Hello! So, this Summer was very weird in terms of reading. Let me regale you with a (somewhat short) tale of my adventures in reading. Let’s start with May. I read maybe 3 books that month. I considered this successful since in April, I read nothing. June. LET ME TELL YOU. June was my best month, probably ever? I read 9 BOOKS. NINE! Not just little bitty things either. 3 of those were Cassandra Clare novels, and y’all know how big those things can get! July and August followed dismally. Perhaps, I got too cocky with my reading in June.
Anyway, now that classes are back in session (Thank ya jesus!), the inspiration to read is coming back. While I normally jump wildly into the first YA Fantasy I can find, I figured a nice New Adult Contemporary would be great to ease me back into reading. So, I picked up (the?) Good Luck Charm by Helen Hunting.
The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
Published/Sold By: Forever & Hachette Book Group
Date of Publication: August 7, 2018
Excerpt taken from Goodreads.com: Lilah isn’t sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career, or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she’s no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.
Ethan Kane wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.
This won’t be an entire review. I want to do a mid-book update because I have some things to say about this book. According to my kindle, I am 66% through the book.
The first half was interesting. It definitely had some breakup angst that I was totally loving (sounds morbid, but whatevs). It seemed like it was going to be a great emotional read. BUT. It. Just. Stopped. All of that wonderful tension was . . poof! Gone, as we get into the second half of the book.
The middle has this weird rushing of time that left me, as a reader, discombobulated. It skipped like six months! Including fall and winter, which are the best holidays, don’t @ me. I digress. So many of the important characters in the first half are just glossed over. Maybe this is the author’s intention, and we’ll get these revelations at the end of the story.
As of right now, it feels like two completely different books smushed together. Again, maybe the ending will pull it together, but I’m not holding my breath. I had such high hopes after reading the beginning. I was totally hooked then. Now, not so much. The book now feels clunky. I’m pretty sure this is my first time reading a sports-themed romance. I normally stay away from those, but I wanted to give this one a go. I’m very hesitant about finishing this one, however.
Now, to get into the REAL reason why you want to know about this book → all the lovey dovey stuff.
In terms of the more romantic scenes, the first one or two were written well. Like, really well. I was rooting for Lilah and Ethan. The ones after that were eye roll-inducing and incredibly rushed! I don’t know what happened in the middle of this book, but I find myself struggling to care. A few things seem problematic, but I’m gonna wait until the end to see if anything gets truly resolved.
Again, I need to reiterate that this is ONLY an update. This isn’t a full-length review! My thoughts can always change. 🙂
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