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Luck on the Line

(On the Verge #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  861 ratings  ·  133 reviews
To turn her life around, she’ll have to stand the heat. To fulfill his dreams, he’ll have to get Lucky.

Despite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her launch Boston’s ne
Paperback, 233 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Diversion Books
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Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This has been one of my favorite books to write. It's a little refreshing writing all the kissing scenes. My goal was to write an atypical New Adult heroine. She's rough around the edges, but still want love and a place to feel like she belongs. #GetLucky
Aug 24, 2018 added it
Shelves: d-n-f, dnf-2018
DNF @ 30%

this book just felt very one dimensional to me. the characters were incredibly flat and i honestly didn’t like either James or Lucky. that makes a romance hard to read. i also really struggled with the writing style. it felt a little all over the place and the plot was a tad jumpy. also there seems to be a cheating subplot that took place before the book started and was just a kiss but i’m not really here for that.
I fell in love with Zoraida Cordova’s The Vicious Deep, her Young Adult series. So when I saw she had a New Adult coming out, I felt like Luck On The Line that I was going to finally see Cordova unleash. By that, I mean her YA series was hilarious and smexy, and so I knew her New Adult wouldn’t hold back with the humor and sexy romance. And boy, oh boy, was I right. Cordova had me laughing my behind off and fanning myself from Lucky and James's hilariously hot romance. Have to give you just a li ...more
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
I wish I enjoyed this, as I love Zoey Castile’s writing, but this one was a miss for me. I just wasn’t sucked into the storyline, the romance, and the main characters. Towards the end I skimmed the chapters and wasn’t a fan of the reveals that occurred. This might be because I’m in a reading slump, or this put me into one. I’m not sure, but this wasn’t my favorite romance.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some might say that Lucky Pierce and her TV celebrity mom don’t get along, but the truth is they’re never really around each other enough to know. While her mother took to jet-setting around the world and burning through husbands, Lucky’s spent her post-adolescent years hopping from college to college in search of a major that might hold her interest. The last place she wants to be is back in Boston, pretending to have a relationship with her mother, but it’s their once a year “family dinner,” a ...more
Sara (Freadom Library)
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Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
I loved this! It was fun and sexy and honest. It’s so realistic and represents the reality of life, family, death and grief. It’s emotional and unique and heartfelt. I was so invested in what was going on and in wanting to see what would happen in the end. It was so good!

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Simple and sweet. It’s descriptive and detailed and it’s so easy to get swept into it a
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, arc
Lucky is the daughter of a celebrity chef. She never stays in one place for long and never finishes what she starts. James is the head chef at Lucky's moms new restaurant. Their first meeting is really funny. Lucky and James are great characters - they have real flaws and you can't help but like them. I really liked Lucky - she's tough, funny and smart. This book has great supporting characters and I hope that the other books in this series will be about some of them - especially Felicity. There ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it

This was solid. It's a foodie romance and a workplace romance, which are two things I generally love. Everything else was good, but not amazing. The main characters were both prickly types. They both were dealing with family drama. It was almost a little too similar and the friction between them wasn't as compelling as some of the surrounding problems. It was fun while it lasted but I'm not sure how much of this will stick to me when neither the main character nor the romance found a way to real
claridge | booknomnom
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay, before I start on the new KA and get disappointed, I'm posting my review of this beautiful book that really got me hooked!

Remember Britney Spears and, 'she's so lucky, she's a star...'? Yeah?

So Luck on the Line is about Lucky Pierce and her ficklemindedness over her life choices aka College Plans. She keeps on changing majors whenever the going gets tough. Annually though, in between majors, she goes home to her mom to celebrate and reminisce about her dad. Her mother is this big celebrit
Luck on the Line allows a glimpse into the world of Lucky, the girl who runs away from everything and James, the hot ass chef with the sexy Boston accent and killer secrets.

Lucky comes to Boston, as she usually does annually, to honor the death of her father with her mother, Stella.

Stella is like the Sandra Lee (think Food Network) of this story who's secret motive was to give her a daughter a reason to stop running. She sneakily leaves Lucky behind to handle the grand opening of her restaurant,
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
This new adult romance novel featuring a hot mess heroine trying to figure out her life should have been perfect for me, but ultimately fell flat. I liked neither of the main characters and didn't really understand their immediate pull toward one another. There was too much of a "not like other girls" vibe to a lot of this book and it just really didn't work for me. Plus, there was a conflict at the end that just... wrapped up without really being wrapped up? So I really didn't like that element ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The books in this series are out of print but available on Audible!
Find the original review here at This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

What a surprise Luck on the Line was. It makes me a very happy reader. NA is a hard genre. With it being a somewhat new genre and one that is very popular, it is of course being flooded with books. Which makes me a little weary when I pick a new title and/or a new author. There is a lot of crap out there. But thankfully there's books like Luck on the Line in there that keeps me coming back again and again. NA is really start
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, audiobook

I actually liked the intro and character build up for Lucky. I enjoyed the charged and funny exchanges between James & Lucky. The family dynamics and friends are balanced by the hectic frenzy of a restaurant opening. I was totally surprised when I didn't like the sex scenes. Nothing wrong with them. They just happened at odd times in the story. I basically ignored the weird stuff and grinned at the fun ones.
Grace Fonseca
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
A romance that made me want more of these two wonderful characters from start to finish. I totally enjoyed both Lucky and James, plus their friends and sometimes the complicated pasts that both of these characters have. Sometimes you have to embrace what has happened in the past to move forward.

What I really enjoyed about this book is how this book develops that there is something about the way that Lucky lives her life. She seems to be in a place where things are not going well and is forced to
4 stars

So, first things first – this book included some of my favorite things:
• Confident heroine
• Hero with character (and more than enough swoon potential, yay)
• Semi hate-to-love thing going on, which is my favorite ever
• Really good food (+ mouthwatering descriptions, srsly have mercy)
• No ridiculous, over-the-top angst (thankyouthankyouthankyou)

I could say I liked it, but that’d be a lie. It was friggin’ awesome. Now, I’ll be honest and say that from the cover, I thought I’d be getting into
sil ♡ the book voyagers
Zoraida Córdova creates this magnificent world of cooking and love. Since the start I was already so in love with this book, I craved more and more about these characters. Everything was so perfect.

Review posted on HOPELESS BOOK LOVERS also: https://hopelessbooklovers.wordpress....

No kidding when I say this book is one of my 2014 favorites. Seriously this book is all I didn’t know I wanted but when I had it I was drunk with it. I WANT MORE. Of everything, anything about Zoraida Córdova. Her wri
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, new-adult
This review is a long time coming. :P

I'm a huge fan of Zoraida Córdova's writing, and I was SUPER excited to read Luck on the Line! It definitely didn't disappoint! It's a fabulous start to a wonderful series, and it also happens to be the first book that I'd ever really listened to on audiobook!

I was pretty much an audiobook newbie when I first listened to Luck on the Line, and it was a fantastic book to start with! The narrator, Annie Greene, was absolutely amazing, and I loved her narration
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Trying an author’s books because you like them on Twitter can totally backfire. Someone’s tweet persona doesn’t necessarily line up with the things they write. Still, I can never resist it, because that’s how I roll. Luck on the Line interested me because Zoraida Córdova is cool on Twitter. Also, Amazon had the book for free temporarily on Kindle so how was I supposed to not download it? Then, one day, I went to the hair salon without a book so I scrolled through what was on my Kindle and dove i ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
4/4.5 STARS!

I really enjoyed this book. We have the main character Lucky who's been jumping state to state city to city trying to find and sticking to something she's passionate about. She's constantly changing her mind about what she wants to do but seems to find herself comfortable in one specific environment. Lucky comes to Boston to see her mother for her annual yearly visit. And this visit isn't like her usual visit.

Lucky's mother is opening up a new restaurant and everything isn't going
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
<3 Super cute, can't wait to see what the next book holds. Would love to see more of Nunzio, Felicity, and Belle! And Lucky and James too! A great addition to the NA age group! :D I also loved that Lucky was so spunky and that she was a girl who liked sex and wasn't ashamed of that. She was also pretty happy with who she was, which is something that's so lacking in YA and NA books these days. Great job! ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute story! A slower read, but I definitely enjoyed the storyline.
Romancing the Book
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, contemporary, na
Reviewed by Amy W
Book provided by author
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

With the debut of the On the Verge series, author Zoraida Cordova delivers a fantastic story about a young woman desperately trying to make her mark, but can’t quite get traction. In Luck on the Line, the author introduces Lucky Pierce, who is essentially a jack of all trades, yet master of none. She’s been adrift since the loss of her father, which means her relationship with her mother isn’t exactly the best.

What se
Himanshi Agrawal
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I liked the writing, Zoraida Cordava has a really good flow to her writing, but ultimately it didn't work for me, I prefer more yearning in my romance and Lucky and James were pretending too be way more fucked than they were.

If I am being nitpick-y, I really enjoy the background story in a book, and I was really annoyed that the restaurant pulled together in the end, even though we never saw Lucky actively do anything to help it, every time we would be close to like her figuring out a Drink menu
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, romance
I got almost halfway through before I had to throw in the towel on this one. It started out really great, with humor and a fun MC and a potentially interesting story. But after the first two chapters it really went downhill. I kept going hoping the initial magic would return, but. Obviously it didn't. Or, if it did, I didn't stick around to see it.

My main problem was the writing. I couldn't figure out what the character's motivations were, or even who they were, and therefore I really didn't car
N.G. Peltier
Finally got to Zoraida's backlist romance and i truly enjoyed it! From the first word I reeled in by Lucky's voice. It was quite fun being in her head. Lucky is a messss and i adored her. All the shenanigans of getting the restaurant ready for the tasting was well executed, things kept falling apart which really kept me entertained and riveted.

I really enjoyed the banter between Lucky and James, and loved watching how that relationship grew. There were a lot of interesting secondary characters t
More of a 3.5 star read, but rounded down thanks to the MC stating that a color-coordinated store made her “eyes have a serious case of ADHD” (which 1. yikes on a bike and 2. what does that even mean?)

That being said, I loved Lucky as a character. It’s nice to see a woman who’s more prickly/angry as a romantic lead. I also liked the dislike-to-love aspect of this, which is not a thing I normally enjoy, but worked here because the dislike between the main characters was based on shallow things ra
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Iliana Matute
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I been waiting to read something from Zoraida for a while now.
I follow her on Instagram and she is great and funny and yea this book was good.
I don't think I'll read the next 2 of this trilogy just yet but for sure are on my tbr now.
Luck on the line is a cliche girl likes boy, he is a asshole but he end up not being the asshole she thought it was, well she did a great job telling this story thou and surprised me in a good way and that the book is really short.
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Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels for kids and teens, including the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: A Crash of Fate. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark, Come on In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Fi ...more

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