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Marc is a sweet guy. Cas is a little prickly. It doesn't help that he and Maisie have a a close relationship that is a little too close; it tends to ruin both of their chances to date. It was easy to like Marc, and Cas grew on me once he started being nicer to Marc and less suspicious of him. These two, once they get together are pretty hot! Some misunderstandings get in their way, but things get cleared up fairly quickly.
This book is highly recommended
Stroke of Luck is a standalone novella by Posy Roberts, my first by this author. I always feel like novellas would be difficult to write. You have to pack a whole love story into a short story so they're always instalove. I mean, we all know that going into them, if they're a romance book. In this novella, Marc is not having a stroke of luck. He's lost everything in a fire and is trying to get back on his feet. His friend has let him live in a model condo but the furnishings are limited as is his wardrobe. We meet Marc while he's shopping at Goodwill with his last $100 trying to find kitchen items and a few clothing items. Obviously, by his shopping, he's not a typical bargain hunter. He comes across Cas and Maisie shopping in the clothing section. Cas seems like a guy having a lot of fun with his wife or girlfriend. Cas is at the Goodwill trying to come up with the perfect Halloween costume. Typically he and Maisie, his ex-girlfriend, coordinate costumes but this year Cas wants to do his own thing.
Marc can't seem to get away from Cas after the Goodwill meeting. He backs his car into Maisie's car when leaving Goodwill continuing his stroke of bad luck. Marc runs into Cas and Maisie in a hotel restaurant when he's there to finalize a business deal that will help him get on his feet. He mistakenly thinks Cas and Maisie are there for their wedding but Cas sets him straight. Marc then runs into him again in the gym swimming pool in the building he's living in temporarily. Turns out that Cas and Maisie live in the same building. After an encounter in the pool together, they decide to go for a smoothie and then to spend the day and night together which doesn't go over well with Maisie.
Typically, I like when one of the MC's has a female best friend, but Maisie was horrible. She's Cas' ex-girlfriend, but her family still thinks they're in a relationship. Her family provides the condo they live in and she expects Cas to be at her beck and call. And she reminds Cas often that her family provides their home. She doesn't want a sexual relationship with him and is happy to go about meeting women to fulfill that need but she doesn't want Cas to have anyone but her in his life. She was as much a part of this story as Marc and Cas. Cas really wanted a relationship but refused to make any changes in his life to have one. He's bisexual and can't convince anyone that him and Maisie are only best friends. He's also quick to accuse people of being homophobic. There were two instances in this novella, that seem to come out of nowhere and just made no sense for his homophobic accusations. Honestly, both times took me by surprise because they were just so random.
Cas and Marc have to work through some misunderstandings that involve Maisie (of course) before they're going to find HEA. In discussing finding love, I really loved something Cas said to Marc:
"Maybe we need ten more dates. Or a hundred more kisses. Or a million more words."
How sweet is that!
Rating: 4 stars
I'm still figuring out my star rating system. I came to the conclusion that this would be a 3 1/2 but since you can't technically do that on Amazon I was torn between rounding down to three or up to four. Then I read Bent Arrow by this same author and because that was a definite solid four for me I figured since I liked this one but not as much or rather not the same as the other, then I would go with a three.
I actually read this twice in my attempt to figure out my star system. And it was no bother to do so at all. I enjoyed it both times and even more the second time because I understood the characters and their motivations better. Usually that's one of my criteria for a five star; re-readability. So why a three and a half then? Basically it was because I really liked Marc but it took a bit longer to warm up to Cas. They are both great guys, but Cas had this way of getting really defensive, jumping to conclusions and being rather obnoxious about it in the blink of an eye. Now he was aware of his tendency to do this and it was explained and so somewhat understandable, but it kept me from liking him much for the first half. Then when Cas has calmed himself down, Marc has his own moment of unreasonableness. That too is explained well so it's understandable why he thought what he did and reacted the way he did. What was awesome and I really appreciated, is that both men were aware of their behavior and owned up to it and apologized and explained really quickly. No dragging things out and using misunderstandings as a way to drive the story. I like openness and honesty. Like I said I was torn between three and four stars and it's only because another book by the same author was a definite four that this got knocked down to three. Stroke of Luck is well written. I love some of the authors word choices. The characters were absolutely likable, some just required a little more time. It was lighthearted, sweet, well thought out, had some really great sexy time. Definitely enjoyable and definitely one to be read.
I received an advanced readers copy for an honest review.