Luck of Love by Ashley Poch and Tiffany Aleman

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Blake Riley thought she could leave her traumatic past behind when she left for college. Starting a new life and moving forward never sounded so good. Living carefree with her best friend in Ocean City New Jersey gave her the freedom she had always hoped for.

But sometimes life isn’t so carefree.

When Blake finds herself torn between the affections of two men, emotions that have been buried for years will be exposed. Derrick, a powerful CEO of a popular casino resort, instantly captivates her. Being drawn into his domineering passion, she bares herself to him in a way she least expected. With Landon, a successful attorney, she can be someone new; someone free from her haunting past. Each man evokes a different side of Blake. As both relationships grow stronger, walls will slowly begin to crack.

What will happen when the past slowly creeps its way into the present?

With two worlds filled with secrets and lies, it’s only a matter of time before they crash and truths are revealed.

 

~~Laura’s 3.5 Star Thoughts~~

I enjoyed the story of Blake Riley and her struggle to overcome the demons of her past and try to move on with her life.  She has moved to New Jersey to attend Rowan University with her best friend and roommate Dean.  He is her protector.  Always making sure she is where she needs to be and has what she needs to complete her days at work and school.  He and Rachel, Blakes other best friend are her main support network since she has left her home in Florida behind.  
 
Blake lives a quiet, uneventful life.  She has built walls up around herself.  She has no intentions of letting anyone into her world for fear of being hurt again.  Only Dean and Rachel are aware of her hurtful past.  Blake never even told her parents what she dealt with growing up at the hands of one of her teachers.  She spends her days attending classes and tending bar at Frankie’s Tavern.
 
“When I was twelve, someone stole all those dreams of normal from me.” ~ Blake
 
Blake’s world is brought to a screeching halt one night, when gorgeous Derrick James walks into the bar.  
 
His denim jeans have that pre-wash effect going on and match perfectly with his white button-up shirt covering his broad shoulders. His rolled sleeves stop at his elbows displaying the corded muscles in his forearms. I know he’s not from around here. Most people in this town do not dress or look like him. He’s tall, lean and the most attractive damn I’ve ever seen. He has dark brown hair and when he combs his fingers through it, I can see a slight wave in it. A small piece falls forward, resting on his forehead. The slight bump in his nose lets me know it has been broken at some point in his life. His lips, oh his lips, are perfect. The bottom one is fuller than the top, and they look perfectly mesmerizing and succulent. Mmm..I would love to feel those lips on mine. Wait. What? Where did that just come from? I shouldn’t be having these thoughts. ~ Blake
 
After exchanging small talk during the night, Derrick leaves the bar, very intrigued with Blake.
 
Little does Blake know that she will run into Derrick again the next day.  As he is the speaker at a seminar that she is attending with dean on campus.  Afterwards she has a brief exchange of words with Derrick, Blake leaves.  They are both very taken with the other.  But Blake is afraid to take a chance.  She doesn’t want to have to explain her past or worse yet, be hurt again.  After an incident at the bar a few weeks later, Blake begins to let Derrick in.  Letting her walls slowly begin to come down as Derick shows her that not all men are bad, that he can be trusted to not hurt her.
 
“I like you Blake, a lot. You’re sweet, feisty and smart. I like being around you and I am so damn attracted to you. I’ve never met someone like you before. I want to give whatever this is, ” I say pointing between the both of us, “a chance. I want to see where it can go because I think we could be good together.” ~ Derrick
 
“Will you try, for me? Will you give us a chance? I promise that we’ll both make mistakes, but as long as we’re honest with each other, we can work through it. As long as we don’t hide things from one another, this can work.” ~ Derrick
 
Enter Landon, Deans friend who comes to visit for a night.  He is just as taken with Blake, and sets out to get to know her better.  Blake finds him very good looking, but has decided to give it a try with Derrick and asks Landon to be her friend.  Little does she know that they are longtime friends (brothers).
 
Landon looks at me, and I am met by the most amazing pair of blue eyes I’ve ever seen.   They aren’t just any blue.  No, they’re a clear sky blue color.  He’s tall, much taller than I am.  Wearing a pair of dark jeans and a grey long-sleeved T-shirt, his clothes can’t conceal the build of his body.  Unfortunately for me, his shirt hides what I’m sure is a sculpted stomach and chest.  His shoulders are broad, and his sleeves outline the bulge of his biceps.  His sandy blond hair is long enough on top, but kept short around his ears and his neck, damn, he’s smokin’ hot! ~Blake
 
I seriously don’t need another sexy, intoxicating, strange man entering my person space. ~Blake
 
One night Blake and Landon cross the line with one another.  Blake now has to decide if she should tell Derrick and risk losing him.  She is attracted to both me in different ways and her heart has a hard time trying to decide where it is that she wants to be.  
 
I really liked the general idea of this book.  I felt that their relationship was a little rushed in spots.  The supporting characters were great. The part that I struggled with was the end…be prepared for a cliffhanger…I hate cliffhangers!  Overall, I would recommend this book. I give it 3.5 stars.  I feel that both Authors gave it a good go at their first novel.  I look forward to reading book two and hope to see a tighter story.