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Review ❤️ Stoke of Luck by Opal Carew

December 2, 2020


Good things do come in threes.

April Smith’s luxurious Las Vegas wedding crashed and burned when her wealthy fiancé cheated on her and left her with a hotel bill that costs more than she makes in a year. Even more humiliating, her college ex-boyfriend Quinn Taylor has come to her rescue and bailed her out. They didn’t part on the best of terms and never expected to see one another again.

For Quinn, April was the one who got away and despite the heartache she caused him, he’s never gotten over her. Not wanting to be in his debt, April makes Quinn a tempting offer: she’ll spend the next month with him during his Vegas vacation, fulfilling his fantasies. Being with April has always been Quinn’s number one fantasy, and next on the list is sharing a woman with his best friend and business partner, Austin Wright. Since he can see an undeniable attraction between April and Austin, he makes that a condition of their deal, too.

Enjoying the attention and affection from two hot and handsome men, April gives in to her desires to be with both of them. But with those desires comes a growing love that she fears may force her to choose between Quinn and Austin—or lose them both.

Release Date:
 Dec 1, 2020
Heat Level: Erotic
Publisher: Macmillan
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
Price: $9.99

My first Carew story leaves a lot to be desired.

The glitz of the Vegas strip, truth or dare poker games, a sexy MFM sandwich, and a second chance romance are all present in this fast-paced read. We start with our heroine April, who is in Vegas to get married to her fiancé of two years, except the fiancé cheats on her and ditches her. More fool her, she’s gave the fiancé complete control over her finances which means without the fiancé April has no credit, no money, only the clothes on her back.

Enter heroes Quinn and Austin. Best friends and billionaires thanks to business in cryptocurrency success. Though, sidenote, all I could think about after that mention was bitcoin and I kept thinking how bitcoin hasn’t been exactly successful. So, suspend a little belief in the profession there. Though, Austin is separately wealthy coming from a rich family – he’s no poor boy. Quinn, once upon a time, dated April and when he finds her being booted from her suite can’t help to sweep in and save her.

This is where things got off the rails for me, but before I dive into what didn’t work, I’ll focus on what did.

Carew is talented at the graphic sex scene, each scene is scorching, with plenty of emotion and detail. The glamor and glitz of Vegas is the perfect aphrodisiac backdrop to all these sexual adventures. Plus, the bonus: Quinn wants to share April with his best friend Austin. Sounds like a book dream come true… so why not?

April is forced into her relationship with the heroes. While the author tried to deftly maneuver this, April is in a vulnerable state where she can’t say no to anything without the fear of being booted onto the street or thrown in jail. So, whatever the heroes ask for she has to deliver. You can see where I’m going with this.

Additionally, April’s ex-fiancé is a gaslighting, ego maniac who’s actions are bit over the top and lead reason to believe that April has been in an abusive relationship. A person who will strip their loved one of every piece of clothing bought and given as a gift wouldn’t just suddenly act this way as a surprise. Though April seems oblivious to this fact, or at least doesn’t call it out much besides ‘he wasn’t what I thought’.  Quinn acts similar to the ditched fiancé, and it’s hard to see how outside of trust issues Quinn wouldn’t be a horrible person to her at the first sign of her wanting something he doesn’t. The ex-fiancé of course gets a little more influence on the story, but due to the abundance of sexy bedroom times I felt story plot wasn’t wrapped up as well as it could have been.

~ Landra

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