Exclusive Excerpt (+ Giveaway): Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

Posted February 3, 2014 by Holly in Giveaways, Promotions | 22 Comments

In two weeks Jill Shalvis will release the next installment in her Lucky Harbor series, Once in a Lifetime. Today we have an exclusive excerpt to share and a giveaway.
Once Upon a Lifetime


After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in

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 . . . 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.

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

Read the excerpt: 

He crossed the street and hit the pier. Far below, the waves smashed against the pylons and rocks. Everything was

closed, but strings of white lights had the entire length of the pier glowing into the dark night. He stilled to listen and heard the soft click, click, click of heels. Gotcha, he thought, and followed.

He didn’t catch up with her until the very end of the pier. She’d sunk to a bench, pulled her legs up, and had her arms wrapped around her knees. Facing away from him, she was looking out into the inky night.

When he sat next to her, she jumped a little and then glared at him. “I swear I’m going to buy you a bell for your neck.”

He didn’t smile. Couldn’t, because her face was wet, and her mascara was smeared slightly beneath her eyes. The sight made his heart stop. “You’re crying.”

“No, I’m not.”


“Damn it, I told you sometimes I get something in my eyes.” She swiped angrily at her face.

Sighing, he slid a little closer and put an arm around her.

She resisted, but he simply held on, and then suddenly she sagged against him. “You really piss me off,” she murmured, and turning to him, buried her face in his chest.

He wrapped both arms around her and pressed his head to hers. “I know.”

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jill-shalvis-2012-fullshotNew York Times and USA Today bestseller Jill Shalvis is the award winning author of over four dozen romance novels, including her sexy contemporary and award winning Lucky Harbor series (FOREVER AND A DAY was one of Amazon’s Top Romances for 2012). She won a Rita for SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE and is a 3-time National Readers Choice winner as well. Make sure to click on the blog button above for her daily blog where she recounts her Misplaced City Girl adventures.



Once in a Lifetime will be available February 18, 2014 from Forever. You can pre-order it from here or here in e-format.

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22 responses to “Exclusive Excerpt (+ Giveaway): Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

  1. Kristina

    Simply Irresistible – I’ve never come across this series, but I’ll definitely be reading it now!

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