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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Getting Lucky - Kayla Perrin



Released August 2011

Kayla Perrin
Harlequin Spice

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Apparently, this is part of a series, and somehow I missed that. Being part of a series might explain why I struggled to like any of the characters. In a nutshell, you have three best friends, all have suffered bad relationships or breakups and aren't quite sure what to do next. I've read Kayla Perrin before and really liked her writing style and storylines, so I'm surprised that Getting Lucky turned out to be a huge dud for me.

Annelise is five months pregnant and madly in love. However, she's been in a bad relationship before and isn't ready for marriage, even if the baby's daddy is. With her happiness, she's upset her friends are miserable. Soon, she has a brilliant idea.She invites her friends to Mexico for a week of R & R. What they don't know is that she's arranged to have two male friends "surprisingly" meet up and hopefully hook up with her friends. If they find out, it may threaten their friendship.

Lishelle is stunned when she learns her ex-boyfriend is getting married. She can't get him out of her mind and wonders if she made a mistake when she let him go. Claudia's self-esteem took a beating no thanks to her ex and rumors of her sexual trysts with him make it really hard to find or trust another man. When Mr. Right appears, her hesitation may end up costing her a chance for a true romance.

Given how "nice" Annelise's cop friend and his brother were supposed to be, I'm kind of surprised they agreed to a lengthy blind date with two women they didn't know. It's that aspect that made the entire plot seem implausible. Not to mention, I wish I had the kind of  money were I could decide on an impromptu vacation to an all-inclusive tropical resort. I know cops and they don't make the kind of money necessary for a surprise trip of that nature. Even local news anchors don't really make that much money. Maybe there are people who can take a vacation at the drop of a hat, but what kept playing through my head was "only in fiction."

I had issues with the characters too. Granted this is an erotic romance, so there will be steamy sex scenes, but it seemed all these women thought about and they were quite happy to have one-night stands at the drop of a hat. Again, I know there are women out there like that, but certainly not in my crowd. One-night stands are far too risky in this day and age in terms of safety and potential sexually transmitted diseases. As a result, I found it impossible to connect with any of the characters making it really hard to like the book.

I do hate finding fault in books, but sometimes it just jumps out and makes me really dislike a story. That's what happened with Getting Lucky. I finished it, but wish I really could have thrown it against the wall and called it quits in the beginning of the story.

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