Once in a Lifetime (Lucky Harbor Series #9)

Once in a Lifetime (Lucky Harbor Series #9)

by Jill Shalvis

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455521135
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Series: Lucky Harbor Series , #9
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 179,946
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.

You can learn more at:
Twitter @jillshalvis

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Once in a Lifetime 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
Wings_Girl More than 1 year ago
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!
Buzboo2LM More than 1 year ago
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.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: 5 Narration 5 Story 5 We’ve had a chance to meet Aubrey previously, and she’s still overcoming bad choices she made in high school, and the legacy that left her with. The former mean girl who was on the outside looking in, is still on the outside in most situations: she’s got two ‘friends’ who are also outsiders, but without the legacy she’s had to overcome. All Aubrey wants is to make her little bookshop a success, and for people to not instantly think of the girl she used to be before growing up and seeing how her behavior was hurting herself and others. Ben is back in town after several trying years, yet the town still sees him as the eternal good guy, with he and his ex-wife being the ‘perfect couple’. No one could, or should have to live up to this legacy, and Ben’s not even interested in trying for something else with someone else, let alone Aubrey – that mean girl from school. He can’t ignore that she’s attractive, and he’s been lonely and wants something, not permanent, but something. The back and forth is strong in this one – with a solid sense of the reality of small town life, where everyone knows your name and your early mistakes and behaviors are often ingrained as the only perception people have of you. It makes change, truly growing and changing difficult, as people are all too willing (in both Aubrey’s and Ben’s cases, to revert to the ‘long held’ impressions. It takes understanding (from these two and the town) to see the now, letting go of the ‘what was’ to see what is – and Shalvis brought these situations and attitudes forward in ways that feel natural and organic. Narration is again provided by Annie Greene, and she presented each character with a tone, feel and sense of themselves: even presenting the voices as they appeared in earlier books – the continuity adds to the understanding and recognition of each character as they appear, and that makes the listen feel just as if you are experiencing moments with the characters. A lovely presentation that brings the book to life. Possibly my favorite of the recent titles for Shalvis’ ability to present the pitfalls to a small town existence, and even the joys of being understood in ways that were honest and true, adding interest in the town and it’s residents in very real, if occasionally frustrating ways. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters and the story! Couldn't put it down! Jill Shalvis is amazing!
judiOH More than 1 year ago
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!
CrystalB18 More than 1 year ago
“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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story and characters by one of my favorite authors. Love Jill Shalvis!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful romance in Lucky Harbor. A great way to spend a winter afternoon.
hyjean More than 1 year ago
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!
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Lily1713 More than 1 year ago
I've read all the Lucky Harbor stories, "boy meets girl" - "girl meets boy" and they were enjoyable, quick reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lucky Harbor series continues to draw my attention. I enjoy getting to know more about newer characters and then getting to see them fall in love with another amazing man from Lucky Harbor. Reading about Aubrey and Ben's troubled lives then getting to read about them following in love was touching. I definitely recommend this book.
Wendylu4 More than 1 year ago
I have to say this ended up being one of my favorite Lucky Harbor books. I hadn't been to fond of Aubrey in previous books but getting to know her story we discover why she is the way she is. And she is trying to become a better person. I love the way Ben could see past her facade to the real person even though he didn't want too. A little too much time was spent fighting each other and their feelings, but still a great read. 5 stars.
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 !
PDQ11 More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this book very much. I like the friendships of the three shipowners of the women they have such a great time. There's a little mystery. A little romance. A fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great. I have enjoyed all of the Lucky Harbor Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series of books
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
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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DebbsM1 More than 1 year ago
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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