by Wendy Owens
Series: Stubborn Love #3
Publication date: July 10th 2014
by Four Bean Soup Publishing
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author, in exchange for an honest review
Once upon a time Mackenzie Phillips thought she’d found her happily ever after. She had married her high school sweetheart and had started her perfect family. But one tragic night Mac’s perfect life was ripped away from her, leaving her beautiful fairy tale existence in ruins.
When everything worth living for is suddenly taken from you, how do you keep going? People told her how lucky she was just to be alive after that night, but she didn’t agree.
Years passed with Mac living in a fog, until another unfortunate turn of events placed her world on its head once again. Now, still carrying the tender wounds of her past, this widow has to face the realities of life again.
Broken and truly alone, she must find work. In walks her new employer, Dean Johnson, a guy who is just broken enough himself, that she thinks he might actually be able to understand her. But Mac soon discovers that that bond with Dean may instead force her to face demons she isn’t yet ready to deal with.
**Contains mature material including language and sex.
The Luckiest is the third book in the Stubborn Love series, but it can certainly be read as a stand alone. I’m proof of that. While I own the first two books in the series, I haven’t had the opportunity to read them yet, but I will definitely make time to read them now.
Poor MacKenzie (Mac) is a MESS when we first meet her. She’s lost so much and has no desire to move on. She’s in the midst of her own personal hell. Until she loses one more piece of her — her father. With the realization that she is left with no one to rely on except herself, she picks herself up the best she can and applies for a personal chef position with a touring band. She’s terrified of what she’s doing, and while it’s difficult at first being surrounded by sexy men makes it a little bit easier. 😉
The Luckiest is a story that, on some level, everyone will be able relate to.
Love. Loss. Heartbreak. Depression. Redemption.
It’s an in depth story about a girl who finds herself after losing almost everything. It’s a tale about survival in the most realistic way. It will make you cry and laugh and feel ALL THE THINGS! Told from Mac’s POV, The Luckiest takes you on a journey deep into the hearts of several characters — no easy feat writing from one person’s perspective. Owens is a true storyteller that will pull you under with her characters, have you gasping for breath, and leave you with a huge book hangover.
There were certain things I didn’t like about MacKenzie’s attitude, and her decisions throughout the story. There were a couple times I really just wanted to punch her in the throat and be done with her, but overall she made me feel too much to let that stand in my way of consuming this awesome story.
I definitely recommend The Luckiest to fans of contemporary romance that like a big helping of angst in the mix.
~About the Author~
Wendy Owens was raised in the small college town of Oxford, Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went on to a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork, she gave her first love, writing, a try.
Since 2011, she has published a young adult paranormal series, The Guardians, which will contain five books total, as well as a novella. Wendy now happily spends her days writing—her loving dachshund, Piper, curled up at her feet. When she’s not writing, she can be found spending time with her tech geek husband and their three amazing kids, exploring the city she loves to call home: Cincinnati, OH.
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