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Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: Getting Lucky Number Seven by CIndi Madsen

23262672 What's your lucky number?

Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she's played it "safe" quite enough, thank you. So she creates a "College Bucket List"―with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex...
But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.

Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla's transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he's not careful, he'll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7.

Goodreads | Source: e-ARC provided by Entangled publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Review:

Getting Lucky Number Seven is Madsen's first foray into the NA genre so it's a bit sexier than her previous books that I’ve read (no fade to black sex scenes but not overly explicit either) and I hope it's not her last.

I’m always excited to discover a New Adult novel that's emotional but low in angst and FUN.

I gotta be honest and say that you can guess where everything is going pretty much from the start but that doesn’t lessen the enjoyment of the journey one bit.

Lyla's bucket list isn’t ONLY about sex and that helps this story stand out. For example a few other items on that list are to sing karaoke and get a tattoo. She's a fantastic character who is funny, feisty and smart. She wants more (to be daring and sexy with guys) but doesn't accept less from anyone - if that make sense.

I love a good friends to lovers story but while things heat up and Lyla explores her wilder side – she doesn’t lose herself or values and Beck is more than just the cocky, typical hot hockey player. He really is a good friend to Lyla with great advice and has Lyla’s back every step of the way.

It's nice to see a genuine friendship between a guy and a girl. Sure it turns to more - but you can feel the mutual respect between the two that has nothing to do with sex. Which makes the sexy times hotter IMO.

Finishing a book by Cindi Madsen always leaves me happy. She keeps managing to write engaging characters and stories that are both fun yet relatable and tug at your heartstrings.

20 comments:

  1. NA seems to be the only thing to be had these days, oh those literary hot stuffs

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  2. Cindi Madsen writes such cute feel good books...I need to read more of her!!

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  3. You had me at low angst and fun! Yea, this looks like a NA I would enjoy!

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  4. I'm always looking for a good NA book - thanks for the review!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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  5. The only NA I have read is A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Bone Season, so I definitely don't think I'll be reading this. First my mom will have a heart attack and second it's just not my type :P
    But I'm glad you liked it!

    Asma @ IceyBooks

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    1. Ha! I didn't realize The Bone Season was NA. It's nice to see it branching out into other genres too. Not everyone wants to read romance or contemporary.

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  6. Yay to good NA books! I'm always on a search for one with less angst, sounds like something I would like. Wonderful review. <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  7. Saw another good review for this one and I like the sound of the hockey player and the romance.

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  8. I so love your new adult reviews. You and I should buddy up sometime, I think I will learn a lot from you

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    1. Thank you! NA makes me roll my eyes most of the time so I'm always happy when I like one because I like the *idea* of them!

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  9. This sounds so good -- I've been sick with this horrible cold and I could really use a feel-good book to cheer me up!
    Jen at YA Romantics

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  10. This one is on my tbr short list along with Changing His Game.

    I actually read another bucket list type book (All Played Out) so hopefully they will easily stand apart and not be too similar.

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    1. I didn't love CHG which bummed me out but oh well. I just can't get into believing a couple who has instant, non stop sex lol

      I liked how Cindi did it because yes it was about guys in a way but it was also more than that. There was a really good friendship here so it should be a little different.

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    2. That is too bad about CHG! I'm sure I'll still read it one of these days. Her Mechanics of Love book looks good too, hopefully you'll like that one more.

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  11. I love it when there's a friendship that turns into more. I know that would seem the norm, but-lol, sometimes it just jumps from no romance to hello there with no friendship build-up that I love. I'm going to have to check this NA out. Thanks for the new author I can checkout. Great review, Karen!!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend : )

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