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Lucky at Love: Some guys just never give up [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Hamilton
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Many controversial topics have captured the interest of Allison Tyler-Wilcox in her 13 years as a journalist, but writting about the often-divorced never crossed her mind. Not, that is, until she encounters Jake Sorenson, a man who has been unsuccessfully married seven times, and by his own admission, has not closed the door on the possibility of tying the knot again. Far from being ashamed of his matrimonial failures, Jake considers himself to be uncommonly lucky at love. Smug in her own sense of marital security and superiority, Allison cannot get Jake and his seemingly ridiculous optimism out of her head. She wonders how some people could bring themselves to step up to the altar time after time with such unsatisfying, often disastrous results. Convincing her skeptical editor that she is on the a compelling story, Allison Begins her quest for understanding the resiliency of the human heart at the Buckin' J Ranch, with Jake Sorenson as her primary source of research material. What she doesn't realize until she comes face to face with the highly charismatic man once again is that she's outmatched by Jake, an individual who has learned far more about love and life than she has at first appreciated.
Through muleback rides and impromptu tango dances, Jake reveals to Allison the details of his many marriages, his current entanglements, and his unconventional philosophy of life. Often at odds, Allison and Jake share spirited and provocative conversations, all of which leave Allison confused for the first time in her life - about her marriage, her ideals, and her feelings for the roguish mule breeder.


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A journalist gets more than she bargained for when looking for the secrets of love; Jake Sorenson, a rich, eccentric mule-rancher, married and divorced seven times. Hamilton will have readers swooning with sensitive, assured characters, plot development and vivid renderings of Allison's asventures. A sweet, seductive love story. Kirkus Reviews

From the Author

Allison Tyler-Wilcox meets a man at a wedding who claims to have been married and divorced seven times, and lived with countless other women. Being an acclaimed journalist, and having a nose for unusual stories, this proclamation immediately gets Allison's mind churning. For one thing, his looks, his age, and his abysmal track record with women should have made Jake Sorenson highly undesirable among the female guests. Yet, the opposite was true. His unique magnetism appealed to men and women alike. As soon as he appeared, all eyes left the bride and fixated on this tall, rugged apparition. He was decked out in everything ostrich - including his buckaroo hat - and sported a burst of long, blond-grey hair and matching beard. Mirrored aviator sunglasses obscured his eyes. The mother of the groom was so taken with him, she offered to be wife number eight, while her husband was standing by her side.

What was it about this guy? Could his tales of multiple nuptials possibly be true? And if they were, what would make someone reenter the marriage arena after so many failed attempts?

While sitting with him and the rest of the bride's family, Allison gleaned more details from Jake's siblings on his remarkable track record. Fascinated by the concept of other love-addicted and similarly divorced people in society, Allison convinces her skeptical editor to let her take a crack at finding out what motivates some individuals to take the plunge again and again, despite their daunting lack of success...
 
At this point, the story becomes pure fiction. For though I'm not a journalist, I did meet a man at a wedding who had been married and divorced seven times - or eight, he couldn't remember which. Everything about the premise for this story is true, except for the names and the color of lover boy's hair, which was long, wiry and red fading to gray.

What Uncle Stuey lacked in beauty, he made up in charisma. He captivated his flock of female admirers with his Cheshire Cat grin and occasional bon mots, including his declaration that some people should never get married, to which he raised his hand.

The bride had my husband and me sitting at a table with her father's side of the family. Without much preamble, Stuey informed my husband that he was next line if he ever got tired of me. I suppose it was a compliment of sorts. He did have trouble tearing his attention away from me, owing to the fact that he was especially partial to redheads. When he tried to recount which wives had flaming locks, his kin were quick to supply a rundown of his impressive string of nuptials.

Hard as it was to imagine, ol' Stuey had knack for attracting beautiful, talented women. Judging by his elder siblings, who were still very striking in their early-seventies, Stuey must've been quite the looker himself in the day.

But even giving him credit for once having rakish good looks, I still had trouble understanding what
made women lose their self-control around him, to the point of saying "I do" in spite of the long line of former Mrs. Stueys. And why would a man hanker to tie the knot again after so many failed marriages? I was so puzzled by this conundrum, I couldn't get it out of my mind.

While Guy and I walked to our car, I knew I had to find the answers to those questions. As we drove away, I knew my next book would be about unraveling the secrets of a man addicted to romance, serial marriage, or whatever such a phenomenon is called. My head was whirring with the prospect, as scenes of a Stuey-type revealed the impulses behind his unquenchable cravings, and what it was about this roguish, borderline clown that women found so irresistible.

I would have to wait eight months before I could begin to find out, as I was only halfway through Less Than Perfect, my second novel. But by the time I finished book two, I had the whole concept for the new book figured out, and had found the ideal device to crack open the head of that implausible Casanova and see how it worked.
 
Lucky at Love was a joy to write. The characters practically invented themselves. All I had to do was set the stage and turn Allison loose on Jake up at his breathtaking 1,500 acre ranch in Eastern Oregon. Making Jake a mule breeder and trainer gave him the wily confidence that initially intimates the hard-boiled journalist. From then on, I just had to give them the floor and do my best to keep pace with their verbal jousts. I threw in supporting characters in the form of ranch hands and current girlfriends, plus the long roster of pervious loves. Allison's supporting crew is, by contrast, pragmatic to the point of being dull. Leaving Jake's world leaves her feeling vaguely lost and unsure, something she's never experienced before.

I won't spoil the story, but I have to say the ending was not the one I had been shooting for. It's my personal theory as a writer, that if you create characters who are believable and whose points of view ring true, you can't make them do anything they wouldn't naturally do; to force your will on them would undermine the integrity of the story. Like I said, I just stayed out of the way and let the story unfold. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
 
Cynthia Hamilton

Product Details

  • File Size: 5113 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Woodstock Press (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068R6PEY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Journalist Allison Tyler-Wilcox will have an eye opening experience when she meets a very interesting man at a party that has been married and divorced seven times and would do it again in a heartbeat. Is he a loser or something much, much more?

LUCKY AT LOVE is by Cynthia Hamilton. This is one of those books that steals your heart before you even know it has happened. Quenching a thirst you did not know you had, the kind called exceptional storytelling. Ms. Hamilton is a word weaver of the highest order. Not only is this novel a unusual premise to begin with, then you add to this a powerful concoction of believable and memorable characters, viable dialogues and crisp and clear descriptions, the combinations are unbeatable.

Meet Jake Sorenson. A big blond man with unruly hair, a face covered with bushy whiskers, yet there seems to be something that attracts women to him like bees to honey, but what? He's a mule riding, fun loving, looking for love type guy that will stick in Allison's craw. His infectious personality will get under her skin and maybe even into her no-nonsense, hard-hitting reporter's heart. Read on to find what women all over the world find fascinating about Jake...

Contemporary love stories of this caliber, without the unnecessary use of obscene language or blatant sexual contents are rare in the romance genre field. This is a romantic love story that all generation can read and enjoy to its fullest. This reviewer highly recommends LUCKY AT LOVE by Cynthia Hamilton. She will be reading everything this author writes!

This book is pure class from the writing and editing, to the outstanding and long forgotten superb quality of the book binding its self. Every thing about this book is something that the romance field sees so little of today...standards that are above reproach.

Reviewed by Janalee Ruschhaupt, 2006
Courtesy of Love Romances and More
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming story of a Journalist's quest for her own truth February 22, 2012
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This is a light and entertaining story of a magazine journalist who sets out to find the truth about love and marriage. She stumbles a bit along the way, and during the course of her investigation we find out some of the truths about her own marriage, and about a number of ways different people view love, romance, and commitment. This book tiptoes around the edge of being a romance novel, but it avoids the pitfalls of that genre by making the protagonist an interesting character in her own right, and the romance a quirky one to say the least. No one here is ripping bodices or sweeping people off their feet. There is just the natural evolution of a romance between two people who really like each other.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring January 14, 2014
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It seemed liked I had read forever but was only 23% of the way through the book when I was ready to throw it in. It drones on and on and the main character prattles away about nothing. Constantly. I have rarely not finished a book once I start so I forced myself to read to 50%. I found it so intolerably boring I couldn't finish it.
It's about a woman who has a need to find out why a person repeatedly marries and divorces. It seems the entire premise of the book is to validate this behavior. Basically the book is an argument for the justification of this practice. If this is important to you then you might find this book more interesting than I did.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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"Lucky At Love" is a totally captivating love story. Seldom do I finish reading a book, usually I lose interest midway through it. I couldn't put this book down. Cynthia Hamilton's writing is so descriptive that I had continuous visual images as I read ~ almost making me feel present in the story. Allison's emotions are so real, it took a lot of self-discipline not to skip to the end of the book to see if it had a fairytale ending.

This book is so tastefully written that I didn't hesitate to give a copy to my daughter, as well as one to my best friend. I would definitely recommend this book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! January 20, 2012
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Usually when I see the word "love" in a title, I run the other way screaming. I'm an action packed mystery kind of girl. However, there was a special something that caught my attention in "Lucky at Love." It's intelligent & quirky, fun from cover to cover. I highly recommend this novel!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I love this book. I've read it twice. Allison and Jake are amazing, strong and likeable lead characters. They are so different, yet through their heated debates during their few-day long interview, they develop a mutual respect and friendship. This story is so well told, I literally could not put this book down. I have highly recommended Lucky at Love to my family and friends, and have even given it as a gift. My friend read this in her book club and all the women LOVED it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very readable book despite some flaws October 15, 2013
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I won't recap the story of this book, since others have already done so. I liked both Alison and her husband at the start of the book, yet I was sure Alison would "end up" with Jake - one way or another. When she went to stay at Jake's ranch - and ended up staying much longer than planned - but didn't get together with him in any sense, it took me by surprise.

My main criticism of the story was that her depiction of her husband suddenly began to change - he became not just a little "comfortable" and maybe, therefore, a touch boring, but actually uncommunicative, uninterested, and controlling. Out of nowhere this long-time, seemingly compatible couple weren't talking to each other about major things like "do we want to start our family now?". That didn't strike me as realistic, no matter how busy they each were with their careers. It seemed a little too much of a set-up for what happens toward the end.

I also felt her trip to Afghanistan, and especially the plane ride back, were a bit too contrived. Alison's happening to sit next to a woman, a stranger, who then regales her with details of her intimate life so candidly, quickly and completely did not seem believable.

Despite these criticisms, I enjoyed reading the book! It kept me interested and wanting to see what happened. Good light reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun read, loved it
I loved this book. There is something about the guy that raises mules. It is one that has stayed with me. I found it very enjoyable and I recommend it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gatorfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Intresting
I'd like to say that I can guess what the story will be about after the first few chapters in a story but with this I couldn't guess the end of the book and be right. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars great book to get lost in!
I truly enjoyed this book it had very like able characters that developed strong and true. Look forward to reading others by the same author.
Published 4 months ago by Carole
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Published 4 months ago by Kathy Putman
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and boring story. I don't care about these characters, nor the...
Tedious and boring. I am about 45 percent through this book, and just realized I am totally bored and it isn't getting better. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bluebonnet
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful, confusing story.
I love how the story line goes. My ex father in law was a member of the frequent married club. He could turn on the charm and calm your fears at the same time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marilyn Levia
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting romance
Allison is intrigued when she meets Jake at a wedding and learns he has been married and divorced seven times. Read more
Published 7 months ago by TBreakiron
4.0 out of 5 stars Long novel, but worth the effort
Although the basic premise of this book-divorce is a more natural way of living than a lifelong marriage is-doesn't sit well with me, I have to say that Cynthia Hamilton's writing... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Steven D. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars It gets you there in the end
This book starts off with a bang but has passages that are just boring and hard to hang on to. But the ending is cute and will leave you with a good feeling.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky at Love - Brilliant at Writing
To label this novel as a romance does both the book and its author a disservice. While there are romantic elements to the novel, the most impressive aspects of it stem from... Read more
Published 17 months ago by John M. McNamara
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More About the Author

Cynthia Hamilton has recently embarked on a mystery series and has become hooked on working in this genre. The author does extensive research for all her books and her latest are no exception. To gear up for "Spouse Trap", the first book in the series, she took a detective course and spent countless hours investigating Guam, "virtually" living there so she could navigate her protagonist through a quickie divorce, with a little mayhem on the side.

"Spouse Trap," set in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA, is the prequel to the series. It tells the story of how Madeline Ridley becomes Madeline Dawkins, and the dual careers she forges after going to hell and back. It was released in February 2013 and has received very enthusiastic feedback.

Because of what she put her heroine through in the first installment, the author realized Madeline needed to have martial arts training in the subsequent books. To that end, she has taken up karate, a discipline she has fallen in love with - so much so, she incorporated her instructor into her latest book.

The author's other works include "A High Price to Pay," "Lucky at Love," "Alligators in the Trees," "Golden State," and her first non-fiction "Once Upon a Lyme..." which chronicles the onset of a mysterious illness and the unexpected dividend of becoming a writer. To learn more about the author and to sign up for updates to the series, please visit http://www.cynthiahamiltonbooks.com.

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