Monday, October 13, 2014

It Had to Be You by Jill Shalvis

This is Lucky Harbor #7. Ali is waiting for her boyfriend, Teddy, to pick her up for fundraiser. But he must have forgotten. So she heads over there. She sees him but doesn't get to speak to him. After the ceremony, she heads to his office and hears him with another woman. She is so upset. SO she heads home. Ali had moved in with Teddy two months earlier when her apartment building was closed for repairs. She gets a text from him breaking up with her and also telling her that he was moving and the lease expired on 5/31, which was yesterday. WOW! No boyfriend and now homeless. Just then she hears someone in the other room. It turns out to be the owner, Luke Hanover. He has come home for a three week vacation. She tells him she just found out what Teddy did. Luke says she can stay for the night. She tells him that she has a couple of leads on apartments. But when he finds out where they are he says no way is she going there. They are unsafe. Ali and Luke are starting to become friends.
Then she is taken into custody for stealing $50,000 from Teddy's office. She did not take the money. Luke decides to help her. He is a cop in San Francisco. Will they find out who took the money before the police arrest her? Are they falling in love? Luke is not a relationship guy. He seems to hurt everyone who cares about him. But Ali is special.

From the author:
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 some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he helps Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke’s own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling? Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor?
She did her best to appear as though she hadn’t just been sitting in an interrogation room for hours being questioned about a crime she hadn’t committed. But as it turned out, the pretense was far too much for her overloaded emotions, and she closed her eyes, trying to disappear into the seat. If she disappeared, then he couldn’t see her fall apart.
“You okay?” he asked.
Her throat tightened further, and she shook her head. Nope. Not okay. Not even close. “Don’t,” she said.
“Don’t what?”
“Don’t be nice to me right now. I’ll lose it.”
With surprising gentleness, he pushed the hair from her face, then clicked open her seatbelt.
It was all the invitation she was going to get, and all the invitation she needed. Turning to him, she burrowed in as steady, strong arms closed around her. He stroked a hand down her back, and she pressed her face into the crook of his neck, soaking in the warm comfort he offered.
It was the safest and most secure she’d felt in far too long and she wasn’t sure she was going to be able to let go.
“Ali.”
Afraid he was going to pull away before she was done soaking him in, she squirmed a little closer. “Please not yet.”
He tightened his grip. “It’s okay. I’ve got you.”
Thank God. For just this one second, someone had her.
Pages: 344
Published: 2013

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