But sometimes life isn’t so carefree.
When Blake finds herself torn between the affections of two men, emotions that have been buried for years will be exposed. Derrick, a powerful CEO of a popular casino resort, instantly captivates her. Being drawn into his domineering passion, she bares herself to him in a way she least expected. With Landon, a successful attorney, she can be someone new; someone free from her haunting past. Each man evokes a different side of Blake. As both relationships grow stronger, walls will slowly begin to crack.
What will happen when the past slowly creeps its way into the present?
With two worlds filled with secrets and lies, it’s only a matter of time before they crash and truths are revealed.
Truth be told, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Luck of Love. I had expected this debut novel to be one of those gut wrenching I-think-I-love-both-of-these-hot-ridiculously-sexy-guys kind of novels. I thought there would be extreme angst and lots of tears causing me to want to chuck my kindle across the room and stomp around the house. What I got was more of a watered down version of that with some crazy Blake obsessed men thrown in for good measure.
The story revolves around Blake, a 22 year old college student. She’s been through some pretty tough stuff in her life and has built some sturdy walls around herself. Letting only two people in, Rachel and Dean, Blake has an almost bitchy attitude about her. In all honesty, I liked her no nonsense approach to strangers. Women should have a little sass to them; it keeps things interesting. Blake works as a bartender at a local bar. Probably not the best job for someone who keeps herself guarded. Then again what do I know?! Working one night, a tasty looking man (Derrick) wanders into the bar and of course sparks fly only this chick is determined to ignore them. The long and short of it? He’s persistent and in time wins her over.
“Yes, we’re worth a shot, Derrick,” she whispers as more tears spill over onto her cheeks.
Meanwhile, Dean brings a guy named Landon around who gets under Blake’s skin and has her heart pumping a mile a minute. He’s a successful attorney in NYC and a little bit of a playboy. He’s got feelings for Blake and she has something brewing for him, too. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Landon. I’m torn. He’s kind of slimy and has this I go after what I want and once I get it throw it away quality about him. At the same time he seems to really have deep feelings for Blake that go beyond the physical.
As Blake begins to get to know both men, she slowly lets them into her life and her heart. She finds herself in some compromising positions and in turn has a little explaining to do. I did have a hard time with Blake being so ready to jump in the sack with… well; I’m not going to tell you who but you get the idea. After keeping herself closed off and having experienced what she did, it was a little unrealistic to go balls to the wall like that.
The book dragged a bit for me until about 70% of the way in when it picked up considerably. By the time I reached the end, I was on the edge of my seat, where I stayed perched and will teeter until August…UGH! I am going to let you in on a little secret… I. Hate. Cliffhangers! By hate, I mean, secretly love, and I will never admit this ever again. Ever. All-in-all Luck of Love was a sweet story filled with drama, confusion and hope. Some of the characters and their relevance to the story are in question; I do realize that this book sets up the next, and I’m sincerely hoping that all my questions will be answered once I crack that baby open. Now comes the hard part, waiting until August.