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It Happened One Night

3.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  228 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Sometimes love finds you when you least expect it. Lana Biel has always wanted to shake the dust of Vermont off her feet and see the world, one exotic country after another. But when a lighthearted spring fling changes her life forever, she turns to the one man whose strong shoulders can lighten any burden; her best friend, Eli Ward. Eli has always been there for Lana--aft ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Forever (first published October 13th 2009)
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Rane
A single event can shape and change’s someone’s life forever..when a spring fling results with a surprise pregnancy, Lana Biel is faced with many changes in her life, with the outcome not only effecting her but her sister Karin who craves a child of her own and the man who has loved Lana for so long her best friend Eli Ward. With this single event changing and touching each of their lives leading them on a path of understanding, forgiveness and love........


It Happened One Night is a mix on con
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Emma
Nov 24, 2009 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was difficult for me to rate this book. Honestly, it's agood book. Lisa Dale really has a beautiful writing. The way the story was told was original and very emotional. Eli, the main character, was amazing. A solid beta hero with just a hint of caveman attitude... the best ;-).
He really was perfect, both in and out. Heck, every woman should have an Eli in her life !
And there stands part of the problem for me. Truth is, I really didn't like Lana (at all). Half the time I couldn't even underst
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Mandi Schreiner
Nov 10, 2009 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for review and didn’t know a thing about it. For some reason, I thought it was a historical romance, maybe because of the font on the cover. Of course, the couple wearing blue jeans should have tipped me off. When I read Lana taking a pregnancy test on the first page, I said Smexy, we are not in the 19th century. I did a little nose wrinkle, because a contemporary about a pregnant woman did not appeal to me. However, like any person obsessed with books, I persevered and I if ...more
Monica
Aug 28, 2010 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I don't usually read the softer romance; softer being the lovey dovey baby kind of romance, so I wasn't one hundred percent sure what rating to give this book. I don't like giving bad reviews but, I have to be honest here or nothing I ever review can be trusted, and like everything else, its all about individual preferences. Anyway, I had to force myself to get even 3/4 of the way through this book. I don't get how two people who are supposed to be best friends can't talk to each other about any ...more
Anne Holly
Feb 27, 2016 Anne Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-away
This took me a while to read, because there were days I had to force myself to pick it up. It's not that it's dull, exactly, though the date subheadings did make it feel like a real slog, for some reason. So, somewhat dull, perhaps, but the biggest issue for me is that it feels... gloomy? Depressing. All the way through, it made me feel so damned blue, even when it came to the HEA.

It's a dour, humourless book, full of sadness, misery, and poor mental health.

The older sister is so controlling a
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Christi Barth
Not as gripping as I hoped from all the hype. Felt like these characters could've resolved things with much less naval gazing in about 100 less pages.
Sara
Aug 10, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was very slow-paced with a melancholy feel to it that just made me feel sad whenever I read it.
Danielle
Dec 10, 2009 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-romance
This novel really disappointed me. I don't know if the story was slow or if it was just the characters. Or maybe the author tried to put too much in this one novel or overcomplicated the story. Overall the novel was just not that great. However, I had two major issues with this story. Firstly, in my opinion, the female characters were really annoying, especially the main female character, Lana Biel. She was portrayed as oblivious because she did not know that Eli loved her until everyone started ...more
Haley Mathiot
IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT by Lisa Dale
Genre: Romance
Rating: 3.5/5
Summary (From Goodreads): Lana Biel has always wanted to shake the dust of Vermont off her feet and see the world, one exotic country after another. But when a lighthearted spring fling changes her life forever, she turns to the one man whose strong shoulders can lighten any burden: her best friend, Eli Ward.
Eli has always been there for Lana--after all, that's what best friends do. But Lana isn't the only one hiding something. Eli
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Heather
Oct 24, 2010 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book had such a wonderful premise but fell short of living up to its potential. Eli and Lana have been best friends forever, but they both have their secrets. Eli loves Lana (and not in just a friendly way). Lana wants out of her hometown and the chance to explore, but stays at the family business to support her sister, Karin. Karin is smart, driven, and looking to be a mother, but it isn't happening. Eli is wonderful - smart, well-traveled, and slightly wacky. Lana is family-oriented and q ...more
Hilcia
Back in June I read and reviewed Simple Wishes by Lisa Dale, it was her first book and one of my random picks. Although I found that story a bit unbalanced, I really enjoyed Ms. Dale's writing and thorough character development. At the time I said I would look for Ms. Dale's next release and I'm so glad I did.

In It Happened One Night, I found the beautiful turn of phrase that I liked so much in Lisa Dale's first book, the thorough characterization I enjoyed, interesting and arresting secondary c
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Amy A
Mar 20, 2011 Amy A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very frustrating to get through, but at the end it became very satisfying. A good portion of the book was spent with Eli and Lana both brooding over their feelings for one another and the repurcussions of what could happen if they explored those feelings. I was nervous that they (especially Lana) wouldn't admit that they loved each other. I was really happy when Eli finally took the initiative to go for what he wanted and give it a try. I was glad that he knew Lana well enough to u ...more
Frana
Dec 15, 2009 Frana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what I thought about Lana at the beginning, I couldn't understand her way of thinking and her behaviour. But after few pages, things started to make sense to me and I could connect with her and understand her. I loved Eli from the beginning, I could empathize with him. He was so in love and didn't know what to do with his relationship with Lana. Lana's sister Karin was everything you expect from the person that cannot have a child. Although her husband suffered as well I don't thin ...more
April
Jan 13, 2010 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the synopsis of It Happened One Night by Lisa Dale, I knew immediately that I had to read it. Not only did it sound like a fun read, but a perfect story of love, laughter and, of course, tortured hearts. I wasn't let down.

Lana and Eli have been best friends forever. They have a special bond and connection that has carried them through years of friendship - not to mention a memorable night in college, where friendship was taken passionately to the next level. Afraid of losing her be
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Pamela
Sep 05, 2011 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
review courtesy of Romance Junkies (rated 3.5 BR):

Lana Biel is ready to leave Vermont behind and see the world. The only thing holding her back is her sister and Lana wants to be there for her when she is finally able to start a family of her own. So for now, Lana will be content to be near her only family, her good friend Eli, and working at the place she loves. After a date, Lana heads home and is more than surprised when she discovers Eli waiting up for her. Eli has been gone on a trip and h
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Gaby
It Happened One Night raises many of questions that I'd spent hours debating with my college roommates and single friends. Can men and women be friends or will attraction get in the way? Is it better to stay best friends with a guy than risk losing that special closeness? Lana and Eli face these questions in detail in It Happened One Night.

The novel contains the elements of a good romantic comedy - a shifting love triangle, beautiful people completely unaware of their appeal, and best friends th
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Lynda Coker
Nov 17, 2009 Lynda Coker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
My Thoughts

Complicated family relationships entangled with an even more complicated love interest kept me reading to see how Lana would resolve her mostly self-imposed problems. This book is definitely character driven, and while romance is not the focal issue, it’s an important part of the whole.

While beta males are not my favorite, Eli proves his manly worth by his unswerving devotion to Lana. Lana, on the other hand, sometimes infuriated me with her torturous treatment of Eli. I must confess
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Kelly Moran
Nov 04, 2009 Kelly Moran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
Author Lisa Dale grew up in rural Northwestern New Jersey before attending McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. She worked briefly in publishing before going back to school to get an MFA in fiction at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Other titles include: Simple Wishes. Lisa resides in New Jersey with her fiancé, Matt.
Lana Biel has always had dreams of traveling the world and leaving Vermont behind. After a rocky and lonely childhood, because it was her sister that got her through, Lana has
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Patti TheLoveJunkee
I'd seen a lot of buzz around the internet about this book and even though it's got a pregnancy plotline (which I usually RUN away from) I wanted to read it. I'm glad I did.

Lana Biel co-owns a flower and seed store with her sister, Karin. Lana is a free spirit, she's always wanted to travel the world and plans to, as soon as her sister is settled in with her husband. Karin and her husband want a baby but so far have been unsuccessful in their atempts to conceive naturally. Lana's best friend El
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Erin
Feb 07, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
If you're looking for an unpredictable romance, this is the book for you. I was captivated from page one. This is one of those 'can't put down' books, so make sure you have time to read it when you start.

This was my first book of Lisa Dale's, and I can tell you that it won't be my last! Lisa Dale's writing style is beautiful and the characters in this book are very believable - they seem so real. You get to know each of them on a personal level and you feel as if you've known them forever. I fe
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Katrina
Dec 12, 2009 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lana and her sister have survived this crazy thing we call life by depending on no one but each other. Lana's best friend Eli has just come home from a long trip and has returned to tell Lana he loves her, only can Lana open up her heart enough to let him in as more than a cherished friend? After he finds her in a relationship with another guy on the night of his return will he even tell her he is in love with her?

Lana has an affinity for plants and all things green and growing. This book has in
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Mary
Dec 11, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2009
Another win from First Reads...can't wait to read it!

ETA: I received this book this week, just as I was finding myself in a reading rut, and it was the perfect thing to drag me out of that rut. It was an easy-to-read, nicely flowing story that didn't require me to think too hard. Sometimes, that is exactly the kind of book I need!

I really liked the characters in this book and found them very believable. While there were times that the main character, Lana, annoyed me, everything she did was in k
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Kerry
Jul 08, 2014 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The age old question is answered in the cute and light story...can men and women be just friends. Lana and Eli have been friends forever. Lana decides to go out on the town and ends up with more than she bargained for in a one night stand. The family dynamics of a horrible upbringing, the sister who helped raised her and desperately wants a family of her own makes this story touching at times. The sister goes overboard and is very manipulative which was tough to understand. Eli is the light in t ...more
Lori
I recieved this book as a giveaway from Goodreads that I signed up for. The book is about relationships - sister/sister and those sisters with a father who comes back into their lives; it is about best friends who have been in love with each other for years but have denied it for various reasons; and its about infertility and what women struggle with; an unexpected pregnancy and what happens when dreams change. Also it takes place in Burlington Vermont which is a wonderful setting as I grew up a ...more
Denise
Oct 04, 2011 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to get through this book. I can usually go through a romance in one to two days. It took me two weeks to get through this book. I felt like I was just plodding along. You just want to tell Lana (the protagonist) to get on with it already. The book could have been about half as long and the story would have been tighter and would have had a better flow.

The story line was good but typical and you knew what was going to happen from pretty much the beginning but that isn't what th
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Aksana
Dec 21, 2009 Aksana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, firstreads
I received a copy of this book through FirstReads. The characters really seemed real which made me sympathize with them; their feelings, thoughts, and actions could have happened in my town. I was especially drawn to Karin--her intentions were sincere and even though she could have become really despising of Lana's easiness in life (or so it seemed to me), she was always there doing the right thing. I don't think this would be a book I would have picked up at a store/library, but it still ended ...more
Hadiya
Jul 08, 2011 Hadiya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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Becca
Feb 17, 2010 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very captivating. It tells the story of two best friends and their morphing relationship as they go through the trial and errors of life. An unplanned situation occurs that the female, Lana must deal with which alters the life of not only her, but also the lives of her sister Karin and her best friend Eli. This romance is a haunting read of friendship, family, and romance that will stay with you the rest of your life.
Annette
Sep 14, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-2012
My first book of Lisa Dale. I have to say I'm not disappointed at all. The story is amazing, very emotional and very REAL.
Women should have an Eli Ward in their lives. He was beautiful inside and out. Lana, the main charatcer, was a bit stressful for me. I wanted to slap some sense into her.
At the end, the book got me shedding a few tears. It was a lovely ending!
I so want to read more book by this author.
Nazirah Hussin
well, this is book is basically about a girl, having her own self issues =.= then got a very good close guy friend that supports her everytime....and she happened to be pregnant of other guy's child (which was a one night stand thing).... spoiler alert, she and that dude (her best friend) end up together. the end xD it was quite a time when i read this book. so, basically, okay the book :)
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A lifelong bookworm, Lisa Dale is a firm believer that there are few things in life better than curling up with a novel and a cup of tea. Lisa Dale grew up in rural Northwestern New Jersey before attending McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. She worked briefly in publishing before going back to school to get an MFA in fiction at Fairleigh Dickinson University. A nominee for Best New America ...more
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