4 Stars / Contemporary / Review / Romantic Comedy

Audiobook Review: The Lucky One by Sylvie Stewart 🎧

Luck is no lady… in fact, she can be a downright bitch.

Let’s get one thing straight. I am not your typical girl. Sure, I’ve got all the parts, but I’ve been a stubborn, irreverent tomboy since the womb. Which makes it particularly ironic that my heart is so damn girlie. It falls in love at the drop of a hat and leaves me to deal with the aftermath. But no more! If Jake Beckett thinks spending one night together gives him some claim on me, he’s got another thing coming—even if the mere thought of that night leaves me panting like a damn Labrador. I’m not about to open the door and let Jake in, but that choice may be taken from both our hands.

Coming home was supposed to be my shot at redemption. Instead, I’m finding myself chasing after an irresistible blonde whose mercurial behavior could give Jekyll and Hyde a run for their money. I’ve got too much on my plate to get tied up in knots over a girl who wants nothing to do with me. But Bailey Murphy may hold the key to my redemption, and I’m not giving up on either without a fight. “Irish” might play with a poker face, but I’m about to call her bluff … and I hope like hell I’ve got luck on my side.

Title:The Lucky One
Author:Sylvie Stewart
Narrator(s):Meg Price
Series:Carolina Connections (Book 3)
Pages / Length: 340 / 9 hrs 21 mins
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Romantic Comedy
Trope(s):One Night Stand
Point of View:First Person, Past Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Narration Type:Dual – voiced by a single, female narrator
Location:Carolina, USA
Release Date:15th November, 2019
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Another enjoyable romcom

4 stars

I am currently listening my way through Sylvie Stewart’s Carolina Connections series and having a damn good time doing so. This is the 3rd book in the series and while each book is a standalone, we did meet both Bailey and Jake in the previous books in the series.

The story takes place in real time but we do get some flashbacks to Nate and Laney (from The Fix)’s wedding where Bailey and Jake meet, fall hard in lust, and have an amazing night together that changes everything for them. After that event, Bailey is determined to keep her distance while Jake is determined to prove to her that they could be great together.

I really liked Jake as a hero. He was all-in for Bailey and was pretty much a smitten kitten from the very first but still retained his strong, man’s man-ness! I loved that he was so sure of Bailey and their connection, that he didn’t give up on her, despite not always getting the friendliest of responses from her. But he was never pushy or creepy, which would have obviously been a no-no.

I liked Bailey, too, but I didn’t identify with her all that much. She was a bit of a tomboy who was only just starting to find her girl card. I mean, she hadn’t even seen Dirty Dancing if you can imagine!! I understood her reluctance to get into a relationship with Jake but would have liked her to forget herself on occasion so that they could have had a little more time together-together before everything hit the fan and the dynamics changed.

“…I’m seriously starting to fall for this big group of friends, siblings, family and colleagues.”

While I liked the fact that previous characters / couples (and hopefully future characters / couples) had important parts in this story, especially the storyline that involved Anton, it did annoy me that Bailey was crying over him. I want my heroines to be all-in with the hero – especially one so head-over-heels as Jake was for Bailey. I still liked Bailey and Jake as a couple and they definitely did have chemistry together both as friends and sexually.

This book is read by only one narrator – Meg Price. She does a good job of playing all the roles and while I could easily follow different voices speaking to each other within scenes, I admit to that because the book is written from both Bailey and Jake’s viewpoints, I sometimes forgot whose head I was in during certain chapters. I would definitely have preferred a male voice for Jake’s parts.

As I’ve noticed is a delightful trait of Ms Stewart’s, there were some seriously laugh out loud moments in this book. Perhaps not as many as in the first two, but I still snorted on many an occasion. These books – and their characters – are snarky, self-deprecating and hilarious. One of the reasons I’m smitten with this series and can’t get enough.

Another reason is that I’m seriously starting to fall for this big group of friends, siblings, family and colleagues. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, The Game, and would definitely recommend this book or any of the Carolina Connections series. Sylvie Stewart is a gem of a romcom writer and I’m so happy I came across her as she really brightens my days with her funny and romantic stories. 4 stars.

4 stars

USA Today bestselling author Sylvie Stewart is addicted to Romantic Comedy and Contemporary Romance, and she’s not looking for a cure. She hails from the great state of North Carolina, so it’s no surprise that most of her books are set in the Tar Heel state. She’s a wife to a hilarious dude and mommy to ten-year-old twin boys who tend to take after their father in every way. Sylvie often wonders if they’re actually hers, but then she remembers being a human incubator for a gazillion months. Ah, good times.

Sylvie began publishing when her kids started elementary school, and she loves sharing her stories with readers and hopefully making them laugh and swoon a bit along the way. If she’s not in her comfy green writing chair, she’s probably camping or kayaking with her family or having a glass of wine while binge-watching Hulu. Or she’s been kidnapped—so what are you doing just sitting there?!!

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