Published by LLC on September 20th 2016
Genres: College, Contemporary, Musicians, New Adult, Second Chance Romance
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He was an up-and-coming country singer.She was the last girl you'd ever see in a bar. But one night, under those neon lights, Lucky and Katie found each other.
Beginnings are always exciting.Always fun. Always hopeful.
Katie was in her last year of college.Lucky was still playing local stages.She fell for his voice. She fell for his words. They fell in love. It was beautiful.
But time changed their world.She was alone. He was on the road.Life happened.And that love was torn apart.
Endings are always painful.Always heart wrenching.But not always final.
One day, Lucky came back to Katie. And this is their story.
Author Note: My Lucky Days is a standalone novel with sets of original song lyrics that read as poetry. New Adult & College / Contemporary Romance / Coming of Age / Second Chance Love Story.
“Run away with me, Katie.”
I need to start by saying that this review is going to be short and sweet. There have been times in the past where I have plenty to say and ramble on and on for pages on end. While at times that’s fine, here I want you to simply take my word for it and experience this story. There’s no way my little sentences could prove the love between Katie and Lucky, so I’m just going to give a few brief thoughts.
In the past year, I’ve become big into highlighting while I’m reading. Even if it’s not a book I’ll review, sometimes you just like to pick your favourite quotes, maybe your favourite part in a story or something that really resonated with you on a deeper level. Every person has their own reasons, and mine include some of each. I recently read a book and highlighted all of one quote. I was a little nervous because of that, but nonetheless, moved on. Then I get to My Lucky Days and I swear to you I have one third of the damn thing highlighted! This thing is genius. GENIUS I TELL YOU! It’s so fantastic and magical and sweet and uuugghhhhhhhh. It has all of the feels. I will fore warn you though, be careful reading this book if you’re PMSing. It could be dangerous and wreak havoc in your emotions. #IHeardThisFromAFriend #DefinitelyNotMe #ICried
“Do you regret me?”
“No.” I touched the scruff on his cheek. “I had fun with you, Lucky.”
The pain inside was so strong I could barely breathe the words. Those moments with him had been beautiful. I would never forget my days with Lucky.
Because those were truly my lucky days.
There’s such a wide array of emotions that the reader gets to experience. From not only those warm belly flutters to falling in love, the pain of losing someone and not being able to control it, to others leaving your life. Your heart being stomped on and crushed, being left behind, confusion, trying to do what’s best, all of it and plenty more. There was a certain twist that I will be 100% upfront with in saying that I don’t like it, ever. But the way it was written here, I was actually okay with it because the emotion backed up the entirety of it. Then when another twist came and another right after, I was absolutely beside myself with angst. My heart was breaking. I wasn’t just sobbing, I was wailing like a child. I simultaneously needed to keep reading and stop to catch my breath. It’s hard. It hurts. It’s real and even if I don’t like the situation, my entire being was devastated for Lucky and Katie.
“When this whole adventure started with Lucky, I felt like I was living in a fairytale. And it was true. I was living in a whimsical world with someone I loved—just not the right fairytale. Instead of being the princess in the story, I was Wendy, wishing for Peter to stay with her. But as everyone knows, someone who has the ability to fly shouldn’t be chained to the ground.”
Every girl deserves a guy like Lucky in their life. Whether it’s for a small amount of time or forever, I can’t stress enough how incredible this relationship was and how much he brought out of Katie. Her confidence, her self esteem, her self worth, all of it. And yet she was never lacking in self esteem or self worth before hand! Lucky is the type of guy who makes you feel special even in old ratty sweats and messy hair. He’ll call you just to hear your voice, write songs about his feelings, is up front and incredibly caring and if needed, I bet he would walk to the ends of the earth for Katie. I don’t use this word often, but Lucky was perfection. The love between him and Katie felt nothing less than 100% authentic, like watching a real life love story unfold in front of your eyes. It was magic to watch and brings back all the butterflies and nerves that come along with a new relationship blossoming.
A glimpse of your smile
Won’t be enough.
’Cause my heart keeps telling me,
I need more of this stuff.
The authenticity was by far one of my favourite elements in the entire novel. These two seemed like real people with real lives, real problems and who struggle to make it work through distance and travel. Their dates felt like real dates, no instalove, no jumping to bed immediately because they simply can’t live without the other, just a pure and simple connection. I really enjoyed watching this bond grow between them as their relationship then progressed and love blossomed. I believed every second of these two being together to be honest and genuine. It’s a pretty challenging order for an author to make the readers feel this way, but without a doubt I can say that SD Hendrickson succeeded.
“Don’t be afraid of me or what’s going on between us. Maybe it’s fast. But if you spend your whole life worrying, then you will forget to live. Don’t get caught up in the maybes.”
“Maybe this is forever. Maybe it’s for now. Maybe we will have sex. Maybe we won’t. It doesn’t matter because we are having fun right now. I like you. And I like spending time with you.” His arms circled around me, holding me close again. “And right now, I like dancing with you. That’s all that matters.”
There is no way you could deny falling in love with a guy like Lucky, if there was ever one in your life. I fell for the one on paper damn it and I didn’t want to let him go!
Deeply and madly. I love you in a way that can’t be captured in music. And I will probably spend the rest of my life trying. ’Cause you’re the only girl I ever want to be in here.”
He took my hand, placing it on his bare chest to where his heart was beating rapidly under his skin. “I think there was only one slot in here. And it was meant for you.”
If Stacy ever decides to put story writing on the back burner, she needs to become a song writer, IMMEDIATELY! There’s many songs throughout the story that Lucky writes and they are more than phenomenal. I wish so badly that they were real and I could listen to them. They’re absolutely spectacular as not only songs, but with meaning behind the lyrics and the emotion they portrayed in each given scene.
Don’t forget this world is temporary,
And each day that ends is one less you see.
Make sure you share a little happiness,
With everyone as you pass by.
And read your Bible each night,
Even if you don’t understand why.
And make sure you love someone,
With everything you got inside.
And if life leads to heartache,
Don’t ever be afraid to cry.
Stacy also used an original concept which I loved throughout her story. Each chapter had a different country song ‘theme’ or dedication, a song that goes along with that specific chapter. Not only was this really cool, but the song selection to each specific moment was perfection. I’m a huge country music fan so seeing these was not only a slight clue as to what was the come in the next few pages, but give you a tune or idea to hold onto while reading. I thought it was incredibly clever and loved the idea.
With all of this being said, you’re probably thinking ‘Shannon, it sounds like you LOVED this book, why only a 4 star rating?’ My answer? The ending. It kills me to say this, absolutely kills me. My Lucky Days was going to be in my Top 5 reads of the year until the last 15% or so. There’s one small conversation/moment that not only bothered me, but was like an entire bucket of ice water being dumped on my head. It’s quite safe to say I hated it. And it’s not even like I can say the conclusion, but I can’t say a whole lot without spoiling something. It was more so the way these two got back together (after an 8 year time jump might I add), that left me so unsettled. I wanted these two to fight to get back together because of their love, not because of the situation they found themselves in. With how the conclusion was written, being brutally honest here, it cheapened some of their love story for me. Took away some of those feelings and everything I believed. I felt a little lied to and a lot hurt. I not only stopped reading for a little while but messaged one of my reading friends so she could calm me down. I was livid with this. Who knows, some of it could’ve been from the imaginary hormones, but I was so incredibly upset by how and why they got back together. To me it felt like all of the pain and heartache they went through was just coincidently swept under the rug and all of their problems just poofed. I considered long and hard about dropping this rating from 5 stars to either 3.5 or maybe 4, because now all I think about when I remember this story is how angry I am at the ending, and that’s the last thing I ever thought was possibly going to happen. I know I’m just rambling at this point and it doesn’t even make a lot of sense without spoilers, but if you decide to read the book (which I still strongly recommend), you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Well, so much for a short review but just know this – you need to read SD Hendrickson’s books. I’ve since gotten her first two and am so excited to start them. She’s a master story teller with immersive stories and loveable characters. You’ll get an in depth plot with plenty of emotion and I promise you won’t want this book to end. I want to live in a world where stories like these exist, and maybe one day I’ll find and have my own Lucky Days. <3
“You were never just a small piece of my life. From the moment we met, you became my whole world. And even when you were not in that world, I still loved you.”
*An ARC was received from the author and Give Me Books PR in exchange for an honest review.