Published by Amberjack Publishing on April 5th 2016
Series: Lucky Me #1
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
For eighteen year old Gia Winters, having a movie star for a father, a former Playboy bunny as a mother, a Hollywood mansion, and a closet stocked with Chanel is simply another day in the life. But her world is turned upside down when her father mysteriously hires a group of bodyguards to trail the family 24/7 and threatening phone calls from a Dr. D start buzzing daily.
When Gia scores the coveted role of Miss Golden Globe, she is forced to strike a deal with her bodyguard, Jack, who is almost as arrogant as he is attractive. Juggling Gia s romantic failures, fashion faux pas, and celebrity obsessions, the duo investigate a series of clues with the help of a police cadet, who has a special set of skills and an even better set of dimples.
But with the Golden Globes just around the corner, danger levels rise higher than her stilettos as Gia learns that the biggest secrets might be the ones buried in her own home. In a place where the hills have eyes, high school nemeses, bad hair days, raging parties, and stolen kisses, there can only be trouble for a girl who was just starting to consider herself lucky."
Lucky Me is the first book (at least it better be! (more on this later)) by Saba Kapur. It is a young adult contemporary romance about a girl who is seemingly living a very lucky life. She is the daughter of two famous actors and she wants for nothing. Except, as the book so aptly points out, disaster does not discriminate and it can and will strike anyone it chooses. Lucky Me deals with a disaster in the form of a crazy stalker/killer that is out to get Gia’s family.
This is a very hard review for me to write because there were a few things that did not work for me at all with Lucky Me. Things that in other cases would have annoyed me and made me think this is not the book for me. However, I could not put this book down. I really enjoyed it and after it ended, I found myself really really wishing that I had the next book so I could find out what was going to happen with Jack and Gia and the whole gang. I am a very character driven reader, and Lucky Me is a very long, plot driven novel. The stalker mystery drives the whole story, and I found that we didn’t get to develop character relationships as much as I would have hoped. I really hope the interpersonal relationships (especially Jack and Gia!) really get delved into deeper in the next book because I think that is something that will take this good novel to the next level. The other annoyance was Gia herself. Jack was very patient with her, but she was a whirlwind of emotions, petulance and immaturity. I get why she was doing it at first, since she was thrust into this situation with no choice in the matter, but after a while it got old. However, I could just not bring myself to stay annoyed at her. There is just something about Gia. Something I liked and want to see more of.
I am a sucker for a good bodyguard plot, so I ate up that aspect of the story, and Jack was my favorite character. I want to see so much more of him in the next book, and I would love for it to be told some from his point of view as well. I think that will help me get to know him a lot better. And I really do want to get to know him better. Especially, after that bombshell that he dropped at the end of the book. (which I personally, don’t think it true at all. At least, I hope it isn’t true.)
The best part about Lucky Me was the writing. Author Saba Kapur is witty and she works in tons of one liners and pokes fun of everything. I loved that about this book. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next. There is something irresistible about Lucky Me.
Case in point: This book is about 500 pages long, and I devoured it in one evening. Even with the annoyances, I simply could not put it down.
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