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review 2020-06-09 02:18
A Date for Good Luck (The Dating Series) by Heidi McLaughlin, L.P. Dover
A Date for Good Luck (The Dating Series) - L.P. Dover,Heidi McLaughlin




A Date for Good Luck by Heidi McLaughlin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

McLaughlin and Dover are a match made in romance heaven. Humor and heart collide to make beautiful music together. A Date for Good Luck gives temptation a little nudge. Kellan and Hope are joy personified. From laugh out loud to sweet sentiment, from start to finish my heart felt more than a little lighter. 

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Cover Reveal - The Dating Series
Series: The Dating Series
Authors: Heidi McLaughlin & L.P. Dover 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: MadHat Studios
It’s New Year’s Eve and Natalie has a rare night off from her shifts at the hospital. Determined to have fun with friends, she stops at a local store for provisions.
There, amongst the craft beer and pork rinds, she comes face to face with her high school boyfriend, Brennan McLean. He’s a rockstar. She’s a nurse. To say life led them in different directions would be putting it mildly. Still, time hasn’t lessened the electric chemistry between them. By the end of the night more was dropping than just the ball.
Convincing herself she could have fun without getting attached, Natalie treats herself to a weekend tangled in the sheets with him. But that lie she told herself pops faster than champagne bubbles.
With media rumors swirling around Brennan, can the pair find a way to make their unlikely relationship work? Or will Natalie’s resolution not to get her heart broken meet a painful end?
February is the month of love, but not for Sophie. One week before Valentine’s Day, she learns her boyfriend of two years has been cheating on her with one of his dental hygienists. As much as she wants to erase any trace of him from her life, she has no choice but to face him and his new squeeze at a huge Valentine’s Day bash that has fast become the social event of the season. No way is she going alone. What she needs is a beautiful hunk of arm candy... STAT. Sophie’s best friend, Ellie, proposes the perfect solution to her dilemma. Her brother Tanner, the smokin’ hot surfer, just got back into town and is more than happy to help Sophie prove she’s over her scumbag ex.
What starts as an act between Sophie and Tanner quickly swells into more. It doesn’t take long before Sophie finds herself wanting to ride more than just waves with the toned and tanned hottie. But when passion crashes over the pair, Sophie fears she’s putting her friendship with Ellie at risk.
Can Tanner convince her to give their love a chance? Or will the bonds of friendship repel Cupid’s arrow?
Kiss the Blarney Stone, Hope Dunn is going to need some good ole fashion Irish luck! In the chaos of tax season the Arizona accountant is pulled away to stand in her cousin’s wedding. All it takes is one step back in the Big Apple, and she regrets making the trip. True to character, her mother uses their time together to hound Hope about getting married and settling down. Still, Hope fulfills her bridesmaid obligations by joining the bridal party for a shamrock wearing, pint chugging St. Paddy’s day blow out. There she runs into best man—and smokin’ hot ginger—Kellan Townsend. Far too much green beer later, she finds out exactly what that fine Irish lad keeps under his kilt. Afterwards, Hope wants nothing more than to walk of shame her way into a dark room and nurse her hangover. Unfortunately, wedding demands won’t allow it. As if facing Kellan isn’t awkward enough, her mother picks that moment to launch into a fresh guilt-trip over her lack of grandbabies. Like a lucky little Leprechaun, Kellan cuts in with a magical offer.
A pretend romance, to get her mother off her back, seems like a wish granted. But Kellan has an agenda all his own. Can he use this opportunity to jig his way straight into Hope’s heart? Or will he need a four-leaf clover to get past this workaholics defenses?
Allison Wood is single and not looking to mingle. Unfortunately, her sister, Erin, doesn’t take no for an answer. As the producer of a new reality TV show, that turns a traditional Easter egg hunt into a dating show, Erin believes her sister would be a perfect contestant and secures her a spot. Instead of cozying up at home and biting the ears off a chocolate bunny, Allison finds herself in Aruba hiding an egg while America watches. She could have been paired up with a slew of other guys. But who does fate match her with? Sexy fireman Hudson Bryant, who happens to be the same guy that made Allison’s high school years miserable. Go on a dating show, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. When viewers learn of their history, the pair instantly become a fan favorite. Everyone is eager to see how their story will unfold. For the good of the show, Allison agrees to play nice with the former jock... for now.
Can Hudson make amends for the past and crack through Allison’s hard candy shell to her cream-filled center? Or will her time with him leave a bitter, black jelly bean taste in Allison’s mouth?
For Brielle Armstrong the pomp and circumstance of the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby are truly the most thrilling time of the year. Press junkets, designer gowns, everyone schmoozing her in hopes of getting in her daddy’s good graces. What’s not to love? But this year, her heart is racing with anticipation to see Colby Hensley. As a former trainer of her family’s champion horses, his rugged sex appeal has always filled Brielle’s mind with naughty thoughts of a little barebacked fun. Even though Colby walked away from their farm, her father, Butch, would never approve of him. But what daddy doesn’t know can’t hurt him. If their secret comes out, it could cost Brielle everything. Still, what fun is life if you don’t ride it at a gallop? Grab your riding crop, and place your bets. It’s Derby Day!
Tee up for the long drive, it’s golf season! After winning the U.S. Open, Greyson Jennings couldn’t help but take playful jabs at Bryan Nelson, his prime competition’s, expense. His snarky claims during the press junction may have burned off like fog on the green, if a week later they hadn’t found themselves at the same golf resort. Hungry for a little payback, Bryan challenges Greyson to a grudge match: Grey and his best friend versus Bryan and his sister, Leah. Turns out, Leah is a ringer with a swing—and curves—that turn Greyson's thoughts to a hole in one of another kind. Unfortunately, Leah’s opinion of him has been formed by the many stories Bryan has shared. That may hurt this golfer’s handicap, but he’s nowhere near ready to give up. It’s game on as Leah agrees to meet Greyson on the green and go head to head with the hole as the goal. Can Greyson prove there’s more to him than an impressive club and a carefully crafted bad boy persona? Or will the sting of Leah’s rejection leave him in need of some alone time and a good ball washer?
Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.
Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and their three dogs.
In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for reading into a full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty novels, including the acclaimed Forever My Girl.
When writing isn’t occupying her time, you can find her sitting courtside at either of her daughters’ basketball games.
Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, has been adapted into a motion picture with LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe, and opened in theaters on January 19, 2018.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Everything’s sweeter in the South has always been her mantra and she lives by it, whether it’s with her writing or in her everyday life. Maybe that’s why she’s seriously addicted to chocolate.
Dover has written countless novels in several different genres, including a children’s book with her daughter. Her favorite to write is romantic suspense, but she’s also found a passion in romantic comedy. She loves to make people laugh which is why you’ll never see her without a smile on her face.
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review 2020-02-11 18:21
 The Good Luck Charm
The Good Luck Charm - Helena Hunting


I Picked Up This Book Because: Random pick from the library.

The Characters:

Carmen, Emory, Ethan’s parents

The Story:

The writing is fine. Concise and consistent, Ms Hunting is a good story teller however the story was underwhelming for me. I never reached that level of “don’t want to put the book down”. It was more like “I just want to be done”. The characters were good. I am curious to see if Carmen and Dr Lovely have a book in the future because I think there’s some chemistry there. (view spoiler) I think I just didn’t feel any kind of drama or urgency in the story. I know their lives were going to be impacted by potential trades but even the end of that felt anti climatic.

Overall it’s a decent book about second chance love.

The Random Thoughts:

The Score Card:


3 Stars
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review 2019-10-07 04:53
The Loner: Good Luck Grooms, Book 1 (The Bad Luck Wedding Series 8) by Emily March
The Loner: Good Luck Grooms, Book 1 (The Bad Luck Wedding Series 8) - Emily March



I've been a fan of historical romance as long as I can remember. Usually I go for the glamorous regency era, but this time I decided to try something new. The Loner rises above any expectations that I thought I had. Logan and Caroline take emotions on an adventurous route to romance. March intrigues with danger, tempts with passion and captures hearts with a whirlwind of emotion. I may just have to rethink my stand on western historical romance.

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review 2019-09-19 14:31
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis


I finished this book a couple of days ago but I needed some time to mull it over, to put my thoughts into order, and give The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis the kind of review it merits.


So what did I think of this book? I was conflicted but overall I loved it. Now, you might be asking yourself why I loved it if it also brought out conflicting emotions in me? That is a good question with many different answers but the most simple is that it was an incredibly difficult book to read; the subject matter (sex trafficking, prostitution, and sexual exploitation) was a heavy one and I wasn’t sure how this would work in a young adult novel. Whether it would be given the depth and nuance that the subject matter warrants. Even while reading, I was pretty tense wondering how the story would resolve.


Suffice it to say, it wasn’t necessarily an enjoyable read. However, it was a very important one and I’m glad I persevered. Despite the heavy topic, the were moments of levity and the inter-personal relationships between the characters were wonderful. I almost can’t believe this book is author Charlotte Nicole Davis’ debut – the writing is almost flawless and the story very engaging.


But, I’m getting ahead of myself. This story begins with a character, Clementine, one of the titular ‘Good Luck Girls’ of the title, preparing for her induction into the ranks, her ‘Lucky Night’ where her virginity is sold off to the highest bidder. At sixteen years old, it is now her time and the book opens with the preparation for this. She will soon be joining her elder sister, entertaining ‘brags’ (marks or clients), forced into a life of prostitution that there is no escape from.


This is a very clever narrative choice: you as the reader are sucked in right away. The nerves that Clementine feels, the growing sickness when you realize what is going to transpire hooks you in right away. When the dread manifests fully, and the absolute worst happens you feel the same sense of panic and fear that Clementine feels, you almost feel that it is you that is getting the life choked out of you when her client takes a vicious and violent turn. When she overcomes her aggressive ‘brag’, you feel nothing but relief, until you realize that Clementine has accidentally killed her client. You don’t feel bad for him, you just know Clementine will be the one who pays the ultimate price.


The novel then switches over to Aster point of view, Clementine’s older sister who has always been her protector, and stays there for the rest of the novel. Aster has been living the life of a ‘sundown girl’ for over a year now. She is angry, so very angry, at the helplessness of their situation. She would do anything, anything at all, to spare Clem from this fate but has, thus far, been powerless to help her.


When Aster discovers what has happened, she knows they have to try and make a run for it. There is no way in which Clem would make it out of the situation alive. Made difficult by the tattoos each girl adorns (which are infused by a certain magic that prevents them from removing or covering them up for any great length of time, thereby rendering them unable to escape their bondage), the two girls are forced to call upon two of Clem’s closest friends Tansy and Mallow (who have yet to become sundown girls), and one of Aster’s greatest enemies Violet (a fellow sundown girl who has always been the favourite: spoiled and entitled) to engineer their escape.


Somehow, beyond all expectations, the five girls do manage to break free of their house but they are soon embroiled in a deadly chase, pursued by raveners from their house (men able to torture them with powers and break their minds) and family members of the deceased patron who are seeking revenge. They meet both friends and foes during their travels, on a search to find the mythical Lady Ghost who legend states can remove their markings. A chance encounter with a young rangeman named Zee might be their salvation, or perhaps their downfall…


Well, this book certain packs a helluva punch! Gut-wrenching is the only word I can find to describe it. Gut-wrenching and heart-breaking at the same time. My heart bled for these young women: Aster, Clementine, Tansy, Mallow, and Violet. All of them had been through so much hurt. I honestly don’t know how they were able to pick themselves up and endure. Aster, in particular, really stood out. She was so fierce and protective of her sister (and later the rest of the girls). She was a wonderful character and I think it was a very good choice to follow her POV.


I loved the diversity of the main characters. Aster, Clem and Mallow are all POC as are many of the supporting characters. It makes their story even more meaningful.


There is little to no romance in this book (which I think is a necessary choice given the subject matter). If I held any criticism it is that the character of Zee felt a tad extraneous (and Clem’s connection with him felt a little bit forced) but that was only a very minor thing. I loved everything else: Aster’s strength, Violet’s resilience, Tansy and Mallow’s unquestioning support and Clementine’s goodness. These characters were all wonderful and will stick with me.


The ending did feel a little abrupt but I am glad to find out there will be at least one other novel (maybe more? I’m not sure). This story deserves to be told and I can’t wait to see how it develops. Aster and Violet are the ones whose story was most left hanging and I am eager to see more of these girls and their overcoming of their hardships.

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