One night can change everything…
The crew at Boston’s Brazen Head Pub hasn’t been very lucky in love. Can a mysterious visitor inspire them to look past old hurts and misconceptions and give romance a chance? One Lucky Night is a collection of five sexy interwoven novelettes by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, and Melinda Dozier.
Lucky Break by Aria Kane
Four years ago, chef Derek Chase walked out of Andrea Rivera’s life after a tragedy neither of them were prepared to deal with. When she’s called to the Brazen Head to repair a dishwasher, old sparks ignite buried feelings.
Lucky Star by Grace Teague
When her life is threatened by a mugger, Charlotte Price realizes she's in love with her best friend, Tommy Leung. The Brazen Head seems like the perfect neutral place to confess her feelings, but nothing goes according to plan.
A New Tune by Ana Blaze
When it comes to dating, Holly Hall has one unbreakable rule: no musicians. Not even gorgeous ones. Especially not gorgeous ones. Dating them only leads to heartbreak. So why did she let singer-songwriter Cian O’Neill kiss her? And why is she thinking about doing it again?
Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips
As a bartender, Sean Whelan meets all kinds of women every night, but none turn his head the way that Lexi has. She’s been playing cat and mouse with him for weeks. Tonight, Sean’s determined to get Lexi to quit teasing and take a real chance on him.
Drink or Dare by Melinda Dozier
A bachelorette party Drink or Dare game pairs paramedic students, Rachel Robertson and Killian Whelan, in a flirting match. Soon, the dares threaten to turn their academic rivalry into something much more.
|Publisher:||One Lucky Night|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Ana lives just outside Washington DC with her very supportive husband and three rather demanding cats. She loves the ocean, Indian food, Ikea, and cooking. Ana admits to watching too much television and she swears that someday she’s going to learn how to play the guitar resting on the bookshelf in her office. Ana is a member of Romance Writers of America.
Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. She lives in sunny Florida with her fifty pound mutt who thinks he’s a Chihuahua. Find out more at www.ariakane.com or follow her on twitter @aria_kane.
Reading romance has always been at the top of Melinda's favorite past times. You can always find a book in her hands no matter where she is. Melinda is Louisiana born, New Mexico raised, Guatemala adopted, and recently a newcomer to Houston, Texas. So, it's only natural that her stories take place all across the world. Melinda loves reading, reality TV, traveling, blogging, and playing Words with Friends. Find Melinda on social media at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/melindadoz/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/melindadozier Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/melindadozier
Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, a ready-to-leave-the-nest child (One baby bird has already fled) and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she's not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she's working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business. Constance blogs regularly at www.constancephillips.com. You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has five short stories that all interconnect. Each story is about one couple, but when you put them all together you get the whole story of what happened that night at the Brazen Head, which I thought was fun. Though the stories are short, they are satisfying romantic stories. There may not be time for a HEA, but they at least end with hope. One of my favorites was A New Tune. I think this quote sums up why I liked Cian so much: The girl had always been a bit prickly, but since they’d kissed she was a f***ing cactus. She aggravated and charmed him at the same time, so he figured he’d have to marry her eventually. In the meantime, he was gonna try for an actual date. It didn’t look like tonight would be his night. There is more to like as well. You have the second chance story, friends that decide they want more, school rivals who don't get along until they meet at the pub. The flirty bartender who has to convince the woman he's interested in that he's sincere. This was a fun and sweet yet steamy read.
I don't read many compilations. Usually I find the stories too short, too scattered. But one thing I do enjoy is when they are all intertwined together. It's like getting multiple perspectives, and I just love that. So when the opportunity came to read One Lucky Night, I was more than happy to hop on board. My first pick is Lucky Break, by Aria Kane. Lucky Break is the story of Derek and Andy, well... Andrea. Derek is a chef at The Brazen Head, an Irish bar that this whole compilation kind of centers around. On this particularly snowy night he's the only chef, and is a bit short-staffed. On top of that, the dishwasher is broken, and the handyman, Andy, is on his way to fix it. Except Andy isn't a man. She's Andrea. And her and Derek know each other. I really love stories like this! You know, where something in the past ripped them apart, miscommunication is all over the place, and fate decides to throw them back together? Yep - love it. And in Derek and Andrea's case, I couldn't have been happier. The care, the tension, the need, it was all evident between them. I found both characters to be very likable, and I wanted them to get together by the end of their story. Derek is a bit mischievous, and Andrea is all grown up now. The way they play off each other really worked well for me. I loved the little bits of reminiscing, and I loved the steamy and sensual kisses they stole in the dark. Definitely a great way to start the book! Next, I really enjoyed A New Tune, by Ana Blaze. This is the story of Holly and Cian. Holly is a waitress at The Brazen Head, and Cian is the musical entertainment. This one surprised me, because "rock star romances" aren't really at the top of my list. Ok, he's not technically a rock star, but he is a musician, and he's got the reputation to go with it. Or at least, that's what Holly thinks. Holly's been burnt in the past by a musical man, and she's determined to not let it happen again. But yep, fate is definitely stepping in. These two end up alone together at his place on fairly innocent enough terms. And the air is practically crackling between them. I really loved how it started out one way, and ended up a whole other way, and that's due to both of them opening up and letting the other in. These characters were also quite likable to me. Holly and Cian felt like people I might know, and so I was able to connect with them. They each had flaws, but the chemistry between them was undeniable. Their story is more of a friends-to-lovers, and that's always a welcome plotline! So all of the stories feature the pub and the snowstorm. And there is something else they feature, that's a bit of secret. But the addition of this... feature (to prevent a spoiler!) was really a great idea. I loved the way all the stories tied in together and people from each story were featured throughout the book. I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance!
4 out of 5 for this reader folks! This is a harder review for me as One Lucky Night is an anthology written by five different authors and consists of five different stories. I tend to avoid anthologies as they usually are short stories weaved into a series and I'm rarely reading all the series that are involved. I decided to approach this anthology differently and not worry about whether any series were involved and just appreciate five short stories by authors I have never read before. I am some glad I did that, because this was a REALLY REALLY good collection. We have one setting called Boston's Brazen Head Pub that features all five stories. Unlucky in love, the patrons just may find that luck is changing when a mysterious individual decides to become a little busy body .... LOL LUCKY BREAK by Aria Kane After four years of no communication and heart break, Andrea (Andy) and Derek cross paths suddenly when Andy is called to the pub to fix an appliance. Well it doesn't take long for sparks to ignite and unsaid emotions bubble to the surface. Derek is Andy's brother's best friend and has vowed to stay away from his sister. Easier said than done though when fate decides it's time for these two to sort it out already! I have to say, problems that arise from lack of communication drive me bonkers, especially when it's so avoidable. Four years have been wasted and these two stubborn, meant to be together souls, really need to get it together is they want a happy ending. LUCKY STAR by Grace Teague What happens when you are in love with your best friend but fearful of the "friend" card being played against you? Well Charlotte and Tommy are about to find out. They have been the closest of friends for some time now, but have decided it's time to take a chance and spill their feelings in the hope that the other will feel the same. I am a sucker for a friends to lovers story and this one was heart warming and so beyond sweet. A little "oops" near the end of the story, but when something is meant to be, fate makes sure it happens. A NEW TUNE by Ana Blaze After taking a chance and being left heart broken, Holly has no interest in dating a musician .. again. After sharing a New Years Eve kiss with Cian (a musician that works at the pub), Holly is fearful of heart break once again. She builds up her walls and does all she can to push Cian away. I do love a persistent man and before Holly realizes it, she is being full on pursued. Cian isn't messing around either ... he wants Holly, and he'll do whatever he can to break down those walls. Full of sweet endearing moments, this was a perfect love story. LEXI'S CHANCE by Constance Phillips Sean is a co-owner of the pub and takes his job seriously, knowing that sweet words and flirting gets the ladies through the front door, and coming back for more. When he begins to flirt with Lexi, he sees something very different about this woman and really wants to pursue her and see if they would make a good couple. A couple problems though, Sean doesn't date his customers and Lexi thinks he is just a player. Lexi spends her days helping the needy and every Friday night she enjoys kicking back with her colleagues and having a couple of drinks. She is attracted to Sean but realizes that he flirts with all the girls, so she certainly isn't anything special. If they both can stop long enough to realize that there is something pretty great between them, they just may have a chance at love. DRINK OR DARE by Melinda Dozier This one was my fave! Must be because it was full of sass. Killian is a co-owner of this pub. His heart and passion however are in becoming a paramedic and he is currently in school earning his degree. Rachel is one of Killian's classmate and his competition in academics. Always trying to one up each other, they push the other to do better. Rachel attends a bachelorette party that just so happens to be hosted at the pub, and can't believe it when she discovers Killian is one of it's owners. Before we know it, these two are engaging in a heated game of drink or dare, once again trying to upstage the other. This time however, the line of friendly rivalry is crossed and before they know it, they are playing for keeps ... of each other. This was soaked in humour and fun but the stakes were always high ... good thing they both end up winning! LOL Overall, a wonderful collection of stories. I do love when authors collaborate with each other and we get peeks of another story before or after they have happened. This was well done throughout the entire book. If you enjoy romance and need a quick fix, this is a great selection to add to your collection. HAPPY READING! :)
Thank you, Aria Kane, for giving me an ARC, ecopy of One Lucky Night, for an honest review. First of all, I love how all five of these stories are connected. All five couples find love on the same night, at the same place. Events from one story will coincide with events in another. At times, the reader will get to see the same event through multiple view points throughout each story. It made for a very entertaining read. Also, I loved that the old man with the white beard, gray three-piece suit and green tie appeared in all the stories. His sage advice helped all the couples and, although this anthology isn't a paranormal story in the least, I liked how he magically vanished only to reappear, and then vanish again later. He was like an Irish love spirit sent to Earth to bring people together. It was very romantic. Although there were typos and grammatically-incorrect sentences (mostly in story 5 that I could tell), it didn’t take away from the book. I just hope that the editors will fix the problems during revisions and final edits. Lucky Break by Aria Kane Andrea Rivera and Derek Chase have a shared past of romance and heartache. I admired both characters (especially her strong-willed personality and his innate nature to protect no matter what) even though their actions stopped them from being together for four years. They finally reconnect over a broken dishwasher that wasn’t even broken. The sparks fly and the claws shred light into why their romance failed. This was a beautiful story of second chances, the importance of honesty and the fact that tragedy can either bring people closer together or tear them apart. 4 Stars. Lucky Star by Grace Teague Charlotte Price and Tommy Leung are best friends and he’s the one she calls after a frightening encounter with a mugger. She reevaluates her whole life and realizes that her biggest regret if she had died was that Tommy didn’t know that she was in love with him. She set out to tell him but one disaster after another stopped her, until everything blows up in her face. I really liked Charlotte and Tommy’s banter and their very close yet platonic friendship. The POV is entirely Charlotte’s and she puts Tommy on a pedestal (and downplays herself) which kinda annoyed me after a while. Anyway, I won’t give away the ending (ie: Tommy’s reaction to her admission once she finally tells him) but there is a HEA. 3 Stars. A New Tune by Ana Blaze Holly Hall and Cian O’Neill have spent the past few months flirting but now she avoids him like the plague after a surprise kiss on New Year’s Eve. She’s a waitress at the bar, he’s a musician who performs at the bar, so they constantly see each other. She’s dealing with a fair share of embarrassment and heartache from past mistakes and she refuses to let him close. Cian is determined to break through her walls with soulful, romantic songs. I admire his tenacity and the fact that he never gives up on Holly even though she has given him countless reasons to do so. Their romance is slow to build but once it does… wow, it’s sizzling. I love stories with musicians, especially honorable musicians like Cian who doesn’t sleep with every hot girl who bats her eyelashes at him. It was very refreshing. 4 Stars. Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips Sean Whelan is one of the brothers who owns and operates The Brazen Head. He’s sexy, confident and a total flirt. Lexi Mattson runs a homeless shelter and, because of past trauma, she takes her job far too seriously. She’s wary of falling for Sean because he flirts with most of the women in the bar but she soon realizes that he’s more than he seems. Sean is my favorite hero of the series. I think the other men’s personal trauma was worst than his but Sean’s sincerity and sexy actions regarding Lexi pulled me in like a moth to the flame. 4 Stars. Drink or Dare by Melinda Dozier Killian Whelan and Rachel Robertson have an academic rivalry. They both want to be the best so much that they have overlooked a potential romance for months, until Rachel walks into Killian’s family pub and sees him in a kilt. Killian lost a bet with his brother, Sean, and has to wear the sexy Irish kilt all night. Her friends instantly see their attraction to one another and set out to force them together through a series of flirtatious dares. It was fun to watch Rachel break free of her demure, shy demeanor and take a chance. Killian has a huge crush on Rachel and finally expressed his feeling for her through teasing banter. Their romance plays throughout the whole story for a hot climax at the end. 4 Stars.
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review As this is an anthology I’ll review each short story seperately and then a conclusion of my opinion of the anthology in general. Lucky Break by Aria Kane It was an okay story. The two main character haven’t seen each other for quite some time and then run into each other while Andrea is called in to fix the dishwasher at the place Derek works. Most of the story is about them trying to figure out their feelings for each other and explaining the past while they both have work to do there as well. There was just a bit too little depth and all their problems seemed to stem from miscommunication 4 years ago. Lucky Star by Grace Teague I liked this story. I always have liked friends-to-lovers stories. I especially liked the beginning of this story and I finished this one in one sitting. There were some places that felt a bit off or rushed, but overal this was a nice and enjoyable story. There was some miscommunication towards the end, but mostly this was a sweet story about a girl who finally gathers the courage to tell her best friend she’s in love with him. A New Tune by Ana Blaze This was a fun story. I liked Holly, although I thought her fear of dating musicians was a bit too extreme. The beginning felt a bit off and I thought Holly was a bit too mean to Cain and not giving him a chance, but later on that improves. I liked that they actually seemed to get to know each other and they did some honest talking beside having sex. I would’ve liked seeing what happens to them next. Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips Lexi’s Chance is about a girl who is in love with bartender Sean. And sean’s in love with her, but lexi thinks he flirts that way with all the patrons. It was a funs tory, although I thought some of the problems where resolved a bit too easy or quick. And then when they finally take a chance, their relationship develops really fast. I did like how we got to know these characters a bit and learned some of their secrets. Some of the changes in the character occures a bit fats, but then again it is a short story. Drink or Dare by Melinda Dozier This was a fun story. Since the first short story I’ve been wondering about Killian and what was up with him wearing a kilt and now we finally found out. I really liked this story, it was sweet and the character already knew each other. I liked the competitiveness between the main characters. I normally don’t like dares in a story, but they where done sorta nice in this one, it didn’t feel forced, more like the dare pushed Rachel to do somethign she wanted to but otherwise might not have done. I like dhow their relationship developed and they suddenly saw each other in a new perspective. The thing I like most about this anthology is how all these stories take place on the same night and there’s intercation between the stories. For exmaple in each story it is mentioned someone walks around in a kilt in the pub, but you don’t find out the whole story behind it until the last story. I also liked how some characters made a short appearance in other stories and everything was just inegrated seamlessly. And then there’s the well dressed old man that appear mysertiously in each short story. To conclude: This was a fun anthology with 5 stories that all take place in and around the same pub, mostly on the same night. There is some overlap and interactions between the stories and all the stories where enjoyable and well written. Some parts fell a bit rushed and short, but then again it are short stories. These authors write some of the best anthologies I’ve read and I really like the overlap and connection between the stories that adds some depth to the anthology in general.
One Lucky Night – An Anthology – 3.75 stars This is a romantic collection of five, interrelated short stories revolving around one, snowy night in an Irish pub in Boston. Each character meets an eccentric old man, gets lucky in love, and has some hot sex. This is a lovely collection which is like comfort food for the heart. Think shepherd's pie, chicken pot pie, and boxty accompanied by a pint of Guinness. Lucky Break by Aria Kane – 3 stars New adults try to fix the mistakes of the past, and rekindle their first love. The plot is fairly complex to tackle in a short story, and deep rooted issues are resolved rather quickly. The heroine is both adorable, and strong. This feels more like an excerpt from a larger story, and I was left wanting the rest. Lucky Star by Grace Teague – 4 stars This is a friends to lovers storyline, which centers around two new adults. After being mugged, Charlotte turns to her friend Tommy for comfort, and then struggles trying to tell him she feels more than friendship for him. It's an engrossing story with a very satisfying ending. I cheered for Charlotte as she stumbled through her dilemma. A New Tune by Ana Blaze – 4 stars Holly fights her attraction to Irish, folk singer Cian every step of the way. She's been burnt before, and doesn't plan to make the same mistake twice. Fortunately for us, Cian is not only charming, but also has the luck of the Irish. The author lets us in on the beginning of what promises to be a wonderful relationship. Cian is a delightful morsel, and it's fun watching him seduce Holly. Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips – 3 stars The most flirtatious bartender at the pub struggles with his attraction to the most self-sacrificing woman he has ever met. These two people are polar opposites who find both common ground and love. Unfortunately, Sean and Lexi come across more as caricatures than people, and their attraction was a little hard to understand. It's a cute story for those who like classical romantic archetypes. Drink or Dare by Melinda Dozier – 4 stars A bachelorette party provides the perfect excuse for two competitive students to explore their attraction to one another. The party game is fun, and I wish there had been even more details on the dares. The hero is wearing a kilt, which automatically adds bonus points to this review! It's a cute story, which proves once again that anger and love are closer emotions than we think.
***Received from authors for an honest review*** ~~~ “The best ones are always worth the extra work.” – Old man at the bar (A New Tune by Ana Blaze) ~~~ That pretty much sums up each story in this anthology. Every person in each couple had to work to make the relationship happen. It wasn’t about attraction and lust. It was about forming an actual bond that started in the heart, overtook the mind, then were made real by touch and word. And I liked that these relationships didn’t come easily for anyone. What made me smile the most wasn’t that each couple got a happy ending, but that at least one person from each couple had some kind of conversation with the old man from the above quote. I like to think of him as the catalyst that gave each person the courage to profess their feelings. He seemed to always know what to say to shed light on the situation (like the quote above) and his advice/observations were always spot on. The authors did a fantastic job creating stories around a central place. The pub, with all its hustle and noise and customers, made for an excellent backdrop for each story. Though each story is novella length, I have to say I didn’t feel cheated one bit when I reached “The End”. There’s plenty of love, lust, and sex in these five stories to make up for the length of each one. ;) Terrific job, ladies. Your offerings in this anthology gave me a chance to slip from the busyness of my world into the comfort of the Brazen Head Pub and watch, first hand, the romances around me unfold.