Hiya peeps! I'm sharing a review today, for an adult romantic comedy. I signed up for the promo tour for this book, and selected to review - my post for that tour is up today on my PluggedIn blog, so the "official, professional" review is over there, sans spoilers.
If you want to check out the UnPlugged review, keep reading!
The Lucky One
~Published: May 11th 2017
~Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance
~Parent's Guide: PG-17/R
Bailey:Let’s get one thing straight. I am not your typical girl. Sure I’ve got all the parts, but I’ve been a stubborn, irreverent tomboy since the womb, as my Irish father would proudly attest. Despite my Irish blood, I’ve had a bit of bad luck here and there—I recently trusted the wrong guy and got derailed in my professional pursuits. But I’ve bounced back. With my shields firmly in place, I thought nothing, or no one, could touch me again. Until he did. And he just might make this tomboy do the girliest thing in the world—fall head over heels in love. Of all the damn luck…
Jake:I’m a pretty lucky guy. I have a phenomenal family, a career I love, and I’m building a brand-new life back in my hometown. And, not to be a jerk about it, but I do more than all right with the ladies. Everything’s been going according to plan—like I said, I’m a lucky guy.
That was, until my luck ran out.
Until I met the girl I call “Irish.”
Irony can go kiss my a$$.
-The first two chapters of The Lucky One are available for free download on Instafreebie!
-Sylvie just won the National Indie Excellence Award for Romantic Comedy!
Sylvie Stewart is an author of Romance and Romantic Comedy. Like the characters in her books, North Carolina is where Sylvie calls home these days, and she can’t get enough of the great weather and fun adventures NC offers. She and her husband love arguing over which of them is the funniest. Sometimes, she lets him win because she’s cool like that. When she’s not writing, she is hanging out with her husband and kids or reading, Romance being her favorite genre, of course. And she knows that life wouldn’t be worth living without a lot of laughter, friends, and wine! You can always find out what Sylvie’s up to at her website!
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PG-17 / R
Okay, so you know how sometimes you read a book, and the main character could be you in another life? I love finding that, although it doesn't happen often, because I'm...odd.
Luckily, so is Bailey! She could be me in another life!
Basically, she's more of a tom-boy, never wears dresses, doesn't really act like a typical "girl" in how she dresses, acts, or even thinks. *raises hand* Das me.
It was so freaky, because the more I read, the more I was able to guess what she'd do...and I was always right. I kept anticipating her moves, because she just made sense to me!
It wasn't something I've encountered before. Normally, if I can guess what's coming, it's because the author was generic or the plot was predictable. Not with this - my accurate guesses were completely different from that, and it was awesome!
Because of this connection to her, I was intensely curious to read more about Jack, and see what would happen between them. I did like him quite a bit, although he isn't anything like my hubby, which was interesting. It made the story fun, and gave it an added aspect I hadn't been expecting, but had fun with.
I loved how the author kept flashing back to the day they got together, while keeping it almost a secret both characters had, keeping the reader in the dark the same way their friends were. We really didn't find out any true details until the family did as well, and by then, shit was hitting the fan.
I kind of wondered whether she was preggers for the same reason's Jake's mom suspected, and was a tiny bit disappointed at the twist, tbh. I don't think there is any other way they would have ended up together (more because of her, than him), but that's not necessarily a good thing. I have so many doubts about them now, which is a slight bummer.
Still! They did end up together, they're cute, and she finally gets to be happy. After duchy ex boyfriend, she really deserves it.
I did have a slight *hu* moment with that, too, though. With how traumatized she seemed to be, it made it seem like he had done far worse than what he did. Don't get me wrong, using someone and cheating on them is an ass-hat move, no doubt. Still, it nearly wrecked her entire life, which seemed like she isn't actually as strong as the rest of her character traits portray.
Perhaps she's a bit more sensitive than I am?
My confusion with that could be because of the connection I feel to her, therefore I may be comparing her actions and reactions to my own a little too much. I'm also an artist, and I've had a similar experience with an ex, and it didn't tear me apart that much. Really though, that is probably the only reason I thought she was being a little dramatic with it all, and it was still an excellent backstory and experience to help her grow.
What I really adored about this book, were all the Irish references and themes. If anything, there weren't nearly enough! It was awesome, as my family is very Irish as well, and it's a favorite theme of mine. The dad was awesome, and her family cracked me up.
I enjoyed all the side characters far more than I'm used to. Most books simply have them as minor supporting roles, whereas in this book, they were all minor main characters. We got to know several of them, their backstories, and deeper personality traits. It added a whole extra layer to the story, making it simply yummy.
So why the four roses, instead of five? Well, the sex scenes, mainly. Now, to be fair, the author did have a disclaimer in the description on Goodreads. I didn't see that though, as I read the description the tour company had on the invite email, which didn't include that disclaimer. I didn't check the Goodreads blurb until I'd reached the first sex scene, and realized I'd missed that.
Normally, I don't finish a book at all if it has a sex scene. The only reason I will, is if the scene is short enough to skip, and the rest of the book is worth it. Obviously, this one had me pretty gripped, so I decided to compromise, and finish reading while only taking off a rose. A good review is better than no review.
I could easily see this book becoming a movie, and that's definitely one I would love to see. If nothing else, we have a great book to enjoy! If this sounds good to you, definitely check it out. The humor alone is worth it.
*I received a complimentary eCopy of this book, from the author via Xpresso Book Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.
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