Thursday, February 20, 2014

*BLOG TOUR* Jill Shalvis's ONCE IN A LIFETIME Author Interview + Excerpt + Review + Giveaway!!

Welcome to my blog tour stop for Jill Shalvis's (aka one of my favorite authors EVER) newest Lucky Harbor novel, ONCE IN A LIFETIME (aka one of my favorite books of the series).
I have Jill at the blog today for a little Q&A.

Then, stay tuned for an excerpt, my review, and a giveaway!!
Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

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?

Q&A with Jill Shalvis

What scene did you have the most fun writing?

Oh I have quite a few from this book! When Aubrey throws her drink in Ben’s face, when she runs and hides out in an AA meeting and makes friends with the pastor, when Ben figures out she’s writing a list of people she’s wronged and he wonders that it’s not a lot longer than it is, when Aubrey gets a little tipsy and throws rocks at Ben’s window like a scene right out of the Say Anything movie …

Describe Aubrey a sentence

Aubrey: her heart’s in the right spot but she doesn’t like to lead with it, if that makes any sense.

Aubrey inherits a cat named Gus, who has quite the personality—was he inspired by a real life cat?

He was inspired by my own Satan—er, Sadie, who believes she is the queen of all humans.

Aubrey has some scandalous photos from her college days surface in her ex’s tell-all. Is there are anything from your past you wouldn’t want to see the light of day (but that you’re willing to share with us)?

Alpha Man has a photo on his phone that he snapped just as I was flipping him off. I’m not super proud of that moment, which of course is why he has it as my photo id when I call him…

What can your fans look forward to next in the Lucky Harbor series?

Next up is a Lucky Harbor trilogy for this coming summer and fall, It’s In His Kiss, He’s So Fine, and Once In A Million, the stories of the three sexy hot guys who run Lucky Harbor Charters.

And how about a super steamy excerpt?

“You’re incredible, Ben, you know that? You’re an insensitive, first-class jerk, and–”

He leaned in. “And what?” he asked, voice dangerously low.

“And…” Stymied at her ridiculous and constant reaction to him, Aubrey put her hands to his chest to give him another shove, but somehow got her wires crossed and she fisted his shirt instead.

“Dare me,” he said softly.

Oh, how she hated how well he knew her. “I dare you to kiss me,” she whispered, and then to make sure he did, she put her mouth on his first…

And now for my review:
*Spoiler-Free* REVIEW: Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014

*DISCLOSURE: ARC was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review


Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series is by far my favorite Adult Romance series. EVER. And I feel that that is really saying something. Shalvis manages to strike a perfect balance of steamy shmexy times, laugh out loud humor, and emotionally resonating storylines. Essentially, Jill Shalvis makes you laugh, makes you cry both happy and sad tears, and in between, makes you head in for a cold shower.

Not every book in the series is 100% perfect. But there is something so captivating and charming about each and every one that I revisit them all over and over again.

Once in a Lifetime, Ben and Aubrey's story is damn close to perfection for me. Aubrey is know as the "bitchy one" the one to stay away from. But her story line of trying to make amends for her past is so relatable and heartwarming that you can't help but want to have her as a friend.

Ben is a strong, sexy, intelligent alpha man that suddenly finds himself entangled with this woman that everyone, including himself, warns him to stay away from. Yet, he gets sucked in by the person he glimpses beneath the public perception.

This may sound like many other romance novels, and this is may be true. But what separates it out from the pack is the fantastic writing, characters you fall in love with almost instantaneously, and the uncontrollable grin you'll have by "The End".

Highly, highly recommended. See why Ben is one of my favorite Lucky Harbor heroes...

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.

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all the best, dear readers!


  1. Thanks so much for the lovely review and for having me here today!

  2. Maria Theresa SantosFebruary 23, 2014 at 5:10 AM

    I have not read any of her books yet