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Getting Lucky by Jennifer Seasons

Publisher: Avon Impulse (4/21/2015)

Series: Fortune, Colorado, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Tasty Book Tours
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Welcome to Fortune, Colorado—where the air is clean, the men are rugged, and the all the good ones… are bachelors.

Born into the infamous Charlemagne equestrian empire, Shannon has been raised to do whatever it takes for the family business. Even if it means going undercover and digging up dirt on a competitor. It's easy enough when she believes he's a bad guy whose success seems too good to be true. In fact, Shannon's excited to put the aggravatingly sexy Irishman in his place and get back in her father's good graces. All she needs is to stay focused on the goal … and out of Sean Muldoon's arms.

From stealing a thoroughbred racehorse from the Irish mob to striking gold in the mountains of Colorado, there's little Sean hasn't experienced. But when it comes to resisting his hot new stable manager, he's out of luck. With the mob hot on his heels, keeping Shannon off their radar is all but impossible, and he's not about to put her in danger too. Sean wants Shannon, but how can he offer her a future … when he can't even guarantee tomorrow?

about Jennifer || Jennifer Seasons has been a lifelong writer and reader. She lives with her husband and four children in the mountains of rural New England. An enormous yet lovable dog and the world's coolest cat keep them company. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family outdoors exploring her beautiful new home state, learning the joys of organic gardening, and—if she's lucky—relaxing in her hammock under the trees with a really good book.
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{ review } .
The one story trope that typically isn't my favorite is that of deception. I don't care how good the intentions are, I just don't believe that a relationship can possibly form and last when it was built off of lies...

...but in the case of GETTING LUCKY, I'll let that slide. Not because Shannon's secrets and Sean's secrets outweigh one another (two wrongs don't make a right, and all that jazz), but because they had true, legit reasons and through it all, they still new the entirity of the person they were with.

Shannon is the wallflower of her family. She's the do-gooder, the quiet one in the corner. She's the people-pleaser -- so much so, that she suffers from panic attacks. Her sister is loud, boisterous, and going to med school. When their father announces he needs someone to go to Sean Muldoon's stables and figure out if he's drugging his horses, or whatever the hell he's doing to cause the Charlemagne family to lose business because Muldoon's horses are performing better, Shannon gets pushed to be the investigator -- and as such, the anxiety starts to creep back into her life and she fears not being good enough. But equally, she hates the fact that she's going into a situation where she's being untrue.

Sean is full-Irish, has the accent to match and everything. He came to the states on the run -- he was a boxer in his home country and a bet gone wrong sent him fleeing. It's been years, but he's not dumb enough to think the threat still isn't there. In the states, he took a new surname and made a name for himself -- something that wasn't exactly ideal when trying to stay hidden. 

Business is booming, and as such, his mates Aiden and Jake want to help him find hired help. They put in an ad for a stable manager, but Sean keeps pushing the people away. On one particularly harried day, though, just as he's muttering over spreadsheets, a voice calls to him from the doorway. When Shannon comes in and takes over phone calls and proves her worth, he decides to hire her.

...didn't hurt that she was pretty to look at either.

This is a story of Shannon trying to make her family happy, but finding her self along the way. She starts to spread her wings and take back the life she should have never put aside.

This is a story of Sean trying his damnedest to stay hidden, and then slowly opening up his world to possibilities. Their lives molded together perfectly -- there was instant chemistry, after all. What they don't expect, though, is the magnitude of their secrets when they finally come to light.

I loved watching Shannon become her own person. In the beginning, she was very much the shy, timid daughter, but Sean and his stables brought out the outspoken, brave woman she could be. He was extremely good for her.

Sean, too, was a joy to watch. He didn't conform to "western" standards, and was very much an Irishman racing American Thoroughbreds. He refused to don a cowboy hat, instead wearing his Irish wool caps like they were the newest American trend. He started out stressed, but there was always an underlying jovial quality to him. You knew that at one time, he loved life. He was a fighter, both physically and emotionally, both past and present. He was protective, too, and I certainly do love that in my heroes. 

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