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It Had to Be You
Jill Shalvis
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It Had to Be You (Lucky Harbor #7)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  8,596 Ratings  ·  766 Reviews
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 s ...more
Published May 28th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 26, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

4.5 Stars

“Didn’t see that coming.”

“Didn’t see what coming?”


It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis was yet another sweet, tender, funny and light-hearted addition to this wonderful contemporary romance series. This book made me laugh out loud, had me swooning over sexy Luke and definitely left me happily sighing when I finished. Once again this author made me fall deeply in love with her characters and this series. <3 <3 <3



No, she wasn’t okay, not even a little bit. She’d been uncerem
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

It Had to Be You, the latest addition to my Lucky Harbor addiction, further solidifies Jill Shalvis’ place on my list of top contemporary romance authors. Like all the books in the series, It Had to Be You is romantic, funny, and sexy, with a story that pulls you in and characters who keep you coming back for more, first page to the last.
On the Cover:

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 h
Mersina Stark is a Bookwhoreasaurus

Elizabeth (Liz)
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

GENRE: Adult Contemporary Romance
ANGST LEVEL: Drama free! This is a feel-good book!!
NOTE: This is book #7 in the Lucky Harbor series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I always suggest reading the whole series.
RELEASE DATE: May 28, 2013

4.5 Stars!

I think I've said it before, but brace yourselves because I'm about to say it again. Jill Shalvis books are my comfort food. When I'm feeling off, feeling blue, feeling scared or worried...I gra
Oct 26, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In case you weren’t aware – Jill Shalvis is one of my all-time favorite contemporary authors. She knows how to write sexy alpha heroes that make you weak in the knees. She excels at writing funny, lighthearted, exciting, and steamy romantic contemporaries that make me excited for her next book every time. And I can always count on Miz Shalvis to put a cheesy smile on my face, make me laugh out loud, and make me happily sigh as I fall in love with her characters.

Ali Winters has been completely s
Duchess Nicole
A cute, sweet, lighthearted read from Jill Shalvis. I feel like I always say the same things about her books. She's a good contemporary romance author but never my favorite. I don't feel the emotional punch that I get from authors like Kristan Higgins or Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I think that's just a random personal preference, as I know a lot of die hard fans of hers. I like a little more depth to the protagonists and more time spent with them in their pasts, possibly just more headspace explo ...more
3.5 Stars

It Had To Be You brings us the story of Ali Winters and Detective Luke Hanover. Ali is warm and caring, always ready to offer a helping hand. She’s very optimistic but the latest events have her stressed and fraught with worry. Not only did her douchebag of a boyfriend dump her, but most of the town now believe she’s a thief. How could they not when all evidence points to her guilt.

Detective Luke Hanover is in need of a little R&R after a high profile case goes bad. After years of b
Jill Shalvis' seventh addition to her Lucky Harbor series. Ali Winters works at the florist shop in Lucky Harbor and lives with boyfriend, Teddy Marshall. Well, she did until he texted her and told her they were through and the lease was expired on the rental house. And she discovers he was cheating on her. Then she discovers the owner of the rented house, Luke Hanover, has come home for some needed rest. Then the police want to arrest her for stealing 50K. And through it all Ali keeps her optim ...more
Jenny E
Jun 10, 2013 Jenny E rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More of the same from Jill Shalvis. I really liked her stories at first, but they're all the same. I spent the first quarter of this book trying to convince myself I hadn't read it already! It's always the florist/baker/spa girl and the cop/firefighter/doctor guy, one's a commitment-phobe and/or leaving soon with a messed up past and a poor-me or guilt-ridden attitude. I don't mind this plot, but now we're going on book 8 and it's getting old. Yeah, I think I'm done with Lucky Harbor.

May 31, 2013 Jillian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In theory, Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series should be an all-time favorite of mine. There's the requisite cozy and quirky small town setting, a liberal dose of humor in lieu of overwrought angst, adorable pets, and heroes who are strong and protective without being the scarily angry, controlling headcases who pass for "alphas" in many other series. So I keep trying to fall in love with these books, but am always left mysteriously underwhelmed. I think it primarily comes down to my just not connectin ...more
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
Book Basics

Genre : - Contemporary Romance
Series : - 7th in the series (1st in the "3rd" trilogy of the Lucky Harbour series)
Love triangle? - (view spoiler)
Cheating? - (view spoiler)
HEA? - (view spoiler)
Would I read more by this author? - Yes
Rating - 5


It has been awhile since I visited Lucky Harbour, and again an excellent addition to the series.

I again loved both main characters, and love how there is not too much "ang
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

I know I'm giving this series a lot of —okay, only— 5 stars, but it really works for me. It is maybe not the most original, it certainly do not compete for novelty, but the recipe is SOLID. If you are looking for romance, sexy times and humor, look no further, Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series is what you need!
I'm enjoying myself book after book, wishing Lucky Harbor existed, wishing to stay there, wishing for the smile it puts on my face would never falter.

All the secondary characters
I'm a big fan of this series and have really liked every story...until this one. I LOVED it!

It's one of those rarities where you have equally strong feelings for both main characters. Ali Winter has had a tough life but through it all, she's held her head up high and believed life would get better, not in a sappy way but more resolute. You couldn't help admiring her spirit. The town loves her.

Luke Hanover is one of the good guys, the person you can count on to do the right thing but underneath
4.5 stars

I was starting to worry a little, Jill. The last book I read by you was a clear miss for me. Add in the fact that I've been getting tired of your tried and true plot formula and I thought perhaps our time together had run its course.

And then you gave me Luke.

And then I was happy.

Love, Bri

Above all else, I really truly loved both characters in this one. And not just the two main characters, but the secondary characters as well. One thing Jill does well is making those bromances real and
Anne OK
Jun 03, 2013 Anne OK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Another fun-to-read addition to the Lucky Harbor series from Jill Shalvis. Though not my favorite of the lot, it's always an easy and delightful visit with a town full of great characters. Luke and Ali clicked and the dynamics between them worked well. With each visit, I'm always eager to see what the seniors have up their sleeves. Luke's granddad made me laugh, cheer and even tear up a bit. One thing for sure, Jill never fails to provide a great story that ends in happily-ever-after.
Jun 02, 2013 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This was an awesome book - loved it!
May 24, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B+

Ali is really having a tough time of it. Her job as a florist is in jeopardy, she finds out her boyfriend (who she’s living with) is cheating on her, she’s homeless and she finds herself as the lead suspect in a robbery case involving money her now ex raised for a new town center that’s gone missing. And yet through all this, she still tries to keep a smile on her face. I loved this heroine. She tries to make the best of every situation and
Jane Stewart
2 stars. It was ok, but I wanted it to be over. That’s not a good sign.

The author had some good ideas and interesting characters. But when it came to filling in 300 pages, it just wasn’t special enough. At the end a small thing bothered me because it was predictable.

(view spoiler)
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

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 ho
A Tasty Read Book Reviews
As if the LUCKY HARBOR Series could GET any better....Well....Jill ya did it! I LOVED IT HAD TO BE YOU!! Luke and Ali....well....they stole my heart from their first meeting and took me on quite the Wild Ride!! OMG!!

Ali and Luke are definitely making TOP FIVE COUPLES of 2013 at A Tasty Read!! Ali....favorite Shalvis heroine....close competition...but she kinda ROCKS!!

Full Review

Jill Shalvis does Romance like Betty Crocker does Cake: Sweet, Satisfying and Can be devoured in One Sitting!

I thought
This is such a great book! I have only read two others in the Lucky Harbor series, with intentions to read them all, and this is hands down my favorite so far! Ali Winters grew up on the 'wrong side of the tracks'. Always the strong one, pushing the bad stuff down and looking on the bright side of things. She moved to Lucky Harbor to start over. A very crafty and talented florist/ceramics maker and teacher, all she wants is to make a better life for herself. Luke Hanover is a somewhat jaded dete ...more
If you have read this series and loved it as much as I do then you understand me when I say I want to live in Lucky Harbor. I love everyone that lives there and want to meet them all and visit everywhere that they go! Lucky Harbor is just that, lucky. It seems to be the perfect place to settle, start over and just live and be happy. I loved Ali Winters. So much worked against her at every turn but her attitude was always so positive. You believed no matter what happened, she was going to succeed ...more
Jun 21, 2013 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
LOVED IT, just like every book I've read in this series.

This is simply a terrific author that just knows how to mix romance and fun without crossing to the cheesy side. HOW NOT TO ADORE THAT? It is not easy to find good romance. I just hate it when a story gets too sweet and corny. Jill Shalvis and her lucky harbor series are perfect for those of you who enjoy the romance genre. More than anything I love her characters. They just seem real and down to earth.

This was another great addition to an
It Had to Be You

The Characters:

Ali Winters
Luke Hanover

The Story:

Super cute, super fun, super hot. Luke and Ali had chemistry from page one (or whatever page they met on). A wonderful villain, a delightful mystery and the beginning of a beautiful relationship, what’s not to like.

The Random Thoughts:

4 Stars
Jun 17, 2013 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lawyers (it will drive you insane)
After being unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, Ali convinces a cleaner to let her into his office so she can retrieve an earthenware pen holder she made for him. When $50,000 dollars is stolen from his office she immediately becomes suspect number 1.

It Had to Be You is cute and fluffy contemporary romance, it's predictable but entertaining. It's very much Jill Shalvis painting by the numbers. Not bad but a long way from her best.

Kellie G.
Feb 05, 2014 Kellie G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 sweet & sexy stars!! Jill Shalvis knows how to write a great contemporary romance. This series is one of my favs because the characters are so lovable, fun and sexy. Even though I've read this series in order, it could easily be read as a stand alone. I love the town of Lucky Harbor and wish I could spend some time amongst its colorful residents.
May 23, 2013 Dabney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

this review was originally published at

Dear Ms. Shalvis:

I suspect you could write yourLucky Harborbooks in your sleep. That is as much a testament to their sameness as it is to your skill. Every book in the series–with the exception of the second,The Sweetest Thing–features a young woman either facing a problem or needing to reboot her life, a super-hot guy who struggles to with themarriage and babies are your futurething, good female friends who constantly tell the heroine
Mandi Schreiner
May 31, 2013 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Favorite Quote: “I really want to hit him,” she said.

“Bloodthirsty,” he murmured, taking her hand, running his thumb over the pulse racing at her wrist. “I like it.”

Ali’s bad day starts when her boyfriend breaks up with her by text. It only gets worse when he tells her he has given up the lease on their house so she must move and she finds out he has been cheating on her. Ali works in the local florist shop in Lucky Harbor. A small town that is now all a titter that Ali and Teddy have broken up.
Mar 12, 2013 Cherise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ali Winters has a job and a house that she loves. She is also dating and living with what she thinks is her perfect man… that is until she catches him with another woman in his office and later ends up getting dumped by him via text. Suddenly the perfect life she thought she had turns even crappier when money goes missing and Ali is the #1 suspect.

Luke Hanover returns to his house in Lucky Harbor after being away for several years. A case he was working on went bad and he needs to lick his wound
Nov 24, 2013 LaFleurBleue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is in line with the previous in the series. It does not have anything very new, special, striking or deep-moving. I can't reach the 5 star for this book, or the other in the series, as it misses some heart-wrenching moments to make it unforgettable. However it just flows and reads very easily and very pleasantly from the first page to the last.
Though part of the Lucky Harbor series, this book is part of a sub-trilogy with 3 friends, Luke, Jack and Ben. I was slightly put off to realiz
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“I'm not defined by what people think of me. My happiness comes from within.” 14 likes
“I know I might look like a ball of fluff," she said, "but I'm not. Not even close. And the fact that I get up each morning and put a damn smile on my face is the same as... Batman putting on his cape."
"I'm not done. It's... protection. It's my shield. It's me waving my middle finger to the world because I choose to be happy. The bottom line, Luke, is that I know what matters and what doesn't.”
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