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The Night She Got Lucky by Susan Donovan


Cover art: The Night She Got Lucky Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: The Night She Got Lucky - 2nd in the San Francisco Dog-Walking Group series
Author: Susan Donovan
Publisher: St. Martin's
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-36605-6
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, California
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Susan's Website: www.susandonovan.com

When you have nothing to lose, it’s hard to feel like you’re losing it. Ginger Garrison has survived a messy divorce, lost her newspaper career and is losing touch with her teenage sons. Many days, Ginger feels like the only thing she can count on is her beloved dog, HeatherLynn and the support from her girlfriends in her dog-walking group.

While attending the wedding of one of the gals in her dog-walking group, she has the strangest talk with a delightful little old lady. The lady seems out of her mind, but informs Ginger that she’s about to get the real love of her life. She’s told she’s going to get lucky.

When she leaves the little old lady, she knows she needs to get out of her bridesmaid dress because it is too small for her. She’s out of air and feeling light headed. She sees a man in the shadows and asks who he is; when he says his name is Lucky she faints. Thankfully, Lucky is fast on his feet and catches her and takes her to her room. Lucio "Lucky" Montevez is stuck in the US while a diplomatic issue is worked out. Lucky is known around the world for his love-em and leave-em actions. Now he finds himself slowly becoming entwined with Ginger and her boys and her puppy and her crazy ex-husband.

Will Lucky love and leave Ginger? Will she be able to keep her heart intact when he does leave? She knows she can’t keep a world-renowned wildlife photographer stuck in the US doing portraits and carpools. She knows she will have to let him go when his name is cleared…but knowing and letting him go are two different things.

This book is obviously connected to the previous book, but it totally stands alone. Susan Donovan writes with such joie de vivre that it’s easy to get drawn into the characters and their lives. I found some hilarious moments sprinkled throughout the book. I really liked the way Susan Donovan could bring about some big laughs during serious moments.

Ginger is a fun-loving character. She reminded me of Lucille Ball, especially in the way that trouble found her. Ginger never went looking for trouble, but it always seemed to find her. I liked her spunk at raising twin teens while trying to keep her newspaper career going. She is also the kind of person that I would have as a friend because of her fierce loyalty and willingness to just be there for you no matter what.

Lucky caught my attention early in the story with his strong sexual presence, but I didn’t really love him until we learned more about him. He didn’t come across as a great guy in the beginning, but as we see his true self and his heart, it because easier and easier to see why Ginger could fall for him.

Overall, it was a delightful story and I look forward to reading the final story in this trilogy.


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