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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?
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By Cindie on 03-17-14
BEST OF THE LUCKY HARBOR SERIES SO FAR!
Would you listen to Once in a Lifetime again? Why?
YES! Annie Green did a fantastic job narrating this wonderful story.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Once in a Lifetime?
I don't know if I can pick just one memorable moment. This was a story of a woman trying to make amends for things she had done when she was younger and a man coming to terms with his lot in life, so there were several. I think though. If I have to pick one, it was when Kendra, a 5 year old girl spoke to Ben for the first time. She was abandoned by her father and her mother and grandmother had both died. She was living in a foster home when Ben met her and her twin sister, Pink. Ben had gotten her father back in the picture, and when Kendra fears Ben is going to leave, she talks to him. It was simple, sweet, and a tear jerker.
Which scene was your favorite?
I think my favorite is when Ben finds out about Aubrey's list of people she wants to make amends to. Ben is on the list and Aubrey does not want him to see it or know about it. Ben holds it up and away from her and she grabs his shirt and twist his chest hair. It was funny and I found myself laughing out loud and rewinding to hear it again.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I think it was a concept that really moved me. Aubrey, and the town, feel that Aubrey is selfish and mean spirited person. But it seems to me that every thing she has done to the people on her list was due to some injustice she is angry about. I loved her. She is strong and funny, and has sharp wit. The best thing about her is her capacity to care hidden behind her bitch attitude. She is great.
Any additional comments?
I love a romance with humor. Jill Shalvis always gives a lot of that with her romance and I was so glad to hear Annie Green bring it life with spot on timing and how she took on the characters and made them real. She is a perfect fit for Jill Shalvis's writing style and I hope they pair up again with the next story in this fun and wonderful series.
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By Susan on 09-03-14
Feel good romance
I have to admit I love Jill Shalvis books, but her Lucky Harbor Novels are a bit hit and miss for me. I liked this book. Not brilliant, but I still give it four stars because it was exactly what I expected from this sort of book. A nice romance with a bit of spice, a few bumps along the way and then neatly tied up at the end. The plot line is nothing too demanding but sometimes that is what I feel like listening to. At first I was not sure that I would like the heroine - she had been a bit of a bitch in the past (freely admitted) and done some pretty mean things, but as the story develops you start to understand her a bit better and come to like the person she has become. I do get a bit annoyed with the constant small town gossip built into the story - would the other residents really boycott the heroine's store opening just because they didn't like her personal life? That just strikes me as petty, small minded, and small town bullying. It would have been nice if they are rallied around her and supported someone who was, after all, trying to open a new business in their community. Apart from that niggling complaint I think this is a good addition to the Lucky Harbor series.