Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Series Status: Standalone
# of pages: 416
My rating: 3/5 stars
Let luck find you.
Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.
At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.
As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.
*I received a free copy in exchange for a honest review*
This was definitely a fluffy contemporary that is perfect for starting out the summer with. Even though I am usually not a major fan of contemporaries this one was pretty cute.
The plot was pretty interesting and I was definitely intrigued to see what Teddy was going to spend all of his lottery money on but I felt that overall the story was a little slow. The main focus seemed centered around Alice’s love for Teddy and how she didn’t want him to know but how she also did. It was the primary focus of the story and created a such a major plot point about it that it was pretty much all the book focused on.
While the focus was on the romance mainly I did really enjoy the growth and development of the characters themselves. Each one had growth in a different direction and dealt with different issues that were unique to each. I really enjoyed how realistic some of the problems were considering the plot wasn’t very realistic at all.
Smith’s writing style was a pretty and simplistic style that made it so easy to read quickly and enjoy. She had a great way of creating depth to Alice’s character that made the story even better.
Overall I enjoyed the read but wasn’t a major fan of the importance placed on the romance.
*I received a free copy through Blogging for Books*