Getting Lucky Number Seven

Cindi Madsen
Getting Lucky Number Seven
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Entangled Publishing
Release Date
January 2016
Book 1 of Taking Shots
Contemporary Romance, New Adult

What's your lucky number?

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...

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Oct 02, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
55 people found the following review helpful
I love friends to lovers story, and GETTING LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN is one of the better ones out there.

I love how Beck and Layla are friends--the author showed this well in their interactions and the way Layla is able to depend on Beck for her bucket list--and their development from friends to lovers is done well and believable. I love how friendship is the foundation of their relationship. Also love the angst and conflict as they became aware of their attraction to the other, and when they finally came together, it exploded in spectacular fashion. Yet, even as they're lovers, they also continue to be friends and help support each other. They also help each other realize that they're better together than apart.

The characters are unforgettable and unique. Lyla is kinda a free spirit, with colorful clothes, puck jokes and a chemistry nerd. While Beck is a hunky hockey player, but there are hidden depths to him and a tragic past he tries to outrun, or bury in hockey.

GETTING LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN is worth a read, especially if you love friends to lovers stories.
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Book Review by Robin Leigh Morgan (author,reviewer)
Mar 19, 2016
175 people found the following review helpful

Layla Wilder is a total college nerd who excels in chemistry who has come to the conclusion she needs to shed the façade she's created for herself and start to live life like the rest of her fellow classmates, especially the young women on campus, and decides to create a bucket she feels she needs to do in order to accomplish this goal.

How would describe Layla's desire to complete her list? Well for me when it comes to a particular item on her bucket list she would be like Diana Ross singing her song, "I'm Coming Out." If you're not familiar with it, you can listen to it on YouTube, and even if you are, here the specific lines of the song which I'm referring to

I'm coming out
I want the world to know
I got to let it show

There's a new me coming out
And I just had to live
And I want to give
I'm completely positive
I think this time around
I am gonna do it
Like you never do it
Like you never knew it
Oh, I'll make it through

The time has come for me
To break out of the shell
I have to shout
That I'm coming out

But, being totally naïve Layla knows she definitely needs help to venture into these unchartered territories of her life. The only individual she feels she can turn to in this regards in her lab partner, Beck Davenport. Beck being a hunk and a member of the college's hockey team, a guy any woman would desire to save as her own, agrees to her relatively simple request since he doubts she has nothing to offer him in the form of a love interest. As he helps her check off the items on her list, Layla begins to grown on him and by the time she reaches the last item on her list, NUMBER 7, which happens to be a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex; Beck has found her to be the woman he's always longed for. But how can he convince her to have him fulfill the seventh item on her list, without losing the platonic relationship they've shared so far.

This book happens to be in the still relatively new genre of romance, New Adult. The characters in these stories are supposed to be either in their senior year of high school or beginning college. Sex is more of flirty nature than anything else, although some stories might go all the way. How far do Layla and Beck go in regards to fulfilling the last item on her bucket I'm saying but the book is well worth the read, which is the reason Ms. Madsen is getting 5 STARS from me for her book.
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