Helena Hunting returns to the blog today with a contemporary, second chance romance, this one narrated by Stella Bloom and Lance Greenfield.
The Good Luck Charm
A stand-alone second chance romance between former high-school sweethearts reignites when, after chasing his dreams to play hockey in the pros, Ethan is back in town hoping to reclaim Delilah while now playing for the home-town team. And of course, Delilah (or Lilah as she now goes by) has been back at home, gone to nursing school, stayed close to Ethan’s family even without him there, and isn’t sure that his return is a good thing. Sure, their chemistry is electric, but it’s her heart that is in danger of being shattered again – being so consumed with one person for so long, only to have him chase his dreams with no looking back at you isn’t somewhere she wants to go. Things are mostly normal – oh yeah, the usual craptastic stuff happens, and it looks like Ethan means business now and is serious – but what if something – as it always seems to do – goes wrong?
Together these two fairly sizzle through the earbuds, and like all Hunting novels, the conversations are a clever mix of humor, honesty, vulnerability and bravado, all mixed in a way that is engaging, emotionally available and utterly charming. A touch less risqué than other titles from Hunting, the story focuses on the sweetness of first love, what happens when you realize (often after many years) that you had it right that first time, and just how you convince the girl you hurt in a million different ways when you left that now you are ready to give her your all – forever. Sure enough, and sensibly, Lilah isn’t entirely certain about Ethan’s staying power – but she’s never actually forgotten him, or how he used to make her feel – some of the same ‘feels’ that she had when their love was new and things felt so much simpler.
Narration for this story is provided by Stella Bloom and Lance Greenfield – and both managed to capture Lilah and Ethan and feel natural and appropriate. A touch of the often fatalistic, ‘here we go again -everything is turned sideways’ tone that Lilah seems to apply to many things, it’s later before her hope and desire to really have Ethan meaning what he says, in ways she can believe in it and him to take hold in her tone with an infusion of hope and fondness – and her hesitation is clearly apparent to the ear. Ethan is a bit of a ‘boy’ in his approach, it takes a bit for his emotional tone to catch up to his declarations and words, but when it does – Look Out. These are two people that you could run into almost anywhere – and instantly see their connection – wanting to cheer them on as they hit the road toward their happy ever after.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: The Good Luck Charm
Author: Helena Hunting
Genre: Comedic Elements, Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Second Chance
Narrator: Lance Greenfield, Stella Bloom
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 7 August, 2018
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 24 minutes
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Experience the hilarity and heartache of first love and second chances in a sexy new romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series.
Lilah isn't sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she's no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.
Ethan wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.
Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let Ethan in, though, she finds out their reunion might have nothing to do with love and everything to do with improving his game. But Ethan's already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he'll do anything to keep from losing her again.
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.