Wendy reviews ‘Lucky’ by Garrett Leigh. Published by Fox Love Press, Spetember 18, 2018, 282 pages.
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Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.
Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.
Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.
Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t even have words for how much I enjoyed this book. It was the perfect blending of two broken characters and I love broken characters!
I usually stay away from sports tropes because I just don’t understand enough about them to find them interesting but that was not the case at all with this story. I was engaged instantly and couldn’t stop reading until I had finished the book.
My heart just broke for both Dom and Lucky. Dom was so closeted that he felt shame at being gay and punished himself for those feelings until he was numb. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be gay in a sport that would turn their back on you for who you love. I have seen enough to know that professional athletes must love what they do very much to train as hard as they do and to be as disciplined. I also know that it is difficult to stay on top and to know that your sexual orientation would matter enough to the people you work for and with to turn them all against you… mannnn that would be rough! This story did a brilliant job of highlighting just what that must be like for Dom. I also loved how once he found someone to care for, the big bad scary idea of people finding out he is gay was just a thing that he had to decide what to do about.
Lucky is probably one of my favorite all time characters. Garrette Leigh did a great job of creating a character that was rough and hardened to all the bad that life could throw at him and still make him caring and lovable. I also thought that it was a brilliant idea to have a pansexual character and Lucky rocks it! I may have forgotten to mention that while he’s caring and lovable, he doesn’t necessarily care about himself and makes some poor choices that get him into some difficult situations.
I felt like I was the lucky one because I got to be with them on their journey together. The one thing I didn’t doubt in this story was their love for each other. Even if they had so many things stacked against them.
I didn’t understand some of the slang or British terminology but it was written in such a way that I didn’t have to in order to absorb the flavor of the scenes. The story felt very authentic and realistic.
10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
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Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.
Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.