Lucky Number Four by Amanda Jason
Full length New Adult Romantic Comedy
Amanda Jason is a pen name for an author I met at Wicked Book Weekend last year (and will again in March) and just loved. So when she released a book that was my type of book, I jumped at it! I mean, look at the premise, a girl moves in with three hot guys, three models? Uuuum, yes please!
Lucky Number Four started out great. I was giggling out loud, I just LOVED the author’s voice. Pandora was living with her best friend and her husband.
“Oh my God, I can’t wait anymore! Please, please, harder, harder. Deeper, deeper. I’m almost the fuck there. Ooooooooohhhhhhhh.”
No, I’m not watching porn. In fact, I’m lying here in my semi-dark room listening to one. Actually, it’s the sexual antics of my two very best friends, who were only married a month ago.”
Pandora realizes it’s time to look for her own place, and when she sees an ad in the grocery store for a roommate wanted, she calls and goes to meet the nice girl from the phone. She walks into an AMAZING 4 bedroom loft with her own room and bathroom that also has a separate entrance. And the price is next to nothing. The only problem is, the nice girl doesn’t live there, it’s her supermodel brother and his 2 friends.
“No way am I living with three giant male models.”
Drew, the gorgeous model who met her first, set out to convince her to move in, and when they offer her best friends the apartment downstairs, she has no choice.
“We’ve been friends since diapers, and I had to find out from …three totally fuck-worthy, gorgeous male specimens,” she blurts. I swear, I almost wet my pants.”
Pandora, even though she is gorgeous, had a major self esteem problem. One of the guys are in love with her, but as a reader, we aren’t sure who. She has feelings for one of the guys, but we aren’t sure if it’s the one who wants her, and we are left to watch it unfold.
About 30-40% into the book it began to drag. Pandora avoided the three musketeers and holed up with her gay BFF. So not much happened except Dora feeling like she wasn’t good enough and ignoring the guys. At 50%, I put the book aside and read another. I had planned to read them at the same time, but I couldn’t put down the other book.
I came back to Lucky Number Four because I really enjoyed the light, snarky, relatable humor. Though it was dragging a bit, it was still fun. Then Dora switched directions….and I waited for a conflict. Nothing happened.
So this is a hard review! I loved the fun characters, though the guys could have been developed better. I loved the funny first person writing style, it was very realistic. But the book fell flat in the long run.
I think if this were cut into a 100 page novella and a bit of conflict was added, it could have been a 5 star read. It just had such potential at first!
- I loved the funny, snarky tone of the book.
- I really liked Dora, her gay BFF and her best friend.
- 1st person done well.
- The three models were droolworthy and Drew was great.
- Some spots where I giggle out loud.
- The grandparents!! Reminded me of the Stephanie Plum novels. I loved the dinners at the parents.
- The three musketeers were a little strangely attached.
- Nothing really happened. The story dragged on.
- Pandora switched gears and it was never mentioned again, it would have been great conflict.
- No real sex scenes! Fade to black!
Rating: 3 stars, 2.5 heat
Lucky Number Four by Amanda Jason would have been a perfect novella. Not enough happened and the same thing seemed to drag on for 100 pages. I loved the author’s voice and writing style, and wouldn’t hesitate to read another book like this from her if she added a little more meat and conflict next time. This is where an editor, not a proofreader is needed. Someone to just pull it apart until it’s just right. The potential was there, but it just didn’t hold my interest. It was fun in parts, and was certainly a unique storyline, but just never took off for me.
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