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Luck on the Line

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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 next hot restaurant, The Star. Even if it means working with the infuriating, egotistical, and undeniably sexy head chef.

James loves being known as Boston’s hottest bad boy in the kitchen, but if he wants to build a reputation as a serious chef, he has to make this restaurant work and keep his scandalous past out of the headlines. Getting involved with his boss’s spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter is definitely not on the menu.

As the launch of The Star looms and the tension and chemistry heat up in the kitchen, they’re going to need more than a little luck to keep everything from boiling over.

233 pages, Paperback

First published November 11, 2014

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Zoraida Córdova

35 books3,961 followers
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 Finding Home, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of the bestselling anthology Vampires Never Get Old. Her debut middle grade novel is The Way to Rio Luna. She is the co-host of the podcast Deadline City with Dhonielle Clayton. Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning a new adventure.

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Author 35 books3,961 followers
December 6, 2014
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
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656 reviews1,402 followers
August 24, 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.
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2,115 reviews54 followers
January 17, 2015

Queria leer Luck On The Line desde que lei la reseña en un blog, decian que era una historia impresionante y aunque al principio la lectura se me hizo un poco lenta, luego va enganchandote, sobre todo cuando empiezas a conocer mas a los protagonistas : Lucky y James.
El libro tiene una historia hermosa, sencilla y sin grandes dramas, ademas de que para mi tuvo un plus, puesto que la protagonista femenina es impresionante, me encanto su caracter y que no fuera la tipica protagonistas como en otros libros.
James tambien fue un gran protagonista aunque me hubiera gustado llegar a conocerlo mas, senti que fue un personaje demasiado enigmatico y no llegamos a conocerlo realmente.
Totalmente recomendado! Si te gustan las historias de amor con algunos altibajos, este es tu tipo de libro.

3.5 Estrellas!
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585 reviews5,584 followers
November 11, 2019
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.
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October 14, 2020
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,” and she’s stuck.

She’s also stuck, it seems, in playing nice as her mother opens some fancy new restaurant with million thread count table cloths, gold chandeliers, and portions that wouldn’t feed a toddler. But when her mother takes off to New York days before the opening, Lucky finds herself with no choice but to make decisions without her.

I think I expected something more formulaic, so when the story proved to be more carefully thought out, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Lucky is a bit of a wanderer. Since her father died when she was young, she’s never fit into her mother’s new world, and she’s spent her adult years so far moving around as she tries to find her own place. It’s clear early on that she is in a figurative sense homeless. She doesn’t have a home with her mother, not even the usual doting housekeeper to give her any kind of stability, and aside from her best friend Bradley, she doesn’t seem to have roots anywhere. It seems like if she were ever to have a real problem, something that couldn’t be solved with money, she’d have nowhere to turn for any true support. Even Bradley isn’t acting quite normal around her, and Lucky seems to be a bit of a thorn between him and his girlfriend.

James hasn’t been close to his family since he was a teenager, but he’s found his calling and made a name for himself as an up and coming chef. He may not have been the winner on the reality television chef show, but he made an impression with Lucky’s mom, and now that she’s giving him reign over the menu and kitchen in her much anticipated new restaurant, he’s not going to blow it. Then again, he doesn’t expect his boss’s daughter to complicate things.

While Lucky and James don’t get off to the best start, it’s a realistic one. It’s more a matter of bad timing and a lack of caffeine than it is either of them having some deep personality flaw or outright angry persona. And when Lucky gets roped into working on opening the restaurant while her mom’s off doing God knows what, they have little choice but to be somewhat civil to each other, despite their unfortunate introduction. But instead of following the usual, over-the-top, angry story line that I’ve grown to expect from books like this, they go from annoyed strangers to tolerant coworkers to something more along the line of friends. And of course, friends who are that attracted to each other are bound to cross a line at some point.

It’s hard to explain what makes the Luck on the Line so great without summarizing the whole story, and I expect that would just spoil it. But I can say that it’s a heartfelt read, full of detailed observation, heartfelt emotion, and enough drama to keep turning the pages. On the surface, it’s familiar… The tragic past, the dysfunctional family dynamic, the refusal to conform, and the lust/hate relationship are all there. But instead of feeling like a tired plot device, the characters’ pasts simply serve to better explain who they are and how they became so lost. The family issues are intense and realistic, and while they do get resolved, they don’t magically get better overnight. Both Lucky and James are good people who aren’t throwing anger around like a weapon, but they are wary of attachment and often ruled by guilt.

And then there’s the drama. It wasn’t a collection of everything going wrong that possibly could or the trite miscommunication and overreactions. It felt necessary and real, part of the characters’ growth instead of some ploy to shock readers, and it was so subtly laid out that as things were revealed, I was just as surprised as the characters were.

It would have been easy to churn out a run-of-the-mill romance with typical characters, predictable plot twists, and contrived melodrama, but instead, Luck on the Line takes a standard romance novel plot and turns it on its head, delivering realistically flawed characters, believable tension, and a stand-out love story.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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443 reviews242 followers
April 19, 2017
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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 and into the story. It’s honest and really funny. I laughed out loud quite a few times while reading. It’s realistic and it really helps to show the plot and the character in the best light.

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I adored the characters in this book, they were all interesting and honest and complex. The main character, Lucky, is amazing. She’s rough and tough and has spent most of her life wandering around, never really finding what she wants to do with her life. She’s really sarcastic and fiesty which I absolutely loved! But she’s also really indecisive and it took awhile for her to get on track. I loved her character development and the person she grew into towards the end of the book. Our male lead, James, is so sexy you guys. He’s also a smartass and when he banters with Lucky, he gives as good as he gets. He’s pretty secretive at first, about his life and his past, but once he opened up he was honest, sweet and talented. I adore him. The only thing that I can complain about is that I wish I could’ve gotten to know the supporting characters more. They had an important role to play in the story but I just felt like there wasn’t much shared about them the things on the surface. But even with just that, I liked them and found them interesting.

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245 reviews
November 14, 2014
La reseña fue originalmente publicada en SMW Book Blog

Luck on the Line es el primer libro New Adult, y el primero que leo, de Zoraida Córdova y, honestamente, les estaría mintiendo si les digo que el libro fue de mi agrado puesto que, en realidad, ¡¡¡me pareció estupendo y me encantó!!!

Lucky Pierce regresa a Boston cada año en el aniversario de la muerte de su padre. Su madre, Stella, y ella tienen un acuerdo de que no importa en cuál lugar Lucky esté, ella tiene que regresar a casa y pasar el día con su madre y éste año no es la excepción. Lucky ha pasado los últimos años de un lugar a otro y siempre huyendo cuando las personas se acercan demasiado y dejando todo sin terminar. Aún así, y con sus muestras de indecisión en algunas partes del libro, su personaje me ha encantado. Su personaje me ha parecido muy decidido, fuerte y confidente en sí mismo. Es un personaje que no fue escrito para ser perfecta. Además es una chica demasiado graciosa, inteligente y SIEMPRE dice lo que piensa con o sin filtro en la boca. Sí, me gustaría ser su amiga.

"Hay dos cosas que no debes derramar por los chicos: lágrimas y un buen whisky."

¡James! ¡Oh, James! *híper ventilando* ¡LO AMO! Con su vibra de chico malo, sus ojos verdes y ese acento que se le escapa en más de una ocasión ¡me ha conquistado! Y cómo si eso fuera poco, ¡el hombre sabe cocinar! Can I marry him, please?

"El lado positivo de estar con un chef es que si le pido, él probablemente sólo irá a hacerme algo de comer."

A pesar de que Lucky y James comenzaron su relación con el pie izquierdo (al juzgarse el uno al otro sin conocerse) me agradó demasiado cómo se desarrolló su relación. Su relación de odio-que-me-gustes fue nítida y cuándo menos nos damos cuenta su relación ha pasado a ser más. La química entre Lucky y James es ¡culminante! Me refiero a que estos días la temperatura no ha sobrepasado ni los 5°C y pues, realmente, mientras leía el libro *ejem* ¡ni el frío sentí! *guiño guiño*

"Me estoy enamorando de un hombre cuya historia no sé."

También me agradaron los personajes secundarios. Especialmente el personaje de Felicity, la asistente de la madre de Lucky, quien es una chica totalmente cool y tímida que usa su vestimenta para no llamar la atención. Luego está Nunzio; un italiano carismático y amigo/asistente de James. Belle y Sky también me gustaron aunque me hubiera gustado conocer más sobre ellas.

Tengo que darle las gracias a Zoraida Córdova por haber hecho que tanto Lucky como James trataran con problemas reales y sin tanto melodrama. Luck on the Line cuenta con una protagonista decidida pero que tiene la tendencia de huir cuando las cosas se ponen difíciles y un héroe que carga con la culpa del pasado. Dos personas que están a punto de encontrar algo de suerte en su camino.

"(...)hay un dolor que él mantiene cerca de su corazón. Puedo sentirlo en él porque está en mí, también."

En general, Luck on the Line es un libro demasiado entretenido y el romance entre los protagonistas es estupendo. El final, sin embargo, puede considerarse un final abierto y algo apresurado asimismo que, a mí parecer, han quedado unos cabos sueltos y no tengo idea de si el siguiente tomo en la serie continuará la historia de James y Lucky. Así que si les gustan y leen libros New Adult, entonces les recomiendo que le den una oportunidad a Luck on the Line.

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1,505 reviews217 followers
November 8, 2014
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 is also some really great sexual tension and chemistry with some smoking hot sex scenes. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in this series.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**
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701 reviews4,630 followers
July 3, 2019

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 really differentiate itself.
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236 reviews14 followers
March 21, 2015
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 celebrity TV chef who just have the biggest surprise for Lucky this particular homecoming: a restaurant. And Lucky's mother wants Lucky to manage it. Problem? Lucky's as flighty as could be and the head chef might just be the hottest thing she ever saw.

Ok so the thing about this book is that it's so unapologetically NA and I love it! I feel like this is how an NA should run. Like an older, more mature YA. And by that, I mean of course the reason why YAs are so goddamn enticing: bildungroman. An honest-to-god good and legit bildungsroman.

Lucky is definitely the typical, annoying NA heroine: sassy, have a careless front, PRETTY, brash. That's her. And I hated her at the beginning, too. But what I loved about her was this point in the book where she gets to confront her demons, and she changes. Tbh, this is the kind of book Sarah Dessen's fans could possibly relate a lot to because you have this heroine who is flawed, and she overcomes her problems because she realizes she's actually strong enough and she owes it to herself, but with REALLY STEAMY SEX SCENES. That the resolution to her problems is a change in perspective - that is introduced by James, our NA hero, and other characters in the book, too! (Actually, the other character brought more to her character development than James, but I just need a segue to James' character. ;) )

James is, well, I like his character, actually. He still has that secret, mysterious background that all NA heroes have, but is still very realistic in the sense that he is not too brooding and mysterious. Although the readers are not treated to what is happening in his mind, I feel like it's still okay 'coz somehow, James is just the right blend of mystery, confidence, and personality. And together with Lucky, they make a really compelling and intense NA couple, minus the really annoying 'star-crossed-because-we-have-mysterious-pasts-and-problematic-dispositions. I mean, of course they still have a lot of problems, but they are problems that are difficult but also realistic. Problems that are derivative of what everyone of us could relate to.

I also like how Lucky champions female empowerment here in this book. The books wasn't even subtle about it. You'd have to trip over them, and idk that's fine, I guess. I mean, they are delivered straight-forward and it shows how these are right things, there's no sense for hiding them or being underhanded in showing them. And even Lucky as a woman is a very nice as a representation of a woman: she is flawed, she is sassy and snarky, she is kind when need be, irresponsible but also is responsible. Goes to show that full spectrum a woman truly is. Best of all, she champions herself.
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1,006 reviews121 followers
November 14, 2014
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, The Star, with James as the head chef.

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At first, Lucky and James are like oil and vinegar. But, as most fairy tales go, they come to a truce in order to make this restaurant opening happen.

Incredible chemistry between these two - be it sucking face, mid-day romps or arguing like an old married couple, you will definitely be completely engrossed in this story.

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Author 35 books3,961 followers
December 14, 2020
The books in this series are out of print but available on Audible!
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1,009 reviews76 followers
May 28, 2017
Fue entretenido desde el principio. Empecemos por Lucky, una prota que te hace reír, más cuando describe los motivos por los cuales ha abandonado cadaa universidad a la que ha ido. Luego tenemos James, el chef demasiado hot paraa su propio bien, que es serio, con un poco de mal genio, pero simplemente simcero y encantador. Creo que lo que más me gustó de ellos fue que comenzaron sin filtro. Ella le dijo gruñón, él le dijo mimada y privilegiada; y aunqur estaban esos secretos rondando por ahi, su relación siempre fue auténtica.

Y o sea, juro que yo pensaba que Brad estaba enamorado de Lucky y que Skye lo sabía y por eso estaba así. Me quedé fue de piedra.

Sin duda leeré el próximo de la saga.
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1,097 reviews42 followers
July 12, 2019
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. Otherwise, I enjoyed parts of the romance well enough and it was fine.
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1,174 reviews277 followers
June 25, 2015
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 starting to become my comfort genre. There's such a wide range from fluff to the darker stuff. It's good for any mood. Luck on the Line falls more towards the lighter side. It's not fluff. It's just a fun and heart warming read. But be warned, do not read this book on an empty stomach. It's going to make you hungry either way, just maybe have some snacks ready.

Lucky is making her yearly trip home to Boston and her mom. She's kind of a wanderer and has been away from home since she left high school. She changes colleges and jobs as fast as you can blink. But the one things she's sure of is that she doesn't belong in Boston where her mom is. Her mom, a food network star. Her mom, who's on the verge of opening a new restaurant, The Star. Her mom who is probably searching for husband #5. It's clear that Lucky and her mom don't really see eye to eye.
Anyhow, upon Lucky's stop in a coffee shop on the way to her mom's, she's witness to a guy chatting up the barista. It's such a major eye-roll moment, but he's holding up the line so she not so kindly points that out. There's a little bit of a confrontation and she runs off with his coffee. Lucky meets her mom who than shoves her into the restaurant and tells her she needs to help out. Lucky takes over manager duties, well her mom buggers off. Lucky just keeps reminding herself that she's only here for a few weeks. She can handle it. That is until she runs into coffee shop player guy(James). In The Star's kitchen. Turns out he's The Star's executive chef. This is his kitchen. Lucky can't believe her luck. Not only is this guy hot but he's a total ass. Well at least she thought he was an ass.

Like I mentioned above, this is a fun book. Lucky is a great character. She's easy to connect with. Her sassy take charge attitude can get her into hot water. But it also gets her through the opening of the restaurant where the workers actually listen to her. Lucky comes from a more privileged upbringing and that has kind of allowed her to change her area of study so frequently. But she's also really hard working. Lucky has tried to break out of that life. She works at bars and restaurants to prove to herself that she can make her own way. It's also clear that she's a bit of a runner. I think she's kind of scared to just stay in one place. I think she's scared of the stability that would bring. Coming home this time around was different. Lucky has always blamed herself for her father's death. And because of that she feels she also lost her mom. She doesn't get why her mom took such a turn in her lifestyle. It's another one of those times where talking helps. The lack of communication and pretty much non-existent relationship between the two of them is not just Lucky's fault. Lucky can see her mom going down hill and it's finally the kick in the ass for her to finally have a discussion with her mom. Yes, they talk, but I liked how everything wasn't okay right away. Because(like in real life) it takes time. But progress was made. And Lucky showed some real growth and understanding towards her mom. Lucky was just a fun and smart girl. Sometimes she didn't know when to keep her mouth shut but she didn't shy away from anything that was thrown her way.

Oh man, I never knew chefs could be so hot. Seriously this year I've been all over the guys that work at tattoo parlors. But now I think I'm going to be searching for some NA books that take place in restaurants and such. There needs to be more hot chefs in NA. Authors take note. James is a true Bostonian. Irish background and rough past. He comes off as a bit of a douchebag. But he's really just scared of his past catching up to him. James is kind of a local celebrity having one a cooking show. But he's not really into the spotlight. He just wants to make a name for himself and show everyone how brilliant of a chef he is. Like he said, food saved him. And it's clear he's good at what he does. Lucky throws a bit of a wrench into his plans. Stella's(Lucky's mom) bratty daughter shows up and is all of the sudden calling the shots. He's supposed to work with her. Nicely. James is obviously a little frustrated. But after a truce is called and they spend some more time together they really can't hide their attraction for each other. It's swoon worthy. It's easy for them to butt heads but as they both aren't ones to really put up with shit they will eventually call each other out. Lucky finds it easy to just spill her secrets to James and well James might be more hesitant he eventually realizes she's the only one he actually wants to air his rough past to. Put once everything came to light it was another reason why they connected so easily; their pasts was something they could understand about each other. I just really enjoyed their relationship. It was hot when it needed to be, but there was no insta-love. No once was the word uttered. They just both realized the other offered them a safe place and they wanted to stay around and figure out why. It helped that they were a good team and would back each other up. Which is what is needed in a running a restaurant.

There was a really easy flow to the story and dialogue. Nothing was fake. The characters felt like actual people not characters. And the side characters weren't just there because. They added to the story. Lucky needed close friends and she made those. Felicity, Bradley, Bella, and the rest just added a great dimension to Lucky's story. It wasn't completely all about her and James. She was learning that not all old friendships are healthy, people grow apart. And she was learning she needed to make new friends. Which is one of the reasons why I seem to love these companion NA series. Because the characters will be around for more than one book they all get a part. I'm now guessing(and hoping) who the next book is focused on.

I think Luck on the Line is a good place for new readers of NA to start or readers that aren't into a lot of sex. There is sex but it doesn't take over the story. There's just enough. As well as the story and characters being fun and easy to connect to. I LOL'd quite a bit. I swooned in there too. Plus there's growth and heart warming moments. As well as a lot of yummy food described in detail. Hell, I think Luck on the Line will just appeal to romance readers as a whole. It's a great book. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series. I can't wait to find out who it'll be about.
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2,598 reviews255 followers
October 13, 2018

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.
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27 reviews2 followers
January 30, 2017
Le tenía taaantas ganas. Y no me decepcionó *-*

Muy buena protagonista, es algo realmente apreciable eso xD
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240 reviews21 followers
July 9, 2016
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 come back to a place where she rather not be. Her and James meet in a coffee shop and things do not go well. In fact she never wants to see the rude, handsome guy, not realizing that he will become a major part of her life.

I really found the interactions that Lucky and her mother, Stella had with one another. Her mother wants her to stick with something. Things are not always that simple. Luckys mother, Stella has had a lot of husbands. The way that Lucky views this as a punishment. Lucky has a lot of things in herself that she needs to deal with. Plus Lucky misses New York (I so identify with this).

What happens is that both Lucky and James need The Star to succeed for totally different reasons. They both are driven individuals. While both of them are working at different things, they find that they butt heads big time. I kind of like that they start off having conflict, but it’s necessary to grow and both of them having valid points and things that need to get done. I also like how Stella isn’t there to settle things. They have to learn things about themselves and each other.

This book takes some interesting turns and twists. We learn that James changed his last name because of something that had happened in the past. His ex-wife is Clarissa Adams and she is a gossip columnist and we learn she really dislikes him and thinks that he should always owe her. Lucky has issues of her own and then something happens that no one expects. Lucky and James find that their family dynamics are equally complicated. Plus they both find that they kind of like each other and what they love about the restaurant business and things happen that neither of them expect. They both begin a relationship that neither of them can imagine. Plus they really start to like one another.

I totally found myself surprised by the fact that one of her best friends Bradley is in a relationship with her mother. It definitely is one of those things that you don’t expect because he has a girlfriend, Sky (who gets the next book in this series). This comes as something that nobody expects. Yet Stella defends the relationship to Lucky. A conversation between Stella and Lucky happens that Lucky is surprised by. It’s one that needs to happen.

I really enjoyed the fact that they made the restaurant successful. This was a good book with a lot of conflict and a romance that made sense. I really enjoyed how everyone had reasons for the things that they did. This was an awesome book overall.


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53 reviews16 followers
November 4, 2014
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 a real surface-level, fluffy read, which is just fine at times. But really, “don’t judge a book by its cover” is reinforced here. This book has so much substance, so much life, and deals with a lot of truly important things. It also manages to contain a great romance in the midst of it all.

Lucky is a runner. As in, she runs when things get too hard. She runs when people get too close. She's always flitting from place to place, trying to find the right fit for herself. But despite this indecisiveness, she comes off as a very strong character. She's funny, feisty and intelligent. No TSTL here, thank God. Anyways, she’s visiting Boston because it’s time for an annual meet-up with her Botox-ed mother, Stella (she of the four ex-husbands). Her mom is opening a new restaurant too, so it’s an all-around crazy time.

Enter James. Ohhhhh, James.
Here’s the setup for this guy:
“The universal rule of servers is: the bigger the order, the bigger the prick. Red Cup, Mr. Tall Vanilla Latte No Whip, No Foam, Extra Shot, Half Skim, Half Whole, Pump of Hazelnut is a pretty big prick.
Ten minutes ago, this guy started ordering his drink.”
Yes. Please. Hate-to-love in the making here, people. There’s more, but this should be enough of a tease. It gets better: This guy is the executive chef at Lucky’s mother’s restaurant. HE COOKS. Also, he's not as much of a prick as Lucky may think... he's had a troubled past (no melodrama btw, these are real issues these two have to deal with) and began cooking as an escape.

This book combines a feisty but damaged heroine who has a tendency to get goin' when the goin' gets tough (too lame? Sorry in advance, ha!) and a confident, even-more-damaged hero who *clears throat* ALSO COOKS (in case you forgot about his total awesomeness). Throw in a mother who's not there when she should be, a beautiful assistant using her clothes to fade into the background, a best friend who may not be much of one, and a hilarious assistant chef, and you have Luck on the Line . I’ve already TBR’d the next installment in this series; I’m not sure if it’s a continuation of Lucky and James’ story (if not, I really hope it’s about Belle!).

Do give this book a try, guys.

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
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1,025 reviews2,529 followers
June 8, 2016
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.

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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 writing is so appealing and fabulous. I couldn’t stop laughing at some points and I LOVE when that happens! I am so happy this book turned out the way it did.

Truthfully I have never read a book like this one. A sexy chef and a sassy female character. I was like “heck yes this is my thiiiiing” when I read the synopsis. And then THE FIRST LINE, THE FIRST PAGE OF THE FIRST CHAPTER – I was half in love already.

“The universal rule of serves is: the bigger the order, the bigger the prick. […] Now at The Red Cup, Mr. Tall Vanilla Latte No Whip, No Foam, Extra shot, Half Skim, Half Whole, Pump of Hazelnut is a pretty big prick.”

Lucky is so amazing. Her voice is so amazing. I was non-stop laughing with her throughout the whole book. She captivated me in a way that I wanted to be friends with her and hang out and make pies and cakes and any type of food really. She made the whole book so enjoyable.

Her first meeting with James was pretty much perfect – she ran away with his coffee order. Like literally she saw the cup of coffee and took it while he was chatting with the barista. LUCKY IS THE BEST. It was so cute also. Like Lily Calloway kind of cute, guys.

“Before I realized the things I wanted to discover were mythical, like Atlantis, a comfortable bra, or true love.”

Isn’t she just so fabulous?

All I wanted and want to do to Chef James is kiss the hell out of him. It was insta-love; him and I. I, to be honest, was so intrigued with his character and the way he acted and his past and everything about him. And that is a good sign when it comes to characters for me. James was fun and sexy as hell and a FREAKING CHEF WHO DID DELICIOUS FOOD. [All throughout the novel my drooling didn’t stop – for James and the food] He is my new boyfriend. I have decided. I just want him with strawberries and whipped cream on my bed, thankyouverymuch.

So we have two great, interesting, full of fun characters and a pretty awesome love story [with food wink wink guys]. You can totally see this is just solid read. I can’t wait to read more of Zoraida!
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796 reviews429 followers
February 9, 2017
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 so much! It really added to the story. I think I would have loved Luck on the Line even if I'd read it instead of listened to it as an audiobook, but I definitely really enjoyed the audio. Most of all, I love that this audiobook kind of spurred my love for audiobooks! If you're looking for a great contemporary romance as an audiobook, this one would be perfect!

As to the story itself, I loved every second of it! I loved Lucky and I love, love, loved how her relationship with James developed! They're both extremely dynamic and strong characters so any moment they were together was interesting, and exciting! Their banter, their chemistry...everything between them was absolutely WONDERFUL!

This book not only cemented my growing love of audiobooks, but it also showed me that I totally love Zoraida's writing and characters no matter what genre she writes them in. Her characters and stories are vibrant, fun, and so addictive!

Overall, I loved Luck on the Line! It was a fantastic story with amazing characters, and it was also an absolutely exceptional audiobook experience! I highly recommend it in both print and on audiobook, especially to contemporary romance fans! Added bonus for any romance fans who love cooking and cooking shows since Luck on the Line also has a celebrity chef type thing going on! ;)
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4,220 reviews1,650 followers
June 10, 2016
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 in to Luck on the Line.

Aside from the fact that I had Britney Spears’ “Lucky” stuck in my head the whole damn time, I quite enjoyed it. I mean, it’s a hate to love romance with a chef love interest, which means he is good at the sex AND he feeds her tasty foods and I am so here for that.

Though not as funny as Córdova’s twitter, there’s some nice banter in here, and I did ship the ship. I loathed Lucky’s best friend, Bradley, but I was meant to it turns out. There are some really ridiculous lines occasionally that missed the mark, like my personal favorite:

His shirt bunched up on the floor, his delicious abs laid out for me like a rack of chicken wings. And I love me some chicken wings.

I mean, I love me some chicken too, but I’ve never looked at abs and thought about chicken or looked at chicken and thought about abs so that metaphor didn’t do anything but make me snortlaugh.

Definitely liked Luck on the Line enough to buy the second book in the series. It’s fun and fluffy NA, which I want more of. There are some tragic elements to their pasts for sure, but Córdova doesn’t make things super dramatic; she focuses more on the fun and the sex, and less on the trauma.

If you’ve been looking for lighter NA, this one’s worth its low kindle price tag imo.
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444 reviews21 followers
November 23, 2014
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 how she expected to at all so Lucky decides to stay put and help out.

Enter: James Hughe. He's cocky, sexy, a little obnoxious at first and The Star's (restaurants name) head chef.

Lucky has a fiery feisty personality who's independent and somewhat scared to handle responsibility... well that's what I felt reading from her mind.

Lucky and James are suddenly forced to work together and they don't really got on well at first. It's not that they hated each other I got the sense that they both liked to deal with things their own way without having to confide in someone else.

I really enjoyed this story and watching Lucky and James, relationship evolve. There's a few little twists and turns here and there that I didn't see coming. Lucky's best friend Bradley is a piece of work I can tell you that.

Luck on the Line wasn't just about the relationship between James and Lucky- or the food which might I add made me hungry on more than one occasion lol- but it was also about a strained relationship between a mother and a daughter and trying to figure out what you want to do with your life.
169 reviews43 followers
November 7, 2014
<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!
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227 reviews3 followers
January 10, 2015
Una lectura interesante aunque me quede con ganas de saber que pasa con algunos de los personajes secundarios.
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