Spotlight & Giveaway: It Had To Be You by Jill Shalvis

Posted May 28th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 58 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis to HJ!

Jill Welcome to HJ! It’s such a pleasure to have you here today

Let’s get started,  5 Random facts about you?


I’m wearing donkey slippers right this minute. I would rather handwrite my books than type except that I can’t read my own handwriting. I have the appetite of a 12 year old boy. I have a talent at turning the whites pink every time I do laundry. And I hate to drink coffee but love the scent.

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your Novels?

That a Happily Ever After is just as important as air. ☺

What is your favorite trope to read, one you will never get tired of?

Friends to lovers.

If you were a heroine in a book, your character would be – The girl next door, the damsel in distress, Kick-butt take charge heroine or the aloof ice queen and why?

Oh how I wish I could be a kick butt take charge heroine but the reality is that I’m the girl next door who probably needs saving.

What are you currently reading?

Myself, unfortunately. I’m reading the uncorrected proofs of Always On My Mind so it can go to press. ☺

If you had to summarize It Had To Be You for the readers here ….


We’ve got hot and sexy Lt. Detective Luke Hanover, and he’s having a hell of a bad time. After a high profile case goes very bad, he heads to Lucky Harbor to lick his wounds. Instead, he finds a half dressed brunette bombshell talking to herself in his house… Things get a lot stranger. And hotter.

Please tell us about the characters in your book

Hot Alpha Guy a little tired and cynical on life. Strong heroine temporarily down on her luck. Add them together, stir, and you get a combustible love story.

What scene did you have most fun writing? why?

The scene where Ali is wrongly accused of a crime and taken to the police station. Actually my fave scene comes right after that when Luke picks her up

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.
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.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013?

In It Had To Be You we meet Sexy firefighter Jack Harper, who is the hero’s childhood bff. Jack gets his story in Always On My Mind this September.

Where can readers get in touch with you? and/or and/or

Giveaway: 2 print copies of IT HAD TO BE YOU

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About the book:

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?



Lieutenant Detective Luke Hanover had been away from the San Francisco Police Department for exactly one day of his three week leave and already he’d lost his edge, walking into his grandma’s Lucky Harbor beach house to find a B&E perp standing in the kitchen.

She sure as hell was the prettiest petty thief he’d ever come across, at least from the back since she was wearing nothing but a white lace bra and a tiny scrap of matching white lace panties.

“You have some nerve you… you ratfink bastard,” she snapped into her cell phone, waving her free hand for emphasis, her long, wildly wavy brown hair flying around her head as she moved.

And that wasn’t all that moved. She was a bombshell, all sweet, womanly curves, barely contained in her undies.

“I want you to know,” she went on furiously, still not seeing Luke, “there’s no way in hell I’m accepting your break-up message. You hear me, Teddy? I’m not accepting it because I’m breaking up with you. And while we’re at it, who even does that? Who breaks up with someone by text? I’ll tell you who, Teddy, a real jerk, that’s who– Hello? Dammit!”

Pulling the phone from her ear, she stared at the screen and then punched a few keys before whipping it back up to her ear. “Your voice mail cut me off before I finished,” she said. “You having sex in your office while I was in the building? Totally cliché. But not telling me that you weren’t planning to resign the lease? That’s just rotten to the core, Teddy. And don’t bother calling me back on this. Oh, wait, that’s right, you don’t call – you text!” She punched the “off” button on her phone and tossed it to the counter, hands on hips, steam coming out her ears. Then she thunked her forehead against the refrigerator a few times before going stock still, her head pressed to the cool, steel door.

Had she knocked herself out? Luke wondered.

“It’s just one bad day,” she whispered, still in the perfect position for him to pat her down for weapons.

Not that she was carrying – well, except for that lethal bod.

“Just one really rotten, badass day,” she repeated softly, and Luke had to disagree.

“Not from where I’m standing,” he said.


About the Author:

New York Times Bestselling author Jill Shalvis wrote RESCUE MY HEART and FOREVER AND A DAY, along with many other romance novels including her acclaimed Lucky Harbor series. The Rita winner and 3-time National Readers Choice winner makes her home near Lake Tahoe. Visit her website at for a complete book list and daily blog, and for other news.

58 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: It Had To Be You by Jill Shalvis”

  1. Leanna Hiner

    I love how Lucille secretly takes everyones pictures secretly and then post them on Facebook. Only a cute old lady would get away with that.

  2. Amanda

    I love Lucille’s antics, and although those antics seem to amusingly annoy the people of Lucky Harbor, I find it adorable, and it just adds another layer to these already great books.

  3. Cari White

    Lucille totally rocks!!! I want to see her pics from a “Disco Night” where Chloe wins a bet, making Sawyer dress up like and dance as John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever”!

  4. Cindy Hamilton

    Getting ready to just start reading Jill’s books, so I have no opinion yet. She sounds interesting!

  5. Sharon C

    I love her! She is awesome! She only has the best interest at heart! Ok she loves to gossip!

  6. Krysten M

    Lucille is hilarious and totally awesome! Even though sometimes I just want to tell her to butt out, it wouldn’t be the same if she actually minded her own business. Her covert pictures make me laugh every time.

  7. Lori Meehan

    I love Lucille. She is hilarious and always in everyone’s business but truly cares about the towns people.

  8. Aline Tobing

    Ouch! I haven’t read a single book from the Lucky Harbor series yet *blushing
    I’ve plan to read them soon, though. They’re already on my TBR list 🙂

  9. Sharlene Wegner

    Not entering because I already won it! 🙂 However, just to say, I love all of Jill’s books & they are auto-buy for me! Can’t wait to read this one!

  10. Kai W.

    Lucille’s antics is quite annoying but then again, the people of Lucky Harbor just think she is eccentric. Being eccentric can be a wonderful alibi to do what Lucille does.

  11. Ada

    I find it hilarious what Lucille does! I’m sure if I was the one getting spied upon, I’d hate it but how else will everyone know? lol


    i too love lucille. she keeps it real. eligible bachelors … beware … looking forward to your next read, jill shalvis! 🙂

  13. Lea

    I love Lucille and her facebook antics….small town gossip is so fun, adding social networks and it just moves that much faster 🙂

  14. Aly P

    I like her 😀 I don’t think she does it with malice so it’s fun to see her status updates and polls and pics 😀

  15. Leslie Miner

    I haven’t read the books, but it sounds like she is a riot. Can’t wait to check it out.

  16. Rebe

    I live in a small town and find Lucille’s antics on FB HORRIFYING! FB is bad enough, because you’ll see someone post one thing and know exactly what/who the person is talking about. Ugh. So not fun. Lucille is hilarious in the book, but at this point in the series I’m ready for her to take a flying leap, lol.

  17. Lily B

    I have not read any unfortunately 🙁 not just yet. I only recently got a copy of one of her books so I am hoping to start it soon

  18. Megan Parsons

    I haven’t read any of them and am just learning about her books! Would love to win so I can start!

  19. Sue

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but they are next on my list. I think her antics on Facebook are funny.

  20. Donna Durnell

    I have not real any of the Lucky Harbor series – YET, But I definitely want to get started on the series just as soon as I get moved & unpacked and can draw a breath!

  21. Gmapeony

    Let’s hear it for Lucille. I have read several of Jill’s books and would be happy to win this latest one.

  22. Allison W

    I haven’t read this series yet, but like in your interview, I do like a friends to lovers romance, so I’m glad that’s one of your favorites to write!

  23. Shannon G.

    Well since I’ve only read a handful, I’m gonna say I still love her antics LOL Keep them coming!

  24. Marcy Shuler

    I like Lucille and just loved her Mysterious Hot Guy FB posts. LOL But if she were posting something about me I think I’d be very uncomfortable with it. I do want to live in Lucky Harbor though. 😉

  25. Erica Mitchell

    I like Lucille, and I like her Facebook Posts, some are good and some are bad, but most of them are all gossip, and for some people they like that, I love what she posts. She is a great addition and character in the Lucky Harbor series books, can’t wait to read more of Lucille in the books !

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