Just My Luck by Adele Parks, 4 Stars (Review + Bonus Excerpt)

Do you have that group of friends? You know, the ones that you do everything with? You celebrate every holiday, major or not. you think of them first anytime you are planning a party and you can call them up spur of the moment and expect at least a couple of them to be in for some shenanigans?

Just My Luck is about a group of friends who are so close-knit, they get together every single week to have dinner and chip in for a lottery ticket. But what happens when friends that are so close grow apart? Someone moves, someone else gets a promotion and all of a sudden new friends and new plans are made. We’ve all been there. Just My Luck takes a super interesting look into the “what-ifs” of growing apart.

Here’s a special bonus, you can read the first 3 chapters of the book here.

From the Publisher:

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.

#1 Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks returns with a riveting look at the dark side of wealth in this gripping tale of friendship, money, betrayal and good luck gone bad…

My Review:

Just My Luck opens with Lexi and Jake winning the lottery. They can’t believe their luck. But it’s also kind of tainted. Because their best friends who they normally buy a lottery ticket with ducked out of their lottery pool just a couple days before the big win. Now Lexi is one of those characters in a book that you can totally relate to. She’s down to earth, her heart is in the right place, she’s a decent mom and a good person. And as we get to know the other friends in the group, it made me like Lexi even more!

The three wives met in a birthing class fifteen years earlier. So as their children have grown up together, the women have shared so much. Their husbands are just a part of the friendship deal (as often happens), but everything seems to get on fairly well. And of course when they started out the friendship, they were all the same. But slowly, as the years went by, the couples started to change and grow apart. But their children remained best friends so they still seemed to have enough in common.

Then there’s a big fight and just days later, Lexi and Jake have won the lottery. So what really happened? And what’s really going on in the group? Just My Luck is a story that looks into how ugly money can be. And how a huge financial windfall can really bring out the worst in people. I found the book to be compulsively readable. I loved Lexi, but found her husband to kind of be a buffoon! And that happens in life. I recommend this book to fans of Lisa Jewell and Shari Lapena.

Special thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for a free e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out April 21, pre-order your copy!


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