Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blog Tour: The Luckiest by Wendy Owens: Review

Title: The Luckiest
Author: Wendy Owens      
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Tours
Rating: 4/5 Stars


Once upon a time Mackenzie Phillips thought she’d found her happily ever after. She had married her high school sweetheart and had started her perfect family. But one tragic night Mac’s perfect life was ripped away from her, leaving her beautiful fairy tale existence in ruins.

When everything worth living for is suddenly taken from you, how do you keep going? People told her how lucky she was just to be alive after that night, but she didn’t agree.

Years passed with Mac living in a fog, until another unfortunate turn of events placed her world on its head once again. Now, still carrying the tender wounds of her past, this widow has to face the realities of life again.

Broken and truly alone, she must find work. In walks her new employer, Dean Johnson, a guy who is just broken enough himself, that she thinks he might actually be able to understand her. But Mac soon discovers that that bond with Dean may instead force her to face demons she isn’t yet ready to deal with.


The Luckiest is a past-paced story that had me completely hooked after the first page.  This is one of those books that I couldn't put down, because I had to know how it was going to end.  Let's just say that I almost cheated and skipped to the end just to see what happened, but I didn't.  I really loved the characters in this book.  All of them, even the band mates.  The character development was spot on.  Mac and Dean grew so much by the end of the story.  I also loved Wendy's writing style with this story.  I was able to feel what the characters felt, especially Mac's pain.  I just wanted to reach in and hug her.  The Luckiest gets huge bonus points from me on the fact it is about rockstars!!!!!

Mac has survived a tragic event and yet lost everything she ever loved.  She closed herself off and was practically living in a hell of her own making.  She wouldn't let anyone in to love her again, because she was too afraid to lose it again.   She didn't want to forget her husband and daughter.  With money starting to run low, she decides to find work.  Here, she becomes employed by Dean who is just as broken as her if not more.  Everything changes for the both of them.

I adored the characters in this book.  Mac is a character that anyone could relate to easily.  She is lost and in so much pain.  Being around new people, she starts to open up.  But she still is very hesitant and wary.  Scared of sinking in that hole again.  I love the friendship that Mac and Christian had.  They became like brother and sister, looking out for one another.  Their relationship was really sweet.  I really feel bad for Christian.  He is also suffering in his own pain.  Dean, Dean, Dean.  What can I say about Dean and his smexiness!!!  I loved Dean.  He was a rockstar, but had such a soft side especially when it came to Mac.  He wanted to be with her in every way and yet he would wait until she was ready.  Dean was such a supportive guy, and yet very protective of her.  I really fell for him.

The Luckiest was an enjoyable read from start to finish.  The only little issue I had with this story was the romance.  Or I should say the insta-love. Dean didn't hang around Mac hardly at all and they only knew each other a shot while.  All of a sudden he was so hung up on her.  That just felt a little rushed to me.  I would have loved to see them grow on a deeper level and fall that way.  Have Dean actually spend time with her.  That's the only reason I didn't give it five stars.  It just wasn't believable to me. I still loved the story!!!  And oh boy!!!!!  What an epilogue!!!!!  So happy for them!!!!  Fell in love with Dean even more!!!!  I am hoping there is a sequel!!!!  Can't wait to see what happens next.


I glance in, but the box is dark inside all of the tissue paper. My hands retrieve the first item. “Buckeyes!” I exclaim.
“I can see why she’s your best friend.” Dean leans on one elbow, watching me explore the contents one by one.
I reach in, continuing to pull out items—a black hair scarf with cherries, a pair of earrings from one of my favorite local jewelry designers in Cincinnati, Abbi Glines’s newest steamy romance. My cheeks go hot as Dean sees the cover, lifting his eyebrows.
“Well, I think that’s it,” I say, lifting the box, the sound of something shifting inside catching my attention. “Oh, there’s something else.”
I reach in, and as I do, I can feel Dean’s eyes locked on me. I feel something long and cool slip into my hand. Locking my fingers around it, I let the box fall away. Instantly, I see Dean straighten up, a half-cocked grin on his face.
Much to my horror, I look down to see a pink rubber penis-shaped device in my hand. I freeze, but my cheeks are on fire. All I can think about is the different ways I am going to torture Monica before I kill her.
“I can explain,” I begin. I’ll tell him she’s crazy—like actually certifiable.
He’s still grinning at me as he gives me a slight nod. He closes the gap between us even more.
“You know, I can help with that,” he offers, and I can’t help but wonder if he’s serious, or perhaps maybe I’m wishing.
“You think I’m that easy?” I hit the ball squarely back to him. I consider licking my lips, but worry that may be over the top. I’m looking directly at him, and damn, he’s incredible.
“A guy can hope.” He pauses, playfully lifting an eyebrow. “Can’t he?”
I grin. In fact, I can’t do anything but grin. He moves closer, and I glance down, realizing I’m still holding the device. My breath hitches, but he still moves closer. He’s facing me, never moving those gorgeous blue eyes away from me. He slides his arm around my waist, and as he presses himself against me, I’m sure I can feel an erection. This surprises me, and my hand releases the dildo, which falls to the floor with a thud.
“What’s wrong? Can’t contain your excitement around me?” he whispers, his breath warm on my neck, just below my ear.
My mouth is watering, my heartbeat quickens, and my head is now spinning. I pull back, the distance giving me a slight bit of clarity. The idea of this kind of pleasure is tempting. The bulge in his jeans tells me he is interested.
In an attempt to casually conceal the pink rubber shaft, I use the toe of my platform sandals to kick it under a nearby chair. Dean cocks a brow, his face shifts, and he laughs softly.
“What?” I shrug innocently.
“Did you just kick a dick under a chair?” He’s still laughing.
“Watch it, or I might make a habit of it.”
“Ouch,” he hisses, then winces, grabbing himself as if he were imagining the attack.
My eyes dart past his shoulder, where Storm is coming up the stairs. She has on her headphones, staring at the face of her phone. I nod my head at Dean, indicating we’re no longer alone. I shift, moving to walk past him. He grabs my hip, pulling me into his grasp.
“We’ll continue this later,” he promises. He takes my hand and leads me past Storm and out of the bus without a word. I wonder if she can tell what had been transpiring from the look on my face.
As we move around the side of the bus, I feel his hand shift to the small of my back. It’s like he knows all the places to touch me to drive me absolutely insane.

Author Bio:

Wendy Owens is a writer, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio.  After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts.  After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. It’s become a passion ever since.  Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead.  Her first series, The Guardians, is a YA fantasy series about angel and human hybrids.
Since then she has branched into NA Contemporary Romance and released titles to include Stubborn Love, Only In Dreams, and Do Anything. Her next romance, The Luckiest is scheduled to be released in July 2014.
When she’s not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups.  She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.
For more info on Wendy's young adult fiction visit http://wendy-owens.com/

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