The Good Luck Charm – Helena Hunting

good luck charm
3 star
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 384
Release Date: August 7, 2018

Is it love, or is she just his good luck charm?

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting absolutely delights with this witty and fun standalone contemporary romance.

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 Kane 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 him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with 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.

Edit: I originally rated this novel four stars immediately after finishing it, but upon writing my review I changed it to three stars.

The Good Luck Charm is a quick romance read if you’re looking for something steamy to get you through the cold winter nights ahead. That is, if you’re willing to overlook a few faux pas along the way.

I’m a sucker for best friends to lovers stories, especially if the characters have a childhood friendship. In my opinion, these types of romances are hard to master since authors have to walk a fine line between past and present. Unfortunately, Hunting spends almost no time detailing the main characters’ past making their chemistry lack luster. The connection between the characters is assumed, not earned. The steamy moments are steamy since Hunting knows her way around a pen, but outside of the characters’ intimate lives there’s no connection.

For most of The Good Luck Charm everything feels rushed. The characters’ reintroduction, their budding relationship, and actual relationship are all missing space to breathe. There’s too much going on in the characters’ lives outside of each other that take up too much space on the pages, which denies the characters their important relationship beats.

The relationship between the main characters becomes unhealthy and lopsided. As the novel progresses, the shift in their relationship becomes more and more pronounced. I’m not saying I dislike reading unhealthy relationships because that’s just ridiculous with how many new adult novels I’ve read, but I don’t feel as if the male love interest learned anything by the end.

Overall, The Good Luck Charm is a steamy sports romance if you’re willing to overlook a few problematic moments.


Have you read The Good Luck Charm? What did you think?

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