ARC Review: Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

Title: Chasing Lucky
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Simon Teen
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Hardcover, 416 Pages
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020


Summary: Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there. What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame. Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…

I received an advanced copy of Chasing Lucky in exchange for an honest review, and let me tell you, I'm SO glad that I did. I've been a huge fan of Jenn Bennett ever since the day a few years ago where I Tweeted that I needed some new romance recs, and our good blogging friend Brooke at Brooke Reports suggested Alex, Approximately, which I hadn't ever read. When she found out that I didn't know anything about any of Jenn's books, she was so shocked that she immediately bought a copy and sent it to my house, which is still one of the sweetest things that has ever been done for me. Needless to say, I quickly fell in love with Jenn's writing, and have been hooked ever since -- so when I found out about Chasing Lucky, I just knew that I had to have a copy! So without further ado, let's get into my review!

As the summary says, Josie is reeling when she and her nomad mother finally find themselves returning to Beauty, a small Rhode Island coast town that her family is from. She's only set on returning as a pit stop before she can follow her dream of moving to LA and being with her famous photographer father. But her stay in Beauty has more to it than she ever expected, and she quickly finds herself getting tangled up with Lucky, the local bad boy and her former childhood best friend. And on top of that, the mystery of why Josie and her mom suddenly left Beauty in the middle of the night five years ago starts to unravel...and Josie's supposed short stay ends up having more drama than she could've ever expected.

I really enjoyed reading this book! Jenn's stories have that light, swoon-worthy feel that make them really easy to breeze through, and it makes them really enjoyable. I tore through this book from start to finish because it was just so good and I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. There is so much drama, and such an air of mystery, on top of a burning romance, which means that this book was the perfect combination of emotions that hooked me from start to finish. If you were a fan of Alex, Approximately or Starry Eyes, then it's safe to say that I think you'd definitely enjoy this book, too!

My favorite character in this book was definitely Lucky. As a reader, I tend to always have a thing for the mysterious, brooding, misunderstood bad boys, and this case was certainly no different. Especially when he's the talk of the town. I found myself crushing on him from the very first page, and all of his interactions with Josie were super...interesting, to say the least! I'm trying really hard not to spoil anything here, but I'll definitely say that Lucky was my favorite character of the bunch, and although he's super complicated and pretty rough at the edges, he really is so adorably sweet.

Overall, I really loved reading Chasing Lucky. If you're looking for a contemporary romance to take your mind off of all of the scary stuff going on in the world right now, then I recommend looking no further than this one! This was the first book I picked up and settled in with during the start of social distancing, and it was such a sweet, adorable story that pulled me in from the very beginning and had me hooked until the very end. It definitely made the time pass quickly. Once again, hats off to Jenn Bennett -- I'm excited to read more from her in the future!



 

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