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Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it. Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it. Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits. Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall. Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.


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Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it. Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it. Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits. Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall. Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.

30 review for Lucky

  1. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    4 Stars A believable portrayal of a gay Premiership football player planted firmly in the closest and a down on his luck young man. Neither of them had any idea a casual Grindr hook up would change both their lives... "You're here for a blowjob,right?We said fifty quid(...) Dominic cuts an extremely lonely figure....He's fallen out of love with the beautiful game....he might have wealth and unwanted fame but he's lost in a sea of bitterness and self hate.He's never had any kind of a relationship 4 Stars A believable portrayal of a gay Premiership football player planted firmly in the closest and a down on his luck young man. Neither of them had any idea a casual Grindr hook up would change both their lives... "You're here for a blowjob,right?We said fifty quid(...) Dominic cuts an extremely lonely figure....He's fallen out of love with the beautiful game....he might have wealth and unwanted fame but he's lost in a sea of bitterness and self hate.He's never had any kind of a relationship with a man.He can't due to the nature of the sport he's involved in.... Sometimes it seemed like my sexuality was nothing but a demon dancing around my brain, reminding me every ten minutes that I was living the worst kind of lie, but in moments like this it was real. Unfortunately Garrett Leigh got this spot on.I say unfortunately because this appears to be the world we live in today.I've been following football for years and in all that time there have only been a few footballers who've come out and one of those cases ended in tragedy.So,I felt Dom's struggle....it was all too real.He's gone to great lengths to keep his personal life secret but his resolve is severely tested when he meets Lucky. I adored Lucky and he's one of the reasons this book worked so well for me.He's got his demons but still knows right from wrong.I found him such an endearing,likeable character...and physically he pushed ALL of my buttons, Fucking hell. Are you kidding me? LCK £ _98’ s profile picture had been a pale, slim torso, and in our private message exchange he’d sent me a snap of his full lips pressed together in a teasing pout, but there’d been nothing else to giveaway the streak of fae-like beauty that stood before me now. Dark skinny jeans clung to his long legs, and a ripped vest hung from his slender frame, showing swathes of milky skin, all set off by piercing blue eyes, a ton of weathered leather bracelets, and sandy hair tied into a messy knot at the nape of his neck. AND..... Long hair was my kryptonite. Damn. Did I dream him? “(...) I was practically salivating at this point... Dom and Lucky are from two completely different worlds but they fit together perfectly.This Author never fails in creating a believable chemistry between her characters.Theirs isn't an easy journey as they navigate their way from a sexual hook up to friends,to more with all the pressures surrounding them. I absolutely loved the Epilogue and,hello? Cash? ......let the swooning begin......you know when you have a good feeling about a character?...Can't wait for his story. Recommended read. An Arc of Lucky was kindly provided to DirtyBooksObsession in exchange for an honest review. My reviews are posted on DirtyBooksObsession

  2. 5 out of 5

    Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion

    This is probably going to get lengthy since this book gave me feelings and when I have feelings I tend to get loquacious. So for those of you like me, who have the attention span of a hummingbird, here's the tl;dr: Lucky is an emotionally powerful tale featuring two gritty and layered characters who have to fight for every centimeter of their HEA that I would recommend to readers who cherish romances that flout the paradigm. Now, ALL THE WORDS! The sports angle is what drew me to this book. I This is probably going to get lengthy since this book gave me feelings and when I have feelings I tend to get loquacious. So for those of you like me, who have the attention span of a hummingbird, here's the tl;dr: Lucky is an emotionally powerful tale featuring two gritty and layered characters who have to fight for every centimeter of their HEA that I would recommend to readers who cherish romances that flout the paradigm. Now, ALL THE WORDS! The sports angle is what drew me to this book. It's no secret that I have a thing for athletes and sport. True, I'm American and thus not hugely familiar with soccer (football) but for me an athlete is an athlete is an athlete. Dom has worked most of his life to get where he is-an elite defender for a Premiership team. There wasn't an inordinate amount of sport mentioned but it did center on what I like best: dedication to the craft and interpersonal relationships. There are no two ways about it, Dom is fractious and grumpy. But his pain and weariness were a visceral and moving experience for me. He's been hiding who he is for years, hiding so long that it's made him vicious on the pitch and churlish off it. There are a few people that could potentially be sources of support for him, but the fear of being discovered has rendered him paranoid and mistrustful of everyone so he lives a solitary existence. Years of hiding have aided the formation of well fortified defenses that are now force of habit. That’s the trouble with masks, after wearing them for so long it’s hard to remember what's real, the mask or what’s buried beneath. There are glimpses of the person he could be but they are rare. Until Lucky. As much as I would like to dismiss his fears as baseless, I cannot. Because it's not true. The evidence lies in the way Cristiano Ronaldo was and still is being treated. Google Cristiano Ronaldo + gay. See how many hits you get. One word: relentless. Or what about Micheal Sam or any number of past and present football players? Too many continue to endure a harsh reality that forces them to live half-lives which engender depression, anxiety and suicide. I want to believe the tide is turning but it is the slowest fucking tide ever. So it’s my fervent hope that people, both young and old, will not only read this book, but people like Garrett Leigh will continue to write them, continue to pound at the gates singing Lin Manuel Miranda's now ubiquitous "love is love is love" anthem until it no longer needs singing. So people like Dom no longer have to hide in the shadows exhausting themselves whilst doing so. His furtive and anonymous hookups have never been satisfying, conjuring more anxiety and frustrated longing than anything. But they do provide relief and to that end he arranges a paid Grindr hookup with Lucky. Something happens in that run down room in Dalston, something that defies explanation. It's not instalove but there is chemistry and dazzling attraction that is the beginning of something for both of them. What was supposed to be a one-off turns into a two-off then regular texting then more. Then forever. The progression of their relationship was like watching a colt try to walk for the first time. Neither of them have a whole lot of experience nor do they put a lot of stock into happily ever after. Both are rough around the edges but there is an ineffable force that seems to bind them together. Lucky is anything but, actually. His life is not unlike countless other queer kids who have homophobic parents but that doesn’t diminish his experiences or how affecting they were. Left to his own devices at a tender age he's developed some bad habits (trigger for drug usage) and simply put, he doesn't have much support. He has a best friend who does what she can but oftentimes he goes without. Pride is a factor but Lucky's world is riddled with poverty, drug use, violence, crime and prostitution, so the people he knows don’t have much to give in the first place. One would think that would make him bitter or dolorous, but he isn't; he verges on puckish at times. Both of these men have baggage and at one point I did think the narrative was going to be too bleak for me, but I couldn't put it down. They are both such nuanced, genuine and beguiling characters that I found myself helplessly at the mercy of Leigh's narrative. Fear not, Lucky is not all doom, gloom and angst. There are emotionally weighty topics obliquely mentioned-homelessness, suicide, child abuse, abandonment-that played a role in their formation, but this is not the focus. Their journey to becoming a 'we' is the focus and it was the easiest thing in the world to root for them. I won't claim to be a Garrett Leigh expert but Lucky is hands down the sexiest book I've read of hers. Ever. Maybe it was the emotional connection built between them or maybe it was the scorching desire they have for one another or maybe it was the fact that so much of what transpires between them Dom's never experienced before. I really don't care. Whatever it was it should be bottled and weaponized. For the good of mankind. What's more, their sexual compatibility aided in deepening their connection, so my face melting AND their was a purpose! It should be noted that Lucky is pansexual and there are references to him having sex with a female prior to his really investing in Dom. Lucky could've easily become a bromide Cinderfella story with their disparate income gap and backgrounds, but instead Leigh contravened the mold and stayed the course. Both Lucky and Dom are prickly and independent in their own ways and their emotions and actions align with those characterizations. Yes, they fall in love and yes, that is a transformative event for them but neither magically morph into Disney characters that skip off into a technicolor sunset. Years of trudging through their pallid realities comes with an austerity that’s not easily reversed and I cannot overstate how much I admire that they are emotionally and behaviorally congruent; it's what elevated Lucky to unforgettable territory. Leigh's prose is above reproach; it's fluid and captivating. The usage of dual perspectives made them three-dimensional, subtly showcasing their differences and highlighting their similarities. Their lassitude was palpable without being burdensome and their triumphs were realistic without being banal, something that takes a sophisticated hand to accomplish. Before I tip over into obsequious, I'll just say if you are someone who appreciates tenacious, meaty and authentic characters finding a unique happiness unto themselves within a relevant landscape, I think you'll enjoy Lucky. An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Gritty and very British, Lucky is a typical, solid Garrett Leigh story but with a sporty twist. I know literally nothing about Premiership football, but I enjoyed this story a great deal. The football aspect was very minor, and could have been literally any sport and the story would have been about the same. Plus, I don't know if I'll ever get tired of closeted celebrity stories, especially when they have been deprived and repressed for as long as Dominic Ramos. Lucky wasn't an easy romance for th Gritty and very British, Lucky is a typical, solid Garrett Leigh story but with a sporty twist. I know literally nothing about Premiership football, but I enjoyed this story a great deal. The football aspect was very minor, and could have been literally any sport and the story would have been about the same. Plus, I don't know if I'll ever get tired of closeted celebrity stories, especially when they have been deprived and repressed for as long as Dominic Ramos. Lucky wasn't an easy romance for these guys. Both MCs have a TON of baggage, and they are fighting tooth and nail for every bit of happiness in their lives. Dominic is painfully lonely, and my heart ached for him throughout the book. Lucky Coleman is a fighter who has faced an upward battle since he was kicked out of his home as a teen. He lives rough and faces some addiction issues (which were a little downplayed, IMO), though he is doing his best to find his way out of the hole he is trapped in. I really liked Lucky and Dom together, and thought their chemistry worked well, even if I thought that it was based more on physical attraction than anything else, especially at first. Which is fine, but I like my romances to be a bit slower... a bit more slow-burny, and this was not quite that vibe. The actual story was fairly intense, and I kept feeling like their lives were going to be upturned and disaster was going to strike at any moment. It isn't a dark story as much as it is a angsty, real story, probably more real than any of us will ever know. There are men right now in both of Dom and Lucky's situation, and the story really made me reflect on them and their hypothetical lives. If you are a fan of Garrett Leigh, you won't be disappointed by this one. Another great effort from this author. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  4. 4 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    I liked Dom. I liked Lucky. I liked their banter and snark. I liked their steamy scenes. I liked their tender, heart-felt moments. I liked how they kept finding their way back to one another, again and again. BUT... I didn't really like the feeling of déjà vu that I'd (somehow, somewhere) already read an angstier, druggier version of this story from Leigh. 3.75 stars. ----------------------------------------------- This book is *FREE* with Kindle Unlimited membership. See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick- I liked Dom. I liked Lucky. I liked their banter and snark. I liked their steamy scenes. I liked their tender, heart-felt moments. I liked how they kept finding their way back to one another, again and again. BUT... I didn't really like the feeling of déjà vu that I'd (somehow, somewhere) already read an angstier, druggier version of this story from Leigh. 3.75 stars. ----------------------------------------------- This book is *FREE* with Kindle Unlimited membership. See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links) -----------------------------------------------

  5. 5 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    ~3.5~ For a Garrett Leigh book, Lucky isn't terribly angsty. It deals with the ubiquitous homophobia in men's team sports, drug abuse, and homelessness. But these themes aren't overwhelming, and the romance between Dom and Lucky is a beacon of light and hope. When they first meet in a seedy flat, Dom pays Lucky to suck him off, and then pays extra so he can blow Lucky too. What begins as a "rent boy" Grindr hookup develops into a genuine friendship, even though both men are keeping secrets. There ~3.5~ For a Garrett Leigh book, Lucky isn't terribly angsty. It deals with the ubiquitous homophobia in men's team sports, drug abuse, and homelessness. But these themes aren't overwhelming, and the romance between Dom and Lucky is a beacon of light and hope. When they first meet in a seedy flat, Dom pays Lucky to suck him off, and then pays extra so he can blow Lucky too. What begins as a "rent boy" Grindr hookup develops into a genuine friendship, even though both men are keeping secrets. There is some serious steam in this story. Once Dom allows himself to enjoy sex with a man sans guilt or shame, the passion explodes. My favorite scene is when Dom begs Lucky to fuck him. That was insanely hot! Indeed, much of their relationship is lust-based. I wish the guys had gone on a date or something. Their interactions were rather limited. Dom plays football, but he could have been any athlete in any sport. There was almost no mention of the game. I didn't need every gritty detail, but we were told about Dom training/playing without really seeing it. I really liked the epilogue, which establishes a tentative HEA for Lucky and Dom, and the fact that the MCs stayed true to themselves throughout the story. The writing, as per usual for Leigh, is authentically British, evocative, and nuanced. I will definitely read the next book in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ele

    *4.5 stars* "I was proud to be seen. Proud to love him. Proud to even know him. And proud of my fucking self. "I'm happy, Lucky. Are you?" His answering smile set me free." This is why I love Garrett Leigh's work. It doesn't matter if it's a chef, a sex worker, a cowboy or -in this case- a freaking closeted Premiership football player. It doesn't matter if it's an ordinary tale between two people who happened to cross paths with each other or an once in a million years situation; her stories alw *4.5 stars* "I was proud to be seen. Proud to love him. Proud to even know him. And proud of my fucking self. "I'm happy, Lucky. Are you?" His answering smile set me free." This is why I love Garrett Leigh's work. It doesn't matter if it's a chef, a sex worker, a cowboy or -in this case- a freaking closeted Premiership football player. It doesn't matter if it's an ordinary tale between two people who happened to cross paths with each other or an once in a million years situation; her stories always feel like a slice of real life. No sappy or fluffy -and basically empty- scenes in sight. No grand gestures or public declarations of love. Just two guys finding their soulmate in each other, fighting against the odds to get their hard won happy ending. Always delivered in the gritty and melancholic tone I 've come to love so much. This book is also important for another reason. However you look at it, sports is not a welcome place for gay/bi/pan + folks. History has proved it and -sadly- keeps proving it to this day. Being inside Dom's head made me feel trapped and desperate sometimes and I'm just a reader. I can only imagine how a gay athlete must feel. Dominic Ramos lives half a life. If he wants to keep doing the only thing he's ever been good at (which is football), he must hide who he really is (which is gay). The thing is that after hiding for so long, the thing that he loved the most starts to feel like a noose around his neck and meeting Lucky will soon become his way out, even if he doesn't know it yet. Now Lucky...I freaking love this guy so much (and not just because he's this blue eyed cutie with long blond hair). Life dealt him a shitty hand but he's pushing through. He might live on the streets most nights or get himself high when things get too tough, but he's not martyr, nor a whiner. And he definitely won't be treated like trash. "Use me or fucking lose me, yeah? Cause I'm not up for the bullshit in between". I loved the messages, the secret dates and the steady pace at which the romance progressed. I loved how Lucky slowly became Dom's lifeline and his ticket to freedom. Other reviews mention that this is not a Cinderfella story and they 're right. Dom does not save Lucky. Lucky saves himself with Dom by his side. I LOVED that. Heed the warning tags (suicidal ideation, self-harm, abuse, drug use) but know that the author did not delve very deeply in these subjects. Just enough so that we can get a satisfying background of the characters. I'm thrilled that this is going to be a series. Recommended!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    What a heartbreaking and moving story. The pressure is unbelievably suffocating and it's absolutely surreal to think that this is happening to football players at the year of two thousand and fucking eighteen! I urge you to read Ariana's stunning review. **Available on KU ATM.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christelle

    **3.5 stars** A case of “I expected something else”, so even if it was good – and good it was-, I was a bit thrown out of my chair. All on me. Dom is a professional football player (football as in “European football” - I’m not going to start a discussion regarding what “real” football is, LOL). Obviously, he’s very deep in the closet for good reasons, like being really weary of paparazzies. Add to that he’s not an out-going guy by nature and you can guess how lonely he is, even bitter. One night, **3.5 stars** A case of “I expected something else”, so even if it was good – and good it was-, I was a bit thrown out of my chair. All on me. Dom is a professional football player (football as in “European football” - I’m not going to start a discussion regarding what “real” football is, LOL). Obviously, he’s very deep in the closet for good reasons, like being really weary of paparazzies. Add to that he’s not an out-going guy by nature and you can guess how lonely he is, even bitter. One night, he meets Lucky for a quick blowjob, Lucky who is trying to get out of the streets without relying on anybody as much as he can. This anonymous encounter will have a dire effect on both their life. Not saying more for not spoiling the story. Usual GL…and at the same time, a bit different. Angst and melancholy poured out of the writing, both characters were well fleshed out and their inner struggles were potent. I even felt a soft spot for Lucky (yes, Judith, I adored him as well…no point in fighting that !). But I felt that the situations Dom and Lucky had to deal with each on their own were a bit glossed over, especially the rampant homophobia in the sporting world. In western Europe, there is still a long way to go regarding LGBT rights, and when it comes to male football, it’s plainly and simply a taboo subject. I expected more in this book, maybe because it’s a bit personal for me (football and struggling for a warm meal). Due to that (my bad only) and the “insta-lust” between Dom and Lucky, it took me a while to get immersed into this romance. However, once I was in it, I can’t deny, the development of the bond between Dom and Lucky was “something”. I loved the fight Lucky put into it, his caring for Dom and his strength in getting a life on his own, as well as Dom’s struggles to change his habits for Lucky and himself. And just for that, I don’t regret reading this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Too Many Books Too Little Time

    You know, I've decided Garrett Leigh might just be my favorite MM author. Consistently love her stuff. She writes the kind of angst I can deal with. My heart seriously broke for Dominic. And Lucky. This one was a pretty heavy read. And a bit of a downer. I honestly had no idea how things could possibly work out for Dom and Lucky. I really didn't. But they did. And I loved experiencing their journey.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jewel

    4.5 Stars I sure do love Garrett Leigh's brand of angst. Her characters seem so real to me. No matter their situations, or social standing, I can always find something to relate to. Lucky had the perfect balance of angst and was I glad there wasn't a bunch of melodrama mixed in. What we get is a believable mix what I could see as real life. Lucky is about a homeless young man down on his luck and a closeted professional footballer desperate for affection. Neither expect to find anything beyond a r 4.5 Stars I sure do love Garrett Leigh's brand of angst. Her characters seem so real to me. No matter their situations, or social standing, I can always find something to relate to. Lucky had the perfect balance of angst and was I glad there wasn't a bunch of melodrama mixed in. What we get is a believable mix what I could see as real life. Lucky is about a homeless young man down on his luck and a closeted professional footballer desperate for affection. Neither expect to find anything beyond a release, but they actually find a connection amidst the fear of discovery. Lucky is homeless when he decides to try a hookup for cash exchange. He's got acquaintances that do it and so he figures he might as well, too. He needs the money to try to get off the streets. He wants to find a job and a place to live and lead as normal a life as he can. A Grindr hookup for cash was a means to an end. Dom is in a completely different world. While he does come from more humble beginnings, he is way beyond that now. A professional footballer, with a contract and tons of endorsement offers, he should be living it up. Sounds great, of course, and it probably would be if he could be himself. But being in the spotlight means Dom has to hide the gay, like he's done his whole life. When he went pro, he locked it away, only acting on it when he was desperate for another person's touch. Being on guard 24/7 has also given Dom a bit of a rep as an asshole because he doesn't socialize or party it up. What starts as a one-time hookup, becomes two, and then all bets are off when neither of them can get enough. But life has a way of interfering with people and when one or both have something to hide ... longevity isn't in the cards. Dom's fears get the better of him and he runs. The story also touches on a segment of society the comfortably middle class just doesn't see. Not just the homeless, but those trying to find their way off the streets and how bad some of those situations can be. Even when Lucky finds himself a spot in a halfway house, he feels safer sleeping rough, and that broke my heart. Lucky and Dom are both very different and exactly the same. They both hide, they both hold their cards close to the chest, the both only reveal what they must when they must. But where Dom is emotionally closed off, Lucky is more comfortable in his skin. And in spite of the fact they are world apart financially they are also both stronger than they realize. Stories with characters experiencing self-loathing can be touch and go for me. I know that there are plenty of people that experience it, but my problems generally are because the character seems to get over it way too easily. I didn't feel that was the case, here. While Dom did experience plenty of self-loathing, it wasn't because he was gay, but because of the pressure to play it straight. Every time he gave in to his need for affection, he felt like he failed and his career was on the line. I never got the impression that he actually hated himself or the fact he was gay. He just hated that he could't actually BE himself. And that made the world of difference to me. Recommended. -------------------- ARC of Lucky was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    There isn't anyone, imho, better at writing these gritty slices of British life than Garrett Leigh. There are trigger warnings for this one to be aware of but the narrative itself isn't overly angsty or too dramatic In this one, the first in a new series, we get a closeted Premiership footballer and a young guy down on his luck and hooking up on Grindr for enough cash to get off the. streets. It's not your usual fare though, as the hook up where Lucky meets Dom is his first time and he's not too go There isn't anyone, imho, better at writing these gritty slices of British life than Garrett Leigh. There are trigger warnings for this one to be aware of but the narrative itself isn't overly angsty or too dramatic In this one, the first in a new series, we get a closeted Premiership footballer and a young guy down on his luck and hooking up on Grindr for enough cash to get off the. streets. It's not your usual fare though, as the hook up where Lucky meets Dom is his first time and he's not too good at the keeping things professional lark. Both men find something unexpected in the other which leads them to question where their lives are at. There's the usual trials and tribulations of dealing with the fears of being outed - and let's not go there on how there's been less than a handful of top level footballers who've come out and one ended up taking his own life a few years later.. As a Brit, what happened to Justin Fashanu is a very vivid memory from my 20s which still saddens me two decades later. But here all is handled in a completely believable way without over egging the pudding. Dom's fears are completely understandable and it's only as he realises his life is stifling and that his manager has already spent years falsifying his publicity trail that he starts to wish things were different. Finding Lucky acts as a catalyst for change but he has his own problems to deal with and watching the two of them muddle through attraction into friendship and then love isn't an easy ride. But the saying goes that nothing worth having comes easy and the fumbles and hiccups along the way only serve to strengthen feelings. I loved this, as I've loved all of Garrett's books and the sneak peek of book two has only intrigued me more! #ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ariana

    I had to google it. Currently there is exactly ONE football (=soccer) player in England who is openly out. And he doesn't even play for the Premier League. The FA chairman said at the end of last year that he knew of at least two players in the Premier League who are gay but do not feel safe enough to come out. To highlight the situation this bus with 'every out football player' in the Premier League was part of the Brighton Pride Parade in August 2018. Of course it is empty. The pressure for thos I had to google it. Currently there is exactly ONE football (=soccer) player in England who is openly out. And he doesn't even play for the Premier League. The FA chairman said at the end of last year that he knew of at least two players in the Premier League who are gay but do not feel safe enough to come out. To highlight the situation this bus with 'every out football player' in the Premier League was part of the Brighton Pride Parade in August 2018. Of course it is empty. The pressure for those gay men who happen to love a sport and dedicate their lives to it is enormous. For Dominic it is increasingly suffocating. The shame and guilt he feels for wanting men. The constant need to 'keep up appearances'. The fear of someone discovering his 'secret'. The self-imposed isolation he thinks is necessary because of that. Garrett Leigh shows in so much detail and depth what it's like to 'live' like that, close up and personal. And the conclusion is that this is no life. Any joy, any happiness has been slowly squeezed out of Dominic as the walls around him start moving in closer and closer. And his desperation, the sense of being trapped in an unattainable situation is palpable. And so so sad. For me the worst is that right now, this very minute, there are at least two football players in England who go through something similar. And that is only the two who are 'known'. What about those who would never dare to even be 'known'? Dominic is 'lucky' that he meets a man who makes him re-evaluate his situation. Not at first, but all in good time. Lucky can't even imagine what it's like to hide his sexuality. I adored his strength and the way he stands up for himself. Even though the chemistry between him and Dom is off the charts, Lucky draws a line when Dom keeps turning his back again and again. Whoever you are, you can't change your world for someone like me, but don't think I'm gonna play make-believe with you either. Despite his shitty life, Lucky has not given up. But he is as lonely as Dom, and as vulnerable. Once again Garrett Leigh has created two characters who feel totally real and whose story deeply touched me. Both men develop and learn, although it's Dominic who has to take the more painful step in the end. And did I even mention the 'rent boy plot' (which I happen to have a soft spot for) ? Lucky's actually not quite a rent boy, but just wants to earn some money by giving BJs. Falling in love with his first 'customer' is a bit unexpected! The whole scenario is brilliantly executed! And the heat and sizzle between these two is something special. Fabulous writing all the way. I just wish this was compulsory reading for all those who keep forcing sportsmen (of any sport) into the closet. Highly recommended!

  13. 4 out of 5

    .Lili.

    I've said before, and I'll repeat it: I love Garrett Leigh's writing style. She's got this quiet, understated, emotional quality to her writing that I love. Lucky is the story about a deep in the closet soccer player and a young man just trying to stay afloat. The two meet during a Grindr hookup,and from the get-go, there was a connection that neither could deny and although they came from different backgrounds, different problems there was a comfort that they were only able to find in each oth I've said before, and I'll repeat it: I love Garrett Leigh's writing style. She's got this quiet, understated, emotional quality to her writing that I love. Lucky is the story about a deep in the closet soccer player and a young man just trying to stay afloat. The two meet during a Grindr hookup,and from the get-go, there was a connection that neither could deny and although they came from different backgrounds, different problems there was a comfort that they were only able to find in each other. Some highlights: -I love GL's pairings. She always matches up men from different walks of life and makes us believe they belong together. -Realistic. The issues her characters face are ones that are real and often relatable. -Dual POVs. -The chemistry between Dom and Lucky is palpable from the beginning. -I'm always a sucker for stories that begin with a casual hookup that grow into more. -Secret rendezvous. There's something about sneaking around that always gets my heart rate going- the not being able to stay away from each other. -And the end: sweet and swoon-worthy. Lucky consumed me from the first page; I carried my iPad around so that I could steal any moment available to read. I highly recommend this book, an excellent start to this new series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    3.75 stars My feelings about Dom for much of the book: How dare he treat my poor sweet down-on-his-luck (hah, you see what I did there?) Lucky like that. But pretty soon, Dom grew on me. And by the halfway point I was all: This book has a lot of the staples of an MM sports romance. The closeted player is all messed up and has trouble accepting himself. The love interest remains patient as long as he can. And eventually shit hits the fan. But in classic Garrett Leigh fashion, the story didn't at all f 3.75 stars My feelings about Dom for much of the book: How dare he treat my poor sweet down-on-his-luck (hah, you see what I did there?) Lucky like that. But pretty soon, Dom grew on me. And by the halfway point I was all: This book has a lot of the staples of an MM sports romance. The closeted player is all messed up and has trouble accepting himself. The love interest remains patient as long as he can. And eventually shit hits the fan. But in classic Garrett Leigh fashion, the story didn't at all feel repetitive. Both Dom and Lucky are dynamic characters. Dom may have his hangups, but once he lets himself admit that he feels more for Lucky than just wanting a quick fuck, he refuses to let others control his life. And Lucky bears all of his hardships without refusing to give up. He has his faults, but he owns who he is. When these two get together, it's fireworks. They definitely set the bed on fire! The emotional connection follows afterwards. While I wanted to see the two spend more time together outside of their secret hookups, I still thought the romance was very sweet. Overall, I really liked 'Lucky'. It takes work for Lucky and Dom to get their happy ending, but this is a sweet and sexy romance. Recommended if you're looking for an MM sports romance.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eugenia

    Hot and Angsty! Let's make this short and sweet: Super closeted premier footballer falls for homeless, rentboy addict with a heart of gold. They meet via Grindr, have the best orgasms ever and can't stop thinking about each other. They tell each other nothing about themselves. Lots of pride on the side of our beautiful street boy, Lucky. Lots of angst for our beefy defender, Dom. This novel could have been shorter. Still, I liked it and these two had several hot scenes. HEA. Triggers: drug use.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ky

    4.5 stars In this romance Garrett Leigh paired up a homeless mechanic with bad habbits and a lonely, closeted football player. The main characters were interesting and distinguished enough that I never confused one for the other. The secondary ones were less unique and I often forgot who was who but except for Jamila they didn't have a big part in the story so it wasn't really a problem. The story was very focused on the two MCs with their social circle playing minor supporting roles. I'm not com 4.5 stars In this romance Garrett Leigh paired up a homeless mechanic with bad habbits and a lonely, closeted football player. The main characters were interesting and distinguished enough that I never confused one for the other. The secondary ones were less unique and I often forgot who was who but except for Jamila they didn't have a big part in the story so it wasn't really a problem. The story was very focused on the two MCs with their social circle playing minor supporting roles. I'm not complaining thought, those two had a lot to say to give page time to other people! At first I was confused about whether Lucky was an addict or not but I'm satisfied with how the author handled that issue. It's not a very heavy story thought, it had its moments. It's mostly sweet and hopeful. At the end of the book there is a teeny tiny teaser for the next book, which is about Cash. It was really short and it left me curious and wanting more. And who was that guy?? *An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. *

  17. 5 out of 5

    Denise H.

    *** Troubled men who find each other and are given hope ! This is a British setting for a famous closeted footballer who hides from paparazzi constantly. Dom, 26, with short hair and lots of toned muscles, is tired of the public personality and lack of honesty. Despite all of his notoriety, he's desperately lonely, always hiding. He goes to Grindr to hook up, where he finds Lucky, about 25, a fae-like man with blondish long hair in a bun, who taps into Dom's attraction meter. The feeling is mutua *** Troubled men who find each other and are given hope ! This is a British setting for a famous closeted footballer who hides from paparazzi constantly. Dom, 26, with short hair and lots of toned muscles, is tired of the public personality and lack of honesty. Despite all of his notoriety, he's desperately lonely, always hiding. He goes to Grindr to hook up, where he finds Lucky, about 25, a fae-like man with blondish long hair in a bun, who taps into Dom's attraction meter. The feeling is mutual, but each man is secretive and fearful. Lucky is a sweetie who is linked to a batch of tough friends, but he is down on his luck, for now. These are lovable characters even in their turmoil and angst. The author gives us language terms, and explanations in the opening statement. (view spoiler)[ Drug use, Lucky is pan-sexual, sleeps with lesbian roommate a few times, when his hook-ups with Dom are just beginning. (hide spoiler)] * Lucky and Dom are growing together physically and emotionally, but their problems are in the way. We see great hotness with their scorching sex scenes. In this tough, sexy, gritty story, where Garrett Leigh gives us a lot to think about; happiness, tears, struggles and triumphs. Highly recommended. ENJOY ! ===========

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Nobody does gritty and supposedly realistic like Garrett. I've read quite a few of her stories now, and it's fairly normal to have a downbeat character [usually a drug user] and a person who....well, isn't... and that's going right back to the first story I read of hers Slide, back in 2013. I have to say though that for me, this one was a little disappointing and nowhere near as angsty as it could and probably should've been, a lot of filler sex was used to pad out the story....oh, and there was Nobody does gritty and supposedly realistic like Garrett. I've read quite a few of her stories now, and it's fairly normal to have a downbeat character [usually a drug user] and a person who....well, isn't... and that's going right back to the first story I read of hers Slide, back in 2013. I have to say though that for me, this one was a little disappointing and nowhere near as angsty as it could and probably should've been, a lot of filler sex was used to pad out the story....oh, and there was hardly any football, so the blurb was a tad misleading really ☹. Yes, I liked Dominic and Lucky as characters, but personally speaking, much much more could have been made of Dominic's struggles with the football powers that be, teammates, fans and club management, cause surely [in the 'real' world] clubs wouldn't just roll over like Dom's club did, and accept his early 'retirement' due to say injury, or reluctance to sign a new contract, or a free transfer to another club?? His agent should've been beating other clubs off with sticks if Dominic was that decent a player. 3.5 stars rounded up. **Rant follows** As a real football fan, who even though she can't literally follow her football team for reasons of distance [Liverpool], follows them religiously on TV, I have visited several grounds around the country and the one thing that immediately strikes you about the 'sheep' mentality of most football fans is that they are not open to new ideas...like at all!! I think that SO much more could've been made of the unwillingness of most football fans, clubs and the ruling bodies i.e. FIFA, UEFA etc. to get with the times [when they're not too busy lining their own pockets of course 😠], embrace the 21st century together with the attendant technology and just accept that yes, there are gay footballers shock, horror [the statistics speak for themselves. There are BOUND to be gay, closeted players in the Premier League, La Liga, the Bundesliga and every other football league around the world]. To me, it's perfectly understandable that gay players are in AND stay in the closet...when you hear some of the filth that gets thrown at players and other fans during matches, why the hell would you willingly choose to open yourself up to that type of moronic abuse every week?? Is there anything worse for a gay person than to be a top sports-person in their chosen field and be unable to come out, to live a lonely unfulfilling life?? To actually, you know, BE themselves?? Probably not 😕. Yes, there are and always have been rumours about Cristiano Ronaldo, but most footballers don't crave [nor actively seek it has to be said] attention and fame as he does. Does he do it to deflect attention away from his personal life?? If so, it hasn't worked I'm afraid.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elsa Bravante

    Garrett Leigh nunca decepciona, cuando abres sus libros sabes que vas a encontrar lugares comunes, un mundo que a veces puede ser muy cruel, almas perdidas, y esperanzas en forma de amor. Todo esto se cumple en Lucky, el personaje que da nombre al libro despierta toda la ternura en el lector, también lo hace Dominic, el futbolista profesional, pero de otra forma, a este último a veces es algo más difícil comprender. Lo he disfrutado y me ha despertado sentimientos, aunque, siendo muy seguidora de Garrett Leigh nunca decepciona, cuando abres sus libros sabes que vas a encontrar lugares comunes, un mundo que a veces puede ser muy cruel, almas perdidas, y esperanzas en forma de amor. Todo esto se cumple en Lucky, el personaje que da nombre al libro despierta toda la ternura en el lector, también lo hace Dominic, el futbolista profesional, pero de otra forma, a este último a veces es algo más difícil comprender. Lo he disfrutado y me ha despertado sentimientos, aunque, siendo muy seguidora de fútbol (Hala Madrid), no me ha terminado de convencer el retrato del mundo del fútbol profesional que hace la autora, creo que se queda algo en la superficialidad y que la resolución final de la historia de amor es demasiado "fácil" y quizás un tanto precipitada y sorprendente. Un Garrett Leigh de toda la vida.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mónica BQ

    Lazy, shallow and superficial. Pretty words and good prose can't erase the fact that this is as bland as bland comes. The whole story is completely uninspiring. Basically, if you've read the blurb you've read the entirety of the book. Closeted rich gay guy meets up with openly pan guy from the wrong side of the tracks. Magically and with absolutely no sense whatsoever they fall for each other and for a hundred pages they go back and forth between: - Should we/can we be together? Oh, but we shouldn' Lazy, shallow and superficial. Pretty words and good prose can't erase the fact that this is as bland as bland comes. The whole story is completely uninspiring. Basically, if you've read the blurb you've read the entirety of the book. Closeted rich gay guy meets up with openly pan guy from the wrong side of the tracks. Magically and with absolutely no sense whatsoever they fall for each other and for a hundred pages they go back and forth between: - Should we/can we be together? Oh, but we shouldn't, I am a pro footballer and I can't be gay publicly and I hate myself and my life and my money and my privilege and my job that I can't quit because of "reasons". Poor poor bastard me. - Should we/can we be together? Oh but we shouldn't, I am broke and destitute and an almost junkie but not really, and I'm a truly good guy and I'm doing everything I can to get back on my feet but I don't deserve him because of "reasons". OOOOhhhhhh, life, so cruel. And that's it. Everything gets resolved in the last couple of chapters by them mystically changing their minds about their "reasons". And cue the end of the book at the 95% mark for some extra content on books I'm not remotely interested in, mostly because there is of course a character named "Cash". Me lleva la re chingada.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    This was a classic Garrett Leigh book. It was everything I love about her stories. She's the queen of taking guys who are at rock bottom in their lives and somehow turning things around for them and giving them a beautiful happily ever after. This book was no exception. When we meet these two they are in bad shape. Dom is a professional football player so he has a good career and money but he is isolated and lonely and drowning in self hate and grief. He's in such a bad place he can't even imagi This was a classic Garrett Leigh book. It was everything I love about her stories. She's the queen of taking guys who are at rock bottom in their lives and somehow turning things around for them and giving them a beautiful happily ever after. This book was no exception. When we meet these two they are in bad shape. Dom is a professional football player so he has a good career and money but he is isolated and lonely and drowning in self hate and grief. He's in such a bad place he can't even imagine something better. Lucky is basically homeless and struggling to eat and find some where safe to sleep. He's trying to find a job and he has one friend but he's turned to Grindr hook-ups for cash when he meets Dom. And while his issues are different, Lucky also doesn't have much hope for a better life. When the two men meet their hook-up is electric. They are instantly attracted to each other and they begin to cautiously meet up but neither knows anything about the other. At first they keep things sexual but they quickly become something more to each other. Despite being each other's emotional life line they can't maintain any semblance of a relationship until they deal with their bigger issues. I loved the writing in this and the connection between these two jumps off of the pages. You can feel their connection from the very beginning. There is a slow burn vibe to the book because Dom has to work through his issues. I'm not a fan of "coming out for you" stories and I'm really glad that the author handled this is a way that showed this was all about Dom and what was best for him. Despite having very serious topics, this wasn't especially angsty. There were some ups and some downs but it all felt realistic and necessary. There was an Easter egg from one of this author's other books and a set up for the next book in this series, both of which I enjoyed. Overall, I enjoyed this a lot and think it was another really enjoyable story by Leigh.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Idrissa

    No rating. Was unable to finish probably because I'm in a slump.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |

    4.5 ⭐

  24. 4 out of 5

    ~nikki the recovering book addict

    D’awwww!!! 😍 I feel like breaking into a song and dance. Can’t decide what to dance and sing to though. Just know that I feel like my heart is soaring and my feet not quite touching the ground. Mmm mmm! As with all Garrett Leigh books, I have come to expect angst and heart break. But! It wasn’t too bad here. Sure, Lucky led a shitty life. Circumstances really messed with him. And I don’t want to make light of his homelessness, that’s one of the things that broke my heart, but he did have a BFF wh D’awwww!!! 😍 I feel like breaking into a song and dance. Can’t decide what to dance and sing to though. Just know that I feel like my heart is soaring and my feet not quite touching the ground. Mmm mmm! As with all Garrett Leigh books, I have come to expect angst and heart break. But! It wasn’t too bad here. Sure, Lucky led a shitty life. Circumstances really messed with him. And I don’t want to make light of his homelessness, that’s one of the things that broke my heart, but he did have a BFF who cared for him and a boss that has a soft spot for him. Life may have dealt him a shitty hand, but he was really trying hard to pull himself out of it. I expected it to go darker than it did, because the potential to really mess up his life was always there, with the homelessness and the drugs he was taking. Perhaps I’m a masochist; I would have loved the pain. But I’m also thankful to Ms Leigh for not doing that to us. With Lucky, I felt mostly a positive energy even when he was huddled outdoors in winter. Dom though... Dom, Dom, Dom.... Dom gave off a darker, more desperate vibe than Lucky. While Lucky’s problems were external, Dom’s problems were all inside him and eating into him. It’s a miracle he’s a top athlete. I think if this was real life, I’d expect Dom to have a chronic illness or two. Mental health really does affect physical health. I was a little worried I’d have another case of over expectation since books that I’m impatiently waiting for tend to disappoint me, perhaps because I’ve built up the anticipation. But gosh, I shouldn’t have worried, Garrett Leigh only gets better with time! Now I can’t wait for Cash’s story and it’s only out in January 2019!!! 😩

  25. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Garrett Leigh is a favorite of mine, her work often feeling quite melancholy, then leading me gently into a happier place. Not fairytale endings, not sappy or sweet, just ordinary happiness, when someone’s world is made better by hard-won love. Dom has money and fame as a footballer, having dedicated himself to the sport at the expense of his psyche. Just like the majority of professional sports the world over, being gay and out is mostly a career killer. His infrequent encounters with paid Grin Garrett Leigh is a favorite of mine, her work often feeling quite melancholy, then leading me gently into a happier place. Not fairytale endings, not sappy or sweet, just ordinary happiness, when someone’s world is made better by hard-won love. Dom has money and fame as a footballer, having dedicated himself to the sport at the expense of his psyche. Just like the majority of professional sports the world over, being gay and out is mostly a career killer. His infrequent encounters with paid Grindr hookups is an effort to protect himself from exposure. He trusts no one, including his long time agent and friend nor even his one trusted teammate. Meeting Lucky shakes his already fragile foundations. Lucky is homeless, living on the streets except when his BFF Jamila smuggles him into her house. He often does drugs to take his mind off his life but he never stops trying to improve his circumstances, even if it means selling his mouth to earn a nest egg. That idea starts and stops with Dom. Their connection keeps them coming together, sharing little information about themselves until circumstances force the truth out into the open. Truthfully, this felt just a bit formulaic, reminding me of the Rented Hearts series. It doesn’t make it any less well written or engaging and the circumstances are original, just the character dynamics feel similar. The steamy bits are perfectly paced, as I expected them to be. Angst is relatively mild without the grittier details reaching any extremes. Change and growth as a couple is slow-moving since Dom is tormented over his sexuality and often paralyzed with fear. It’s heart wrenching watching Lucky struggle too but he’s really the stronger one between him and Dom. The critical juncture kind of snuck up on me, seemingly coming out of the blue but very cathartic for both the characters and me as the reader. It’s a happy, gentle ending that cements the knowledge of a future for the couple. Very enjoyable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jo * Smut-Dickted *

    Oh yeah baby. Super awesome. Garrett Leigh just has this ability to craft characters that I love to read about. Lucky and Dom - such stories. And you know she didn't have to rely on the reader feeling sorry for Lucky because she made it so he'd kick our ass if we did. There is tension but there is also growing love and I did not stop reading until well into the night.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    Eh... things were good when Dom and Lucky were talking about things aside from their physical attraction. But that's it. I always need MORE to feel the connection between characters. This one feels that these two men are only into it because of sex and their look. Plus, for a football player who is in the closet because of the team and the sport, there's not much of that evidence in the story. Heck, there's not much of football players in here either. *shrugs*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    I eagerly pounce on any and every Garrett Leigh story I can get my hands on for good reason. She never fails to move me with her tales. I have great respect for her as a reader. Her writing is brave, bold, and beautifully expressive. She takes us deep into the shadows but always illuminates them and lifts my heart at the same time. It’s…an experience reading her books. If you haven’t had the pleasure, I urge you to step into her den. Lucky is a real and raw story about two unlikely soul mates th I eagerly pounce on any and every Garrett Leigh story I can get my hands on for good reason. She never fails to move me with her tales. I have great respect for her as a reader. Her writing is brave, bold, and beautifully expressive. She takes us deep into the shadows but always illuminates them and lifts my heart at the same time. It’s…an experience reading her books. If you haven’t had the pleasure, I urge you to step into her den. Lucky is a real and raw story about two unlikely soul mates that demonstrate love is never impossible. What's to like: Dominic Ramos is struggling to maintain his carefully manicured life. Being a premier football player comes with expectations and a spotlight he despises. So far he’s been able to conceal his biggest and most terrifying secret. He’s gay. He can barely admit those two words to himself, but there’s no denying his intense relief and pleasure when he allows himself to briefly indulge. The hide-n-seek game with his sexuality is slowly turning his heart to stone. But then…suddenly it’s his lucky day. His Grindr hook-up with the stranger in the sketchy flat pierces his bubble. He finds himself wanting. And one time is not going to suffice him this time. He’s never met anyone like Lucky before and never wants to let him go. Unfortunately, neither are in a favorable position for a relationship. Can they still find a way when all the cards are stacked against them? What's to love: Leave it to Garrett to bring a homeless addict without a cent to his name and a wealthy well-known soccer player together in a fierce burn of passion. They meet, they ignite, and I wish I could say they get their happily ever after. Sorry. This is not an easy score. Both are forced to step into uncharted waters. But what is clear from the beginning is that they both want to find a way. I adored Lucky from the start. My heart instantly picked up speed when pieces of his story came to light…and it never slowed down. I was nervous. I was anxious. I was scared that something dreadful and irreversible was going to happen. Turns out it was their connection and bond that was everlasting. Fierce MC’s, strong secondary characters and conquering your own demons comprise the concoction for this Garrett Special. SO good. Beware of: Garrett doesn’t tread lightly when it comes to in the flesh reality. You want to hide behind smiles and cloud jumping? This is not the place for you. Lucky is homeless. He is also a recovering (struggling) addict. You may care about his intricate relationship with his best friend…but I understood it even though I wouldn’t have encouraged it. Dom is so far in the closet, he’s suffocating himself. Their struggles are harsh and heavy…but they are also daring and divine. This book is for: If you like a treacherous trek on your road to HEA, this is for you. I can promise you it won’t be easy…but I can also promise you it will be rewarding. Book UNfunk

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Every time before I start on a book by Garrett Leigh, I need to take a deep breathe and brace myself because....oh my god, the angst. Dom is a closeted Premiership footballer and Lucky is his Grindr hook up. It was not Dom first rodeo but their encounter left a strong lingering connection between them. Dom's life is a mess despite having a somewhat successful career. Being with Lucky is the only time Dom comes alive and be true to himself even though he is holding himself back. Lucky is even a b Every time before I start on a book by Garrett Leigh, I need to take a deep breathe and brace myself because....oh my god, the angst. Dom is a closeted Premiership footballer and Lucky is his Grindr hook up. It was not Dom first rodeo but their encounter left a strong lingering connection between them. Dom's life is a mess despite having a somewhat successful career. Being with Lucky is the only time Dom comes alive and be true to himself even though he is holding himself back. Lucky is even a bigger mess, penniless and homeless and he had to keep up an appearance to hook up with Dom. They both hide their realities from each other and suffer internally, I just wanna weep for them both. All of their encounters were in secret, anonymous hotel, leaving before dawn and cryptic text messages exchange. They never reveal anything personal, but I felt everything, all the unspoken words, the what-ifs, the yearning for more. My heart was thoroughly pulverised through all their angst over each other. The feels just keep coming and coming. I wish everything will be better for them both because I can't stand all these suffering. Their HEA is definitely hard earned and after emotionally going through the grinder I wish to have a more cheesy epilogue. However, finding out that Dom and Lucky will be still around during the next book in the series make it more bearable. I need to see more of Dom and Lucky being in a loving cocoon.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lelyana

    My heart ache for Lucky. Met in a hook up apps (as usual), Lucky and Dom had an unusual first encounter and they keep going hooking up, on and off considering that Dom is a famous person and in the closet. I had so many times paused while reading this book, feeling hurt for him. He's not even having a really bad past like some of the 'hard books' Garrett wrote. But Lucky crept into my heart and stayed there. Lucky is a beautiful story, both Lucky and Dom are having their own issues to solve. I ca My heart ache for Lucky. Met in a hook up apps (as usual), Lucky and Dom had an unusual first encounter and they keep going hooking up, on and off considering that Dom is a famous person and in the closet. I had so many times paused while reading this book, feeling hurt for him. He's not even having a really bad past like some of the 'hard books' Garrett wrote. But Lucky crept into my heart and stayed there. Lucky is a beautiful story, both Lucky and Dom are having their own issues to solve. I can't blame Lucky for what he did in the past, and how he did what he did to survive in a gritty world of England. And still amazed how sport life is still homophobic, especially in a football field. While I thought that I was done with closeted case, the Dom came with his complicated life. But Lucky (my hart's still hurt), has his pride, though he can 'use' Dom's fame and money to gain a quality in his miserable life, he didn't. I always love reading Garrett's stories, and I can say, Lucky has a special place in my heart, and will stay there for a long time. My problem with the book I loved and a really great book, is I always speechless. And don't know what to write :) This book broke my heart, but Garrett put it back all over again. I'm glad that Lucky and Dom finally decided that nothing is more valuable than their life and happiness. They're both did it gracefully :) Cannot wait for the second installment about Cash. I can't recommend you enough to read this book! I loved it so much!

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