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The Lucky Charm (Portland Pioneers #1)

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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  273 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Librarian note: alternate cover edition for ASIN - B00K4FJVJ2>

IT’S THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH . . .

Izzy Dalton’s about to strike out. Her new job as the sideline reporter for the Portland Pioneers major league baseball team is problematic on several levels:

1. Baseball is her least-favorite sport. Falling behind golf, tennis, and maybe even curling.
2. What Izzy knows abo
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Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published May 4th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services
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Jane
Completely charming contemporary. Loved how the relationship developed, the sweetness and steadfastness of the hero, and the prickly heroine.

Their motivations made sense. Loved the baseball aspect of it. Didn't mind the mild sexual tone of the story because I liked the characters so much.

Definitely recommend. It's a gem.
Mandi Schreiner
Jane from Dear Author recommended this to me. I've been on a sports romance kick lately and I'm so glad I read this one. I will say it took me a few chapters for me to warm up to our hero and heroine, but I ended up really enjoying them. The hero especially becomes quite adorable.

Izzy Dalton loves journalism behind the camera, but when her boss and mentor gets pushed into an early retirement, Izzy finds herself being shipped off as a sideline reporter to Portland's Major League Baseball team, Th
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Jill

3.5 stars
Angel Lawson
In general my tastes in fiction run from zombies to dystopians with a side of paranormal and off-beat contemporary. Rarely do I read romance because I'm not a fan of the usual tropes and everything feels so...predictable but when I found out about Beth Bolden's new romance I asked for an ARC (okay begged) because I'm a fan of her style and she's always written romance in a way that I enjoy. Not too cheesy, not too lame. No insta-love but excellent plotting, real story-telling and interesting cha ...more
Jacob Proffitt
This was a great little romance. I liked Izzy and Jack very well, and the dilemma keeping them apart felt, at times, insurmountable. A reporter falling for one of the team she covers is complete career suicide and the onus was completely on her. That's a lot of pressure to put on a relationship—not least because it is so unevenly distributed. I liked how well Jack held up to the frustration of having to hide how he felt for so long.

So Jack is just a great guy and lovely to be with. Completely at
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Katie
Overall, this was pretty charming! And the baseball was solid, which is something I'm supremely picky about it. (Actually, it might even be what I'm most picky about in fiction. Huh.) It also felt very much like a Pacific Northwest team. The fans not caring until they do, the threat of moving, ahhhh.

There were also some really great supporting characters. (The boss was maybe a bit one dimensional.)

I think my main complaint is about how the overall relationship conflict was dealt with. Their main
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Mika Pisueña
I love it! Everything about the novel is like a breath of fresh air. It is a very cute tale that anyone will enjoy. I think this is a very good debut novel. Good job for Ms. Beth Holden. Hoping for more Jazzy(JackXIzzy). :P

I am an enthusiast for sports romance novels and in the others that I have read, there seems to be a recurring pattern. Guy lives as the ultimate bachelor, his life revolves around the sport, money, booze and sex. Arrogant pricks that seems to think that they are God's gift to
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Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
I don't like Baseball. I apologize to any of you who does, but it's just boring as hell. Isabel Dalton describes her feelings about Baseball at the beginning of the story, and it's just about word for word what I feel and think. It actually made me laugh.

What I do like, love even, is a sweet romance, and that's exactly what TheLuckyCharm is.

Izzy is alone in the world, having lost her parents, but she has Charlie, her boss. When Charlie falls ill, Izzy's job is terminated only to be sent to work
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Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
This was a really cute book you can't help but like. Although there was some baseball talk, it wasn't too hard to follow. I know less about baseball than Izzy does. So when baseball talk came up I may have skimmed over it. I hate to be lost in all the nonsense. But if you are a huge fan, then you are definitely going to love the fact that the author knows her stuff. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the game and even enjoy watching it live. But my interest mostly lies in the uniform. ;)

Now while
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Clever Girl
Such a fun read. Adorable and likable characters, a lovely romance, an evil boss, a bit of intrigue and a happily ever after.

I absolutely love Jack. He's kind, persistent, thoughtful, adorable, patient, charming, and he's got a great sense of humor. I liked the way Jack sees Isabel. He sees her drive, values her strength and intelligence. And the way he feels when he makes her smile...

Isabel is a strong and determined woman. She's been thrown into a new job, a job she doesn't like, doesn't want,
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Sue
I loved the characters and I loved the theme. My only problem is that it seemed like it went on forever before Izzy realized that her romance with Jack was worth fighting for. After a while I fast forwarded through my Kindle to get to the end. I still want to read Noah Fox's story even though this one was a bit sluggish.
Paula Radell
"Charm" is the operative word...3.5 Stars for The Lucky Charm

I have to admit, I hesitated to select this novel for review because I usually don't enjoy love stories based on sports or celebrities. However, the synopsis won me over and I'm glad I ventured beyond my usual choices to read The Lucky Charm. It is a light-hearted romantic comedy set against the background of a struggling professional baseball team, its quirky players and its dysfunctional media team. Izzy, the rookie reporter, and Jac
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Ellen (more books, please)
I really enjoyed this book.
It was a Dear Author recommended book, or at least they talked about it and I liked what I heard.

It is a fairly realistic baseball book. My husband is a big fan so I know more about baseball than I necessarily want to. But it rang authentic to me for the most part.

Izzy is our heroine and Jack is our hero.
They are thrown together by career choices. Jack made his choices and is very happy with them; Izzy had her career "choices" thrust upon her, and she is decidedly not
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Sunny

At the beginning I am not going to lie. I was annoyed and frustrated with Izzy. I don't get people that think baseball is boring. So I wanted to just yell at her. Other than that I really liked her. She is strong willed and goes after what she wants but you also get to see that even though she puts up a strong front she is a little bit insecure. Of course having a boss that tells you constantly how horrible you are will do that to you. Jack was really kind of great. He is describe as almost aver
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Alison Jansen
I've always enjoyed sporty romance, this is the first one I've read with baseball players, and I loved it just as much as ice hockey, football and race car driving! I have to admit I love a bad boy who deep down is full of warm gooey goodness!!!

Izzy is a workaholic, she has no real friends apart from her boss, and she her parents are both dead. Although she does not acknowledge that things are missing from her life, she is a lonely person. She had so many goals in life, but right now she is stuc
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Julia ♥Duncan♥
I'll be the first to admit that contemporary M/F isn't my favorite genre, but this came recommended by sources I trust. Some recommendations have really worked for me, unfortunately I just didn't click with most of this one.

I thought too much of the book was spent on Izzy pushing Jack away because she was concerned dating him would make her look unprofessional. I found that a very reasonable concern, I just got tired of it after about half the book and wanted the characters to move on. I wasn't
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Kanoko
Note: I received a complimentary copy from the author for having won a giveaway and with no strings attached. This did not colour my views in any way.

The Lucky Charm is the kind of story that charms its way into your "awesome debuts" shelf with competent story-telling and a little heart. It's not terribly fascinating at first, I don't think, but it's endearing and charming and fresh. Nothing like a book that leaves you grinning and sighing in contentment by the last page.

Izzy is smart (supposed
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Leslie
The Lucky Charm was definitely a little charmer of a book. It’s a very sweet story between Izzy Dalton and Jack Bennett.

Izzy hasn’t had the best life. After losing both of her parents she does what she thinks would make them proud; even if it may not be exactly what she wants in life. She is basically forced to take a position as a side line reporter for the Portland Pioneers. There is one major problem….she doesn’t like baseball and doesn’t know the first thing about it.

Enter Jack Bennett. He
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Danielle
I'm already dying for the next book!!
Dawn
What a great story this was. Of course, it helps if you love baseball, which I do. Isabel, the heroine, is working for a sports network when her boss and mentor suffers a near heart attack. She gets demoted to Portland and a sidelines reporter for their MLB baseball team, the Pioneers.

She meets and forms an attachment to Jack Bennett, the Pioneers' second baseman. He offers to tutor her since she is clueless about baseball. As their attraction for each other grows, Izzy knows she must discourage
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Zoe
Lovely sports romance, perfect summer read. On the sweeter side (there are love scenes but they are brief), and long (300 and something pages). These are two points that usually work against books in my world, but I really appreciated both for this particular story. Some relationships are just like that, unfolding at their own pace amidst a lot of other stuff going on, and Ms. Bolden did a very good job keeping me interested in all facets of this story. When they do finally take that final step ...more
Katie(babs)
The Lucky Charm (Portland Pioneers #1) by new to me, self-published author, Beth Bolden is one swell sport romance. Fans of Rachel Gibson or Jill Shalvis will have a ball reading this book. The heroine Izzy is one you want to hug. She is so adorable, sweet and hard working. She lives and breathes her work as an assistant to a producer at a sports network on a smaller scale like ESPN. When her loving boss has a heart attack, she’s forced to become an on-air sideline reporter for the Portland Pion ...more
Laura
Angst and indecision is fine. But this one went too far. And, when the author decided the characters were done with any of the angst they were feeling, it was just gone as if it never happened. Not realistic.

I could go on about the awful characterizations of both main characters, but really when you read a book and you don't believe the actions of the characters, what is the point?

I also am annoyed when an author ends a book in such a way that they are basically telling you that you need to rea
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Christine
Although I only gave this book an average rating, I feel this might be an author to watch. The sections that were actually about baseball, like the camaraderie between the players and the way the players thought about the game inside their heads, was great and far superior to the usual sports romance. However, the author seemed to struggle to keep the characters apart artificially and their motivations were sometimes unconvincing. The hero viewed himself as a skeptic and an iconoclast who could ...more
Stephanie
The Lucky Charm was quite the charm! I am a huge baseball fan (Go Rangers!) so when the opportunity came up to review this book I took. I love sports romances and The Lucky Charm was a good one.

Izabel Dalton is a workaholic who hasn't been on a date in eight months. She devotes all of her time to her job. Then Izzy finally accept a date, if you could call it that. It was BAD. Things start to go downhill from here. To make matters worse her boss, who is like a second father to her has a heart at
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Emily
Disclaimer *I read The Lucky Charm early - before publication.

Speaking as someone who loves baseball, I often have a difficult time getting into sports romances because I am super nit-picky with the sports I love. That being said, you can tell that the author here knows baseball, too. The pacing of the relationship, I felt, was spot-on and realistic. The characters were interesting and none were over-the-top, which I truly appreciate in contemporary. When I read this, I had been in a reading ru
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April
What a cute story....review to come.
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The Lucky Charm (Portland Pioneers #1) by Beth Bolden
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Izzy is a headstrong, tenacious, go getting reporter who is asked to be the sidelines reporter for the Portland Pioneers. While both she and the team are struggling to keep their heads above water, Izzy meets Jack Bennett. Sexy, smart, and able to see Izzy’s flailing with baseball knowledge, Jack wants nothing to do with reporters and even less to do with the hot little bombshell that’s pulling on his heartstrings. However he
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Emily Ever
From the main characters poor job performance to the way the relationship progressed, everything about this book was very authentic. I thought every one of the characters were fully fleshed out and very believable.


I enjoyed reading it, especially because I have been face-deep in baseball for the past month, and I would definitely recommend it to others.
Cecilia
This is absolutely one of my favorites out of all the books I've read this year. The characters are endearing (or just hateful) and the story is a good one, with baseball as a background. The central characters are not model-pretty or power-wielding. They are fairly average people who work hard and love completely. I read this book fast and plan to read it again soon to savor it!
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Beth Bolden lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat and one fiance. She wholly believes in Keeping Portland Weird, but wishes she didn’t have to make the yearly pilgrimage up to Seattle to watch her Boston Red Sox play baseball. If only the Portland Pioneers weren’t only figments of her imagination.

After graduating from university with a degree in English, Beth unsurprisingly had no idea what to do
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