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Lucky Break (Shamrock Falls #1)

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She’ll gamble her heart on the best friend she left behind…

One lucky break is all struggling actress Sidney Williams needs. But when living the LA life becomes too much, she heads back to the small town of Shamrock Falls for the vacation she needs to get her life on track—and immediately runs into Kade Mitchell, her former best friend and the boy next door she’s always reg
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ebook, 147 pages
Published August 24th 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)
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Karla
3 Stars! Enjoyable, fun, sweet, friends to lovers story. For the most part a pleasant read, but not without some issues. I had a hard time relating to Sidney, but adored Kade. They both struggled with their feelings for each other, when it was quite evident to the reader they were in love. Sidney’s inner turmoil about her life’s path set me on edge, and I started to get annoyed as she re-hashed the same things over and over, just from a different perspective. From the set-up, I was anticipating ...more
Janhvi
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kelley Vitollo is the pen name for Nyrae Dawn who writes Young Adult books. I have read and loved all of her YA books and so I was looking forward to reading Lucky Break and seeing how her adult book was. Let me tell you it was just as good as her other books.

Lucky Break is the story of Sidney who is a struggling actress. She left her hometown five years ago to chase her dreams of becoming a famous actress like her mother. Leaving behind her best friends Kade and Rowan and Aunt Mae. She hasn't g
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Kellie Maddox-Ward
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars
I love this Author's NA/YA books.

But this this just didn't hit the 5 stars her work normally does.

This is a friends to lovers story, which I normally love. I just had a hard time connecting to our heroine Sidney.
At times is was repetitive and felt a bit too cutesy.

With that being said though I enjoyed the hell out of Kade Mitchell!
He was great, this was my guy..
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The secondary characters were pretty good as well. Aunt Mae sounds a hoot! wish she was in there a little bit more tho
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Jennifer Shirk
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I just adore friends to lovers stories. This was a very sweet read with a sigh-worthy end. :-)
The BookChick
"I spent my life so scared I wasn't worthy, that I turned around and walked away from the most important person in my life. I was so scared you couldn't really love me, that you just wanted to save me, that I didn't let myself realize how I felt about you I didn't let myself see it wasn't about you saving me. It was about us saving each other."

-Sidney

My Rating: ★★★★

Book Description:
She’ll gamble her heart on the best friend she left behind…

One lucky break is all struggling actress Sidney William
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Ellen
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, e-arc
Sidney Williams and Kade Mitchell had always been best friends. On graduation night that changed and the relationship took another turn. Sidney was afraid, and left the little town of Shamrock Falls to find her lucky break as an actress in LA, without an explanation or even saying goodbye. After 5 years of auditions, waitressing, a few commercials, and then being dumped by her boyfriend, she desperately needs a break. Her Aunt talks her into coming back home for a visit. Kade also left town afte ...more
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
Holy Shit! I read this years ago and just realized I never posted my review. Oopsie Poopsie. Here it finally is 3 years late.

It is amazing what our parents garbage can do to a person's foundation and development. Because of Kade's and Sidney's parents making bad choices they ended up learning life lessons the hard way. Thanks goodness Love was stronger than all the bad parenting.


The connection between Sid and Kade is strong and real. To fall in love with your best friend is one of the best gift
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Erica
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love me a good best friend love story and this was just that! Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo is an absolutely adorable read that had me flipping the pages quite quickly. I loved following Sidney and Kade's story. The little pieces of their past mixed in among the present were fabulous. The story was addicting and I never wanted to end. I loved the chemistry between Sidney and Kade, as it was hot and intense. Kelley Vitollo is an author I cannot wait to hear more from in the future!
Jaime Arkin
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have had the good fortune to be able to read a couple new releases from Entangled's Bliss line which focuses on uplifting and heartwarming stories and Lucky Break totally fits that description.

I didn't know going in that this line fades to black so if that's not what you're looking for then this line of books might not be for you. What I will say is that Lucky Break is a wonderfully written contemporary romance.

We first meet Sidney Williams in LA where she's almost late for an audition and t
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Andrea
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
It's no secret that I am a fan of author Kelley Vitollo's young adult-writing alter ego. She has such a strong affinity for writing really great character pieces. So naturally, I was curious as to whether I would enjoy her adult work as much as her previous books.

I did. I really, really did. In fact, I would be willing to say that Lucky Break is my favorite book of her's yet. (This is excluding What a Boy Needs because that book owns me.) I think what won me was Vitollo's signature strong chara
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Jennifer (random jendsmit)
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
see my full review & a Guest Post from Kelley at PBD: http://passionatebookdivas.com/?p=5606
or at random jendsmit: http://randomjendsmit.blogspot.com/20...

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Rating: 5 Stars

I know right - it is as good as it sounds!! Really it is - I think Kade is one of my favorite male leads this year - possibly ever... He is WONDERFUL! Sexy, smart, honest, loyal, sweet, ... etc etc etc... I don't think it is necessary to continue on - I'm also drooling all over my keyboard, so I should probably
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Mari
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
4.5 stars

Yup I'm definitely a sucker for the bestfriend love story and this is no different. I just fell for Sidney and Kade's story, yes life gets in the way sometimes and our own fears, worries and pride get in the way of a lot things. These two were a close as bestfriends could be, they were special, they were different. They were each others strength through the bad and the good. I felt the emotions and their chemistry as well, seeing them piece back their friendship and things that hurt the
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Robin Bielman
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I read it one sitting because I was so totally pulled into one of the best romances I've read. ~sigh~ I adored Kade and Sidney - the emotion and chemistry between them was so real and their feelings for each other so palpable, that they leapt off the page, and I felt like I was right there in the story, getting to know them and rooting for them. The writing was seamless - a truly wonderful read that was a fantastic blend of romance, heartwarming emotion, and irresistible chara ...more
Jeni
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really loved the history between these characters. I love the way they interact with one another and how they came to self discovery. I want more, I want to see and hear the continuation of these characters and their story.

Thanks for another great read.
Wendy Higgins
Very sweet story to make you warm and toasty all over! :) (adult romance)
Autumn Review
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
Lucky Break was the perfect beginning to what is sure to be a great series. I fell in love with all of the characters in this lovely story. It was heartfelt, romantic, and made me feel a bit nostalgic.

Sidney....hmmm, what to say about Sidney. When I first started reading the book, I wasn't sure I was going to connect with her. Then, I began to get a clearer picture of how her life was like and really started to relate to her. Not that I had the same circumstances, but I related to the feelings
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Shannon
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Bungalow Books

Initial Thoughts:
I was given a free copy of this book from Entangled Publishing through NetGalley. I'm a sucker for hometown stories like this one.

The Pros:
Kade. Oh Kade. So, so sweet. I just wanted to hug that boy. And maybe more... :)

I liked that she wasn't too broken up about her LA boyfriend dumping her. He seemed like a total tool.

Having a support system in place when you return home like Sidney does with Rowan and eventually Kade is invaluable.

Sidney d
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Dani Morales
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lucky Break is an amazing read! Kelly Vitollo, aka Nyrae Dawn, is an even more amazing writter in the adult genre then her normal YA. I don’t need to tell you how big a fan I am, seriously my old blog and twitter says it all, but what I will say is that I’m still able to be amazed by this amazing author.

Sidney, Peaches, escaped to LA to follow her dreams of becoming an actress. Well like most people who do the same thing, struggle on casting calls, but she managed to land a few commercials and
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Sara  HarlequinJunkie
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reviewd at: HarlequinJunkie.com

This is a very entertaining read about second chance love.

Sidney has always thought that her dream is becoming a star in Hollywood the way that her mom is a star in Broadway. But after 5 years struggling she is back in Shamrock Falls for a month vacation to get her life back on track. But can she leave all the people she left behind 5 years ago again?

Kade is back in Shamrock falls after 5 years away. He has bought Lucky’s the bar and bowling alley where he used to
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The Sweet Bookshelf
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
You know I love me a good romance. I like it even better when it is the cleaner variety. Lucky Break gave me exactly what I wanted.

Sidney "ran away" from her hometown to become an actress. She left behind two best friends. One of which is a now a man. A man who has been in love with her for his whole life. Sidney didn't even say goodbye. I knew I was going to love this story, just by the preface. I love stories where they are friends first. I just think that is the way it should be. It feels so
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Lenore Kosinski
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Phew...I was beginning to think it was me, but nope, it really was the books I was reading. FINALLY back to something sweet and sassy and enjoyable. Kade and Sidney were adorable together. And the obstacles that were in front of them didn't get to be big PITA's before they were resolved...they worked through different things a little bit at a time. And they both had issues to resolve. And of course now I want to know more about the secondary characters....just wish Ms. Vitollo had already writte ...more
Debbie
If you're a fan of friends to lovers stories, then you'll love this. It doesn't sizzle like most of the books I read but I definitely enjoyed this one. Lucky Break is a feel good kind of book. Quick, sweet and fun read. Definitely will continue with the series.

3.5 Stars


*Review to Come
Marran
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
a sweet friends to lovers story and I really am a sucker for those...

I like the writing,the story and the pace didn't quite like Sidney though...and somehow they often felt closer to 30 then 20 that being a GOOD thing though..

Im looking forward to more books in the series and I hope they aren't to far of
Kimi
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I so needed a sweet happy love story. As always, amazingly written. I was however disappointed with the ending because I wanted more and didn't want it to end ;). Excited to see where the story goes in the next book.
Lisa
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! AMAZING!!! This book brought me to tears!! I can't wait to read book 2!
Chris
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romancy, read-in-2012
I loved this and I'm happy that it's going to be part of a series. I can't wait for more!
Tracy
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet story! Both Sidney and Kade have issues and misunderstandings to overcome but it all works out! Yeah!!
Jemi Fraser
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fun story! I loved the characters and the setting - looking forward to the next stories from the other characters!! :)
Robin - Wicked By Design
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
A really sweet and quick read
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