Monday, November 23, 2009

Getting Lucky—Review

~Sia McKye~

By: Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Release: December 2009



Single mom Julie Donavan is looking for a place to start over. As soon as she meets the absolutely infuriating, oh-so-sexy cowboy next door things quickly go from bad to worse...


Single dad "Lucky Griffin" Luckadeau thinks his new neighbor is scheming to steal his ranch out from under him to benefit her own daughter. But when his daughter, Lizzy, decides she wants the new little girl who lives on the feuding property to be her friend, or better yet her sister, the sparks fly.

These two stubborn hotheads, who irritate each other beyond endurance, refuse to admit that it's fate that brought them together. And running from the inevitable is only going to bring a double dose of misery…

"Chalk up another great story by Carolyn Brown! I was immersed…right from the very first page."
Roundtable Reviews

My Thoughts:

There are authors who write good stories and build good characters. Carolyn Brown writes an excellent story and creates characters so alive you think you could sit down and chat with them. Her dialog is snappy with liberal use of humor and Texas speak. Definitely a must read book.

She captured my interest the first page. I couldn't help but laugh when I read Julie's thoughts about Griff and her reactions. And boy howdy, sparks do fly between these two.

I absolutely adore the ladies of the Lackadeau family. Their tart sense of humor and way of looking at things. A strong bunch of ladies with strong opinions but Julie can more than handle them; she sets them back on their butts. With out giving away spoilers, there is a favorite scene (actually one of several I loved) in the book, where Griff's sister has made some assumptions and Julie calls her on it. Then promises to wipe the yard with her. Julie, being a schoolteacher, uses the techniques one uses with little kids, you know, three occurrences and you're in trouble? Through out the book you'll see Julie put up one finger, or two...cracks me up.

"You like my sister?" Julie was amazed.

"Of course. We have a lot in common. She's not trying to take my baby brother for a cheap ride to the altar." Melinda said.

Julie held up two fingers.

"I'm glad I'm going home. I've had to grow three new tongues just to keep from biting mine off to keep you off my back..."

Julie giggled...

There's a lot of good bantering between all the characters and some of the situations Carolyn puts her characters into are real and hilarious.

For sure the course of true love doesn't run true. Both Griff and Julie have some real issues to settle, but you sigh and wish for more when you reach the happily-ever-after and the end.

I have to admit, I've taken a real liking to Alvera, I wonder if she could give me lessons on handling the Clarice's of the world, lol!

Carolyn Brown is firmly on my authors to read list! She writes wonderful contemporary Romances.

  • Getting Lucky is the last book of Carolyn's Lucky series. The first, which I haven't read yet, but I will, is Lucky In Love, the second is One Lucky Cowboy, and this one, Getting Lucky.

  • All three stories center around three cousins: Beau, Slade and Griffin. They are all hot-headed, sexy-as-hell ranchers who meet their matches in Milli, Jane and Julie, sassy southern women.

Carolyn says, "...they are inspired by every cowboy in Texas and every woman who knows her mind and stands up for her rights."

  • Carolyn is working on another series for Sourcebooks. The Honky Tonk Series, a four book series, will debut with I Love This Bar in June 2010, followed by Hell Yeah, My Give a Damn’s Busted, and Honky Tonk Christmas. Each book is set in the Honky Tonk, an old beer joint in Mingus, Texas (Population 238) and is filled with quirky characters, hunky cowboys and brassy bar maids.

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© Sia McKye 2009 all rights reserved


Elle J Rossi said...

Wow Sia,

This sounds like a series I would really enjoy. Especially since it's about cowboys. Who doesn't want a cowboy in their life?

Thanks for the recommendation. I'm excited to add this to my list of must haves.

Conda Douglas said...

I struggle sometimes with "Western" fiction as I grew up in the Rockies and sometimes it's too unreal...but Carolyn's voice seems spot on!

Carolyn Brown said...

Thank you for an awesome review! Here's hoping you like the previous two books as well as you did Getting Lucky!
Carolyn Brown

~Sia McKye~ said...

I'm sure I will Carolyn. I'm looking forward to Honky tonk series too.

Elle, if you like sassy and fun, you're gonna love it.

Anonymous said...

I have the ARC for this as well, will be getting to it myself here soon. Reading Judi Fennel's In Over Her Head now... you were right, so far I'm loving it :D

Annette Fitzgerald

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~Sia McKye~ said...

Netti, I knew you'd like it, given your sense of humor. If you like this one, I can guarantee you will really like Wild Blue Under. It's my favorite so far.

You have to tell me what you think of Getting Lucky. You're going to LOVE Julie, lol! I can't wait to read Carolyn's Honky Tonk series. Don't you LOVE the titles? lolol!

VA said...

Sia you have the best recommendations. I just need to catch up with you. My to-be-read list is getting taller. Any closer to creating a searchable database for me? Pretty please....

Carolyn, your book sounds utterly entertaining. Adding it the list.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Vivian, I'm open to suggestions on HOW to create one.

Judi Fennell said...

and yet another good book from Sourcebooks...

of course, I COULD be biased. ;)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yah think, lol!

Sourcebooks has some great authors, though, covering about every genre in Romance. I haven't read their non-fiction, so I can't really comment on it.

Love Stories said...

i've never heard of this author but this book sounds really interesting.

Nancy J. Parra said...

Sia, I'm here to tell you that Carolyn Brown is one of my favorite authors. I just love her to pieces! hi, Carolyn! *waves* I love this series and can't wait for the Honky Tonk series.
Anyway- made my day, Carolyn and Sia. cheers!