Lucky by Garrett Leigh
Themes & Genres: LGBT, MM, Contemporary Romance, gay, pan, football/soccer
WARNING: Mature Content
Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.
Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.
Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.
Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.
What I think of the book:
The first book that I read by Garrett Leigh (and still one of my two favorites by this author) was Rented Heart. A few months ago, Garrett posted online a sneak peek from Lucky, and my first thought was “This is giving me Rented Heart vibes”. It wasn’t just because of the theme of one of the main characters renting the other; it was just the general vibe I got from the excerpt. So, now that I have finished Lucky: is it as good as Rented Heart?
No. But it’s close.
I love Garrett Leigh – she’s one of my favorite authors – but she kind of dropped the ball on the last couple of books she published. I still enjoyed them, but not as much as I’d come to expect from her work. However, she’s got her mojo back and Lucky has that special, indescribable Garrett Leigh touch that makes her books like a drug to me.
Is it the story?
Probably not. It’s well-written, but I’ve read others similar to this one.
Is it the characters?
Could be. Both Dom and Lucky are portrayed as real and interesting people that I’d like to meet and maybe even befriend.
Is it the chemistry between the characters?
Mostly likely, yes. Garrett is one of the few writers who I feel can pull off instant chemistry between her characters and keep that chemistry going throughout a book. I’m not sure I’d ever be able to pinpoint exactly what magic draws me to this author’s works, but I think it has mostly to do with the way she portrays relationships.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Lucky not only to Garrett Leigh fans, but to everyone who enjoys MM Contemporaries or would like to give them a try.
My rating: (5/5 footballs)
Would I re-read this book? Yes!
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes!
Where can you buy the book?
Add Lucky to your Goodreads shelf (link takes you straight to the book)
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Dream – Skins, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance | Mature Content)
- Whisper – Skins, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance | Mature Content)
- Crossroads – Skins, Book 4 (Contemporary Romance, LGBT, gay, novella | Mature Content)
- Kiss Me Again (standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bisexual, bipolar, anxiety, depression, trauma | Mature Content)
- Bullet – Blue Boy Studio, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | Gay Fiction, Romance, Contemporary | Mature Content)
- Misfits – Urban Soul, Book 1 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT Fiction, Contemporary Romance, polyamorous | Mature Content)
- Soul to Keep – Rented Heart, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | LGBT, Contemporary Romance, trauma, addiction | Mature Content)
- Junkyard Heart – Porthkennack, Book 7 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Fiction, Romance | Mature Content)
- Cash – Lucky, Book 2 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bisexual, hunting saboteurs | Mature Content)
- Jude – Lucky, Book 3 (this book can be read as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, bi, gay, coming out | Mature Content)
- Only Love (standalone | Contemporary Romance, LGBT Fiction, gay, trauma, angst, army | Mature Content)
- Fated Hearts – Shadow Bound, Book 1 by Garrett Leigh (Contemporary LGBT Romance, Fantasy, shifters, soulmates, war | Mature Content)
- Hometown Christmas (standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, bi, friends to lovers, holiday romance, Christmas, ex military | Mature Content)
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