Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blog Tour: Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo from Entangled Publishing

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lucky Break by Kelley Vitollo, from Entangled Publishing's Bliss Imprint.  For those of you who don't know, Kelley Vitollo is Nyrae Dawn's pen name for her adult books.  Her YA books include What a Boy Wants and What a Boy Needs, which are awesome.  I am a huge Nyrae Dawn fan, so I was thrilled to learn that she had an adult line, and couldn't wait to read Lucky Break.  Today, Kelley has a guest post for us about Small Town Love, so be sure and check that out below.  You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour here.  As always, thank you so much for stopping by.  

Lucky Break
by Kelley Vitollo
Published:  October 12, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
Soure:  ARC provided by publisher for tour.

She’ll gamble her heart on the best friend she left behind…

One lucky break is all struggling actress Sidney Williams needs. But when living the LA life becomes too much, she heads back to the small town of Shamrock Falls for the vacation she needs to get her life on track—and immediately runs into Kade Mitchell, her former best friend and the boy next door she’s always regretted leaving behind.

Kade, the new owner of Lucky’s—once the most popular bar in Shamrock Falls—is determined to bring the place back to its former glory, and seeing Sidney again is a distraction he doesn’t need. Sure, the chemistry between them is explosive, but Kade can’t let himself fall into a fling with his best friend—not when he knows she’s soon heading back to the glitter of Tinseltown.

Now, with the possibility of her first major acting role looming, Sidney must decide if her lucky break is in Hollywood or right where she left it—in Shamrock Falls

My Thoughts:  Sidney Williams and Kade Mitchell had always been best friends.  On graduation night that changed and the relationship took another turn.  Sidney was afraid, and left the little town of Shamrock Falls to find her lucky break as an actress in LA, without an explanation or even saying goodbye.  After 5 years of auditions, waitressing, a few commercials, and then being dumped by her boyfriend, she desperately needs a break.  Her Aunt talks her into coming back home for a visit.  Kade also left town after graduation for Seattle. When a business opportunity opens up back home in Shamrock Falls, he takes it, and after 5 years of being gone he is back in Shamrock Falls also.  Fate has brought these two friends back together again, but can Kade forgive Sidney for the past, or will these two star crossed lovers be forever destined to just be two passing ships in the night.  

I enjoyed Lucky Break.  It is a fun, sweet, and entertaining read about love that has been lost and second chances.  I liked Sidney's character, but felt bad for her also.  Her mother left her to be raised by her aunt while she pursued her career on Broadway.  Sidney never felt like she measured up to her mother's expectations and had rejection, abandonment, and self-esteem issues.  She was determined to make it on her own and show her mother that she could be a successful actress, but when she comes face-to-face with an important decision that could change her future, she must decide if that is truly what she wants to do or not.  Kade is totally hot.  He also had issues growing up with an alcoholic father, and always felt the need to take care of his mother.  Kade and Sidney had been best friends since they were small, and he was more than a little angry when she ran out on him without a word after graduation.  Kade has worked really hard to forget Sidney and is leery of letting her get to close, because he doesn't want a broken heart again.  With a little "help" from their other best friend Rowan, these two are thrown together as they fix up Lucky's, the bar and bowling alley that Kade has purchased in Shamrock Falls.  As these two spend more time together they must both decide what they are willing to forgive, what they are willing to let go of from the past, and what they are going to grab onto for the future.  

This was a quick read.  I read it in one sitting.  I loved the setting.  Shamrock Falls seems like the perfect little town.  The romance was really sweet, and there were a few steamy moments also.  All the secondary characters were fun to get to know also,  and I am interested to see where Kelley takes the series from here.  This is a really sweet, heartwarming story that is perfect for contemporary romance lovers.  

Guest post
Small Town Love

Danielle asked me to write about the inspiration of Shamrock Falls and I couldn’t be more excited! I think there’s something really special about books set in a small town. I love writing about those neighbors who are in everyone else’s business (though I didn’t like experiencing it growing up). I love when the characters have known each other their whole lives or they think they have their life figured out until a newcomer steps into their small community and rocks it. It’s a pleasure to read and write about.

When I started to plot for LUCKY BREAK one of the things I knew from the very beginning was I wanted to write a series of books all set in the same small town.
Finding my town was a little bit harder.

I knew I wanted the town in Washington—though I can’t say exactly why. I think it was the trees and rain that I was longing for at that time. Even though LUCKY BREAK takes place in the summer, I pictured this sleepy little town that could often times be dreary, but had so much heart, you couldn’t help but love it.

Still, I didn’t know what that town was.

When Sidney came to me I knew she was down on her luck. Which I liked. Playing off of luck could be fun so I tossed around some towns playing off of luck and nothing really worked. But I like shamrocks… They’re supposed to be lucky, right? Clovers? And that easily, Shamrock Falls was born.

I loved spending time in Shamrock Falls with Kade, Sidney and the rest of the gang. I felt like I was part of their little world with them and I can only hope readers will feel the same.

What are some of your favorite books or series set in small towns? Do you like small town books?

Kade at Work
(picture from Kelley Vitollo's website)

About the Author:  Kelley has been writing for as long as she can remember. She won her first writing contest in third grade for an essay she wrote on, “Tomorrow’s Leaders on the Move”. Like dreams sometimes do, they fell to the background for a while. She married her best friend, worked full time, and started her family. In 2004 Kelley, her husband and their new baby girl made a move from Oregon to Southern California and that’s when everything changed. As a stay-at-home mom for the first time, her passion for writing flared to life again.

Things haven’t been the same since.

With two incredible daughters, an awesome husband and her days spent writing what she loves, Kelley considers herself the luckiest girl in the world. She still resides in sunny Southern California, where she loves spending time with her family and sneaking away to the bookstore with her laptop. 

Buy Links:  Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble


  1. This sounds like a great read. I've added it to my TBR list. Thanks for the review.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  2. Congrats on the new release. The book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it to see more of Kade and Sidney. I've had a lot fun following the blog tour and am sad to see it end.


    1. Thank you for stopping by. I am looking forward to reading more of this series to.

  3. Great post! This cover is just so sweet! It makes me want to pick it up immediately! Lovely review - thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and letting us know about this one.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. It was a fun book.

  4. I'm really excited to read this and even more excited for Kelley! As someone who grew up in a small town where everyone knew my business, the thought of living in that town again makes me cringe. But they are perfect for boom settings. Thanks for sharing!

    1. That is so true about small towns. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  5. Nice review. The premise sounds really interesting. Also, great guest post.


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