Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Just My Luck!
Thank you to Harlequin Books for inviting me on the Winter 2021 Mystery & Thriller Blog tour!
Special thanks to Adele Parks, Harlequin Books, and NetGalley for the privilege of previewing this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publish Date: April 6, 2021
“$17.8M. $17.8M. $17.8M. No matter how often I say it, I can’t make sense of it.” – Just My Luck
It was supposed to be the lottery win they’d always dreamed of…
For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends. Over drinks, dinner parties and summer barbecues, the three couples have discussed the important stuff—kids, marriages, careers—and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything.
But then the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone is caught in a lie. And soon after, six numbers come up that change everything forever.
Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth millions. And their friends are determined to claim a share.
What happens people suddenly become rich? Well, we pretty much know what happens, and it’s nothing good. Money does strange things to people.
Lexi and Jake are rich beyond their wildest dreams. They will do everything to protect their new lottery winnings, including stabbing their best friends in the back and ruining long term relationships.
This story is very relatable because almost every person has fantasized about winning the lottery and what they would buy if money wasn’t a factor – an oceanfront dream house on the beach, a fancy car, a private jet, blingy jewelry, designer clothes and purses. Like many lottery winners in real life, Lexi and Jake get caught up in the spending even before they receive their winnings. And that becomes their pitfall.
To complicate matters even further, two other couples in their friend group are claiming a share of it. Lexi and Jake are now the target of people that hate them and wish for their downfall.
The story is told in alternating perspectives which sometimes was hard to track. However, the reader is privy to all of the dark thoughts, backstabbing, lies, and greed that this situation brings.
With the exception of one character, Toma – most of the characters are unlikeable and I think it’s intentional. We love to hate characters that make bad choices, especially those that are put in the enviable position of winning the lottery.
My favorite quotes:
“You think you know someone.”
“I don’t understand. Is this a joke? No! It’s for real. We’ve only gone and won the bloody lottery!”
“Rich beyond our wildest dreams is something people only say in pretty dreadful plays or movies.”
“The ‘ladies and gentlemen of the press’ suddenly turn from lethargic doughnut-eating sloths into twitching, hungry beasts sniffing out a story.”
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Adele Parks’ newest book is a fascinating tale about good luck, bad luck, and how life can change in an instant. It’s full of secrets that are unveiled slowly, with themes of family, marriage, friendship, betrayal, and greed. The plot will stay in your mind long after you’ve finished this book.
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out my fellow bloggers on this book tour!
I like unlikeable characters but always have a tough time with books with no characters to like.
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