Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert

Title: Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
Author: Amy E. Reichert 
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: July 12, 2016 

From the author of the “clever, creative, and sweetly delicious” (Kirkus Reviews) The Coincidence of Coconut Cake comes a novel about a frustrated wife and mother who hatches a scheme to reignite her marriage—and risks everything in a gamble she hopes is a sure bet.

When Milwaukee-area wife and mother MJ Boudreaux notices her husband Chris seems more interested in the casino than her, she’s more bothered that she isn’t upset than by her husband’s absence. She picks up poker as a way for them to spend more time together—and reignite their marital flame.

Although the game doesn’t give her the quality time with Chris that she’d hoped, MJ finds she has a knack for it. Increasingly unhappy at home, she turns to the felt top of the poker table for comfort. Intoxicated with newfound freedom, MJ begins spending more time at the gambling tables and less with her family, finally carving out for herself a place outside her role of wife and mother.

After a string of great wins, MJ finds herself in Vegas, attracting the attention of a certain magnetic poker star. But when she’s forced to choose between her family and her new exciting lifestyle, the stakes may be higher than she thought and MJ will have to play her hand carefully…or risk losing it all. 

MJ Boudreaux is feeling like the sparks are missing in her marriage. When her husband appears late to their twenty-anniversary dinner, she knows she must do something to improve their relationship. Since her husband Chris enjoys playing poker, she decides she can join him at the tables and learn it herself. This could be something they could share together. To her surprise, she finds out she is good at it and little by little she starts spending more time at the casino. 

To make matters worse, her husband is hiding something involving her college nemesis. MJ doesn't know what it is but she starts having doubts about how faithful Chris really is. When she wins a trip to Las Vegas, she decides to go and here she runs into interesting characters including the current poker champion who makes it very clear he wants more from her if she is willing.

MJ must make a serious decision of what to do next. Try to fix her marriage or move forward with someone new.


I loved The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and I was looking forward to reading Luck, Love & Lemon Pie. It's hard for me to say it but I didn't love it. I had some issues clicking with both main characters. 

The writing was smooth but there just wasn't enough romance in it. MJ was frustrated with her marriage and at first, it felt like she was on the brink of giving it up until she believes her husband might be interested in someone else. 

For his part,  I never felt like I got to know Chris well.  I do know Chris had as much blame as MJ for things not working right in their relationship. The lack of communication was their downfall. I don't agree with the way things were handled after MJ came back from her Vegas trip. In my opinion, they needed marriage counseling to fix what was missing. 

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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