Monday, January 28, 2013

Luck of the Draw (Shamrock Falls, #2) by Kelley Vitollo

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Source:  Received an eBook from Entangled Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.

From Goodreads:

Rowan McKinley isn’t looking for one wild night while vacationing in Vegas, but she gets it anyway when she meets professional poker player—and professional ladies’ man—Breck Wilder. Breck’s easygoing charm and lighthearted banter draw in the reserved Rowan, and though she’s always dreamed of the kind of forever love her best friends Sidney and Kade share, she’ll settle for one night with the charismatic player.

After their crazy one-night stand, Breck never expected to see the mysterious redhead again. So when he shows up at a Shamrock Falls B&B looking to get away for a few weeks and Rowan answers the door, he’s floored. Breck’s rolling-stone lifestyle and ill-fated history with women means he’s not interested in anything long-term. But the longer he stays at the B&B, the more he considers dropping the poker face and putting all his cards on the table…for Rowan.

My Thoughts:

5 stars - Definitely belongs in the Bliss line!

 I really am a fantasy reader.  Love the paranormal and such but contemporary is becoming a new favorite.  But the only way a contemporary works for me, though, is if I love the characters.  No one does incredible characters like Kelly Vitollo (Unless it's Nyrae Dawn doing the same thing in YA books - same author, heehee).

This series has a cute little home town.  It has Washington State rain storms.  It has interesting situations and fresh ideas but it's the characters I love.  I loved Kade and Sidney in the first book Lucky Break.  And I love Breck and Rowan in Luck of the Draw. 

I'll start with Breck, because I always like the guy the best!  Breck has been hurt before and he's given up on women for the long run.  He lives on the road playing poker and he likes it that way.  Besides all that, though, he's this great guy.  He generous and kind.  He loves taking care of Rowan, when she'll let him.  He loves to have fun and his sexy smile can melt hearts.  If Rowan can get past his broken heart, she'll find the best guy ever.

Rowan is this feisty, independent type that really just wants to be loved.  Having never felt like she's belonged, she's afraid of losing things.  She's attracted to Breck, who wouldn't be, but she needs more than a fling with him.  If Breck gives her a chance, she could heal his broken heart.

I did have some stress moments when I wanted to kick both these characters in the backside for making stupid choices.  But that's like life, right?  We screw up and we hope that those that care about us love us enough to understand.  I care enough about these characters that I'm so hoping there's a book 3 for this series just so I can get a glimpse of them again.  And dang it, it's time Jace got his act together! Hope he stars in book 3.

It was a quick read for me.  This is a Sunday afternoon quickie kinda book! Gonna love it, truly.


  1. I really need to pick up the books in this series. It sounds like I would love these characters. So far all of the books in Entangled's Bliss line have been really great for me too.

  2. I'm starting this one this week! Can't wait!

  3. Book 3 IS Jace's book! I can't wait for that. And I completely agree w/everything you said about Luck of the Draw. Kelley is a fantastic "character writer". So happy you loved this too!

  4. I've really enjoyed this series! I'm really looking forward to Jace's book! :-)