Getting Lucky: Fortune, Colorado #1 by Jennifer Seasons with Excerpt

Getting Lucky: Fortune, Colorado #1 by Jennifer Seasons with Excerpt

Welcome to my stop for the first of the Fortune, Colorado contemporary romance series from Jennifer Seasons. Please read on for my excerpt, be sure to check out the other tour stops to see what other readers thought about the title and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a Digital Jennifer Seasons Ebook Bundle including, STEALING HOME, PLAYING THE FIELD and THROWING HEAT

Getting Lucky

The first of a new series, Getting Lucky by Jennifer Seasons is a contemporary romance with a decided small town feel.
Just the sort of story laden with characters and potential stories to come that will reel readers in and keep them waiting for more.  Particularly if the writing and characters continue to defy conventionally expected norms that I want in my romances.

Starting off with a plot that requires some deception, I was wondering if Seasons would be able to pull a romance off with two characters who are actively deceiving one another.  I understood the reasons for it, and could even empathize with Shannon’s position, as the people-pleaser of her family, she will do what it takes for approval.  But that doesn’t excuse her purpose, even if her intentions were not necessarily her own.

But let me back up: Shanon is a Charlemagne, daughter of a very successful Thoroughbred racing stable in Colorado. Racing is not always a pretty game – it’s far darker and more cutthroat on the backside (the stables) than going to the races would indicate.  But Shannon has the skills, talent and experience to manage a racing stable, and that is what her father demands she do: infiltrate the stables of Sean Muldoon to discover just what he is doing to achieve such success, often to the detriment of her own family’s endeavors.

Sean Muldoon had a hard life growing up in Ireland, and has worked both on the legal and illegal side of racecourses for years. His experience has enabled him to settle in Fortune and build his own stable of winners. It’s just difficult finding help. When a friend in town suggests that he run an advert and start interviewing, he turns down several candidates until meeting Shannon.

These two are point / counterpoint: Sean is tall and dark, Black Irish with coal black hair, green eyes and an accent that charms the moss of the Blarney Stone.  Shannon is fair and red-haired, a tad on the timid and shy side.
These two are really fun together: Shannon is slowly getting to be more comfortable in her own skin, and she wants that skin near Sean.  Sean is as sexy as can be, and he likes Shannon, well, perhaps more than likes her. But his past is a dangerous place with deadly people, and he knows that his success with racing just may bring that danger to his door.

From some angsty moments to high drama, softer times slipped in that allowed the two to get closer and soon their secrets are revealed. Far from being a stumbling block, Shannon’s impetus for invading Sean’s stables gave her a purpose, and showed her that she can survive while making her own decisions. Sean’s confidence in Shannon’s regard for him and that just may be worth taking big chance.

Fun and light with just enough angst from past issues and the current threat of Sean’s past returning to endanger his new life this story flew by.  Plenty of characters from the town are introduced and presented with the start of their own HEA’s has me intrigued and ready for the next book.

Getting Lucky: Fortune, Colorado #1 by Jennifer Seasons with Excerpt

Title: Getting Lucky
Author: Jennifer Seasons
Series: ,
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon, Impulse
ISBN: 0062365029
Published on: 21 April, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 256
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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Welcome to Fortune, Colorado—where the air is clean, the men are rugged, and the all the good ones… are bachelors.

Born into the infamous Charlemagne equestrian empire, Shannon has been raised to do whatever it takes for the family business. Even if it means going undercover and digging up dirt on a competitor. It's easy enough when she believes he's a bad guy whose success seems too good to be true. In fact, Shannon's excited to put the aggravatingly sexy Irishman in his place and get back in her father's good graces. All she needs is to stay focused on the goal … and out of Sean Muldoon's arms.

From stealing a thoroughbred racehorse from the Irish mob to striking gold in the mountains of Colorado, there's little Sean hasn't experienced. But when it comes to resisting his hot new stable manager, he's out of luck. With the mob hot on his heels, keeping Shannon off their radar is all but impossible, and he's not about to put her in danger too. Sean wants Shannon, but how can he offer her a future … when he can't even guarantee tomorrow?

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

It had been tough growing up with parents who were too busy maintaining the family name to spend any quality time with their children, but she’d had Colleen. As much as her sister made her sometimes want to wash her mouth out with soap and sit her down with a wholesome Hallmark made-for-TV movie to cleanse her corrupted brain, she was thankful every single day for her.

It helped telling herself that dissecting cadavers during medical school had warped her lovely sister’s mind, so having it permanently in the gutter wasn’t her fault.

She was joking.

Mostly.

Taking a big breath to help soothe her quivering stomach, she gave her sister’s hand a quick squeeze. “You’re right. I know you are. I just get so frustrated with him sometimes, you know?”

Colleen pulled her in for a swift all-business hug, the time for emotion clearly behind them. “I know. But hey, think of this adventure as fodder you can use later to write that Great American Novel you’ve always dreamed about.”

A snort escaped Shannon. “Clearly you’re delusional if you think I want to write a novel, much less have the capability,” she couldn’t help teasing.

Colleen rolled her eyes and gave Shannon’s arm a playful shove. “See what I get for being sympathetic? Sarcasm. I get sarcasm and derision from my only and most beloved sibling.” Her expression remained serious for a moment, but Shannon knew it was about to crack. Seconds later a grin split her deceptively wholesome face and she laughed. “Thank God I’m rarely sympathetic, or else that might hurt.”

Shannon laughed at that. Sensitivity wasn’t the youngest Charlemagne’s strong suit. Not by a long shot. It was one of the things that made her so incredibly strong. And it was one of the main reasons she was at the top of her class at Harvard. She was the most goal-oriented person Shannon had ever known. Colleen didn’t let pesky things like emotions get in the way of her achieving her dreams.

If only she could say the same for herself.

At that moment a very large semitruck rounded the bend in the highway behind them and lumbered past, its trailer swaying from the constant turns along the tight mountain roads. When the flannel-clad driver spotted the two of them on the side of the road, he blared his horn and made a highly inappropriate hand gesture out the window toward them. It seemed that she and her sister were being invited to take a little lap nap with him.

“In your dreams, jerk!” Colleen yelled to the retreating semitruck, making a hand gesture of her own, and then gave Shannon an incredulous look. “Can you believe that guy?” Shannon shrugged and started to talk, but Colleen cut her off by exclaiming, “Like I’d ever do that with a guy who wore flannel!”

Her sister sounded so offended that Shannon couldn’t stop the burst of laughter that let loose. “Heaven forbid!”

Colleen leveled her with a stare and said flatly, “It was plaid, Shannon. Plaid.”

Trying to wrangle her laughter but finding the effort futile, she gave into the giggle fit and braced herself against the rental car for support. It occurred to her the laughter might be misplaced nerves and that she was really just an anxiety-ridden mess over the duplicitous mission she was about embark upon.

But then again, maybe not. The look of horror on her sister’s face at the thought of sleeping with a guy who wore plaid flannel was outright hilarious. And priceless. Turns out, there actually was one thing in this world that could make the unflappable Colleen Charlemagne flappable.

“What about this Sean Muldoon?” Shannon asked her sister after the giggles had subsided and she could speak again. “You said he’s pretty hot. Would you do him if he wore plaid flannel?”

Colleen appeared to contemplate the question, but only made a little hum in her throat. “Dad’s waiting, Shan. Why don’t you get this show on the road and find out for yourself?”

Sighing at the twinge of guilt that told her she was indeed procrastinating and they both knew it, Shannon took one more calming breath and then grabbed her small duffle bag from the backseat. Everything she needed was in there. Much as she didn’t like the truth, it was time to do this thing.

Suddenly swamped with anxiety, she spun to her sister. “I can do this, right?”

Receiving a fierce hug in response, Shannon squared her shoulders and settled the duffle bag strap more comfortably across her body. She glanced down the long lane again and felt her insides shiver. She could do this. No big thing.

All that was at stake was everything.

 

 

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About Jennifer Seasons

Jennifer Seasons has been a lifelong writer and reader. She lives with her husband and four children in the mountains of rural New England. An enormous yet lovable dog and the world's coolest cat keep them company. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family outdoors exploring her beautiful new home state, learning the joys of organic gardening, and—if she's lucky—relaxing in her hammock under the trees with a really good book.

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