Pure Dumb Luck

Dahlia Donovan
Pure Dumb Luck
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Hot Tree Publishing
Release Date
September 2019

When two small-town country dudes win the lottery, they finally find the courage to speak their truth.

An unexpected adventure follows.

Linwood "Woody" Robinson has a routine. He works for his baby brother in construction, buys three lottery tickets every week, and lusts after his best friend from high school. He's done the same thing for twenty years.

Eddison "Eddie" Howard owns the only gas station in their small South Carolina town, sells lottery tickets, and lusts after his best friend from afar. They joke around but never speak their truth. He knows they're cowards but can't seem to find the courage to bridge the gulf between them.

And then they win eighty million dollars.

Life changes.

They go from never talking about their feelings to facing the world together.

Can anything pull them apart?

Book Review by Becky (reviewer)
Sep 16, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
33 people found the following review helpful
PURE DUMB LUCK is a fast-paced, easy friends to lovers romance. Eddie and Woody have been friends since their school days, and the attraction between them has been there just as long. Once they win the lottery, they find the freedom to act on that attraction, which is where this one really gets started. I liked that this pair don't change at the core of themselves with the money while still realizing that it frees them to do what they want with their lives. In this case, Eddie and Woody decide to travel and visit their bucket list of travel locations.

The story is full of the sharp wit that I've come to expect from Dahlia Donovan, which is always a big plus for me. That said, I struggled with this one, and I can't really put my finger on why. Eddie and Woody are likable enough, but I had trouble connecting with them. The book is well-written and we get plenty of backstory for our guys, so I really think this is a case of this one just wasn't the book for me.

I've read and loved several of this author's books, and I usually love her guys, but for me, PURE DUMB LUCK was just an okay read. It's not that I didn't like it, but I didn't especially like it either. It's more middle of the road feeling. Nevertheless, Ms. Donovan has been and will remain a go-to author for me, so I'll just patiently wait for whatever she does next.
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