Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Review: Beginner's Luck (Chance of a Lifetime #1) by Kate Clayborn

When three friends impulsively buy a lottery ticket, they never suspect the many ways their lives will change—or that for each of them, love will be the biggest win of all.

Kit Averin is anything but a gambler. A scientist with a quiet, steady job at a university, Kit’s focus has always been maintaining the acceptable status quo. A sudden windfall doesn’t change that, with one exception: the fixer-upper she plans to buy, her first and only real home. It’s more than enough to keep her busy, until an unsettlingly handsome, charming, and determined corporate recruiter shows up in her lab—and manages to work his way into her heart . . .

Ben Tucker is surprised to find that the scientist he wants for Beaumont Materials is a young woman—and a beautiful, sharp-witted one at that. Talking her into a big-money position with his firm is harder than he expects, but he’s willing to put in the time, especially when sticking around for the summer gives him a chance to reconnect with his dad. But the longer he stays, the more questions he has about his own future—and who might be in it.

What begins as a chilly rebuff soon heats up into an attraction neither Kit nor Ben can deny—and finding themselves lucky in love might just be priceless . .

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 31st 2017 by Lyrical Shine

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

The synopsis of this book captured me right away and I knew I wanted to read it.  Who doesn't dream about winning the lottery and how it would change your life.  I thought it was a good concept for this story and subsequent ones from the looks of it.

I really liked Ben and Kit together.  Their interactions from the get go captured me and you knew their cool banter would eventually turn hot hot hot.  Something about the two of them just worked, I just can't really explain it so I will leave it to the reader to discover.

Individually I have to admit I played favorites.  I was team Ben the whole way.  While he had some issues communicating, which was comical given his job as a recruiter, he spoke volumes with his actions.  From helping his father, mentoring a troubled kid who needed an outlet, or assisting Kit with her house renovations.  He was simply a giver, someone who thinks of others and gives without expectations.  Kit on the other hand I felt could gain something from some additional counseling to get over the trauma of her youth.  I felt that compromise was not in her vocabulary and although I knew why, I felt her a little cold as a result.  It made the relationship feel a little unbalanced like Ben was doing all of the chasing.  Don't get me wrong, I did like her, I just liked Ben more.

There is also a good supporting cast of characters to keep you entertained as well.  Sometimes I think the "bit" players are just as important to the plot as the main characters as they can add that bit comical relief or sentimental moments or just plain kick in the butt.  This story had them all.

My only constructive criticism is that the story started to feel a little bit long towards the end.  If the 320 pages on Goodreads is accurate, the story read like it was longer than that.  It didn't get to the point of dragging but just seemed long.

This looks to be the first in a series and as the I was introduced to the other two lottery winners in this story, I can't wait to read theirs!

About the Author

Kate Clayborn lives in Virginia, where she's lucky enough to spend her days reading and talking about all kinds of great books. At home she's either writing, thinking about writing, or—during long walks around her fabulous neighborhood—making her handsome husband and sweet-faced dog listen to her talk about writing.

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