“We’d weathered one hell of a storm. But we didn’t come out with nicks and dents. We came out tougher, stronger, closer.”
*GRIN* Squee!! Another winner from Kristen Ashley
I seriously cannot get enough of her books!! I’m totally, utterly, blissfully ADDICTED!!!!
Ty Walker just got released from prison. Lexie owes a guy so she agreed to pick him up and get him to wherever he needed to go, thinking it would be a quick and easy task. But Ty has enemies, and she’s with Ty, she needs his protection, he needs someone at his back, and he works out a deal with her to marry him until he does what he needs to do and once its done, they’ll go their separate ways. But what she thought would be a simple pick up, turned out to be a crazy roller-coaster filled with corrupt police departments, road trips, over-achieving pimps, racist dirty cops, vengence, betrayals, undercover agents, and in the middle of all this maddness, finding crazy, intense, passionate love that sweeps them both off their feet.
I literally loved Ty right from the beginning. He was a gorgeous character and very different from a lot of KA’s other male characters in the he was fairly non-verbal. He didn’t say a lot but when he spoke, his words had weight.
He knows what he wants, and he was willing to work as hard as was necessary to get it. And right off the bat, he wanted Lexie. Like now.
But I just loved how smart and nearly always in control of himself he was. He was also driven, and not one to be tempted away from his goals by stupidity.
Lexie was an amazing heroine. Maybe even one of my fav KA ones so far. She was very much like a female Brock (from Dream Man #2). She was sassy, but very deeply understanding. She was fun-loving, but very open, honest, caring, and fair. She was straight to the point and didn’t bullshit her way through anything. And, lol, she was a bit of a goof
I loved Ty and Lexie’s “give and take” way of getting to know each other. Just like their relationship, it was fair, open and funtional… as well as being a great way to learn about each other.
We got a really cool deviation from the KA norm in this book in that the whole story was told in alternating POV’s between Ty and Lexie. This was amazing for so many reasons. Firstly, we got to see (long term) inside the head of a KA man – got to experience him seeing Lexie “throwing sass” and thinking it was cute, got to be on the other side of the banter… which was freaking hilarious especially on the road trip!
“He looked to her and saw her shove an entire Ding Dong in her mouth.
They hit the highway, she jacked the music up and he experienced the unusual desire to beg someone to drive ice picks into his ears so he wouldn’t have to listen to it.”
And secondly, his POV was great because, since he wasn’t a very verbal guy, it was really great to be able to understand where he was coming from, why he did the things he did, what he experienced during fights, and even several smokin’ HOT love scenes from his POV.
There were times when the story made my head spin with the complexity of the plot line (for which I knocked off the .5 star) but that was mostly my only complaint… and it doesn’t overpower the story. In fact, we actually get to see a LOT of Ty and Lexie as a couple in this book.
“Never had a light in my life, never, not once. I lived wild but I didn’t burn bright until you shined your light on me.”
There is a huge focus on their actual relationship in Lady Luck and I love that we got to see them as a fully functional couple for a good chunk of the story. They have nearly instant attraction for each other and start their connection quite early on. Sure, there are a few bumps in the road (one in particular that put my heart right in my throat!) but they get over them fast and learn from their mistakes and only end up closer as a result of them.
“This is it, Team Walker, you and me. We want somethin’, we find a way to get it. We hit a rough patch, we find a way to get over it. We face a challenge, we find a way to beat it. It’s good, we savor it. What I’m sayin’ is, this team is a winner. We never forget to celebrate the victories and we get a lotta those because we never admit defeat.“
I also really loved that even though the story (what with uncovering the truth behind Ty’s wrongful conviction) had a whole lot of drama, within their relationship, they were pretty solid. And even when they did screw up, the reason behind the screw up was always completely understandable – never stupid or out-of-the-blue. And they both knew how to apologize, and apologize well… lol, you’ll all know that this made me a very happy reader
And boy were their sexy times H.O.T.!!! I meanreally HOT! I fanned my way through many a bedroom scene.
Another thing that fans of Sweet Dreams (book #2) will love is how much of Tate we get to see in this book!! He’s one of Ty’s two best friends and we see a lot of him (and Laurie). Definitely made for some squee-worthy moments! (Although, we didn’t really see much more than a fleeting glimpse of Max unfortunately. I’m looking forward to the next book because I hear he’s more heavily featured in it… YAY! I miss him!)
“He had good friends. The kind of friends you didn’t just get. The kind of friends you earned.”
And I also thought it was so cool that we were introduced to Chase, the hero of the next book, about half way though this one. He’s not a feature character, but he’s there a lot and I really liked getting to know him a little and see a bit of his back story from afar before reading his book.
The epilogue was fantastic and it was LONG! What a treat! KA’s epilogues always leave me grinning and with the best feelings… there is something so comforting about seeing the characters you have come to know and love get their HEAs in detail. So heart warming!! <3
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