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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lady Luck by Jane Toombs

Lady Luck by Jane Toombs
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (68 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Fennel

What does a P.I. in search of a man who triggers illegal payoffs from slot machines, and a staid gal who’s a CPA, traveling on the gambling cruise ship as a bridge partner for an elderly aunt have in common? Maybe nothing until an uninvited Wheel of Fortune Tarot card enters the scene and alters all their lives.

Had a bad day? In need of some relaxing 'me' time? Then Jame Toombs' Lady Luck is the book for you. Though there are no surprises in this charming story, there is just enough conflict to keep you wondering whether the conclusion may be something other than the obvious.

If there is a surprise, it is with the names the author has chosen. There are four main characters and I'd come across only one of them before. The setting, a Carribean cruise ship, the scene focuses on the casino. You may expect to encounter hard-bitten gamblers, but our four main characters consist of a coupple of senior citizens, Detra, great-aunt to Lyda. Comstock, a PI hired to unmask the man behind a gambling scam, and Benedict, a low-key gambler who enjoys playing the slot machines.

The author weaves her character information into the story and leaves the reader feeling they've met and known the characters forever.

Suspense hovers in the background, never quite grabbing your attention, more of gentle unfolding of the assumed. The conflict, the black moment, between Lyda and Comstock is understandable but not heart-stopping. The simple fact is: I enjoyed this sweet story.