8.24.2011

Book Review: Getting Lucky (Kayla Perrin)

Synopsis:

In just four short months, lucky–in–love Annalise is going to become a mother. But before she hits the delivery room, she's got one last piece of business to take care of: hooking up her single girlfriends with a pair of sexy brothers on a special weeklong getaway.

Lishelle and Claudia are more than ready for some no–strings–attached flings. And soon Lishelle and gorgeous, insatiable Kwame are setting the sheets on fire. Even back in Atlanta, the sex is amazing. So why is she still so bothered that her ex–boyfriend—the one she dumped—is getting married?

Meanwhile, Claudia can't get enough of Rohan's expert toe–curling, scream–inducing moves. But introduce him to her high–maintenance society friends? Puh–lease. Sure, he's funny, smart and devoted—but without movie–star looks or a matching bank balance, he's hardly Claudia's ideal man. If that makes her a bitch, fine. She has an image to maintain.

But when tragedy strikes, it soon becomes apparent to the friends that they need to rethink what's truly important in life. Because while a hard man is good to find, it takes more than luck to keep him!

Review:

I'm a big fan of chick-lit that centers around a group of friends. Something about filling the Sex and the City sized void in my life. And for the most part, this book got the job done. It had all the crucial elements: witty dialogue, devoted friends, sexy encounters and a Mexican vacation. For the most part, I enjoyed this book. The only thing that bothered be was each woman's initial negative attitude towards men.

I'm all for a story about women having hang ups due to their past relationships. It's the past that makes us who we are. But to throw three women, each with their own issues, into one book... well, it seemed to create one long man-hating rant from three different perspectives. Their attitudes (well two of them) were cranky, miserable and stuck up.

However... When you think about it, that's how Carrie and the girls were, too. They all had man issues and most of the time were kind of bitchy about it. It's what kept me watching the show, and it's what kept me reading this book. I probably wouldn't have kept reading if the women were pushovers, whiny or self-loathing. For the women of this story to stand up and take charge of what they want took self confidence and guts. I like strong characters like that. I guess my point is, bitchy and cranky isn't always a bad thing in a book (or show or movie, for that matter). As long as it's done in a way that moves things along.

Of course, the friendship element was a crucial part of this story. The women are very close, which I love, and they confide in each other about everything. As the story moves along, there are trial points in their friendships, but nothing catastrophic. It's just enough to add tension and drama to the plot without derailing the whole story.  And when a life-threatening event lands one friend in the hospital, it brings the women together, along with the realization that sometimes it's best to let the past stay in the past.

Rating:


Overall, I liked this book.  I didn't LOVE it, however, if the author were to release a follow-up novel, I would definitely pick it up. 

Heat Factor:


Um, crazy, fun, vacation sex?  On a beach?  Yes please!

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of chick-lit with spice.  Friendship, men, sex... it's all there.

A copy of Getting Lucky was provided to me for review by the publisher and netgalley.com

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