Lucky Break

Lucky Break

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by Kelley Vitollo

Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo

She'll gamble her heart on the best friend she left behind...

One lucky break is all struggling actress Sidney Williams needs. But when living the LA life becomes too much, she heads back to the small town of Shamrock Falls for the vacation she needs to get her life on track—and immediately runs into Kade

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Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo

She'll gamble her heart on the best friend she left behind...

One lucky break is all struggling actress Sidney Williams needs. But when living the LA life becomes too much, she heads back to the small town of Shamrock Falls for the vacation she needs to get her life on track—and immediately runs into Kade Mitchell, her former best friend and the boy next door she's always regretted leaving behind.

Kade, the new owner of Lucky's—once the most popular bar in Shamrock Falls—is determined to bring the place back to its former glory, and seeing Sidney again is a distraction he doesn't need. Sure, the chemistry between them is explosive, but Kade can't let himself fall into a fling with his best friend—not when he knows she's soon heading back to the glitter of Tinseltown. Now, with the possibility of her first major acting role looming, Sidney must decide if her lucky break is in Hollywood or right where she left it—in Shamrock Falls.

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Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Shamrock Falls , #1
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Kelley Vitollo has been writing for as long as she can remember. She won her first writing contest in third grade for an essay she wrote, "Tomorrow's Leaders on the Move." Like dreams sometimes do, they fell to the background for a while. She married her best friend, worked full time, and started her family. In 2004 Kelley, her husband and their new baby girl made a move from Oregon to Southern California and that's when everything changed. As a stay-at-home mom for the first time, her passion for writing flared to life again.
Things haven't been the same since.
With two incredible daughters, an awesome husband and her days spent writing what she loves, Kelley considers herself the luckiest girl in the world. She still resides in sunny Southern California, where she loves spending time with her family and sneaking away to the bookstore with her laptop.

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Lucky Break 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
coxietbc More than 1 year ago
I loved this and I'm happy that it's going to be part of a series. I can't wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING!! WOW!! Talk about emotion...this brought me to tears! Can't wait for the follow up book!
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
Lucky Break was the perfect beginning to what is sure to be a great series. I fell in love with all of the characters in this lovely story. It was heartfelt, romantic, and made me feel a bit nostalgic.  Sidney....hmmm, what to say about Sidney. When I first started reading the book, I wasn't sure I was going to connect with her. Then, I began to get a clearer picture of how her life was like and really started to relate to her. Not that I had the same circumstances, but I related to the feelings she had. Her mother left her behind to pursue a career in acting. As a result, Sidney never felt valued. However, she had the love and support of her aunt and her friends, Rowan and Kade. So when Sidney suddenly left town to pursue what she thought was her dream, she left the people she loved confused and upset. Exactly what had happened to her. But, when she returns to Shamrock Falls, she begins to repair those friendships. Rowan was excited to have her friend back, but Kade is still a bit wounded.  Kade pulled at my heart. He is just such a sweet guy. He always puts everyone else's needs above his own. His past broke my heart. It made me so glad to see the glimpses of their past and that Sidney was there by HIS side to support him through his painful home life as a kid. When she left him after high school, he was devastated. Even though it's been five years, that pain is still there, but he and Sidney can't deny the connection they share. I loved watching them acknowledge their love for each other. It was truly a great love story.  The supporting characters were all fantastic and I look forward to seeing what's in store for them all. I think I'm going to have a soft spot for Jace. I already think he's pretty dreamy.  Overall, Lucky Break was just one of those stories that makes you feel good. I was already a fan of Kelley Vitollo and this book is yet another example why. She's created a cast of characters that you can relate to, root for, and fall in love with. If you haven't read this one yet, definitely check it out!
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
It's no secret that I am a fan of author Kelley Vitollo's young adult-writing alter ego. She has such a strong affinity for writing really great character pieces. So naturally, I was curious as to whether I would enjoy her adult work as much as her previous books. I did. I really, really did. In fact, I would be willing to say that Lucky Break is my favorite book of her's yet. (This is excluding What a Boy Needs because that book owns me.) I think what won me was Vitollo's signature strong characters, in combination with a great, touching story. Lucky Break is a lovely story of best friends, broken apart by a rash decision, who both find themselves back where they began. Sidney is a young woman who found strength and companionship in her best friend, but need the affirmation of a distant mother. She is compelled to become an actress, move away from Shamrock Falls, in an effort to gain her mother's attention and approval. She finally hits a wall, has had enough, and goes back home to regroup, not knowing that this will lead her back to Kade. Kade, well, he was pretty much perfect. Though he was always there to comfort Sidney and to be her best friend, she was there to save him, too. As the child of an abusive father, Kade has always strived to protect the women in his life. He has spent his entire life feeling guilt for the damage and pain he couldn't prevent. And though he always wanted to be in Shamrock Falls, he wanted Sidney more. The years since Sidney left him have been hell on Kade. When Kade and Sidney reconnect, the old feelings of frienship, loyalty, bittersweet memories collide to create a story that I couldn't walk away from. I think it's safe to say that I knew where the story was going and how it would end, but with these characters, the beautiful setting, and words that broke my heart and made me smile, I was fine with that. I loved the ended, and yes, I did cry a little bit! two, please! Once again, I've found another Entangled Bliss story that read like one of the Lifetime movies we all love. I want many more stories like this from you, Bliss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed very real, sometimes we think we have it all figured out and then life happens !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute Story and I enjoyed it but it just ended without winding down. It was a novella in length but I think an extra page or two should have been added to the end...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for more by this author! Loved it!!!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Sidney Williams and Kade Mitchell had always been best friends. On graduation night that changed and the relationship took another turn. Sidney was afraid, and left the little town of Shamrock Falls to find her lucky break as an actress in LA, without an explanation or even saying goodbye. After 5 years of auditions, waitressing, a few commercials, and then being dumped by her boyfriend, she desperately needs a break. Her Aunt talks her into coming back home for a visit. Kade also left town after graduation for Seattle. When a business opportunity opens up back home in Shamrock Falls, he takes it, and after 5 years of being gone he is back in Shamrock Falls also. Fate has brought these two friends back together again, but can Kade forgive Sidney for the past, or will these two star crossed lovers be forever destined to just be two passing ships in the night. I enjoyed Lucky Break. It is a fun, sweet, and entertaining read about love that has been lost and second chances. I liked Sidney's character, but felt bad for her also. Her mother left her to be raised by her aunt while she pursued her career on Broadway. Sidney never felt like she measured up to her mother's expectations and had rejection, abandonment, and self-esteem issues. She was determined to make it on her own and show her mother that she could be a successful actress, but when she comes face-to-face with an important decision that could change her future, she must decide if that is truly what she wants to do or not. Kade is totally hot. He also had issues growing up with an alcoholic father, and always felt the need to take care of his mother. Kade and Sidney had been best friends since they were small, and he was more than a little angry when she ran out on him without a word after graduation. Kade has worked really hard to forget Sidney and is leery of letting her get to close, because he doesn't want a broken heart again. With a little "help" from their other best friend Rowan, these two are thrown together as they fix up Lucky's, the bar and bowling alley that Kade has purchased in Shamrock Falls. As these two spend more time together they must both decide what they are willing to forgive, what they are willing to let go of from the past, and what they are going to grab onto for the future. This was a quick read. I read it in one sitting. I loved the setting. Shamrock Falls seems like the perfect little town. The romance was really sweet, and there were a few steamy moments also. All the secondary characters were fun to get to know also, and I am interested to see where Kelley takes the series from here. This is a really sweet, heartwarming story that is perfect for contemporary romance lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DaniLove413 More than 1 year ago
Sidney, Peaches, escaped to LA to follow her dreams of becoming an actress. Well like most people who do the same thing, struggle on casting calls, but she managed to land a few commercials and a boyfriend in the same career path. Well her last audition didn’t go the way she wanted, boyfriend lands a movie and is moving to NY. With no boyfriend, no acting jobs, and the overwhelming feeling of needing to run, Sidney finds herself heading back to the very place she left. Kade finally is able to leave his mom and chase after his own dreams which land him back home where memories plague him only to find the source of his pain staring back at him. It’s been 5 years, so many strong emotions, what’s going to happen? Working to get their friendship back on track Sindey and Kade find themselves fighting the electrifying attraction they have toward each other. Neither wanting to fall in love because it’s only temporary right? Well let’s just say it has a happily ever after ending!
SailormanOR More than 1 year ago
enjoyed this a lot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
Sidney left Shamrock Falls to pursue her dream of making it in Hollywood, only she did it without saying good-bye to her best friends Rowan and Kade. This mistake has haunted her ever since, but she can't make herself keep in touch with them or return to her hometown regardless of the guilt she's been feeling for the past five years. After a series of events, she finds herself back in Shamrock Falls and running straight into Kade. Kade had a rough family life growing up and his only escape was spending time with Sidney and Rowan. Although he tries to convince himself that he is over Sidney and that he is no longer angry about how she left him without a word, it all comes back to him the moment she's standing in front of him. I adored this story! Kelley Vitollo did a great job of bringing to the page a sweet story of forgiveness and new beginnings that tugged at my heart strings and left me wanting to see more from Kade and Sidney. I appreciated the hesitations, doubts and questions that both characters felt because it added to the believability of their happily ever after. I liked the fact that Kade was honest and direct and that he never wavered on his loyalty to Sidney and that she in turn finally accepted her feelings for Kade for what they were - feelings of love, not only friendship. Kade and Sidney were both complex characters with many layers to them - issues about their childhood, their needs and wants. Their connection as best friends through childhood and teenage years, as told through flashbacks, felt real and gave me the opportunity to get to know them better, thus helping me connect to them fully. Needless to say that the chemistry between Kade and Sidney was palpable from the beginning and although their scenes were not overtly explicit their passion for each other came across perfectly through the page. Especially that first kiss, wowza! The secondary characters were a joy to read too and they added beautifully to the story. Rowan, Jace and Betsy all came across as interesting characters, but I especially enjoyed Rowan and her interactions with both Kade and Sidney. I can't wait to read her story! She was funny, adorably sweet and her longing for a family of her own endeared her to me. Lucky Break is the first book in the Shamrock Falls series and a great start to the series. This is the first book of Kelly Vitollo I've read but I am certain it won't be the last one. She managed to capture my attention from the beginning of the story all through the end by bringing to life both Sidney and Kade and bringing to the page a wonderful story of friendship and loyalty.
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Erin_MN More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I love sweet romances and this one ended up being just what I was in the mood to read. It was sensual without being overtly sexual, and very emotional. I liked the characters but would have liked to see even more depth to them. This was a short book, so you only get so much detail. I would have liked more scenes in the first half of the book (as opposed to pages of Sidney and Kade thinking about each other), but the second half made up for that. The last 1/4 of this book pushed it up from 3 stars to 3.5 for me. I really honestly didn't know how it would end. Since it's a romance, I assumed that Sidney and Kade would end up together but...which one of them would give up their dream for the other? I won't tell you how it happens, but I really liked how this book ended. A very sweet "awwww" moment--the perfect way to end a romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story and nice characters. Look forward to the next one. Could use some hotter sex scenes ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Lucky Break reads more like a coming of age story in many ways. Sidney is an aspiring actress, but isn’t getting anywhere in her chosen career. When her boyfriend ditches her when he gets his big break, she can longer afford the apartment they share and she returns home to lick her wounds and find some fiscal sanity. As “luck” would have it, her former best friend just happens to live where she ends up, her Grandmother’s home. Kade hasn’t exactly had it easy growing up, but Sidney was a very bright spot in his dark world. When she left without a word, especially since he had offered to go with her, she tore a gaping hole in his heart. He isn’t about to make the same mistake twice. Kade and Sidney both have a lot of growing up to do. When they meet again, both wear their hurt and anger, disillusionment and disappointment on their sleeves. But, as the days go by and they learn to interact with each other, things change. Sidney rediscovers old enjoyments and with the help of Rowan (the third in the best friend group), opens her eyes more to how others feel. Kade, for his part starts to see the world through more adult eyes with the help of his mother. Both fan the flames of their strong physical chemistry.But it is the slow awakening from childhood into adulthood that makes this story work. As they put aside the simplistic expectations and understandings, they both come to see what matters most and to appreciate and enjoy those things all the more. RATING: 4 REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves,My Book Addiction Reviews
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