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Luck of the Draw

(Chance of a Lifetime #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,145 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Buying a lotto ticket with her two best friends didn't change Zoe's life. Only following her heart would do that . . . Sure, winning the lottery allows Zoe Ferris to quit her job as a cutthroat corporate attorney, but no amount of cash will clear her conscience about the way her firm treated the O'Leary family in a wrongful death case. So she sets out to make things right, ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Novel Audio It will be! We are just moving into the casting phase (for the narrators) now, so we're aiming to have this and the first book out with the release of…moreIt will be! We are just moving into the casting phase (for the narrators) now, so we're aiming to have this and the first book out with the release of the third in this series. :)(less)
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Jacob Proffitt
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is second in a series, though not tightly tied to the first. Yeah, Zoe's friends are a significant factor in her life, but you really don't need to know details about Kit and Ben to get the full impact of this one. Still, it is nice having that backstory so I still recommend reading in order.

Clayborn knocked this one out of the park. I'm actually a little bit surprised with how much I was drawn into both main characters because they have kind of the same problem and it's one I'm not much of
God, this book made me ache. LUCK OF THE DRAW is sweet and often funny, with a tense hate to love dynamic, but also heavily seasoned with pain and grief and regret and guilt. I felt so much for both these characters. I cried for them. And laughed with them, too. And I could have been frustrated by the one step forward, two back, ebb and flow of their relationship, but it was so so realistic. I think that's why it was so painful at times. But the presence of friendship, of healing, of ...more
Joanna Loves Reading
4+ stars. Kate Clayborn creates real characters with relatable challenges and it turns into an enjoyable romance. I liked the first a bit more, but this was very good.
Sam (AMNReader)

That's my official: akduirka;mv;l.

I just love stories of people with vulnerabilities and this has it in spades. These main characters moved me all on their own, and as a couple, I have to be honest--I loved them there too. I highly recommend the first in the series for the same kind of multi-layered, complex characters. For me, this one was so close and at times exceeding my feelings for the Beginner's Luck. It very much teeters on 5-star range. Sometimes the inner thoughts of the two of
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.75 Stars***

"In this story you're telling...we rescue each other."

OMG I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK!!! One of my favorite reads of the year!

So many many goddamn feels! And I loved every single one of them.

I don't know how to describe this story. It's a story of forgiveness. Of healing. Of love.

It's two people who are stuck in a spin cycle of sadness, grief, and emptiness. Two people yearning for a touch of connection, but fearing the need to reach truly let someone
Adele Buck
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Holy bananas. That was even better than the author’s debut, Beginner's Luck, which was one of my favorite books of last year.

This is a very different story, but still told with great craft, immediacy, and heart. Modern “fake engagement” stories often feel forced and artificial, but this one does NOT. The reasons for entering into it, the slow slide of Zoe and Aiden away from antipathy (because yes, it’s also a bit of an enemies to lovers tale) toward intimacy and then love...oh, it’s good. It
Maria Rose
Luck of the Draw by Kate Clayborn is the second romance in her Chance of a Lifetime series. The first story, Beginner’s Luck, was on my best of 2017 list and I was highly anticipating this one. It was just as good as I’d hoped!

When three friends win a lottery prize together, they have to make some serious choices about what to do with the money.For Zoe Ferris, quitting her job as a cutthroat attorney is the first step. She says she want to take some vacation time off to plan a trip yet she finds
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so grateful for reader friends you know and trust. Mine always bring me the best finds, ones I would likely completely miss otherwise. Such was the case with Kate Clayborn's Luck of the Draw. I'd seen it floating about the 'verse for a little while now. But something about the cover inexplicably gave me country music vibes. And I just was not in the mood for that story right now, you know? But then the excellent Brie took to talking it up on Twitter, and thank heavens for that. Because I ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this second book in Clayborn's series as much as the first, though neither main character is as likeable, or at least initially as likeable. Part of the joy of this book though is watching Zoe and Aiden grow, and change, and even learn from each other. By the end of the book, I completely believed in their character development and their future success together.

Guilt is the predominant issue driving this story for both characters, and it plays out in a number of sub plots. As a
4.25 stars

After winning the lottery, Zoe Ferris quits her job as a corporate attorney. She still wonders about what to do with the money when her guilty conscience hits her and she tries to make amends. One of them is a case in which her firm plays a part on, giving settlement towards a family who loses their son because of a drug trial side effect. But the other son, Adam O'Leary doesn't want her apology ... he does need something though, for Zoe to pretend as his fiancée for six weeks in order
What a good book. I really enjoyed this book and the characters. Zoe and Aiden have lives and baggage and stuff, but they fit together really well in a way that made me root for them and their story. I know I'm not going to explain this well but it was nice to read a romance novel in which the two leads actually communicate and I didn't spend most of the book banging my head against the wall wanting them to talk or be honest with each other. Zoe and Aiden were (even with the whole "fake fiancee ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rewritten 03/17/2018

The premise of faking an engagement is already preposterous, but in other books, the people involved at least know each other because they are friends, co-workers, etc. Not so much here. The fake engagement trope exploded into utterly ridiculous territory. Aiden and Zoe are strangers and suddenly, because Zoe is there and Aiden needs to prove he is a reliable and stable man (for some reason, fiancee=stability), they are going to play a loving couple. Except they don’t even
This was achyyyyyyyyyyy in all the best ways. What a good, complicated romance between people who are not at all equipped to be in that kind of relationship. I really, really liked this and I can't wait for book three. When do I get book three?
Ivy Deluca
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People, Imma need a gag order soon if my reviews keep running the length of an Oscars broadcast. But I blame the authors - they're writing some kickass stories that I cannot stop gushing over, so let's deep dive this thing, shall we?

Zoe is at a crossroads. Since winning the lottery with her best friends Kit and Greer, she’s quit her high paying job at a powerful law firm, and filled her days with ….not much. She’s tried to keep a routine, but she’s adrift, not facing her past, and not moving
4.25/5. 2nd book in the series about 3 girlfriends who shared a winning lottery ticket. The first one was solid, but this one was a bit better, more emotionally rich. The premise was slightly far-fetched to start with, but once we get past the concept, the story-telling is quite captivating and the flawed but likeable characters reel the reader in before too long.

Zoe Ferris unhesitantly quit her job as highly efficient and cool-under-fire corporate lawyer 6 months ago, following her unexpected
*The Angry Reader*
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
A smoothly done story of two people drawn to one another despite a seemingly overwhelming obstacle. A common plot-line well done by Clayborn. Smarter. Edgier. More emotional than your standard fair. Clayborn's take on traditional romance is thought-provoking as well as devoid of those sharp uncomfortable edges brought to you in many romances by gender biases or assumption of the status quo. She's a shining star in the intelligent romance world.

Kay (aka) Miss Bates
I am a stubborn cuss and resisted the lure of Clayborn’s much-lauded first romance, Beginner’s Luck. As my Twitter handle says, “always late to the game”! I confess I’m here to sing praises. I won’t even do it very well because I was up till the wee hours polishing off Luck Of the Draw, despite having a full work day with several important, need-to-be-alert meetings slotted in it. But here I am and here we are and I’m tethered to the cheering bandwagon.

There’s another reason I wasn’t keen on
I've been too tired to write reviews for things lately, so bear with me. I really enjoyed this second book in the Chance of a Lifetime series. It confirmed that Beginner's Luck wasn't a fluke (not that I thought it would be!); Clayborn can really craft a story with well-developed characters. Zoe and Aiden weren't as... likable? as, say, Ben Tucker in the previous book (still my 2017 book boyfriend), but I really rooted for both of them. Zoe is one of those prickly heroines I've come to love. ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
When I first saw this series, I thought, "How fun!" Three best friends buy a lottery ticket, they win, and each makes some sort of life choice made possible through their winnings. Kit used her winnings to buy a home, Greer used her's to go back to school, and Zoe was supposed to use her money for a trip. However, six months after quitting her job at the law firm, Zoe still had not gone on that trip, and she appeared to be stuck.

This book was a lot more emotional than the previous one. Yes,
Rachna R
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars - I liked this so much. Clayborn's writing is a little rough to get into to start, but either it grew on me or it really suits this story - probably both. I thought Zoe and Aiden were both incredibly likeable and incredibly sympathetic without either of them ever even approaching melodrama, which is a real feat, imo. I felt for them in exactly the right ways, and rooted for both of them to get unstuck exactly as they did. And I'm super impressed by how much I dug them together - they ...more
I finished this aeons ago but like, every time I tried to say something about this book, I just couldn't find the words.

But like, I thought Beginner's Luck was great (haven't yet reviewed that one for the same reason; Lisa pls)??? but Kate completely outdid herself with this one. Luck of the Draw is by far the best book I've read this year, and I wish I could eloquently express my feelings about it,

but since I couldn't, I'll just leave here with this: I LOVE IT.

I love both Zoe and Aiden as
This is a finalist in the Contemporary romance long category. I saved it for last (in my RITAs reading project)a because I wanted to end with a good book.

But I was wrong. It's a SUPERB book.

After winning the lottery, Zoe quit her job as a soulless corporate lawyer and has been rattling around for months, living off the winnings but not doing what she planned. She's mired in guilt over things she's done and decides to apologize to people she's wronged. Zoe goes to apologize to a couple who she


I have no idea how I'm even going to put into words my feelings towards this book. The moment I read the first line, I knew I was going to be immersed in this lovely story. To say that I loved Luck of the Draw would be an understatement of epic proportions. This was a book that I just devoured and it found a way to hold my heart hostage - yes, it was THAT bloody good.

I loved the characters in Beginner's Luck, but here? I just fell head over heels in love with
3.5 stars
This one had a rocky start but after the 40% mark really got good. Our heroine is a lawyer, well she used to be one and carries a lot of guilt over her past, nothing major just things she regrets one of which happens to be a case, the death settlement of hero's brother. The rocky start is mainly because of the hero who I didn't like at first. Here is the heroine who comes to apologise for the role her firm played and doing you a favour (she fakes being engaged to him so he can get a
Happily Mary After
I love Kate Clayborn’s debut romance, Beginner’s Luck, and have eagerly awaited her second novel, Luck of the Draw, and I’m thrilled to say that it exceeded my high expectations.

Aiden O’Leary and Zoe Ferris meet due to heartbreaking circumstances when she attempts to apologize for her work as opposing counsel during the settlement of his brother’s wrongful-death claim. Aiden is heartbroken and incredibly angry, and he doesn’t like what he believes Zoe represents. Seeing her as someone who can
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I loved this one even better than the first book and the first one ended as one of my best books of 2017.

Kate Clayborn's debut romance, Beginner's Luck, which released last year, was a total delight to read and it ended up on my list of best books I read in 2017. As you can imagine it set the bar quite high for the next book and I'm so happy to say that Luck of the Draw not only met all my expectations but surpassed them.

I'd say the second book is more than the first in all aspects - there
Em Wittmann
Just re-read this in advance of Ms. Clayborn's newest release; I liked it better this time and I'd give it an A.

Original review for All About Romance:

Before I begin this review let me remind you how I felt about the first book in the Chance of a Lifetime series, Beginner’s Luck: IT BLEW ME AWAY. I loved everything about it (especially its leading man), including the premise that sets up the trilogy – three close friends enjoy a boozy night out together,
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Despite the fact that I read and enjoyed the first book of this series and was impressed by the writing, I still managed to be taken by surprise and blown away by this one. It was so much more...realistic, heart wrenching, and beautiful character development. It's a story that feels painfully real considering the current (view spoiler) And because of their reason for connecting at all, it almost felt impossible for these two to come together and work ...more
Addie H
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(Tropes: Opposites Attract, Love-hate Relationship, Forced Proximity-ish)


This was quite a different book from the 1st in the series (which I was a big fan of). Zoe's role in the aftermath of Aidan's brother's wrongful death legal case carried SO much baggage into this story and made it a bleak read of me.

It was handled somewhat believable and got wrapped up kind of nice (Aiden's speech at the end in Zoe's office did move me), but I tend to read these books as an escape, and while reading this I
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-tier-romance
Ugh, I loved this. I think the strength of this series is ultimately the friendship between the three women, which I appreciate, but this book also wrote the connection between Zoe and Aiden in such a real way, how they get each other and rescue each other in the most mundane but miraculous ways. I felt it RIGHT HERE *pounds chest*.
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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)
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