Stroke of Luck by Opal Carew

Good things do come in threes.

April Smith’s luxurious Las Vegas wedding crashed and burned when her wealthy fiancé cheated on her and left her with a hotel bill that costs more than she makes in a year. Even more humiliating, her college ex-boyfriend Quinn Taylor has come to her rescue and bailed her out. They didn’t part on the best of terms and never expected to see one another again.

For Quinn, April was the one who got away and despite the heartache she caused him, he’s never gotten over her. Not wanting to be in his debt, April makes Quinn a tempting offer: she’ll spend the next month with him during his Vegas vacation, fulfilling his fantasies. Being with April has always been Quinn’s number one fantasy, and next on the list is sharing a woman with his best friend and business partner, Austin Wright. Since he can see an undeniable attraction between April and Austin, he makes that a condition of their deal, too.

Enjoying the attention and affection from two hot and handsome men, April gives in to her desire to be with both of them. But with those desires comes a growing love that she fears may force her to choose between Quinn and Austin—or lose them both.

This is an adult 18+ story that contains language and sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

Title:  Stroke of Luck
Series:
Author:  Opal Carew
Genre:  Erotica
Published:  December 1, 2020
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  3 stars

From the cover description, Stroke of Luck should have been a sexy, erotic adventure.

What I found was a novel with several POVs (often not knowing which POV I was reading) and some definite consent issues, for me perhaps not you… that is a matter of opinion and interpretation.

April discovers her soon to be husband having sex with another woman and calls off the wedding.  In a revenge move the now ex, a very wealthy ex, decides to stick April with the hotel bill, demanding the return of every single thing he bought for her which leaves her in Las Vegas practically broke trying to negotiate with management a way to pay this unbelievable hotel bill that she’s been stiffed with.  And… along comes another ex, Quinn.  A man who feels that April dumped him to move on to someone wealthy giving Quinn the strong idea that she’s nothing more than a gold digger… since now Quinn is even richer than the man she left him for.

In another apparent revenge move from a different man, Quinn instructs management to put the charges on his bill.  But there is always a catch – and that catch involves sex with Quinn and/or his business partner and friend, Austin while they are in Las Vegas.  April and Quinn have unresolved issues since her leaving him weren’t for the reasons he suspects so now in massive debt to Quinn, April agrees… and things get complicated.

I’m going to leave it right there and say that Stroke of Luck is a good book, there were parts I enjoyed, others not so much.  I did something I rarely do before posting my own review and went to see what others thought (maybe I was the one out in left field about this one)… but I found mixed opinions.  I believe there is an audience that will love April, Quinn, and Austin’s story – I’ll leave that up to you to decide for no two people ever read the same story in the same way.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

Available in paperback, audio, or your favorite e-reader, mine is the Kindle.

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