Getting Lucky Number Seven
Book 1, Taking Shots
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Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she's played it "safe" quite enough, thank you. So she creates a "College Bucket List" with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex...
But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.
Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla's transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he's not careful, he'll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7...
Each book in the Taking Shots series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Getting Lucky Number Seven
Book #2 Anatomy of a Player
Book #3 Crazy Pucking Love
Book #4 Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny
What's Your Lucky Number?
Lyla Wilder and Beckett Davenport started being friends in a science class of all places. They have learned that they like each other in a platonic way. Sunday night is all about movies and ice cream, and a good friend to share it with.
Lyla is very smart. She just has no real fashion going on – she hides her body because her mother told her to. She has to work extra hard, since she does not want to lose her scholarship. She also likes Beck, since he is the only college boy she trusts. He is her friend and the one she goes to if she needs a shoulder to cry on.
Beck realizes he really wants to be the friend Lyla needs him to be. He will help her with her lists, be her protector at parties, and try not to think about those amazing legs she is suddenly showing off. He is a hockey player with secrets.
Lyla wants to be noticed for her brains and not her body. She has also learned the hard way that with boys – brains must make take second place. She is shot down by smart guys that she honestly thought would appreciate her intelligence. She decides to make a list and asks Beck to help her get through it. On her list are things she thinks all freshmen in college should experience.
Beck has no problem being there for Lyla. Lately though, he has noticed he wants to puch out all the guys who are “checking her out.” He wants the best for her and he is suddenly thinking that it might be him. Can he share his past with her and still remain friends? Will the thought of them together turn her away?
Lyla can hardly believe Beck is interested in her in any other way than friendship. He offers to help her with her list and they become more than friends. They both are learning that having someone who knows your true self is gift that is priceless.
I love the characters in this book! Lyla and Beck are so good together that even others see it. Love and friendship tend to go together and I am a true believer that it makes a relationship better to have that friend base there first.
***This ARC copy was given FREE for review purposes from Netgalley.com and the publisher. My honest opinion does not reflect those of Netgalley, nor its affiliates.
College friends-to-Lovers Rom-Com. Score: 4.3
GETTING LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN
by Cindi Madsen
April 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
approximate pages: 270
Romance: Contemporary, New Adult / College, friends-to-lovers
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-- MY THOUGHTS --
Judging a Book by it's Cover:
The cover design is a nice monochromatic red/brown. Subtle and appealing. Add just a few touches of black to the font and it takes on an almost classic, old-school Hollywood vibe. The synopsis sounds like yet another college friends-to-lovers story with plenty of drama and fun antics.
First thought: Similar plot to "She's All That" (1999, Freddie Prinze Jr, Rachel Leigh Cook) Alternating first-person POV's, clearly defined and easy to follow.
Short and extremely curvaceous, Lyla was taught easy on to hide her curves under layers of boho chic clothing. Studious and nerdy, she's socially awkward. When the buddy of her roommate's boyfriend is overheard referring to her as "fugly and boring", she makes it a point to makes some changes - not for him, but for her. Recruiting the help of her hockey-jock and chem lab partner, Beck, is just the icing on the cake.
The lead characters are easily likable. The secondary characters add a nice filling layer. The dialogue and interaction is believable and natural. The plot has it's moments of fun, seriousness, and emotional ups and downs all while reading with a smoothness that's rare to find. There were enough conflicts and challenges to keep things interesting and enough humor to balance the more serious issues. There was not a whole lot of predictability, but I did feel that the conclusion was left a bit rushed and open-ended. This does not mean that there were cliffhangers, but I think it could have benefited from an Epilogue 6, 12 or even further into the future. Overall, it was a fun read, lighter on the angst, heavier on comedic drama.
Heat Level: 3.5
-- REVIEWER INFO --
Tina J / Happily Ever Chapter
Great friends to lovers story!
I love it when unlikely couples come together and go the distance. In this case, it was nerdy, geeky Lyla who was best friends with college athlete and stud Beck. The two might not seem like they're meant for each other, but they've just been friends until Lyla decides to change herself.
I liked Lyla and Beck. They were good together, having a firm relationship basis with their strong friendship. I liked how Beck was there for Lyla when she needed him, and how she knew she could count on him. I really liked the chemistry they had together, both as friends, and then as a possible romantic couple. I liked Lyla for for being a good friend to Beck when he needed it and even when he did't want it. I felt like she fought the most for him to see how good they could be.
Here's what bothered me about the story. Makeovers are fine, but it didn't take Beck to truly desire Lyla until he saw her in skimpy clothing, makeup, contacts, etc. He already liked her as a person, but he didn't desire her until then. I also didn't like how Lyla used someone being rude, insensitive, and mean as the impetus to change herself. I did like how she took charge and didn't hesitate to make changes when she decided on a plan of action.
I read this book quickly and it was enjoyable for the most part. The story flowed smoothly and there were no huge surprises. I did enjoy seeing Beck and Lyla deepen their friendship while trying to figure out a new equilibrium as lovers. It's hard to believe this is Cindi Madsen's first new adult novel. It was funny, sexy, and sweet, but not too explicit, so I think readers who are familiar with her stories won't be too scandalized by the content. I think she did a great job and look forward to seeing more new adult novels from her in the future.
- Category: New Adult
- Published: Apr 28, 2015
- Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 363 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, Taking Shots