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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Lady Luck by Julie Lence

Lady Luck by Julie Lence
Publisher: Asylett Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (206 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Queen Anne’s Lace

Females are man’s worst enemy. Charming, beautiful, they can rip a man to shreds without batting an eye.

Handsome, rugged cowboy Lucas Weston is living proof of the damage a woman can cause. Determined to keep another miss from running stampede over his heart, Lucas has garnered the reputation of a man who favors flirting and wild times between the sheets. When he’s roped into taking to the trail to escort Missy Morgan back to her home in San Francisco, Lucas isn’t too pleased...until he discovers she uses her poker-playing, whiskey-swilling ways to hide her own fears. What those fears might be, he doesn’t know, but he’s going to find out. Drawn to her from the start, Missy represents the opportunity for the life fate cheated him seven years ago.
Trust no one – especially men. Guard your heart. Don’t take changes. Remain in control. And never, ever forget that night...

Missy Morgan has lived by a rigid set of rules for so long she knows no other way. Life hasn’t always been fair. Fate has dealt her more losing hands than she cares to remember. But she has Lady Luck and her family. For them she’ll remain strong...until a handsome cowboy enters her life and challenges the way she lives. Against her will, she’s drawn to Lucas’ blue eyes and honesty. Would it be so terrible if she put her trust in him? The odds say yes, but something else says no. And what about that horrible night? It’s hung over her head for so long only a fool would gamble on Lucas’ goodness. And she’s not a fool. Or is she?

Missy Morgan is a woman with a past who lives her life on her own terms. Men have only disappointed her in the past and as far as she is concerned she can live the rest of her life without them. Traveling home to San Francisco, she hires the handsome, but very prickly, Lucas Weston to escort her home. Lucas has no need for women; they only hurt and use him, then discard him after they are done. But this trip to San Francisco does not go smoothly. Missy and Lucas soon learn that they must put their past behind them or lose a once in a lifetime chance at love.

Missy is a straight, no-nonsense character who likes her whiskey and “swears like a sailor”. She is blunt, witty, and not afraid to go after what she wants. She is a well-written character who you can’t help but admire for her “grit”. Now, Lucas—our hero—is hot, lovable, sexy, kind, although he is rough around the edges. He is a tortured soul who only wants to be accepted and loved for who he is.

Ms. Lence tells a fabulous story here that pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go until the end. Although there are a few places where the point of view jumped and some minor grammatical errors, the story is definitely worth the read. Great job, Ms. Lence!