Friday, August 3, 2012

4.5 Stars for Lucky For Her by Stephanie Taylor

Winner of Risqué Reviews Top Pick

"An overall Great Story"... says reviewer Monica


In high school, Jack was the obese kid no one wanted to be friends with and Lana was the popular girl with an equally popular boyfriend. A few days before the prom, her boyfriend breaks up with her. Thoughtfully, Jack offers her an invitation but is cruelly rejected. Immediately after graduation, Lana marries her boyfriend and moves away.

Ten years later, Lana is back in town, divorced and pregnant. She has been abused by her husband and also fears for the safety of her child. On her first night back, she is coerced by her sister, Ally, to attend the county fair. Here, she meets Jack, now known as Lucky, but does not recognize him. Lucky has lost weight and is now a very fit and healthy man. He has always had feelings for Lana and upon seeing her at the fair, he strikes up a conversation and dances with her.

Lana knows he’s familiar but is unable to find him in her high school yearbook. When Ally reveals his identity, she is furious at the thought that Lucky was apparently only nice to her as a scheme for revenge. She decides to confront him and learns that he was truly sincere in his kindness. Lucky extends a hand of friendship and Lana warily accepts. Thus, for the sake of this friendship, he offers to marry her- to protect her and the baby from James, of course. What neither of them anticipated was falling in love.


I loved Lucky! I mean, who wouldn’t? He’s a kind, understanding, and altogether sweet man. Even in high school, he disregarded his reputation to extend an invitation to prom, just because he knew she was hurt. As adults, he accepts her baby as his without any hesitation and marries her because she needs help and protection, again disregarding his reputation. He has always had a deep affection for Lana and comes to love her early in the story. I also liked that he wasn’t naturally physically flawless, like so many other romance heroes. He had to work hard to lose weight and maintain it. I often thought that it requires an intense diet and dedication to exercise to actually retain a six-pack. Lucky was realistic in that aspect.

Lana, on the other hand, did not come across as a good match for Lucky. She is immature and resentful. She still acts as if she is a teenager in high school. When she discovers Lucky’s identity and assumes he wants revenge, instead of talking it over, she pours water over his head…at a restaurant. She admits that had Lucky been overweight, she would have been less attracted to him. That angered me. I am glad to say, however, that she gradually changes and grows into a mature and sensitive adult. She finally acknowledges her love for Lucky and puts herself into the role of a wife and mother and becomes the perfect person for Lucky.

Lucky for Her by Stephanie Taylor was an overall great story. There are sweet moments, sexy moments, and even resentful moments. Something all romances should have, don’t you agree? Neither character was flawless but they were perfect for each other. Lucky, Lana, and their child definitely deserve their happily ever after.

Title: Lucky for Her
Author: Stephanie Taylor
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 172
Publisher: Astraea Press
Series: N/A
Format: ebook
ISBN: 978-1-936852-33-8
Posted: July 27, 2012
Reviewer: Monica
Rating: 4.5
Heat Level: 1

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Stephanie Taylor said...

I'm so excited! Thank you for this!!!!

jeff7salter said...

I like reviews which also include constructive criticism.
And it's clear the reviewer really enjoyed the story.
Well done.

Monica said...

I'm glad you all liked the review. It truly was a wonderful story.