Book Reviews

The Luckiest (Lucky Moon 2) by M.J. O'Shea and Piper Vaughn at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 12-October-2014

Book Blurb

Rock star Nick Ventura has finally hit rock bottom. Jealous of his brother’s new love, he overindulges in his usual vices and winds up crashing his car into a department store in a drunken haze. Publicly humiliated and on the verge of jail time, he enters a court-ordered rehabilitation program.

Nutritionist Luka Novak is flamboyant, effeminate, and the type of gay man bisexual Nick would normally sneer at. But Luka's sunny nature hides a deep hurt caused by an unfaithful ex-boyfriend. As much as Luka knows he should be wary of Nick’s reputation, he’s drawn to Nick despite himself. Their tentative friendship turns into romance, but Luka soon comes to realize Nick’s fear of losing his bad boy reputation means he’ll probably never go public with their relationship.

Nick never needed anyone until Luka came into his life. Now he has to reconcile his carefree past with the future he suddenly wants more than anything. And the first lesson he must learn is how to become the man both he and Luka need him to be, rather than stay the boy he always was. Alone.



NOTE: 1st Edition published by Loose Id LLC, March 2012

 

Book Review

“I don't get many things right the first time. In fact, I am told that a lot. Now I know all the wrong turns the stumbles and falls brought me here; ...where was I before the day that I first saw your lovely face? Now I see it everyday and I know that...I am the luckiest.” ~ Benjamin Scott Folds

Nicky Ventura, of 'The Luckiest', comes across as a real jerk, but he's actually hiding his fear and pain behind a bad-boy mask. In truth, Nicky has no idea who he is. He's been through some bad times and made matters even worse hiding behind drugs, sex, and rock 'n' roll. Nicky's brother, Shane, has always protected him no matter how badly Nicky messed up, but his last disaster is even more than Shane can or will fix. Nicky needs support, just not the enabling kind his brother provides; but mostly, he needs to learn how to take responsibility for his actions.

Nicky has no concept of how a civilized person acts. His childhood was a horrible combination of fear, pain, and desertion. His brother, Shane, loves him, but is a terrible role model, engaging in the same kind of unacceptable behavior that Nicky does. When Shane finally settles down with Jesse, his childhood sweetheart, Nicky is incensed. Jesse is now getting all the attention that he used to get and he's so jealous that he's turning green; underneath that though, Nicky is terrified that he will lose Shane, his rock, defender, best friend, and the only person who loves him in the whole world. Nicky's pain is overwhelming. He hates Jesse with a passion for stealing Shane; but the truth is, he needs someone like Jesse in his own life. When Nicky ends up in the hospital after nearly killing himself, even he knows he's gone too far. Nicky realizes if he wants to live, he's got to change, but, since he has no clue who he is, it is difficult to know what changes to make. Through this latest disaster, Luca comes into his life and everything is more upside-down than ever for Nicky. He's never had a relationship before and he's at a loss as to what to do or how to behave. Because of this, Nicky makes horrendous mistakes in judgment, all of which hurt both of them. Nicky's biggest problem is he's afraid to admit that he's in love with anyone, much less a man. If Nicky doesn't learn to conquer this fear, he and Luka are doomed before they begin.

Luka is sweet, passionate, smart, and easily hurt. When he meets Nicky, he doesn't quite know what to think; but regardless of how outrageous his behavior, Luka is determined to kill him with kindness. This ends up being a monumental task as Nicky turns on his bad rocker boy attitude full force. They are at a stalemate for a while until Luka starts to notice changes in Nicky that are encouraging. Nicky is also flirting with him and Luka is having a difficult time not responding to the attention. To say the least, it would be unprofessional. He is falling for Nicky, although all his alarm systems are blaring away, warning him that this path will lead to nothing but heartache for him. Luka has been hurt before and doesn't want history to repeat itself; but when does the heart ever listen to reason? Determined not to let himself be hurt and used, Luka tries to hold back, but being with a world known rock star is far from easy. On one hand, Luka knows that Lucky's public image is nowhere near his private one, the man he loves, but watching him in action causes a lot of cognitive dissonance.  His head tells him one thing and his heart another. Luka will not be Nicky's dirty little secret. He wants Nicky to acknowledge their relationship publicly and have Nicky be proud of it. Luka doubts that Nicky has it in him though, which is heartbreaking. After so many mistakes, how can he ever trust Nicky? At this point, it will take a small miracle to turn it around.

Nicky and Luka belong together. That much is obvious, but getting them there is another matter entirely. There's so much they both have to overcome, and it involves some deep seated emotions that seem almost insurmountable. Since Nicky was so bad in the first book, it surprised me when I immediately felt empathy for him. He's a man with no direction, who, instead of finding his own, simply lets others tell him what to do. Nicky's character growth in this story is amazing and I truly admired his desire to be a better man. If you like stories that include rockers, angst, retribution, redemption, and how love can change someone, you might enjoy this book. Thanks, MJ and Piper, for giving Nicky and Luka their happy ending.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 280 pages/91548 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-September-2014
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-luckiest-by-mj-oshea-and-piper-vaughn-472-b