By Heather A.
4 out of 5 stars ★★★★☆
To turn her life around, she’ll have to stand the heat. To fulfill his dreams, he’ll have to get Lucky.
Despite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her launch Boston’s next hot restaurant, The Star. Even if it means working with the infuriating, egotistical, and undeniably sexy head chef.
James loves being known as Boston’s hottest bad boy in the kitchen, but if he wants to build a reputation as a serious chef, he has to make this restaurant work and keep his scandalous past out of the headlines. Getting involved with his boss’s spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter is definitely not on the menu.
As the launch of The Star looms and the tension and chemistry heat up in the kitchen, they’re going to need more than a little luck to keep everything from boiling over.
Luck on the Line is the first in a new adult contemporary romance trilogy by Zoraida Córdova. My immediate takeaway was that the story was sweet, but with just enough tension to keep me focused until the end. James is the typical hero, tough and sexy with a mysterious past. I found that to be really hot, but also stereotypical. For the protagonist, Lucky, she was complex: from her ailing relationship to her mother, and her pseudo-sexual tension with her male best friend, plus she has a hard time following through with commitments, so it was a worthwhile character arc for her (plus romance!). For some reason I thought Lucky was older than 22, it’s certainly impressive for her to manage a restaurant in her mother’s stead.
The romance was steamy. There was so much tension before they even got to the main event! When they were making out on the floor of her mother’s apartment and he had to pull away because the assistant was grabbing some water from the kitchen, it was so funny and still sexy! Plus when they actually work through their trust issues, their relationship is stronger for it.
I also appreciated the food descriptions throughout the novel. There were enough mouthwatering moments to make me want to visit Boston and take in some of the foodie-ness of the city.
I had a few issues with the repetition of “sea-green eyes” and some of the editing near the end–felt like a very quick wrap up, but I found myself compulsively wanting to continue reading. Will continue with the rest of this series, up next: Love on the Ledge.