Published by Hachette Audio on July 14th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Amazon, Audible
22 hrs and 2 mins
Ty Walker was wrongly imprisoned. For the five years he was inside, he honed his plan so when he gets out, he has nothing but vengeance on his mind.
But then he walks straight to stylish, leggy, beautiful, goofy Lexie Berry and he suddenly has something else to think about. He knows within seconds he wants her and within days he can love her. But with the filth that was flung at him clinging, he also knows he can’t have her.
Since birth, Lexie Berry has been Lady Luck’s favorite toy and because of that, Lexie is cautious. But within a day, she senses Ty is something special. With her luck, however, she can’t trust it. Then she finds out what was done to Ty and she’s willing to do anything to make it right.
Even what Ty will never forgive her for doing.
Ty clings to vengeance and Lexie goes all out to give him back the time he lost. But Ty is battling demons within and he and Lexie are up against dirty cops and criminals who will stop at nothing to sway Lady Luck against them. All Ty and Lexie have is hope Lady Luck will finally swing their way.
Lady Luck (Colorado Men #3)
By Kristen Ashley
Something to talk about…
***This review will be REALLY spoilerish. I decided to put my thoughts down without holding back worrying about spoilers. I loved this book and if you agreed or disagreed with any of my thoughts, I’d love to discuss them in the comments. So shut this sucker down if you haven’t read Lady Luck and you plan to, but make sure to come back for a chat when you’ve finished it. ***
First off…I love that Epilogue. Seriously, it was one of KA’s best by far. Talk of babies, what’s going on with everyone, who survived, who didn’t, who has found love and who is happy to just be an observer to the happiness and love surrounding them. Sitting down to a Thanksgiving with all the characters you’ve loved or learned to love. Seeing Lexie at her goofiest, Ty at his sweetest and their friends happy and content to be around loved ones. I FREAKIN LOVED IT!! (channelling a little KA there).
Now, I was a little hesitant to start the audio of Lady Luck because I didn’t want my happy memories to be dashed by a shoddy narrator. Luckily, I ended up having no problems with it at all. The narrator did a great job as she spoke very clearly, and I was able to tell when characters changed easily. I think, in my case, the accents weren’t an issue because they are not ones I hear a lot so have no basis to compare. I don’t come across big, American, mountain men on the streets of Brisbane Australia. So if Ty’s accent is wrong or if Pena’s was wrong, I can’t judge. So overall, I enjoyed the audio of Lady Luck.
Now…time to talk Lady Luck. This book is packed full of emotions that can take you from the highest high to the lowest low. We are faced with characters who have not had the easiest life, but still manage to keep on keeping on. They recognise and have lived with injustice. Neither Lexie or Ty had good parents as role models. Luckily for both of them,they found good people who were willing to give them guidance and support they lacked at home. What makes Ty and Lexie exceptional characters is their strength and perseverance considering their negative and bad upbringings. Straight up…I loved these characters.
The beginning of the story where Ty and Lexie meet and get to know each other gave me such a goofy grin on my face. This is one of the best stories for a re-read/listen. You get excited when the good parts come (THE SHOWER SCENE) and you get sentimental when a part you know will have more meaning later in the book (the little notes) comes up. My chest puffs up with pride for Lexie when she pulls out her earrings (not knowing she just increased the believability of Ty’s scam, but doing it because she’s a sweetheart) in the scene at the tables and I love seeing the little glimpse of Ty’s potential when he gets the vase for Lexie’s flowers. These little things are what makes this book come alive for me. Even if I read this book or listened to this story 100 times, I think I’d still get that same buzz.
Lady Luck still has one of my most favourite scenes of any book I’ve ever read…the beach scene. Ty knows he has made a monumental mistake and needs Lexie to know how he feels. Now while that scene was one of my favourites, the scene that caused that one to happen, when Ty lashes out (with words) at Lexie, still manages to break my heart every time I read/listen to it. Later on, I wanted to kill Julius for causing Lexie heartbreak, but I loved Ty’s reaction to it all. His arms wrapping around Lexie not just to comfort her, but to protect her from Julius’s betrayal. Yes, Julius has success in getting them back together, but at first, I couldn’t stand the pain Lexie had to deal with and what she had to recover from. I did get there in the end because I know Julius thought he was doing the right thing. He’s a bloke, so, of course, he didn’t understand or maybe didn’t gauge the emotional devastation his actions would bring.
What Misty Keaton did is one of the evilest and self-serving things I’ve ever read. I absolutely HATED her…but then I felt sorry for her. Then, I felt guilty for feeling sorry for her. Then, I didn’t feel guilty for feeling sorry for her because I remembered what I’d read in Breathe on how she was murdered. Guilty or not, no-one deserves to die that way. Chace Keaton is a character I struggle with. Even after reading Breathe I still struggled with him a little. He made some really dodgy decisions and completely disregarded his marriage vows. I mean, I understand why…but in some ways, I don’t. I think I’ll have to re-read or maybe listen toBreathe to see if that will help.
Lady Luck deals with a lot of betrayal. Parents who don’t do their job right. The law not being upheld because of crooked cops. Friendships and family members who took advantage of their loved ones. While we had plenty of examples of what greed and selfishness can do, we also had shining examples of what good people can and will do. Samuel Sterling with his romantic heart. Detective Pena with his need to make sure that justice is equal whether you are a black or white. Tate who always has his man’s back. Ella, Bessy and Honey…not of blood but definitely family to Lexie. I enjoy seeing people come together to do good and when Ty’s mates have a welcome home party when he got out of jail, and then when they are all there with the house check/inspection by Fuller, it just reinforces that there are good people out there.
Wow…the sex scenes…oh my lordy!! Sitting in my car and listening to Ty and Lexie getting it on…I had shivers up my spine. Look, I’m not a huge fan of the “mama”, but in Ty’s case his actions were WAY better than words.
I’m sure there are plenty of other things I could talk about from Lady Luck but I’d be here all day (and probably tomorrow) coming up with more reasons why I love it. I love that Lexie has had it tough but manages to find her happy place in a man who walked out of a prison with revenge on his mind. I adored that such a big, tough man who had 5 years taken from him, walked out to a woman who would blur the memories of those 5 years and make a life where his biggest worry was painting over nail polish on the walls, or standing on glitter pens.
I’ll be taking a break from listening to the Colorado Men Series because WILDEST DREAMS (Fantasyland #1) comes out next week. Once I’ve finished that, I think I’ll be listening to the audio of Breathe.