, but she isn’t often sharp or pointed in a nasty way (except with her ex). Luke has that no-nonsense way about him, protective, a bit domineering when he thinks his way is THE way, but mostly he’s sweetly romantic, honest and just huggable. Other characters make appearances and are easy to distinguish, as is Luke’s rather jaded view of the world starting to be less negative, all due to Ali. Another lovely installment that was all about the individuals for me, and not really the mystery or the romance. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
hopofo More than 1 year ago
Once again Jill Shalvis is able to find the perfect combination of suspense, romance, and humor. She effortlessly introduces Luke and Ali making you feel as if they have always been a part of Lucky Harbor. I can't wait for the next story in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy reading jill shalvis books...its the best way to sit back and relax and let yourself fall into a lucky harbor series..thank u jill shalvis for another great it!!
clay_nook More than 1 year ago
Happy to be back in Lucky Harbor! This latest installment in the Lucky Harbor series is refreshing and fun. Jill Shalvis keeps the humor and sex appeal alive as Ali and Luke discover each other and themselves. A wonderful read, won't disappoint.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Jill Shalvis has easily become my favorite author of this genre. With her unique ability to breathe life into her characters, she has single handedly rejuvenated the genre and has become a force to be reckoned with! ~ Under the Covers In the highly anticipated seventh book of the Lucky Harbor series, IT HAD TO BE YOU, Jill Shalvis brings readers a sweet, determined and independent heroine in Ali Winters. Life hasn’t been too kind to Ali in recent months. Her boyfriend is a first-class jerk, she is low on cash, and she becomes the prime suspect of a robbery case. Add to that the fact that she is nearly homeless and if she can’t find a new place soon, she will be in big trouble. But trouble finds her instead in the form of a hot bodied, gun-toting, brooding and protective detective named Luke Hanover. Who just happens to be her landlord as well. Searching for an escape, Luke returns to Lucky Harbor to escape the prying eyes and questions of the media after a case has gone wrong. Though Ali and Luke don’t start off on the right foot, their chemistry is potent and will light a bonfire that readers can snuggle up to and enjoy. Shalvis takes a different approach to this book. Using Luke’s profession as a way to create an interesting plot, Shalvis creates a mystery that slowly unfolds itself in the book. I loved the idea, but felt that it was resolved a little too quickly in the end. I don’t think it will diminish reader’s enjoyment of the book though because there is plenty of antics to keep you entertained – quirky characters and hot sex are there in spades! I am DYING for more of Jack. He stomped right into this book and made a huge impression on me. With his protective ways and his little crush on Leah, I’m interested to see what Shalvis has up her sleeve. That being said, Ben also sounds like an interesting one. Shalvis is keeping him in the dark and if she continues her pattern, Ben’s book might just be the one readers have been waiting for! Jill Shalvis has easily become my favorite author of this genre. With her unique ability to breathe life into her characters, she has single handedly rejuvenated the genre and has become a force to be reckoned with! I forgot one last thing…. I CLAIM LUKE FOR MY HAREM!!! Hands off, hussies! *crazy eyes* *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What's not to love. THe bok has humor, sensitivity, suspense and sexuality. Love all the Lucky Harbor books
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Moonshadow~Wonderful!!! We only need one more to form Voltron! [Lol, just kidding]. Ok, so HQ is at bacon res three. Bios res one and rules res two. Our bios are at res two cause we're locked of res one. <P> BlackRose-"thanks so much for joining. If you could ask your friends to join the Cavaliers too,that'd be awesome. My intention is to get every clean rpger helping out to lock out dirty posters,so this is just the start. Anyway,I'll see you at bacon." Their leader walks out.
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Sorry, result four
julieford More than 1 year ago
Jill Shalvis is a genius and has created a town that anyone would love to live in. I think this is my favorite story so far. This book is about Ali, a sweet, giving and vulnerable person who loses her boyfriend, her job and is accused of stealing. Along comes Luke, a detective who returns home for a little peace and quiet vacation. Luke tries to help Ali clear her name and in the process they fall for each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lucky Harbor! There are so many HOT guys that are just so sweet! Luke was a great guy but hiding from everyone. Ali brought out Luke's protective side and these two also had some chemistry. Ali just couldn't catch a break for awhile, but with Luke by her side her luck seemed to change and so did Luke's. I love this series and Jill Shalvis didn't disappoint. I don't know how she does it, but every book is sooo good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.
Grandma_Tami More than 1 year ago
Ok I just read this whole series well up till the last one out and can't wait till the next one comes out! This Town sounds like a great place to be! I want to go visit lol Started with this one Loved it went back and made sure I had them all . Waiting for the next . I would recommend this series ! Love Laughs and yes some heat :D Thank you for this fun series !
cutiephinphin More than 1 year ago
Lucky Harbor has always been a favorite series of mine and I'm glad it can be read as a standalone as I, for the life of me, couldn't recall where Ali stood in this series. I gave up trying to figure out and continued reading the story as is. Ali seemed to be down in her luck... things just keep kinda going wrong for her, from when she was younger till now. Catching her boyfriend up in the neck with another girl to being dumped over text, having her iPod taken by her cheating ex and as if things just couldn't get any worse, she was accused of stealing the town's money.  While I wasn't captivated by the story initially, it gripped me when Luke came into the picture. There were a lot of funny and sweet moments between Luke and Ali that couldn't be missed. Luke who is currently on vacation, has some personal issues to deal with himself, guilt from work and from years ago. With some reluctance after some pressure from a group of grandpas who were fond of Ali, he gives a helping hand to Ali's case. I love the progression of Luke and Ali's relationship. Both of them are actually givers but they just do not realize it. Jill Shalvis is a master at writing sweet with funny and HOT scenes. I love the banter between Luke and Ali and it was an ooohh moment when they finally came together after a big circle. This book as well as the rest of the Lucky Harbor series are not to be missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. This was the first Jill Shalvis book I read but not the last. When I bought it, I didn't realize it was part of a series but was able to enjoy the story without feeling like I was missing anything.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite It Had to Be You (Lucky Harbor) by Jill Shalvis takes place on the coast of the Pacific Northwest in a town called (you guessed it) Lucky Harbor. The community is small, close knit, and your business is everybody else's business. Ali Winters moved here to reinvent herself. Originally from Tacoma, an area that offered nothing to her future, she finds her little niche working as a florist in the local shop. Her boyfriend is politically prominent and things seem to be going her way. Then she gets dumped by text, informed that the lease was up the day before, and what's even's already found its way onto Facebook. Luke Hanover has returned to his grandmother's home in search of solace after a very public case goes horribly wrong. She thinks he is breaking in. He thinks she's squatting in his house. What else can happen! How about being accused of the theft of $50,000 that was raised for a new community center..and the finger being pointed by the old boyfriend? The plot thickens from here, entwining through passion, compassion, heartache, and revenge.  Jill Shalvis has created a pretty believable story. It Had to Be You (Lucky Harbor) is one steamy, captivating read, to say the least. This book is not for the faint of heart. And you might want to be careful where you are listening if it is in audio book form. As in, don't have it blasting when you are driving past a daycare center or stopped at a traffic light! P.S. I am totally in love with Luke Hanover. Where the heck was he when I was young and single?!