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Seven Years of Bad Luck

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  480 ratings  ·  87 reviews
When twenty-six year old Kathleen Cooper realizes that she forfeited her dreams and aspirations of becoming a lawyer after a brash decision to run off and marry the insanely charming Aidan Cooper, she decides to regain what she lost over the course of their seven-year relationship and start fresh.

With a renewed sense of hope and determination, she moves to a different city
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Published 2014 (first published January 19th 2013)
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J.L. Mac
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I think it's fantastic but my opinion is as biased as they come. ;) -JL Mac
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of J.L. Mac’s debut novel Seven Years of Bad Luck. I could not put this novel down nor could I stop thinking about it! I was sneaking around reading it every chance I got! I was sad to finished reading this fabulous novel. Congrats J.L. Mac on creating such a captivating story your first time out :-)

Seven Years of Bad Luck is Kathleen (Kat) Cooper’s story. Kathleen has been lost for so many years she’s not even sure who she is anymore. Something in her finall
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DNF 50%

Had to give it up after 50%. The writing tended to babble in quite a lot of places and the female protagonist turned from someone quite likable into someone immature and bitchy, which was in contrast to who she was supposedly portraying. Some of the story was just too 'out there' and unbelievable at times.

The beginning was promising - when you overlooked the babbling anecdotes - and I liked the concept of how Kat met Ben, but after that, it became too cliche to hold my interest.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Seven Years of Bad Luck," is a journey that sets you on a course of disdain and uncertainty. The characters are chasing after what everyone wants: love, commitment, and fulfillment. What course is one supposed to really follow? Does fate always play into one's life? With life not always on the same path as the one we've laid for ourselves, how shattered do you let your life become before you realize it is time to start all over?

Kathleen Cooper, aka Kat, certainly can tell you life has slapped h
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Seven Years of Bad Luck started off very promising. You meet 26 year-old Kat who is home alone while her husband Aidan is on a “business trip”. While Aidan is away, Kat come to the conclusion she wants a divorce from her husband who has had more affairs than she can count. She finally has courage to leave him and tells him pretty much the moment he walks through the door. I didn’t know the character of Kat very well yet but I was proud she finall
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
We start of with Kat, who is married to cheating d-bag, but Kat has had enough. Just as she is set to leave him and give her a piece of her mind - he slowly starts to seduce her. I loved that she got hers then....

...she leaves.

When Kat starts fresh she is bound and determined to find that feisty woman she once was. After 7 years of marriage she and her best friend Cheyenne are in a new city and making a go of it. Kat then meets her book thief, a hot asshole who has her mind racing. But she can't
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love the premise of the book. A*dore the hero, Benjamin. Love the hero/heroine together. The rest just was *off* for me. I can only surmise it was editing that was the culprit.

Some things were explained ad nauseam while others that perhaps *ought* to have been, weren't. To begin the book with a self-professed intelligent, empowered woman who stays with her repeatedly-been-caught-cheating husband for seven years ... s.e.v.e.n ... with little explanation other than he's hot, began the slippery slo
Nacole Stayton
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure to beta read this book for the lovely J.L. Mac; however my review is as unbiased as I can make it. Seven Years of Bad Luck is an extraordinary book and deserves more than a five star rating in my opinion. From the very beginning I was drawn in from the authors captivating way of painting each and every scene. I instantly fell in love with Kat and the heroine she was portrayed as. SYBL showcases real live struggles by hundreds of women whom have dealt with bad marriages. Kat wa ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that this one started out a little slow for me, but I am so glad I kept at it until the end. Once Aidan was gone, the book really picked up. From the book store to the end, the chemistry between Kat and Ben had a hold on me. Just when Kat least expected it, Ben was there. I love the fact that Ben knew that Kat was wounded inside and still wanted her even when she wouldn't share with him what had happened. I love how Kat went all Nancy Drew when her boss specifically told her to n ...more
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
I hate giving a negative review, so I'm going to make this short.

Biggest frustration was entirely too much internal dialogue. The flow was choppy, the story was disjointed, and the conversations were stilted. I felt no connection to ANY of the characters. Something could have been here because the story started out OK, but I found myself easily distracted and nothing along the way really held my attention. Everything about the plot, writing and characters screamed mediocre. And above all, the "m
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.5 Stars

Eh...this one was just okay for me. I was never really able to form much of a connection with any of the characters or the story. A lot of it was pretty far fetched.

I am also not a big fan of internal dialogue--more times then not I find it to be cheesy. There wasn't a lot in the beginning but around 20% in to the book it started. At that point I just skimmed over all of the internal dialogue...and a large portion of the remainder of the book.

I also noticed quite a few grammatical err
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a great book! It has a bit of everything! Love, Loss, Trust, suspense, heartache. You can't help cheering for Kat and then you want to yell at her to see the bigger picture. Ben, yes he is strong and forceful and gets what he wants, but he has his side and you are also cheering for him to get the girl. The only thing I wished for were to be thoughts of Ben's feeling as Kat and him were apart. We know that he was hurt and feeling just like Kat when she came to his house under the pretence th ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. Talk about a debut! Ms. J.L. Mac did an incredible job!

Seven Years of Bad Luck had every single thing a good New Adult book needs; romance, drama, comedy, angst, heartbreak, action…and lots and lots of sex. J.L. can write one hell of a steamy scene!

This had everything I look for in a book. It was such a great, powerful story of a women not finding herself for the first time like we most often see, but instead finding herself again. Sh
Chaude Weyers
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Holy fuckin shit woman- You just gave me a new book boyfriend.... Thank you for giving me this amazing change to review ur book a I have enjoyed every moment and could not put it away.... During this book I have experienced so many wmotions which some are happiness, sadness, shock, nosey and the most experienced was awe......

Kathleen Cooper decides after 7 miserable years its time to end her marriage to Aiden Cooper. After discussing her thoughts and decisions with Chey her best friend, all is
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great read, loved the characters, the plot at times I was finding it hard to keep up..just thought a lot happened in a short space of time and in places it felt a bit rushed...loved the connection between Ben and Kathleen, their time apart was as frustrating as hell...she had finally got a backbone and then walked away at the most innocuous PDA...I was MAD!! Their chemistry was sizzling and was glad they got their HEA or have they???? With that ending I am not so sure....I presume this is a TB ...more
Michelle Packard
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a great book. Angst, lust, love, mystery, comedy all rolled up in one. Kat and her best friend both who are young and divorced are ready to move on and start life over after years of "bad Luck". I could not put the book down once I started. I loved the fact that it was not just a romance novel but a little suspense involved. Kat at first appears to be weak staying with a man who continues to have affairs but she ends up being pretty tough conquering all her fears, the bad guys and finding t ...more
Leigh Parrish
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
So great to see a strong female lead again!!!! It seems like so many books are focusing on women who want to be controlled at all times! Don't get me wrong, I love me some Alpha males but It's so refreshing to read a book about a man who supports his woman & seeing their relationship grow!!! ...more
Amanda Phillips
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Kept my attention from chapter one on, I couldn't put it down. Ben and Kat share so much electricity. It made me giggle, cry and smile... sometimes all in one chapter. I give it 5 stars!
Brandee - Brandee's Book Endings
This book is J.L. Mac’s debut novel.

I want to starf off talking about the characters – I love that Kat had a BFF like Cheyenne and that they have both survived and stuck with each other through some rough times in their lives – everyone needs a BFF to lean on through the thick and thin. Kat’s journey to try to find herself again and a HEA was certainly not an easy road. It was interesting to see how she was choosing to overcome her past and try to get things back together again. Kat’s husband, A
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
A good read but with at times grammatical errors that did not detract from the experience. The beginning is really good but I found my interest waning half the way through because of repeated thoughts from Kat (the main female character)interfered with my enjoyment. The story of a wronged female in a marriage that left her aspirations for a career placed on the back burner was interesting. A jerk of a husband learns too late what he is giving up in a wife but relinquishes his hold for now. At ti ...more
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Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*This review was done by Kim a Guest Reviewer for Sugar and Spice Book Reviews and is also listed under her goodreads account*

ANOTHER 5 STAR BOOK!!! You absolutely rock J.L. Mac.

This is my second book that I have read from J.L. Mac. When I chose to review this book, I was totally unaware I had read one of her books already. Well believe me no disappointment. Your writing is so amazing and realistic. The banter is so right on it makes you feel as though you are part of the conversation. OH my fr
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Im afraid that I did not love Kat in this book. I felt that most of her inner monologue was one minute self defacing and sad, then she would become a complete shallow narcissist. At first I felt bad for her and wanted to hope for her. But as the book droned on I felt that I didn't care what happend to her at all. All of her so called "heartbreaking" mistakes seemed just like life.

I felt I was being forced to feel bad for someone who really didn't need to have my sympathy. Then I was supposed to
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First I'd like to say thank you to JL Mac I won a copy of this book from her Facebook page thank goodness cause this was one amazing story.

This is a story about Katherine (Kat) who's decides one day after she breaks her husbands favorite coffee cup, after seven long years of marriage she's had enough. She moves in with her best friend chey and moves to a new city and starts a whole new life for her self what she didn't count on was running into Ben on her way to finalize her divorce. It's was o
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I did receive this book as an ARC for an honest review. I do live all of her books. I must say I could not put this book down. I did stay up all night reading it.
Benjamin Chase is my new book boyfriend. I love everything about him. Kathleen went through he'll with her first husband and lost herself in the process. This book was about finding herself again and finding a great guy in the process. She did go through ups and downs with her relationship with Benjamin but in the end it did work out!
Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I liked the over all story there were a few parts that I paged through as I wanted to get to the heart of the matter. The story with Ben and Kat is very sweet. He seems to be a dominate man w/o major dominance in the bedroom. They are both brilliant people and it shows in their work. Women often have hang ups that we need to get over and Kat has her own issues she feels she has to hang onto w/o letting go. If she would let go she'd see she was involved w/ the man of her dreams. Through trials an ...more
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Well, I just finished it and I have to say that this book was fantastic! It was funny, sexy, and an extremely exciting book! I loved Kat, my favorite books are from the first person pov, and Kat was just an awesome, hilariously funny, kick ass character. Ben? Oh dear Lord baby Jesus! I want Ben! Ben is my new book boyfriend! He is hot, smoking hot, with a fine ass dirty mouth, lol. He is demanding, authoritative, and he pushes, hard and fast ; ) This was a great read, there is a cliffhanger, how ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think I experienced every emotion in my arsenal while reading Seven Years of Bad Luck. Kat and Chey were a great comic relief. I loved Kat and Ben had sparks flying from the start.

I at about 60%, I literally felt like I was reading a whole different book. I really enjoyed the whole book but the transition to the second half was so sudden. I liked the first half, the second half blew me away.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yep. Just as I thought, I was not disappointed. This was a GREAT book...until the last page. I found myself reading slower the farther along I got in the book. Can't wait for the next book!!! This has me laughing out loud, tears creeping down my cheek a few times and rooting for the good for these characters. Loving the fact that I tried this author! Take the chance with this book.
Mandy Salt
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well what can I say about seven years of bad luck it is a wonderful book to read I read it in one day I couldn't put it down and I was nearly late for work. Everyone should read it can't wait for the next book
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Author, J.L. Mac is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Wrecked series and several other titles. Beginning with her debut novel in January 2013, J.L. Mac has self-published nine novels to date. When J.L. was five years old, she came home from school and told her mother that she was ready to quit just as soon as her kindergarten year was complete. When her mother asked why she wanted to quit sc ...more

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