Saturday, 12 December 2015

LA Cotton - Lucky Penny

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan & Stacey

I was his lucky Penny. He was my light in the dark, hope in despair. Our bond was one of survival, friendship... first love.

But then we were ripped apart and Blake Weston became the memory I turned to when everything else in my life fell apart.

Seven years later, a summer working at Camp Chance is supposed to be my fresh start. Beautiful scenery and the chance to better the lives of foster children - kids like me. But when my eyes land on him across the fire, time stands still and feelings come rushing back to the surface. I thought I'd moved on, tucked him away in my heart. One look into his soulful blue eyes and I know I'm wrong. Blake Weston can heal the broken parts of me. Restore my hope. Love me.

It's our second chance. A sign we are supposed to be together.

Isn't it?

I was twelve when I survived the accident that killed my parents. Fourteen when I survived the devil. And sixteen, when I survived a heartbreak of the worst kind.

But in my twenty-three years, Blake Weston might just be the first thing I won't survive.


"one summer, a lifetime of possibilities"

What a truly haunting story as we are thrown into the dual perspectives of Penny and Blake. Their bond although instant, would be forever more. Their time in foster care would push our characters until all they could think about was their freedom and escaping together when they were legally able to.


You're my lucky Penny.  With you by my side, we can survive anything.

But the turmoil and unexpected circumstances Blake and Penny find themselves facing would not allow them their happy ending when expected....


...I knew better than to believe in second chances.  Life was hard and cruel and full of disappointment....
But my heart wanted to believe there was a reason for this.

A book based around never forgetting or losing sight of your first love, overcoming every obstacle to be together and fighting for their freedom right until the very end. Their meh deserved happiness! 

A true heartbreaker and putter-back together story that never has a dull moment. I was constantly surprised at the directions LA Cotton pulled me down on this reading journey and I adored every second.  Her writing style between past and present, of recollected memories was so brilliantly done and I never felt lost or confused.  

Brilliant story, brilliant characters, brilliant ending....just brilliant! Another corker from LA Cotton!


One single event didn't change me; it was series of intertwined incidents, and one way or another, Blake was a part of them all.
He was the other half of my soul.


I was really excited to read this standalone from L A after reading her Chastity Falls series.

Lucky Penny introduces a new host of characters and I warmed to Penny & Blake immediately during the prologue. Their story from the start was heartbreaking and it continued the whole way through, L A wrote the circumstances of their relationship and finding each other again so, so well.

I did have leaky eyes reading this, you know, just when you think everything is  starting to come together it all falls apart again and you are so upset because you were dying for it to happen! My husband said "It's a book, why are you crying?"... They don't understand!

A single tear formed in the corner of my eye and rolled down my cheek.
And just like that, Blake Weston pieced together the broken parts of me, all while tearing them back down.
For the second time in my life.

I liked the dual POV but that it was different, with Blake's dotted through the book starting from right back when they met in foster care heading right to the present day. To see the love and relationship from both angles.

I didn't dare look at him. I wanted to cry, to let the tears building behind my eyes fall. I wanted to smile at him, to share this moment with him. But most of all, I wanted to lean into him and show him that I felt them same. That after all this time, my heart still remembered him.

The course of true love never runs smooth and it certainly didn't for Penny & Blake, but you will have to read to see if they got their HEA! 5* from me, really loved this.

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Get your copy of Lucky Penny here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

We were sent a copy  of this book to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & our own.

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