*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Title: The Good Luck Charm
Author: Helena Hunting
Publisher: Forever Romance
Is it love, or is she just his good luck charm? New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting absolutely delights with this witty and fun standalone contemporary romance.
Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career, or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.
Ethan Kane wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.
Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with his game. But Ethan’s already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he’ll do anything to keep from losing her again.
Review: *Sigh* I have to say that I was definitely disappointed by this book. It left me wanting a lot more than I got out of it, especially considering the synopsis sounded amazing. While it started off kind of okay, things slowly went downhill for me and by the end it started to drag on.
This is a second chance romance about two high school sweethearts who are reunited after eight years. The chemistry is definitely there between Ethan and Lilah, but maybe a little too much? They just seemed so consumed in each other and I would’ve liked the book to explore more than them in their little love bubble.
I was definitely expecting to get a sports-type romance, but there wasn’t much of anything beyond the mere mention of hockey. It would have been nice to at least include some hockey games and having Lilah be there (isn’t that the whole point of the title? That she’s his good luck charm?). Honestly, that part didn’t even come into play until the end of the book, which was weird.
There is also one issue that bothered me throughout the entire book. Now I understand this is an ARC, but still. One line that is repeated so many times that it became a new pet peeve of mine. How many times can: “He ran his finger down my nose” possibly be repeated? First of all, it doesn’t sound natural at all. Do people actually do that in real life? Is it some kind of weird fetish I don’t know about?
Another thing that bothered me was that the whole plot kind of seemed surface level. It never went beyond that and I found that some things were kind of thrown in a glazed over. There were also some random subplots thrown in at the end, which kind of distracted from Ethan and Lilah. I’m sad because this book sounded so good and I was super excited for it! I honestly tried to like it, but I just couldn’t do it. It just wasn’t for me, I guess.