Luck on the Line (On the Verge #1)
Author: Zoraida Cordova
Publication: November 11th, 2014
Publisher: Diversion Books
Format: Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Read: January 2016
To turn her life around, she’ll have to stand the heat. To fulfill his dreams, he’ll have to get Lucky.
Despite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her launch Boston’s next hot restaurant, The Star. Even if it means working with the infuriating, egotistical, and undeniably sexy head chef.
James loves being known as Boston’s hottest bad boy in the kitchen, but if he wants to build a reputation as a serious chef, he has to make this restaurant work and keep his scandalous past out of the headlines. Getting involved with his boss’s spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter is definitely not on the menu.
As the launch of The Star looms and the tension and chemistry heat up in the kitchen, they’re going to need more than a little luck to keep everything from boiling over.
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
I loved this! It was fun and sexy and honest. It’s so realistic and represents the reality of life, family, death and grief. It’s emotional and unique and heartfelt. I was so invested in what was going on and in wanting to see what would happen in the end. It was so good!
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Simple and sweet. It’s descriptive and detailed and it’s so easy to get swept into it and into the story. It’s honest and really funny. I laughed out loud quite a few times while reading. It’s realistic and it really helps to show the plot and the character in the best light.
Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I adored the characters in this book, they were all interesting and honest and complex. The main character, Lucky, is amazing. She’s rough and tough and has spent most of her life wandering around, never really finding what she wants to do with her life. She’s really sarcastic and fiesty which I absolutely loved! But she’s also really indecisive and it took awhile for her to get on track. I loved her character development and the person she grew into towards the end of the book. Our male lead, James, is so sexy you guys. He’s also a smartass and when he banters with Lucky, he gives as good as he gets. He’s pretty secretive at first, about his life and his past, but once he opened up he was honest, sweet and talented. I adore him. The only thing that I can complain about is that I wish I could’ve gotten to know the supporting characters more. They had an important role to play in the story but I just felt like there wasn’t much shared about them the things on the surface. But even with just that, I liked them and found them interesting.
I’ve been very lucky lately to read accurate and realistic New Adult books that are amazing and this happens to be one of them.
The plot is honest. We follow Lucky (yes, that is really her name) who is used to wandering from place to place never really finding where she belongs, as she travels to Boston to visit her mother on the anniversary of her father’s death which is something they do every year. She gets roped into being temporary manager in her flighty mother’s up and coming new restaurant where she has to work with an infuriating chef, named James. When you start, it seems like this is just another New Adult book, a lot of the plot points are the same as other books even with different circumstances. But the execution is what sets this book apart from all the rest. It’s so real and honest and heartfelt. The relationships and what happens are so raw and real. It’s not overstimulated with drama or angst for the sake of making things more interesting. What happens is real life. Grief and death and pasts and dysfunctional families, and the desire to be more and do more and being able to reach that.
Lucky is so awesome! She’s really feisty and sarcastic and kick ass. She’s strong and she’s been through a lot and maybe she hasn’t dealt with it the best way ever but she keeps going and doesn’t let grief slow her down. She’s used to running from her problems because she can’t tell that it’s slowly but surely destroying her and her future. Once she makes the decision to slow down and stick around, her growth is amazing. Not only personal but in her relationships with other people like James and her mother. I would’ve liked the latter to have been fleshed out more but I’m glad they patched up at the end.
James is a really complex character. I couldn’t pin him down in the beginning and I was so intrigued by him and his past. I loved how Lucky and James began their relationship and how they started to grow together. There’s a lot more to him than being the romantic lead in this book and I kind of wish we could’ve had more from them together. Stella, Lucky’s mom, is a huge absentee parent. Since the death of Lucky’s father, Stella has married a few guys and has gotten famous for her cooking show but has shoved aside her relationship with Lucky over that. She’s a multi-layered character that I wish had gotten more of a spotlight as well as her relationship with her daughter but she was absent (no surprise) at a chunk of the book. I like how they managed to reconnect towards the end but it was a little bit too neat for me. Felicity was a really sweet character and I really enjoyed the lightness that she brought to the plot. Sky and Bradley are much more prominent than it first appears and I would’ve liked it better if they had had more of a presence from the beginning.
Overall, I really enjoyed the plot and the relationship between the main characters but I wish that the supporting characters had been more developed and fleshed out so as to be better prepared for their involvement in the plot and in later books.
So that’s it for this review! Let me know your thoughts and if you have read or if you’d like to read this book. This series is a new favorite and I can’t recommend it enough. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!