I've wandered around, finally found somebody who could make me be true. - Frank Sinatra, IT HAD TO BE YOU.
Jill Shalvis returns to Lucky Harbor with Book 7 in the series, IT HAD TO BE YOU. Shalvis kicked off the series with three sisters who run the B&B - Maddie, Tara, and Chloe - in Books 1, 2, and 3. Readers loved the characters from this charming coastal town, so Shalvis delivered three strangers-turned-friends - Mallory, Amy, and Grace - in Books 5, 6, and 7. This time, Shalvis kicks off another trilogy of male friends, hunky public servants, in IT HAD TO BE YOU.
Luke, a police detective in San Francisco, escapes from a case gone wrong to his grandmother's home in Lucky Harbor. He inherited it form her and thought his last renter had vacated it. Except the renter stranded his former girlfriend in the house - a complication that Luke does not need. Ali recognizes her instant attraction to Luke, thinking he is a burglar, when he catchers her nearly naked in his house. Soon they share the complications in their lives - he carries the weight of a murder victim; she is a theft suspect. Luke lends his expertise in helping Ali clear her name In return, she sprinkles sunshine in his life. The plot follows a familiar formula ... yet Shalvis adds her signature "sweet but sexy" storytelling to memorize readers once again with Lucky Harbor. In between the sizzling passion, Ali delivers a revelation to Luke that she has the power to be happy ... and he has the same power. It is a simple reminder of why I read romance - it makes me happy.
IT HAD TO BE YOU is a standalone novel where characters from previous books are referenced but do not steal the thunder from the new characters unfolding in the plot. Recommended read for those who seek an escape through cozy contemporary romance.
I received an ARC from the publisher for my independent review.