Monday, March 7, 2016

Review: "Unlucky in Love" by Jill Sanders (Romance, Chick Lit, Womens Literature)

Unlucky in Love (Lucky #1)
by Jill Sanders

Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Romance, Chick Lit, Womens Literature
Publication Date: March 8, 2016

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Description from Publisher: Kristen Collins is cursed. It’s the only explanation for this recent run of catastrophes. She’s lost her brand-new car and a winning lottery ticket, and her ex-boyfriend just drove off with all her possessions. She’s even lost the empty office that’s been her lunchtime sanctuary. Plus, the new hire who’s taken it over is precisely the kind of impending heartache she knows to avoid, from his intense gaze to that irresistible crooked smile. 

Developer Aiden Scott plans to stay at the Denver architecture firm just long enough to prime it for takeover. A job like his can’t get personal. Yet from the moment he collides with Kristen, he’s smitten. He wants to save the stunning interior designer from every crazy scenario she winds up in. But who’s going to save him when his business agenda shatters Kristen’s trust?

Turns out, love’s a lot like luck. You don’t know just how good you have it until you stand to lose it all.

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I received a digital ARC from the publisher through for an honest, unbiased review. My opinion is my own.

Let's start with what I liked about this: The main characters were likable, which is always a big plus for me. The dialogue between characters felt natural, and everything was well-written (not too verbose, not lacking in detail). I appreciated the slow roll of information and the "showing" rather than telling. The trouble Kristen gets into is often over-the-top, but this was supposed to be about her having remarkable luck, mostly bad, so that was mostly forgivable.

This book did have me wondering if it was going to be at least slightly paranormal romance, because of her luck and "the curse" being referred to a few times. I'm actually not sure if I'm glad it didn't, since it would have explained her crazy luck if it had.

Aside from that, this didn't really stand out to me as anything special. About 25% through, things started to feel rushed, and that made it difficult for me to keep straight how much time was passing. After Kristen and Aiden's first kiss, I actually had to go back a few pages and reread again because the fact they acted exactly as though nothing had actually happened made me question my sanity (or, at least, the formatting and editing - wondering if perhaps a paragraph from later wound up thrown into what I was reading). I also really wanted more build-up of their relationship. As it's written: He flirts, she snarks. She gets sick, he helps her. They have sex and are all of a sudden the most important person to one another, despite their insistance as they are having sex that they couldn't understand their attraction to one another and should just go with it. Even after that, I don't get a feel for their relationship having much of a foundation other than lust and Aiden helping Kristen out of her scrapes. I don't know; I just wasn't feeling their romance. They did have sexual chemistry going for them though.

I think it might also be worth noting that the "curse" was from a Wiccan, which isn't really right. Being Wiccan and being a "witch" are actually two very different things.

Would I recommend this book to someone? Possibly. It had a lot going for it, especially if you're looking for a quick, easy read with some outrageous situations and many steamy scenes. The supporting characters were also all very likable and I would be interested to read their stories, so I will definitely be open to reading something further by Jill Sanders.

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