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Tough Luck

(Shakedown #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Shakedown offers a second chances but only to some…

Ex-con Nathan came to Shakedown to start over, not fall hard for one of their burlesque dancers, Midnight Starr. But who could resist such a woman? She was light and fire and everything good about the world.

He will fight that thudding desire for her. He has to. The MacKenna family, whose son he accidentally killed m
Published July 14th 2020
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Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth SaFleur is a one click author for me and this new series is becoming my new addiction! I loved Nathan and Midnight Starr. Set in the world of a Burlesque club, Shakedown is a club of redemption. People are given second chances. I enjoyed this book so much, I couldn't put it down. Nathan is so sure that he has nothing to offer Midnight Starr but she sees the good in him. The only problem is his past won't leave him alone! Will Starr fight for him and will he finally realize that love wi ...more
Bonnie Natola
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shakedown is so much more than just a burlesque club it’s a redemption. And it’s my favorite book that Elizabeth has ever written.
Tough Luck the first book in the Shakedown series is the story of burlesque dancer Midnight Starr and ex con Nathan, it follows their journey to finding happiness and a second chance at having more than the cards they were given. It’s about forgiveness, redemption, moving on, and happiness in the form of love.
Honestly it’s more a story driven book and focuses more on
Amber - TBR Book Blog
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Work got in the way from reading this whole thing front to back immediately. Which was horrible because this book was so jam-packed (but not overly so), I would have loved to read it all in 1 sitting.

Starr (which I love her stage name) is one in a set of burlesque dancing triplets at a club. Which I used to take pole dancing for exercise and I have MAD respect for burlesque dancers. My thighs still cry LOL. Phoenix and Luna (also stage names) are her sisters and you have never met a closer bunc
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tough Luck (Shakedown #1) by Elizabeth SaFleur

I am a huge fan of Elizabeth SaFleur’s Elite Dom’s of Washington series, so the best way to describe the difference between the two series would be that the Club Accendos crowd are surrounded by a lot of money and the sexual power dynamics that the stories focus on, which is what attracted me to the series.

Tough Luck and the Shakedown series provide a deep and slightly gritter collection of characters and backstories that are woven together so well.
Tanja OMGReads
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-team, 4-5, july
There is simply nothing better when taking a chance on a new to me author and that turns out to be a great idea.

This story was unique and heartfelt. Nathan has had quite a hard life and its has taken its toll on him. But when he meets Midnight something about her and the way she sees him, helps him to understand that maybe there is a way to be happy. She really was a special woman.
Their chemisty was cumbustable and i loved every word of this story.

Since this is book one i'll definitly be comi
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book made me sad but I loved it and read it in one sitting. Nathan is such a good guy and he deserves so much more than life has dealt him, but Starr was the perfect person to give him hope and love and family. The ending was lovely but I am not sure we have seen the last of Ruark and the relationship with Declan was a big surprise. The ending was not quite what I was expecting but I am sure Elizabeth SaFleur will not disappoint at the end of the series.
Jess MacMillan
Latest obsession and binge

My first Elizabeth SaFleur read but it certainly won't be my last. I binged this story so fast, and 5 minutes after finishing I can already tell im going to have a serious book hangover. I fell in love with the complexity of Nathan, a good guy dealt some tough hands. I'm so glad it also shows a guy experiencing PTSD/anxiety in such a real way. Truly makes him all that more dynamic. The way he truly protects Starr but still empowers her to be fierce and sexy on stage...
Joy Westerfield
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying that I loved this book and that this series is going to be epic! Nathan is an ex-con who works at Shakedown, a burlesque club as a bouncer, helper, or whatever needs to get taken care of. It’s also the place where he meets Starr, one of the dancers. The chemistry between these two is so sizzling that your fingers will burn as you turn the pages. Nathan is hesitant about getting into a relationship because of his past, but Starr is a determined woman. When something thr ...more
Julie Race
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tough Luck
By Elizabeth SaFleur

Club Shakedown is not just a Burlesque club, they are a family, and families look out for each other.

Ex-con Nathan believes he doesn’t deserve happiness or love, he has been convicted of a crime.  Straight talking Starr has had her own heartache and is the stunning redhead he has fallen in love with from afar.

“So you do like me”, “yeah I like you,  more than...I’m hooked”
“Yeah that too, You’re my North Star”


Both Nathan and Starr work at the club, he
Christina  Thomas
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
oo wow this is one of those books/series you cant read once you have to read it at least twice. especially if you read as quick as i do! so many questions yet so many answers. Theses sisters are crazy, amazing and frankly kickass! they have a bond like no other! read and find out!
Amy Dickinson
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Elizabeth Safleur’s Tough Luck is a gritty, emotional, sultry story of second chances. Interestingly enough, the second chance isn’t between her hero, Nathan, and her heroine, Starr. It’s a second chance at life for her hero. Nathan has spent nine years in prison for a crime that could be described as self-defense. However, a powerful family the Mackennas made sure to lock him up and throw away the key. Nathan and Stella meet at Shakedown, a burlesque club owned by Decl
Kelly Kemmerly
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shakedown is the place for second chances and Nathan is grateful to Declan for believing in him and giving him purpose. Ex cons don't have it easy trying to acclimate to life in the real world. Prison changes a man.
Nathan will do anything to protect the club and the people who work there. He is drawn to one of the lovely triplets, Midnight Starr, who shines from the inside out. But Nathan doesn't see how he has anything to offer anyone.
Starr can spot a conman from a mile away and Nathan is one
Tanya Rae ~ TaSTy WordGasms
Tough Luck is the first full book in the Shakedown series. It is Nathan Baldwin and Midnight Starr (stagename).

BTW Starr is a triplet and her sisters (Phee or Phoenix & Luna) perform with Starr as Burlesque dancers.

Nathan is an ex-con that is now working at Shakedown a Burlesque club. Nathan accidentally killed a MacKenna and they are now aiming to make Nathan’s life miserable and of course he would be better off dead as far as the MacKenna’s are concerned. Nathan and Starr haven’t had it easy.
Roxs Reads
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nathan Baldwin may not have any luck if it weren't for Tough Luck! I really enjoyed reading Nathan's story and how he came back from the lowest of lows with the help of burlesque dancer Starr.

Starr has also had her own share of Tough Luck, but in each other they have found a friend, a soul mate, a lover.

Nathan and Starr really touched my heart and author Elizabeth SaFleur has done an amazing job with this story. Not only does it have steamy romance but also has plenty of mystery to keep you gues
Anne Baker
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For Overcoming His Angel

I just loved this great suspenseful storyline with twists and turns everywhere from the minute you start reading one of the best books, I have read in 2020, by the inimitable Elizabeth SaFleur.
The triplets Phoenix, Lunar, and Starr were absolutely adorable. I loved the soft hearted Nathan, in fact all the family at Shakedown stuck together like glue to protect each other for a crime Nathan and did 9 years in prison for. Roark McKenna wanted revenge will he manage it? Bot
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Tough Luck by Elizabeth SaFleur is book One in the Shakedown Series. This is the story of Starr and Nathan. Starr and her sisters are burlesque dancers at Shakedown. Nathan is a ex con who is out on probation who is trying to stay out of trouble. Nathan is also the bouncer and handyman at Shakedown. Nathan also is drawn to Starr but he is working to resit that pull. Starr also has feelings for Nathan. But the family of the man he accidentally killed is out to make Nathan pay further for it which ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“This was my second book of Elizabeth and just as the previous one I found myself really liking not only the plot but also her writing style. After reading the prequel I somehow thought what to expect from book one but Nathan and Starr’s story was beyond my expectations. A gritty, emotional and suspenseful second chance story but not the commonly trope. It was different and unique plot though the Burlesque gave a pretty much distinctive background than the usual stories. I loved Nathan with all ...more
Phyllis Lopez
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Earth Shattering!

This story will pull you sl far in, it could break your heart or make you smile. It was. A rollercoaster ride I didn't want to get off. I fell in love with Nathan who was punished for protecting himself and his employer and friend Declan. Star O'Malley a dancer who steals Nathan's heart and soul. And the evil Rauke McKenna who want revenge against Nathan! Read this book, you will love it! I thought book one was amazing this. One hit it out of the park.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have grown tired of reading stories where the romance is based on lengthy, numerous and explicit sexual encounters. Tough Luck was as far from this type of story as a reader can get and it is my favourite read of the year so far. All the characters had depth and complexity bred into them as a result of both beautiful and harsh experiences and the themes of redemption and both family and romantic love was strong. There were heroes and villains and some truly heart stopping and seriously frustra ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Damn this author can write on heck of a book!!
The emotional rollercoaster ride through this book was simply amazing! Once you start this book you just can't put it down!!
Will Nathan and Midnight Star get a happily ever after or will the people after are them be the end life as they know it?
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ex-con Nathan has worked for Declan Phillips before he went to prison for saving life. Now he works for him again at Shakedown a Burlesque Club as bouncer and other odd jobs. Nathan is trying to keep his nose clean so he doesn’t end back in prison. Nathan secretly likes one of the Burlesque dancer Midnight Starr. Can they have any type of a future not if the McKenna family has anything to say or do about it!!!
Midnight Star is one of the triplet sisters of Shakedown. She likes Nathan the new boun
Susan Jordens
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first from this author and I found it to be a well written and interesting story with likeable characters and an intriguing storyline.
Latifa Morrisette
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tough Luck is book one in the Shakedown series and stars Nathan and Midnight Starr. This book is set in a burlesque club where Starr and her two sisters are dancers. When Nathan's past comes back with a vengeance, he will stop at nothing to protect Starr. I love the atmosphere of romance with a side of danger. I can't wait to read more. ...more
Melanie Marnell
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Safleur nailed it when she aptly named the second book in the Shakedown series. Tough Luck says it all when it comes to not only Nathan Baldwin and Starr O'Malley but the Shakedown club too. They all seem to be living under a cloud of bad luck. Minor inconveniences turn to major mishaps and even dangerous situations. A personal vendetta filled with dirty tricks may be their undoing

Nathan and Starr finally start to explore their feelings for one another. Both have had parts of their liv
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, well, well...wasn't Tough Luck the perfect blend of everything I read romance novels for!

Midnight Starr is definitely the kind of feisty, take no prisoners heroine I love and Nathan, is struggling and damaged but certainly has his priorities in order. They are perfect together and compliment the other cast of characters to start this multi-layered romance series.

Starr is one of the triplet sisters that will 'star' in this series, but Shakedown (the burlesque club) is the foundation upon wh
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tough Luck is the next book in the Shakedown series and revolves around Nathan and Starr. Nathan is a loyal man that has been given a chance to start over and Starr is the smart, loving dancer that catches his eye. This is a story about love, trust, forgiveness and redemption all wrapped up in the suspense that is happening all around them. I enjoyed reading Nathan and Starr’s story and how they dance around each other until they the step forward together. Their story shows that your past does n ...more
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Think this is the first book I have read by this author and I was introduced to her by Hidden Gems ARC program. It is a clever set up in an unusual setting and makes the characters even more layered. The setting is Shakedown, a burlesque club where one of the main characters, Starr is a dancer with her two sisters. The three of them are triplets and do an act together at the club. Nathan is a bouncer and security guy with a past that works at the club. Being an ex-con there are few places that h ...more
Salima Queen
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
What can I say about this book !!! GAH ... loved it Elizabeth SaFleur has made this become one of my top 10 series ... its book 2 in the Shakedown series and I absolutely love Midnight Starr... she is exactly what Nathan needs ... this poor chap has not been dealt a nice hand in life. Starr gives him exactly what he needs .... I love the back drop of this book set in the Shakedown Club .. Starr is one sister in triplets ... I love that Shakedown gives hope and second chances to people ... like N ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nathan is an ex-con working at a club called Shakedown, and he is working for the same man he was defending when he accidentally killed the son of a mafia boss. Midnight Starr is a burlesque dancer at Shakedown, and she makes it clear that she is interested in Nathan, but he will resist his attraction to the beautiful dancer in an effort to protect her from a man determined to get revenge for his brothers' death.
Well written, compelling, and unique characters determined to have a life together d
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic read for me. It’s the first I’ve read from this author and loved it so much I couldn’t put it down so had to read from start to finish. I fell in love with the characters in this book, Starr, both her sisters and Nathan, he really is a great guy that deserves some happiness. I can’t wait to read the others in this series. I read this book as an ARC.
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