★HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO ‘ONE LUCKY NIGHT’★
ARC-Book Review! One Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘One Lucky Night’ by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, Melinda Dozier.
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Title: ONE LUCKY NIGHT
Authors: Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, Melinda Dozier
(One book – A set of five interwoven novelettes)
(Review based on ARC copy – early review)
Publishing date: May 7th, 2014
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The Synopsis’ for the stories inside of ‘ONE LUCKY NIGHT’:
One night can change everything…
The crew at Boston’s Brazen Head Pub hasn’t been very lucky in love. Can a mysterious visitor inspire them to look past old hurts and misconceptions and give romance a chance? One Lucky Night is a collection of five sexy interwoven novelettes by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, and Melinda Dozier.
Lucky Break by Aria Kane
Four years ago, chef Derek Chase walked out of Andrea Rivera’s life after a tragedy neither of them were prepared to deal with. When she’s called to the Brazen Head to repair a dishwasher, old sparks ignite buried feelings.
Lucky Star by Grace Teague
When her life is threatened by a mugger, Charlotte Price realizes she’s in love with her best friend, Tommy Leung. The Brazen Head seems like the perfect neutral place to confess her feelings, but nothing goes according to plan.
A New Tune by Ana Blaze
When it comes to dating, Holly Hall has one unbreakable rule: no musicians. Not even gorgeous ones. Especially not gorgeous ones. Dating them only leads to heartbreak. So why did she let singer-songwriter Cian O’Neill kiss her? And why is she thinking about doing it again?
Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips
As a bartender, Sean Whelan meets all kinds of women every night, but none turn his head the way that Lexi has. She’s been playing cat and mouse with him for weeks. Tonight, Sean’s determined to get Lexi to quit teasing and take a real chance on him.
Drink or Dare by Melinda Dozier
A bachelorette party Drink or Dare game pairs paramedic students, Rachel Robertson and Killian Whelan, in a flirting match. Soon, the dares threaten to turn their academic rivalry into something much more.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s Reviews’ after reading an ARC-Early Copy of ‘ONE LUCKY NIGHT’:
One Lucky Night is a novel with five stories written by five great authors. The five separate, yet connected Novelettes, revolve around different main characters all tied, in one way or another by a little Irish-American pub named The Brazen Head. Each of the stories are set from the same night. You’ll also notice one mysterious elder character who makes a cameo in each story, which I thought was a nice touch. Below are my individual reviews for each of the five Novelettes.
Lucky Break by Aria Kane:
The first Novelette is ‘Lucky Break’ by Aria Kane. The story is written in the two main character’s P.O.V.’s(point of views). Andrea ‘Andy’ Rivera heads to a small pub to fix an appliance and to her surprise, she comes face to face with her brother’s old best friend, Derek Chase, who she hasn’t seen or heard from in four years. Now that Derek sees Andrea again after leaving without a word long ago, he can’t help but feel torn. He’s torn between the urge to take her into his arms and never let her go or keep his word to his best friend, Ricky, and leave her alone. When there is so much left unsaid, it can change lives completely, especially when Derek left without a word. Find out if the heartbreak from their past can ever be forgiven.
Lucky Star by Grace Teague:
This is the second Novelette titled ‘Lucky Star’ by Grace Teague. We get to read the story in the main female character Charlotte Price’s P.O.V.(point of view). Her best guy friend’s name is Tommy Leung and he’s handsome and sweet but has been Charlotte’s friend for a few years now. Unbeknownst to him, Charlotte has been harboring secret feelings for him that she now plans to confessing to him. It has never been the right time with them since one of them was either dating someone else when the other was single or work and school has kept them busy. The story is sweet and refreshing in the sense that you get to experience her confession to her long time friend. Find out for yourself if Tommy feels the same or if friendship is all he wants from Charlotte.
A New Tune by Ana Blaze:
In the third Novelette ‘A New Tune’ by Ana Blaze, we get to enjoy the story from two P.O.V.’s(point of views). The two P.O.V.’s come from the main characters, waitress Holly Hall and local musician Cian O’Neill, who both work at The Brazen Head pub. Holly left college, family and friends behind for what she thought was true love and ended up brokenhearted. She moved and got a job with her sister Eliza, till she figured out what would be next for her. Cian O’Neill sings and plays his guitar at the pub and for the past few months since she’s moved here, he’s had Holly in his sights after one New Year’s Eve mindblowing-kiss. He doesn’t give up because his mind is set on her. She has turned him down since that kiss because she’s come to believe that every musician is a ‘no good’. This was a lovely story about trying to get over heartbreak and trying to give love a chance again.
Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips:
‘Lexi’s Chance’ is the fourth Novelette and is written by Constance Phillips. This story comes from the two P.O.V.’s(point of views) of main characters Sean Whelan and Lexi Mattson. Sean is part owner of The Brazen Head pub and works as a bartender. He’s charismatic, flirtatious and charming while he serves his customers but there is one customer that he feels a special connection to. Lexi Mattson works to help those in need and the homeless. Like clockwork, every Friday she shows up with a co-worker and unwinds a little at the local pub. She likes Sean but isn’t sure if the words he says to her are any different than what he says to other female customers. To protect herself from getting hurt, she doesn’t let his sweet words break past her walls. Sean has his own reasons to protect himself and made a rule to never date a customer. This was a sweet story reminding us that looks and behavior can be deceiving. Also, that some chances, when they feel right, are worth the risk because sometimes there is a great payoff at the end of that risk.
Drink Or Dare by Melinda Dozier:
The fifth and final Novelette in ‘One Lucky Night’ is titled ‘Drink Or Dare’ by Melinda Dozier. You’ll be able to enjoy this story in the two main character’s P.O.V.’s(point of views), Killian Whelan and Rachel Robertson. Killian is one of the Whelan siblings, who is part owner of The Brazen Head pub but has his own dreams of completing his schooling to become a paramedic. Rachel is his fellow classmate, with the same goal but she’s also his biggest competition in class. On this night, Rachel goes with her friends for a bachelorette party to a local pub for a night of a drinks and a game called Drink or Dare. She had no clue that Killian would be there. Rachel and Killian always seem to compete and annoy each other in class but on this night, they may discover that there may be more between them, than just rivalry.
I am very happy to have been given the chance to read and review an ARC copy of this great novel because these stories were enjoyable from start to finish! The characters were well written, the stories are shorter yet thorough and each novelette story never leaves you feeling gypped. I do recommend this novel for those that love wonderful stories that fulfill readers with romance, love and heartwarming endings.
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR SCORE FOR ‘ONE LUCKY NIGHT’ 4 out of 5 stars:
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★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘ONE LUCKY NIGHT’★★★
(Lucky Break) Andrea’s thoughts on Derek: Derek freaking Chase. Of all the restaurants in Boston, of all the chefs at those restaurants, why did he have to be here? He wasn’t even supposed to be in Boston, last Andrea had heard. He was supposed to be in New York, impressing everyone in the fancy restaurant scene down there.
(Lucky Break) Derek’s thoughts on Andrea: This was the Andrea he remembered: confident, feisty, and a total smartass. Though he’d never told her, this was the girl he’d fallen in love with. And left, he reminded himself. Without a word of explanation.
(Lucky Break) Andrea and Derek: “You didn’t need to, you know.”-(Andrea)
“I didn’t have to…?”-(Derek)
“Pull any of those stupid pranks to get my attention.
“You didn’t need to get my attention at all. You always had it. You always had me.”-(Andrea)
(Lucky Star) Tommy and Charlotte: “I’m taller than you, so I’d make a fairly good human shield.”-(Tommy)
“Just promise me you’ll wait.”-(Tommy)
“I hate when you act like I’m your slow cousin. I’m a girl. It’s not a mental disorder.”-(Charlotte)
“Don’t be like that. I just couldn’t stand it if something happened to you.”-(Tommy)
(A New Tune) Cian’s thoughts: When Eliza’s ridiculously hot little sister started waiting tables last fall, The Brazen Head officially became his favorite venue. Hell, the first time he’d seen Holly he’d told Jamie Whelan he’d play every night for the rest of the year for free if he’d help him get her number.
(A New Tune) Cian’s thoughts on Holly: The girl had always been a bit prickly, but since they’d kissed she was a fucking cactus. She aggravated and charmed him at the same time, so he figured he’d have to marry her eventually. In the meantime, he was gonna try for an actual date.
(A New Tune) Holly’s thoughts on Cian: He was filled to the brim with sweet words and sexy phrasings. He’d perfected the act of the sensitive songwriter. And he was going to have to use it on someone else. Holly had seen it all before.
(Lexi’s Chance) Sean’s thoughts on Lexi: The look that said beneath the somewhat shy and troubled exterior, breathed a woman who could challenge him. She was as passionate about life as he was. He’d only caught glimpses of that look now and again over the weeks, but each and every time left him hungry for the next.
(Lexi’s Chance) Lexi’s thoughts on Sean: Did two completely different guys exist in that chiseled body? Which one was real? If it was the kind, sensitive philanthropic guy she’d been seeing shades of, why did he hide that face from the world? What was wrong with being sweet?
(Drink Or Dare) Killian and Rachel: “You’re really pretty, you know that?”-(Killian)
“When did you get to be so nice?”-(Rachel)
“You don’t really know me.”-(Killian)
“I think I’d like to get to know you.”-(Rachel)
(Drink Or Dare) Rachel’s thoughts on Killian: He confused the hell out of her. Hot, cold. Teasing or not. No matter what her head told her, her heart beat a little faster and she knew it wasn’t from the chaos that swelled around them. It was all about the man in the Irish kilt.
(Drink Or Dare) Rachel and Killian: “It takes about fifteen minutes to form a first impression about someone. You know what I thought the first five minutes I met you in Professor Conner’s class? I told myself I wanted to get to know you. There was something different about you.”-(Rachel)
“Yeah. But then you opened your mouth.”-(Rachel)
“Hey, you did too. But I like it. I like you-sassiness and all.”-(Killian)
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