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The Luckiest by Wendy Owens, Sarah Hansen

Married at eighteen, child at nineteen, widowed and alone at twenty-one, I've lived enough pain for ten lifetimes. - The Luckiest

When everything worth living for is suddenly taken from you, how do you keep going? People tell her how lucky she is just to be alive after that night, but she doesn't agree. The world doesn't stop just because Mac has lost everything, soon she will be forced to face demons she isn't yet ready to deal with.

* Contains mature content including death, romantic situations, and some mature language.
Book One - Stubborn Love - Clementine's Story
Book Two - Only In Dreams - Paige's Story
Book Three - The Luckiest - Mac's Story

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500401429
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/02/2014
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Wendy Owens was born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. Her first novel flowed from her in only two weeks time (then the real work started with four months of editing). That moment was when she knew she had found her calling. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn't always know where that might lead. Her first series, The Sacred Guardians, consists of four books, Sacred Bloodlines, Unhallowed Curse, The Shield Prophecy, and The Guardians Crown.

She is best known for her romance books, Stubborn Love and Only In Dreams, both released in 2013. Coming in 2014 and 2015 is her Wandering Hearts Series to include, Do Anything, It Matters To Me, and Jack's Redemption.

When she's not writing, this dog lover can be found spending time with her tech geek husband, their three amazing kids, and two pups. She loves to cook and is a film fanatic.

For more info on Wendy's young adult fiction and NA Romance visit http://wendy-owens.com/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/WendyLOwens
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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5038955.Wendy_Owens

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The Luckiest 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
Wendy Owens has written another incredible story you won't want to miss. THE LUCKIEST is the third book in her Stubborn Love series and is connected to the first two books as the story of how Christian met his friend "Mac" while working as a roadie for his friend Dean's band. Although some characters overlap in this series to connect the books, each can be read as a stand-alone. However, I warn you. Once you get a taste of Wendy's writing you'll be going back for more! Be prepared for a love story beyond what you typically read. Be prepared to really feel as you are taken on a journey that starts out so sad, then offers hope, and then finally happiness again. Expect to cry, but you will also smile, and you will be glad you went through every step along with the heroine, Mackenzie "Mac" Phillips.  Mac's life was once wonderful with all her dreams as a young woman coming true. She was happily married to her high school boyfriend with a sweet baby girl and in school to be come a chef. When tragedy strikes and that world is gone Mac falls into an oblivion, a darkness she can't get past. She essentially stops living herself, because her grief is so overwhelming. When her dear father, who has been her anchor, suddenly dies she is forced to take an active role in her survival again. A chance meeting with Christian Bennett leads to a job offer with a band lead by singer, Dean Johnson. Mac steels herself and accepts the job as chef for the band as they tour. After three years in virtual isolation she thrusts herself into an unknown world and lifestyle. On the road with the band, Mac is repeatedly challenged by the job, the road life, and the band she starts to find herself again. She opens up little by little and begins to live, rather than just survive each day. She almost immediately bonds with the friendly, charismatic (and very sexy) Christian. She also finds herself drawn to the mysterious, but often sullen Dean. She's so used to feeling nothing at all so the confusion of such a myriad of emotions is often a struggle for her. Her numbing pain is still always there, but it's now sharing space with pride in her progress and accomplishments, fear and wonder at all the new things she is experiencing, attraction, frustration, anger, disappointment, desire, guilt and hope. Dean has his own secrets and heartbreak. Broken in his own right, he understands Mac's pain and vulnerability. He's attracted to her, but keeps it to himself. He knows she's not ready for the kind of relationship he'd like to have with her, so he tries to be her friend. Dean was NOT the typical self-indulged rock star. Well, he was gorgeous with a voice that melted hearts and he oozed sex-appeal, so a few of the better rock star qualities, but more importantly, he was kind, patient, and tender with Mac. Dean finds ways for them to do things together that help get her mind off her pain and break open her shell a bit. He really was wonderful and it was impossible not to want him to have all he dares to hope for in the end. I like that there was nothing rushed in this book. Not Mac's healing, not her transition into a new life beyond Travis and Katie, and not her jumping into a new relationship. The Luckiest is a beautifully written story of a strong woman who finds the courage to live, and to eventually love again. 4 stars. ~Complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review.
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
Losing her husband and daughter in car accident left MacKenzie depressed and lost. Being the sole survivor of the accident, she is left to pick up the pieces, overcome the depression, and try to begin living her life again. But after such a loss, how can you possibly put yourself together again? This is not the only loss she has experienced either. She lost her mother just as she was about to need her the most during puberty. Now, she has lost her father too to a massive heart attack. He was all she had left - her protector. But is she right? This book deals with guilt of being the sole survivor of an accident as well as the ramifications of losing the love of your life at the beginning of your life together. Dealing with loss and the hurt that is left behind, is it better to isolate yourself and never give your heart away? If she looses someone she loves again, will she be able to continue? Will she want to go through life knowing she can lose someone and if it happens, she will hurt again? These are just but a few obstacles our main character MacKenzie is facing as she meets the lead singer of a band. The immediate attraction scares her because she is insecure in her feelings and willingness to take a chance. Wendy Owens' is giving us here a tender, loving and low key love affair to get us thinking about taking chances for a second time in life. I found her writing straight forward and no nonsense just like I like it. Very human reactions are included... when faced with a dilemma what would you do? I hope you find this as loving and tender a read as I did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Luckiest person ever is me for getting to read this book early. I loved every minute that I stayed up late reading this emotional story. I could feel every tragic and ever happy moment in this story. Ever emotion the characters had, I had them right along with them. When they cried, I did and when they were happy it was an exceptional feeling you couldn't help but feel it. This author really out done herself writing this storyline. Mackenzie had lost everything and didn't know how she possibly could ever feel anything again. By chance, she landed a job cooking for a rock band and slowly she let the walls she built up, come down. She struggles with her walls even when she wants to let go but her heart has to big of a hole in it. She fines that talking with the lead singer of the band helps her, because he has had a troubled past too and it even helps that he is HOT too. When her feelings become to strong for him, she ups and leaves because she is afraid of what will happen to him, if she stays. Once she leaves, she finally finds herself, but what has she lost on the way of finding who she really is? Was it a mistake to leave the one person who really understood how she truly thinks and feels? I can't give you those answers. You will have to read this fabulous story to find out and once you do you will love every word written. This is a story that will stay with you for days and you will say WOW, over and over. Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! Truly amazing!!!
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Mackenzie is existing day to day after the death of her husband and young daughter. When another tragedy strikes, Mac must pick up her broken pieces and learn to survive. Existing is no longer an option. Stepping out of her cocoon, she must find a job and learn to move on. Easier said than done. There are characters you connect with from the start, sometimes due to their circumstances mirroring your own. God willing, I pray I never have to go through the pain and hurt that Mac had to go through. I pray I never have to walk a mile in her shoes to know what she is going through. It would hurt too much. I just cannot imagine this character's pain. So even though I didn’t connect with her, I felt for her. She was a strong character. It just took some time to get there. This was a really good story. I hurt, I laughed, and it nearly had me in tears. But I will say that even after all she has been through, Mac lifted herself out of the ashes and learned to live again. She learned to find herself, all thanks to a few friends that help her along the way. And that was my favorite part. Watching her grow throughout. I enjoyed the romance as well. I thought it was fun and flirty and just want Mac and Dean needed in their lives. So while, Dean was helping Mac…she was actually helping him too. He has a lot of baggage that comes with its own issues. And Mac was able to help him overcome it and learn to love. A quick, emotional read...THE LUCKIEST will have you reading from start to finish to see if Mackenzie will ever get her happily ever after. 4 Stars!!
TracyG-1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. When I started reading "The Luckiest" I was armed with yes, my trusted friend kleenex! Mac is mourning the loss of Travis and Katie (husband and daughter), they were killed in an accident in which she was the soul survivor.  Travis was her high school sweetheart, and they got married right after school, and no sooner did Katie arrive♥ Fast forward 3 years.... Mac has it rough and is no stranger to death, having lost her mum at a young age, then the loves of her life, and then her father.  My heart aches for her, and I'm wondering if emotionally I'm going to make it through this read, things take a turn, a hot turn ... Mac is invoved in a fender bender, and the guy she drives into is a real sweetheart, and he's kind and caring towards her, he tries to calm her by distracting her with easy and simple conversation. As it turns out our friendly stranger, Christian has a brother that's part of a band and he's decided to tag along, as it happens they're in need of a cook and our girl applies and guess who's getting her rock on? Monica, the  beautiful auburn haired bestie of Mac is a friend in a million, she's been through the darkest time in her friend's life, and I think she's thrilled at the naughty twinkle our rockers bring to her eyes.  I feel for Mac as she gets cold feet and reality sinks in, it's all new and scary, but I thank mother universe for a friend like Monica who is the voice of reason and encouragement♥ Our roadtrip has begun and there's something brewing between Christian and Mac, but I think it's going to be a great friendship more than anything else, which is what both of them need. Dean is actually quite a sweetheart♥ He's taken some time out and spends it with Mac and they get to know each other a little better, I see a little life coming to Mac's eyes.  Sadly something I noticed is that there are a few of the crew that are hurting and "running", and I hope their road tripping will heal their hurts or at least that they'll be able to deal with them :( Dean has the cutest nickname for Mac, he calls her "Macaroon"♥ He takes her for a bike ride with aweome results!  I must give it to Mac she makes drinking black coffee very sexy.  "There's something sexy about him drinking a cup of black coffee...To see him take the bitterness head on makes him seem so strong and raw." Then helping Christian with mechanics ... sounds like the most erotic activity! My heart crumbles for Mac and the turmoil she's going through about "moving" on with her life.  Dean and "Macaroon" have a chat while night swinging, and in their conversation there's both revelation and a lesson that has me reaching for my kleenex and howling like its full moon!  Dean has me giddy, and their taste in music is legendary! The chemistry between Dean and "Macaroon" is getting more intense by the minute and Monica's little care package helped as well, I canned myself!  Dean is so gentle, kind, and patient with Mac, and he just melts my heart ♥ Patti, Dean's mum is as honest as they get and she's a real hoot!  Her living conditions don't define her but her heart does and she is where she is because of love gone wrong and and act of self defense. Again, I'm howling and reaching for my kleenex!  Dean is so protective and defensive of his "Macaroon" and I honestly can't picture him as a bad boy rocker with his gentle and kind heart and he loves with his whole heart.  Dean takes Mac for some ink of her own and again my opinion on inking comes through strongly....don't ink just for the sake of inking it must have a story behind it, it should be sentimental♥ The next scene has me screaming and crying like a banshee much to the shock and entertainment of those around me!  I can't help myself, its just so much to take in and I'm begging Mac not to run :(  By now I must look like a total nutter, and having a head of blue hair doesn't help either lol!!!  Mac needs to live and put her ghosts to rest, Dean is an amazing man!  At the same time, I'm so proud of the progress she's made by opening "Katie Bird" and bless his rocker heart he pitches on opening night and fights for them♥ he reads her like a book and our girl has a 2nd chance at happily ever after. The Luckiest was a beautiful ¿¿¿¿¿ love story with some good vibes and tunes along the way. Reviewed by Heidi