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Beginner's Luck

(Chance of a Lifetime #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,708 ratings  ·  333 reviews
When three friends impulsively buy a lottery ticket, they never suspect the many ways their lives will change—or that for each of them, love will be the biggest win of all.

Kit Averin is anything but a gambler. A scientist with a quiet, steady job at a university, Kit’s focus has always been maintaining the acceptable status quo. A sudden windfall doesn’t change that, wit
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Lyrical Shine
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Sam (AMNReader)
This feels like it belongs on that shelf with Act Like It or The Hating Game (if anything belongs on that shelf with the Hating Game) in terms of contemporary debuts. There were so many many great things about this book.

The heroine and her relationships: I'm including her relationship to her job, her friends, her town, her brother (they had me tearing up-sibling relationships are so crazy deep and this was well done IMO). What was wonderful is this all gave us a great idea of who Kit
Quick and dirty review because it's midnight and I am le tired.

This book has been highly rec'd in my feed for a while now and did it measure up in giving me a well-written romance, from a debut author!, that was both smart, sexy, sweet, and engaging? Yes on pretty much all counts. I'll admit that I struggled with Kit basically throughout the whole story but could appreciate that Clayborn created this kind of heroine; a woman who is all brains and a little (lot) emotionally bruised. I liked that
Jacob Proffitt
Well crap. I finished this and forgot to review it for a week or so. Fortunately, the couple stands out and the situation was unique enough that I retain at least some details.

I liked the main couple very much throughout most of the novel. Ben's conflict of interest was interesting because he had some big career plans riding on convincing Kit to join his company—an act that would require major changes for her, including upsetting the comfy little nest that had been years in the making. Which me
2.5 stars

I did a buddy read for this one, so for all my thoughts, comments, and quotes (plus you get the insight from someone who really loved this) - Buddy Read Beginner's Luck

So, right off the bat, I have to say, this is written in first person pov with dueling chapters from the heroine and hero and in present tense. I am not the biggest fan of either, especially romance in present tense, this obviously, hurt my enjoyment of the story. If you don't have such qualms, then your mileage with vary
Joanna Loves Reading
I really just enjoyed this. The narration was great. I loved the characters. Kit and Ben were well suited and well drawn. It was just so good. One of the best contemporaries that I have read. Can’t wait to read/listen to more in this series.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B+ for both narration and content at AudioGals, so that's a solid 4.5 stars

Kate Clayborn’s  Chance of a Lifetime  series is a trilogy about three friends who, on impulse, buy a lottery ticket and end up winning the jackpot. The books published so far – Beginner’s Luck and Luck of the Draw (the final book, Best of Luck, will be released in November) – have been highly recommended, and that, together with the combined appeal of two experienced narrators who have both received p
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4 Stars***

WOW!! What a terrific debut! I absolutely fell in love with Kate Clayborn's characters, relationships, and writing style.

Ben is part of what home means to me now - he's not everything, but he might be the biggest thing, and he's going to change every careful arrangement I had set up in my life, but for once I'm so excited about that prospect.

There's so many wonderful nuggets of awesome to love in this book:

-A swoony slow burn romance centered on home repairs and butter
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it

I think everyone can agree that winning the lottery is everyone’s dream come true. I know for a fact it’s my literal dream because easy money is always great. Added on to this is the fact my mum almost bloody won the lottery one time! I was 8 and I remember sitting outside while she got her ticket checked, we were one (1) number off. But, we did end up with almost three grand and my mum bought my sister and I all
*The Angry Reader*
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, best-of-2018
So I thought this was an especially interesting read given my sojourn into Grovel Porn last week. This was the opposite of that. The hero did mess up here, but his efforts at fixing his mistake made the entire book empowering for the heroine.

As illustrated above, I love those dramatic books where the dick hero crawls across broken glass to make up for his multitude of mistakes. I like the swooping emotions that come with hating the hero and then loving him. I enjoy my righteous indignation on t
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Things I liked about this:

1) Scientist heroine.
2) The devoted friends group between Kit, Greer, and Zoe.
3) The complicated families, with underlying affection, however badly displayed. And the things that were hard to forgive, and impossible to forget.
4) How much Ben liked Kit's brain and his form of woo.
5) Home restoration, ftw.

Things that momentarily made me want to tear my hair out:

1) The major conflict at the end. TALK TO EACH OTHER, YOU WERE ALREADY DOING THAT, WHY DID YOU STOP. I mean, I d
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

This review was originally posted here.

I’m kind of kicking myself for putting off reading this for so long because I really enjoyed myself while reading this! This has been highly recommended on my twitter feed lately and that definitely pushed me to pick it up sooner than I would have otherwise! Plus, the sequel has also just come out so I thought it was the perfect time to jump in. For the first 50-60% of the book, I totally thought this would be a new fave, that’s how much I was loving it
Ivy Deluca
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start? I saw the love for this book from various bloggers I trust, so I decided to add it to the Mountain (aka my TBR). There it sat, waiting for the day. My loss, because I could have loved this sooner. But no matter. I love it now, so let’s dive in. Oh and you might want to get comfortable, this will take awhile.


When the story begins, Kit and her two best friends went in together to buy a lottery ticket, and holy heavenly windfall, they won! They never imagined the changes it coul
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a pleasant surprise to read a debut novel from a promising new author and at the very end of the year too. I liked so much about this first book in Clayborn's series, but as a heroine-centric reader I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the hero in this book more than anything else. In the wrong hands Ben Tucker could have been a smooth operator in the worst sense as he has many of the accoutrements, including a corporate job as a headhunter, a handsome face and body decked out in expensive ...more
Maria Rose
The idea behind the Chance of a Lifetime series by Kate Clayborn caught my attention. It’s about three female friends who win the lottery and decide what’s best for them in how to deal with the money. I took a chance on this new to me author and got lucky indeed with the first novel in the series, Beginner’s Luck, as it turns out that this one is definitely going on my top ten books for this year!

Kit Averin is a materials scientist, with the money in her pocket to fund any number of new adventur
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I appreciated A LOT about Kit being a woman in STEM field -- and one who is really competent in her job, despite Kit's unwillingness to, well, challenge herself more. I was wholeheartedly in love with how Ben loves Kit's brain. Yep, her smarts, not just her physical appearance. Them connecting over finding the right items for her new house is wonderful to read.

I loved the layers in this romance -- especially in Kit's case. I think it's easy to think that Kit is being stubborn, that Ben
Geri Reads
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a fantastic debut!
Xan West
A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

4.5 stars

I really liked this romance. It had some lovely twists and a whole lot of heart. I found it well paced and deeply engaging. It was a really satisfying romance.

I fell hard for both the main characters, and was rooting for them as a couple throughout the story. I also fell really hard for some of the secondary characters, especially Kit's BFFs, River, Sharon, and Ben's father. I really liked how much i
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first in a series about a group of girlfriends who buy a lottery ticket on a drunken whim and end up winning enough to set them up for life. Kit is a scientist, and Ben is the corporate recruiter who is sent to woo her away from her steady, settled life. So many things I loved about this one--complex, fully developed characters with real family issues that aren't perfectly resolved, a secondary character with a hearing impairment, a STEM nerd heroine who is not an insecure virgin, an ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-library
What a refreshing book! It felt like something different from the norm.

Kit was a brilliant scientist who just wanted a home and security. When Ben came to recruit her for a big corporation she is not interested. She's actually working far below her capabilities but she likes the comfort and security of her job. And she doesn't want to move away from the town she has learned to love after years of moving as a kid.

I loved that Kit was portrayed as unapologetically intelligent. In fact, the book fe
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
3.75/4. Nice first book of series about 3 girlfriends who won the lotto. Sensible and conservative Kit Averin loves her job as a scientist at the university, where she has been based since her own graduation and hence has not intention of quitting. Growing up poor and without a stable home environment, she has always maintained good work ethics and it helps that she gets great job satisfaction and is stellar at what she does. The only concession she has made to spoil herself since her windfall, ...more
So this book was less about winning the lottery then I thought it would be. Kit didn't really tell anyone outside her small circle about the win so it really didn't impact as much of this book as I assumed it would. HOWEVER, I liked the freedom it gave her (view spoiler).

I was a bit annoyed at the latter part of this book (WHY WON'T YOU TWO JUST TALK???!?!?!) but I really liked both Ben and Kit and the cast
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I freaking ADORED this book from beginning to end. ADORED!

Honestly it’s the kind of book I probably would’ve overlooked if it hadn’t gotten some buzz online from friends. The blurb didn’t really grab me at all. But it’s such a wonderful debut. I love the author’s writing style- generally I’m not a fan of first person present tense, but it works here, and I really enjoyed both Kit’s and Ben’s “voices.” This book is funny (definitely laughed out loud several times reading it), charming, and so sw
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it

Why did I wait so long to read Beginner’s Luck? My brain does not compute! This was just the perfect sweet romance story for me. Shout out to my co-blogger, Lisa, for putting this book my radar, because I know have yet another romance author on my auto-read list.

Beginner’s Luck tells the story of Kit, who has just won a big lottery with her friends. I really really liked Kit’s character. She’s a research scientist – wohoo another STEM girl – who works as a lab tech at a university. She’s quiet,
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was honestly taken aback by just HOW much I ended up loving this book. It is so warm-hearted, compassionate and funny, with really lovable flawed characters - and I LOVED that the heroine, Kit, is a nerdy scientist who wears Doctor Who T-shirts! But most of all, I just loved Kit and also Ben, the hero, who are both so deeply lovable and so fantastic together, and who both feel so real, kind and smart and emotionally complex, with bad moods and blinders and fears but also really good intentions ...more
Em Wittmann
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of 2017. Review for AAR to come.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This was a new to me author and featured a very slow burn romance. Our heroine is brilliant yet someone set in her comfort zone after a rocky childhood. The hero is a recruiter who wants her to leave said comfort zone. I did feel the book had so much potential and I am excited to read more from this author.
3.5 stars
Everyone should write such a début novel. Kate Clayborn's first book is enjoyable, straightforward, and shows real promise.

Ben's come to town to help out his father's architectural salvage business (all the best bits of the book dwell lovingly on the intricacies of old clocks, handles and carvings). But he's also there as a head hunter to lure innocent materials scientist Kit Averin into the maw of Big Business, as a researcher. The first half of the book covers his negotiations with K
May 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
Unfortunately I was just a little bored. Nothing wrong with the story or the writing, per se, but I guess I just don't care about house renovations? Just nothing special. I skimmed a lot of the last 2/3.
4 stars

This was good. The writing is excellent - I can't believe this is apparently a debut novel!? The characters were likeable, real. I loved how the heroine never changed her goals for the hero. I loved that she didn't all flustered and stupid/clumsy over his attractiveness when she first met him. She was smart and she knew what she wanted. She wasn't the stereotypical (shy/virginal/awkward/etc.) "geeky" heroine. I loved how real all the different family relations felt. I could relate to Kit'
I liked this a lot! Lots of good characters and a nice romance. (view spoiler)

Return to Hometown for Ripped Bodice Bingo

(I was originally going to count this as "Tech in the City," but I just realized it's "Tech in the BIG City" and I already felt like I was pushing it . . . so return to hometown, it is!)
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Kate Clayborn lives in Virginia, where she's lucky enough to spend her days reading and talking about all kinds of great books. At home she's either writing, thinking about writing, or—during long walks around her fabulous neighborhood—making her handsome husband and sweet-faced dog listen to her talk about writing.

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Chance of a Lifetime (3 books)
  • Luck of the Draw (Chance of a Lifetime #2)
  • Best of Luck (Chance of a Lifetime, #3)

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