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Review: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Series: No

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date: July 25, 2017

Format: eARC

Source: Provided by Publisher

Find it here: GoodReads | Amazon

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then... to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life was unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Raise your hand if you've ever played the "what would you do if you won the lottery" game. Yeah, me too. That what if scenario is played out here in Kasie West's latest, Lucky in Love.

Maddie is a girl with her feet firmly planted on the ground. Instead of hoping and dreaming, she depends on setting goals and hard work. But when her 18th birthday is a total flop, she buys a lottery ticket on a whim - and wakes up the next day a multi-millionaire. News travels fast and suddenly Maddie is the center of attention at school and hanging out with the popular crowd. Fancy cars, parties on yachts, designer clothes... it's all possible now. This new windfall also means her brother can afford to go back to college and her parents have even stopped fighting. But millions in the bank doesn't make all problem disappear. In fact, there are all kinds of new ones - and Maddie is no longer sure who she can trust when everyone seems to want something from her.

Lucky in Love takes a lighthearted look at the highlights and pitfalls of sudden wealth. Maddie is a girl who takes on her family's problems as her own, which made her sympathetic and relatable. Unfortunately, she was mostly  left floundering on her own when it came to managing her new fortune and navigating the changes that came with it. I kept wondering why her parents weren't more involved - offering guidance, advice, or at the very least, insisting on consulting with a financial adviser. Yes, Maddie was 18 years old but she was also still a high school student living at home. There were several instances where I desperate for a responsible adult to step in and be the voice of reason.

The romance between Maddie and Seth, her coworker at the zoo, was sweet and of the slow-burn variety. And maybe it burned a little too slow, because I was never invested in their romantic relationship. Seth was a total sweetheart and, while I loved their easy friendship, I never felt any romantic connection between them.

Overall, Lucky in Love is a sweet contemporary that is perfect for YA fans who enjoy their reads on the lighter side. 


3/5 STARS

Note: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

The Sunday Post #65


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

  • It's been a quiet week both at home and at the office. Hallelujah.
  • I'm slowly making my way through the mountain of ARCs that are all releasing in July/August/September. Never again will I get myself in this position. *sigh*
  • I'm still obsessed with the blush pink color that is everywhere right now (a couple months ago I redid my bedroom in blush). Now it's shoes. I ordered these last week and they were delivered yesterday. I'm in love.♥
 


Monday, July 17
Review: Trust by Kylie Scott

Wednesday, July 19
This or That Book Tag

       
     

WHAT I READ IN THE LAST WEEK:
Lucky in Love - Kasie West
Us (Him #2) *AUDIO* - Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Rule (Marked Men #1) *AUDIO* - Jay Crownover

It was a week of re-reads with both Us and Rule. Us never, ever gets old 
and I'm having fun doing a re-read re-listen of the Marked Men series.

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING
Just Friends - Tiffany Pitcock

PHYSICAL BOOKS:

Damaged Like Us - Krista & Becca Ritchie
It arrived two days before release day and I am one happy girl!

KINDLE BOOKS:
  
  
Built (Saints of Denver #1) - Jay Crownover
Violet Grenade - Victoria Scott

eARCs FOR REVIEW:
  

Far from the Tree - Robin Benway
Our Broken Pieces - Sarah White



How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)

This or That Book Tag


I've recently seen Grace at Rebel Mommy Book Blog and Aleen at Lampshade Reader do this tag so I figured I would join in. The tag was originally created by Ayunda at Tea & Paperbacks.

READING ON THE COUCH OR IN BED?

Definitely not the bed. I've never been able to read comfortably in bed so I'll take the couch. 
Or, preferably, my big comfy chair in the library.

MALE MAIN CHARACTER OR FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER?

Male main character. Because there seems to be so many fewer of them - and because
I love being inside the main male character's head.

    


SWEET SNACKS OR SALTY SNACKS WHILE READING?

I rarely snack while reading but if I do it's always something salty/savory. 
I basically have no sweet tooth.

TRILOGIES OR QUARTETS?

Trilogies. 

FIRST PERSON POV OR THIRD PERSON POV?

First Person POV. Always!

BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH OR BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU CRY?

At the risk of sounding like a total masochist, I always prefer a book that has me 
so emotionally invested that I cry more than a book that can make me laugh.

      

READING AT NIGHT OR IN THE MORNING?

I'm am *not* a night owl so reading at night rarely lasts long (Zzzz....).
I'm a total morning person so reading during the day always suits me best.

LIBRARIES OR BOOKSTORES?

Nothing beats time spent browsing in a bookstore.

BLACK BOOK COVERS OR WHITE BOOK COVERS?

There is such a glut of black book covers that I find myself more drawn 
to the clean aesthetic of white covers.

      


CHARACTER-DRIVEN OR PLOT-DRIVEN STORIES?

Character-driven. I'm always, always about the characters.
Without characters I can connect to, I'm not even invested in the plot.


HOW ABOUT YOU? 
WOULD YOU RATHER A BOOK MAKE YOU LAUGH OR CRY?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SNACK WHILE READING?

Trust by Kylie Scott: Review + Excerpt

Color me excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Kylie Scott's TRUST! Because I seriously loved this one. I was hooked from the first page and didn't want to put it down. Check out my review, check out the excerpt, and by all means check out the awesome book trailer! Hopefully, at least one of these will convince you that you need to read this one! 
 

TRUST
By Kylie Scott
Genre: Mature YA
Release Date: July 18, 2017

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.


While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.


An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.


Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

 

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→→→ M Y   T H O U G H T S ←←←

I'll go ahead and apologize now if this is less review and more gush-fest. Because, seriously people, this one did it for me. Edie was a character I was 100% on-board with and John... yeah, I was all about John. So let me tell you why you need to read Trust.

1. A main character that is 100% realistic. 
I want to be best friends with Edie. I loved this girl. She was a tough cookie (even when she didn't think she was) without being hard and closed-off. After being one of only two people to walk away from a robbery gone wrong, Edie is suddenly unable and unwilling to put up with the petty b.s. that makes up high school life. Bullying and stupid drama no longer registers as important. What is important? Speaking her mind, taking chances, not living in fear. Edie's journey - her PTSD, her struggle with unwanted attention, her growing feelings for John - felt completely realistic and relatable.

2. A story that is absolutely gripping. 
Trust starts with a bang. A convenience store robbery turns violent. A known drug dealer tries to diffuse the situation and ends up saving a life. I was hooked immediately, turning page after page, feeling the tension. In the aftermath, despite changing schools, despite a concerned mother, the only one Edie can relate to is John. Not only did he go out of his way to save her life that night, but he's the only one who understands what is was like and what she's going through now. I loved the evolution of Edie and John's relationship and their utter honesty with one another. With a cast of secondary characters that made for an even richer story, I found Trust to be darker and grittier than most YA, and almost impossible to put down. 

3. A hero that starts off as an anti-hero.
Okay, don't expect too much in-depth examination of John's character because basically I just want to flail and swoon and gush about how great this guy is. John was a character who had been traveling down a dangerous road. The robbery forced himself to examine his choices and he was determined to make better ones. Unfortunately his teachers and classmates already had him pegged as a loser and he struggled against their pigeon-holing and worked hard to do better and be better. John not only struggled with PTSD but also with guilt over the death of a classmate during the robbery. I felt so much for him as he fought against getting dragged back into a life he no longer wanted. His openness and honesty with Edie was so refreshing and his willingness to prove himself worthy turned my heart to mush. 

4. A mother-daughter relationship worth mentioning.
This is not a YA novel where the teenager apparently hatched from an egg since there are no parents to be found anywhere. Nope, Edie's mom was in full effect. I loved the fact that even though she worked nights, she was involved in Edie's life and was a concerned and protective parent, particularly since the robbery. And Edie was respectful of her mother, acknowledging that she had worked hard to make it with just the two of them. There were definitely complications and disagreements but they communicated and they listened. Kudos to such a positive portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship.

5. A plus-size heroine whose life does not revolve around her size.
What a minute. A teen girl who is not a size 6 but doesn't starve herself and doesn't fade into the background? What is this madness you speak of? Thank you Kylie Scott for making Edie a girl with a few extra pounds but doesn't feel defined by her size. Yes, Edie has moments of insecurity, yes there are instances of taunting and bullying - but this isn't a story about a fat girl. It's just a story about a girl. Edie has such a healthy attitude and I loved that she made friends, went to parties, and just lived her life without her weight being a major factor. *fist pump*



 →→→ E X C E R P T ←←←

“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”
I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”
“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”
“Bastard.”
“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.
“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”
“Not funny.”
I shrugged.
“You barely know the guy.”
“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”
“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.
“No we are not.” And I retreated.
“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.
Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”
“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”
“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”
He said nothing.
Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”
He slowly shook his head.
“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”
“What? What the hell are you talking about?”
“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”
“This is crazy.”
“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”
He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”
“I’m just trying to be practical.”
“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”
“It does to me.”
Again, he said nothing.
In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.
“What?” I said, finally.
He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”



ABOUT KYLIE SCOTT
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/   FACEBOOK | TWITTER | FACEBOOK FAN GROUP | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS | NEWSLETTER  

The Sunday Post #64


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

  • Did anyone nab any awesome deals on Amazon's Prime Day? I didn't necessarily get any major deals, but that didn't stop me from shopping. :)
  • I got about 3 inches chopped off my hair yesterday and it feels sooo much better. Don't you love how a haircut can make you feel totally refreshed and like a new person? It's not just me, right?
  • I'm so over the heat. I know it's hard to complain when places like Arizona were recently seeing temps of 110+ degrees, but I also doubt they have the humidity we have here. Summer really is my least favorite season. Ignore me while I swelter and whine. 😉


Wednesday, July 12
Review: Juniper Limits by Lora Richardson

Thursday, July 13
That's What He Said Thursday #33

Saturday, July 15
The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

       
 

WHAT I READ IN THE LAST WEEK:
Juniper Limits - Lora Richardson
Etched in Bone *AUDIO* - Anne Bishop
Under the Lights (The Field Party #2) - Abbi Glines
Royally Screwed *AUDIO* - Emma Chase

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING
Lucky in Love - Kasie West
Us (Him #2) *AUDIO* - Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

PHYSICAL BOOKS:

One Day Soon - A. Meredith Walters

KINDLE BOOKS:
  

Nowhere Ranch - Heidi Cullinan
The Darkest Sunrise - Aly Martinez



How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)