Saturday, April 13, 2019

#REVIEW: Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen (Taking Shots #1)

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Getting Lucky Number Seven
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Release Date: April 15th, 2015
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD
What's your lucky number?

Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she's played it "safe" quite enough, thank you. So she creates a "College Bucket List"―with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex...

But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.

Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla's transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he's not careful, he'll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7.
I've been reading a lot of hockey romances lately, and I discovered this one when another blogger reviewed another book by Cindi Madsen and mentioned she had hockey romance books. So of course I went searching. I liked this one because I haven't read a lot of books set in college, and that was an interesting time in my life so I'm interested in reading more books that are set in college. I know these can be tricky, because it's part of the New Adult thing that people were trying to do, but I don't know if that is a thing anymore? I just know I would have loved to read more books about kids in college when I was in it, so I could have more books I related to.

I am slightly conflicted about the plot of this book. I like a good best friends to lovers trope in romance, but the idea that Lyla feels like she needs to change herself because some guy says she's Fugly rubs me the wrong way. (You can tell this book is a bit dated with the slang too). The concept is that she is a plain girl who decides to She's All That herself. Hey if you want to do that for yourself, great! But it felt like the reasons behind why she initially did it came up as "change yourself for men" and that doesn't jive with me.

However! I do like that in creating the list Lyla starts to come out of her shell a little bit. I was really glad to see that she starts to become friends with her roommate. I loved their budding friendship and I was really glad that was in there, because at first I felt like it was going to another book that had girls being catty to each other. I was glad I was wrong, because I love female friendship and when girls support each other!

I also really liked Beck and Lyla's friendship even before they started to change it. Beck had a really interesting back story, but it also frustrated me because he made rash decisions because of his family history. I loved getting his side of the story and when he talked about how hockey was an escape for him.

I was happy with the ending of this book, but I still have some issues with the set up of the plot that I can't rate it higher than three stars. There are more books in this series, but I haven't decided if I want to continue with it yet.

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