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10.09.2012

Review: Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo

Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo
Category Romance, Contemporary Romance
Ebook $2.99 (147 pages, ENTANGLED/BLISS)
One lucky break is all struggling actress Sidney Williams needs. But when living the LA life becomes too much, she heads back to the small town of Shamrock Falls for the vacation she needs to get her life on track—and immediately runs into Kade Mitchell, her former best friend and the boy next door she’s always regretted leaving behind. Kade, the new owner of Lucky’s—once the most popular bar in Shamrock Falls—is determined to bring the place back to its former glory, and seeing Sidney again is a distraction he doesn’t need. Sure, the chemistry between them is explosive, but Kade can’t let himself fall into a fling with his best friend—not when he knows she’s soon heading back to the glitter of Tinseltown. Now, with the possibility of her first major acting role looming, Sidney must decide if her lucky break is in Hollywood or right where she left it—in Shamrock Falls.
Author Site: kelleyvitollo.com

Loved Shamrock Falls, Didn't Love the Couple (3 stars)

Lucky's was one the most popular bar in Shamrock Falls, an iconic haunt where locals could grab a drink or bowl. But a few years of being closed and neglected have left it in need of lots of hardwork and TLC from new owner, Kade Mitchell. What Kade doesn't need adding distractions, after only recently coming back to his hometown, is for the girl who broke his heart years earlier to show up in the town she deserted for bigger and better things in Hollywood.

Sidney Williams left Shamrock Falls, and the boy she might have settled for, with the ambition to persue a career as an actress. All she needs is for her big break to hit. Commercials just aren't getting her what she really wants and a vacation in her hometown will give her just enough time to sort out the chaos while her agent tries to find her the role of a lifetime. But when she finds herself faced with the friends she abandoned, the people she hurt, she might have to face her own demons.

I wasn't too sure about LUCKY BREAK going in, the concept of a small town always kind of appeals to me but the heroine's dilemna definitely turned me off. Unfortunately, it really did make it a tough read for me. I adored Shamrock Falls and the idea of a small town with troubles and secrets that could affect the romances happening within it, but found Sidney and Kade to be really difficult to like. Both struck me as immature, Sidney especially. Their whole relationship felt like it was founded on a sort of twisted need for the other to sooth their childhood traumas, rather than any current circumstances. I just couldn't connect with them as a couple enough to feel excited they'd wind up having their happily-ever-after.

Aside from not liking Kade and Sidney I actually enjoyed LUCKY BREAK a lot. Vitollo's writing style really worked for me, blending light-hearted humor and sensual tension into the romance without making the story too cutesey. I didn't care much for the frequent jumps to the past, for some reason they felt more distracting and gratuitious than useful in propeling the storyline forward, but they weren't a deal breaker either. What really stood out for me—and if you read a lot of my reviews you know this is where a writer can win me as a fan—was the secondary characters. I grew a considerable softspot for the characters whom I believe will be getting their own books next and think many other readers will too.

Boiled down, I know fans of the childhood crush trope, small town romances, and similar category romance concepts are going to love LUCKY BREAK. It's a sweet story, a light read, and the things that made me not fall in love with it are not likely to be as problematic for regular readers of the genre. I might not have cared for the couple this time around but you can count me in to be reading the next Shamrock Falls story!





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