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Review: Chasing Luck by Brinda Berry

Posted 28 October, 2014 in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: Chasing Luck by Brinda BerryTitle: Chasing Luck
Series: Serendipity Book #1
Author: Brinda Berry
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Suspense
Release Date: April 30, 2014
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About Chasing Luck:

Sometimes surviving doesn’t feel lucky. Especially when you’re a sole survivor…

At the age of seven, Malerie walked away from a bombing that left hundreds dead—including her mother. When a crazed gunman kills her guardian on her eighteenth birthday, Malerie suspects there may be more to her survival than luck. A mysterious code holds the key to her future, and a reluctant white knight holds the key to her heart.

A loner wearing emotional armor…

Ace is a twenty-year-old entrepreneur focusing on two things in life: financial security and a life without ties. A life that doesn’t risk losing the ones who matter. When Ace is hired to secretly act as a bodyguard for Malerie, he faces an unwanted attraction that threatens to sabotage his heart. Can Ace find the courage to love a girl with a death wish?

My Review:

Recommended for: Romance fans who enjoy a hint of suspense and/or paranormal.

This was an interesting story, but it didn’t really hit home for me. It was a really cool idea though, so while I realize that it’s not the book for me, I can totally see other people loving it. In fact, I’ve already recommended it to my sister. That’s why I’m rating it 3 stars – I think that objectively it’s a fairly good book, but it’s a subgenre I rarely enjoy.

It started out really interesting, in the restaurant and all. I love suspense, and I love romance, but I rarely read books that combine the two (with the exception of a major binge one summer where I read pretty much every Sandra Brown book ever). It was refreshing to combine my two interests.

Where it became less interesting for me was where the suspense became intertwined with fantasy. I’m not a fan of fantasy most of the time. A stranger predicting Malerie’s future twelve years in advance? I normally wouldn’t buy that, but the premise here was interesting enough for me not to mark this as DNF.

The one bad thing unrelated to plot for me was that it felt kind of rushed. A LOT happened in this book, but it was relatively short. It became hard to keep track of. This affected how well I related and got involved in the characters. The book was mostly action without much of the character’s thoughts, reflections, or reactions to the actiony events.

It was enough to grab my heartstrings, but not to pull them very hard.

About Brinda Berry:

Brinda BerryBrinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.  She doesn’t mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she’s not working the day job or writing a novel, she’s guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.

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