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Stroke of Luck

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After everything Marc owned burned to a crisp, he’s living off the kindness of others. A model condo is his temporary home, and his last dime went to essentials. He doesn’t need another distraction, but the fates conspire against him, setting up a chain of encounters that bring him face to face with Cas.

Cas’s love life has been in limbo for years, lovers moving on as soon
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Kindle Edition, 86 pages
Published October 26th 2016 by Labyrinth Bound Press
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Elsa Bravante
Le falta mucha chicha y le sobra insta-todo. Entiendo que es una novella, pero es demasiado simplón.
CrabbyPatty
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cas and Marc run into each other in a series of pretty improbable meetings (bonus points for a cute meet while shopping at Goodwill), but it's easy to get past this as the two men find themselves quickly flirting with love. When Marc asks “And are you going to fall in love with me? If I’m already halfway there, I need to know.” Cas replies:
Come sleep in my bed tonight. [...] Maybe that’s all it’ll take to bring us the rest of the way. Maybe we need ten more dates. Or a hundred more kisses. Or a
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Sandra
Very cute and fun novella about two young men who meet time and again, fortuitously, and begin a romance.

Marc is living in a model condo, thanks to a friend, after his own place had a fire. Most of his clothes and other stuff is gone, and he's basically forced to ask his friends for help. The new place being a model, he needs some kitchen essentials.

In the Goodwill store, he runs into Cas and his best friend Maisie, who are shopping for costumes. Halloween is just around the corner.

And then he
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Anyta Sunday
So much fun. Exactly the short story I needed. Thank you, Posy Roberts!
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I'm not use to feeling this way when I finish a Posy Roberts book. It's definitely one of her lightest read in terms of angst and emotions. It was super cheesy at times, and I did like Marc and Cas when they were together. My issue with the story is MAISIE. As a feminist, I hate saying this, but I wanted her GONE. UGH!!! The biggest thing for me in Gay Romance is the enormous parts that certain side characters get. I hated Maisie. Okay, hate is a strong word, but I really wanted her to back the
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Sheri
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I’m wavering.
I liked this. And yet, I didn’t like all of it.
I believe there are 3 MC’s....
I liked Marc. A lot.
I liked Cas. A little. More as things progressed.
I did not like Maisie. At all.
It’s hard to enjoy something when it’s hot, warm and cold.

Love Posy’s writing.
Loved the humor.
Really loved the ending.

*3 maybe 3.5 stars*
Sadonna
The full review and much more can be found at The Novel Approach

Marc is not having a good time. His apartment has burned and he’s lost everything. While his friend is able to get him temporary housing in a model condo, he’s got no kitchen necessities, has had to replace his clothes, and is in limbo until the insurance adjusters have finished with the case. He runs into a guy, and what he assumes is his wife or girlfriend, at the local thrift shop where he’s attempting to outfit his kitchen. The
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The Novel Approach Reviews
Marc is not having a good time. His apartment has burned and he’s lost everything. While his friend is able to get him temporary housing in a model condo, he’s got no kitchen necessities, has had to replace his clothes, and is in limbo until the insurance adjusters have finished with the case. He runs into a guy, and what he assumes is his wife or girlfriend, at the local thrift shop where he’s attempting to outfit his kitchen. The couple seem to be having fun, but the guy, Cas, seems a little b ...more
Deanna Against Censorship
Made me smile

3 1/2 stars. A novella that is a complete story instead of being a part of a larger story.
Marc had lost everything and was feeling overwhelmed. Cas wanted more than one night, or more accurately, half a night stands. His relationship with his best friend pushes love interests away. When Marc and Case meet they both feel the emotional pull.
This story made me happy. I needed to read something that made me smile and this was it.
This my first read by this author. I will check out her o
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Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, bisexual
3.5 stars rounded up

Stroke of Luck is the latest story by one of my favorite authors, Posy Roberts. The story is quick and sweet, just what I needed when I read it. Nothing in common with the angst I got from books like Silver Scars.

Marc has lost everything he owned in the fire that burnt his apartment, he is now living in a condo offered by his friend Sylvia and shopping at Goodwill for his basic necessity. And just at the Goodwill he meets Cas, who is looking for Halloween costumes. Cas, who c
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Emma
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed it for what it was - 3 stars

This is a very quick read. I was expecting a pair whose close friendship causes them problems with their romantic relationships. That was very much front and center. However I also expected the love interest to be able to deal with it in the end and the friendship celebrated and I did not get that. However just because my expectations were not met does not mean it was not a good story. I liked Marc a lot and Cas was decent enough. Maisie was pretty selfish b
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Heather Martin
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

Stroke of Luck is a standalone novella by Posy Roberts, my first by this author. I always feel like novellas would be difficult to write. You have to pack a whole love story into a short story so they're always instalove. I mean, we all know that going into them, if they're a romance book. In this novella, Marc is not having a stroke of luck. He's lost ever
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Morgan  Skye
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, reviewed
There are a few of ways that a story draws you in (IMHO), the setting, the situation, the characters, the writing… I’m sure there are more, but these are what come to mind. Any of these can trump the other in importance, and they don’t all have to be met to make a great book, great, however, in some cases, even just one of them being “off” can make a great book … less great.

In this case, I (like always) really liked Posy Roberts’ writing, thought her meet cute was sweet and I’d thought (at the b
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Mary
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: glbtq, own-copy
One of my resolutions for this year was that I was going to try and leave more actual reviews-even if it's just one sentence, something good or positive about it. This is the first book in the year that I have given such a low rating to because it left me feeling a little sad. I love, love, love positive and healthy friendships and family dynamics. This story just didn't work for me on many levels. I felt no connection with the characters, between the characters. Cas and Maisie's friendship was ...more
Zuzu
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this story well enough but I really don't like when friends are so close they sabotage each other's relationships. I really like Cas and Marc together but the symbiotic relationship Cas had with his bff Maisie was too much. At least Cas finally realized he was ready to move on with his life once he fell for Marc.
Pixie
DNF'd at 47%... I simply cannot with the corny dialogue. I had hoped to at least make it to the sexy times but No! Firm pass...
Joyfully Jay
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kirsty
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


Stroke of Luck is unique to other books I have read recently in that both protagonists are bisexual. Usually, I have seen bisexuality referred to briefly in m/m romances, but authors seem wary of actually confronting their readers with actual displays of this. I love the fact that Posy Roberts is not shy in this respect and aside from Cas’ friendship with Maisie, the reader sees Cas making out with another woman, Lola, whom he calls “beautiful” and who clearly excit
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Sassy Beta Reading & Review
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This was my first read by Posy Roberts and for my first read of hers, it wasn't too bad. I liked the snarky attitudes of the characters most of the time, but I could have done without Maisie and her whining all the time. She needed to build a bridge and get over it.

As for Cas and Marc, it was cute how they met in the goodwill. The whole falling in love, progression of the story, etc. just seemed so rushed to me. Granted it's a novella, and things need to happen quicker than normal. but it seems
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Emily Seelye
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Super cute, low angst. I love that they are able to make up so quickly and reasonably after their first "fight".
Valerxe
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
(Didn't finish)
Story was short and seemed rushed. Characters fell in love too easily.
Romance didn't seem genuine.
Nicole
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super sweet read.
Mariana
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
MsS
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 *
Simone
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
3.75 stars
Lucy
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is sort of two stories in one. We have Cas and his absolute best friend, Maisie, who used to be in love. Then we have Marc and Cas, strangers who meet accidentally (more than once) and end up wanting more.
Cas and Maisie have been roommates for the past eight years, since they split as a couple. Maisie now dates women, Cas dates men and women, but no one is ever able to compete with the best friend bond they have going. These two are extremely comfortable with each other and that’s hard for
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Ann
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Ann by: ARC
I really enjoyed this lighthearted romantic comedy short full of mistakes and misunderstandings involving the three main characters Marc, Cas and Maisie. Marc meets Cas and Maisie in a Goodwill store after being burned out of his apartment. They are in there looking for bits and pieces to make fancy dress costumes. Marc wrongly assumes they are a married couple and Marc and Cas get off to a frosty start not helped afterwards when Marc reverses his car into Maisie's in the car park outside. Marc ...more
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Typically, my biggest complaint with a novella is that in order to seem complete it is often rushed. While Marc and Cas’ relationship did advance quickly, it didn’t feel abnormally rushed for me. My biggest problem in this novella is that it seemed like a triangle and I don’t do triangles…at all. Maisie was the third main character of this story and didn’t seem to want to let Cas go which was completely unfair to both Marc and Cas. I didn’t like how controlling she was with Cas which eventually ...more
JenCW
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novella is a fun read. Marc lost everything in a fire and is lucky enough to have friends helping him out while he tries to get things back under control. He runs into Cas and his best friend, Maisie at Goodwill. Their paths keep crossing.

Marc is a sweet guy. Cas is a little prickly. It doesn't help that he and Maisie have a a close relationship that is a little too close; it tends to ruin both of their chances to date. It was easy to like Marc, and Cas grew on me once he started being nice
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Posy Roberts started reading romance when she was young, sneaking peeks at adult books long before she should’ve. Textbooks eventually replaced the novels, and for years she existed without reading for fun. When she finally picked up a romance two decades later, it was like slipping on a soft hoodie . . . that didn’t quite fit like it used to. She wanted something more.

She wanted to read about men
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