***4 ‘It’s All About Edward’ Stars*** Is it a bad thing when one of the secondary storylines captures your interest more than the main one? Maybe, maybe not, but that’s kind of what happened with Lucky Streak. For the most part I really liked Mike, the man is all kinds of upstanding, smexy as hell alpha male with a really good heart. Amber was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I admired how dedicated she was to her family and how good her heart truly was, but it took a long time for me to warm up to her. With my feelings towards Amber being all kinds of mixed up, it made it difficult for me to want her and Mike together for the long haul, but then THAT moment hit, which admittedly took a while to happen, and then I was more open to the idea of them together. That moment actually comes in the form of Edward Corwin, Mike’s father. His character and story was what caught my interest and kept me turning the pages. Even though he wasn’t supposed to be the focus of the story, I felt as if he was the catalyst for a lot of the twists and changes that occurred in the story and I simply enjoyed the hell out of him, even when my heart broke for him. It’s not everyday where a secondary character takes over a book for me, and I’m a huge fan of well written secondary characters, but it happens and it happened here and I gotta go with my gut. ~ Copy provided by the author & voluntarily reviewed ~
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The second book in this series is Mike Corwin and Amber Brennan's story. Amber spent most of her life watching her father pull off con jobs, until she decided to move to California to start her own, legal life where she worked as a hotel concierge. When her father develops Alzheimer's rather quickly she needs to quit her job and go back to working that lifestyle with her dad's partner, Marshall, to earn some quick money for his care. After Amber earns what she needs, she tells Marshall she is done. Problem is Marshall isn't done with her. He needs her perfect memory to help him get more money that he owes someone else and starts to grab her in the middle of a casino. Mike is a cop in Boston, MA and is in Las Vegas, NV for his partner's bachelor party. While he is there he happens upon a female who is being grabbed a little rough by some guy and comes to her rescue. Mike and Amber end up hanging out together for the rest of the night and have a great time. So much that they end up married and winning $100,000. Mike thinks since he just met Amber, and he isn't in love with her, this marriage might just work and he won't invoke the Corwin curse. Problem is he wakes up in the morning and his bride and his money is gone. Mike heads back to Boston and a few days later Amber shows up and then the real fun begins. Mike is determined to ignore her while Amber is determine to get him to forgive her for what happened. When the entire story unfolds, Mike agrees to help Amber and then they will get divorced. Of course nothing happens as planned. I just adored these two. They were my favorite couple in this series. They were opposites in many ways but they just worked. I loved their happy ending and really enjoyed re-reading this story.
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Carly Phillips is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. She is an auto-buy author for me and all of her books are on my keeper shelf. Carly delivers another winner with Lucky Streak. I really loved Lucky Charm, the first book in the Lucky series, but loved Mike’s and Amber’s story even more. Mike, understandably is pretty pissed off at Amber when he wakes the morning after they get married to discover she is gone and took his $150,000 in Vegas winnings with her. Unknown to him, she only took the money to save her dad. However, being a lawman, he really looks at life in a pretty black and white way. Amber shows up on Mike’s doorstep and they soon realize she needs his help to stay safe. Although, Mike is still angry at Amber and really doesn’t trust her, he can’t fight his attraction to her. Mike and Amber are so hot together. Mike decides the best way to keep her safe is to take her to his dad’s house in his hometown. Of course, Mike’s dad doesn’t really like change and is obsessed with the Corwin Curse. Edward Corwin is one of the funniest characters I’ve ever seen in a book. He made me laugh out loud many times. I really loved Amber and think she was my favorite character in the book. She is such a strong woman and will do anything to help out those people she loves. Mike will also do anything for the people he loves; he is just much more guarded about his feelings. I really loved Lucky Streak and have Lucky Break, the final book in the Corwin Curse series in my TBR pile. I read so many different genres of romance, I forget how much I enjoy contemporary stories until I find a great one. Lucky Streak definitely counts as one of the great ones in my opinion. Rating: 5 Stars (A)
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