Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Good Luck Charm
From the Anthology Love So Tender
Author: Joanne Rock
Publisher: Harlequin Signature Select
Release Date: August 2005
Overall rating: 3.75
Sexual content rating: Sensual
Joanne's Website: www.joannerock.com
Good Luck Charm: Alyssa Reynolds is trying to conjure up The King in a backroom seance at her Elvis memorabilia shop when Brett Neale walks into her store. With his hypnotic blue eyes, Brett is Elvis-- or he will be once she helps him win Vegas's American Idol-style Elvis Legacy contest.
I really enjoyed Ms. Rock’s love story—Vegas style. It was a fresh look at many facets of Las Vegas. The story ended really well, however readers need to be aware that it starts off rough. I thought Alyssa (our heroine) wasn’t fleshed out very well in the beginning. As the story progressed, Ms. Rock gave her more character, personality and life. Alyssa becomes increasingly "real" throughout the story.
Brett Neale is an interesting guy. He’s all rock and roll and muscular with an awesome tattoo of Graceland. However, we discover he’s a financial analyst by trade who is taking a break from the financial world to try launching his music career. Alyssa is his last ditch effort to stay a musician. She’s a former promoter in the music industry. Can they spice up his image while ignoring the attraction simmering between them? Check it out and see.
Good Luck Charm was a nice diversion and an interesting look at "The King". Ms. Rock has some unique perspectives regarding Elvis. Be sure to check out the Bonus Features in this book. Ms. Rock has a fabulous feature titled, "Finding Romance in Elvis Tunes."
In Stephanie Bond's novella, Taking Care of Business, FBI agent Steve Berringer goes undercover as a photographer at a Vegas wedding chapel in order to catch a mob criminal. Except he doesn't realize that playing the King is part of the job description! Gracie Sergeant, the platinum blond pixie wedding director, is so not his type, but while she’s teaching him to swivel his hips, Steve can’t help but think about some other kind of hip action with Gracie!
Ms. Bond’s novella was my favorite in the book. Hope you enjoy.
In Jo Leigh's story, Play it Again, Elvis, Molly Canada is the hottest comedienne in Las Vegas. Poised at the edge of a new level of success with the offer of a nationally syndicated television show, she seems to have everything a woman could want. Except love.
Ms. Leigh’s story was a lot of fun---but I can’t get into the whole ghost Elvis thing.
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