Friday, September 2, 2011

The Road To True Love Is Full Of Potholes!! "Getting Lucky" by Kayla Perrin

In just four short months, lucky–in–love Annalise is going to become a mother. But before she hits the delivery room, she's got one last piece of business to take care of: hooking up her single girlfriends with a pair of sexy brothers on a special weeklong getaway.

Lishelle and Claudia are more than ready for some no–strings–attached flings. And soon Lishelle and gorgeous, insatiable Kwame are setting the sheets on fire. Even back in Atlanta, the sex is amazing. So why is she still so bothered that her ex–boyfriend—the one she dumped—is getting married?

Meanwhile, Claudia can't get enough of Rohan's expert toe–curling, scream–inducing moves. But introduce him to her high–maintenance society friends? Puh–lease. Sure, he's funny, smart and devoted—but without movie–star looks or a matching bank balance, he's hardly Claudia's ideal man. If that makes her a bitch, fine. She has an image to maintain.

But when tragedy strikes, it soon becomes apparent to the friends that they need to rethink what's truly important in life. Because while a hard man is good to find, it takes more than luck to keep him!

I noticed that the reviews on Goodreads were all over the charts, and while I work really hard to not be influenced by other reviewers, I was surprised at the wide response to this book. I checked them out after writing this review and found the comments really interesting. That being said, I have to say that I found this book very interesting. I like stories that are introspective and deal with the negatives in human relationships as well as the positives. These three women who have formed this almost sister-like bond are really the kind of friends we would all like to have--those who love us no matter what we do or what our particular idosyncrasies may be. Each woman was facing a few issues that were clouding her judgment and that clouded judgment directly affected the way each related to the love interest in their lives. That the issues were, in the final analysis, curiously similar is a fact that few of us can perceive, especially when we are so invested in a given set of attitudes. So it was with each of these women.

I also have to admit to a prejudice against books written in the first person. Just has never been a writing format that I read very much. Don't know why. Just have never liked it very well. Yet in this particular book it seemed intrinsic to the story as each chapter was a part of the story told from the perspective of one of the friends. I do want to state that I think some kind of short introductory statement would have clued in the reader as to who the speaker was. I have to read several paragraphs on a couple of occasions to figure out whose voice I was reading. Nevertheless, this was a story that needed the varied perspectives and it gave dimension to the tale by being able to view situations and attitudes and behaviors from the viewpoint of the three women. The dynamic between the best friends was not always easy, and they knew each other so well that they were often seemingly reading one another's minds. Not true, but it is a symptom of that kind of close, long-term relationship. I also enjoyed the level of honesty between the three--yes, they manipulated a bit, and yet the care they exercised in sharing news or opinions testified to their foundational respect and love for one another.

This was a very erotic book yet the sex did not overwhelm the story. The love relationships of each woman, their love for and patience with one another transcended any issue or happening. The female perspective of the men in their lives was sometimes quite humorous. And the writer did a wonderful job catching the unique character and personality of each character. While this is fiction through and through, it had the sense of reality that made it relevant to contemporary life and experience.

So I recommend this as a really delightful interracial love story as well as an insightful study of the friendship and relationship between three very different women. I give this story a 4 out of 5.

This book was released in August, 2011.

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