Sunday, February 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Luck of the Draw by Kelley Vitollo - Interview, Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Luck of the Draw by Kelley Vitollo , book two in the Shamrock Falls Series.  Today's stop features an interview with Kelley, and you can check out my review below. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Luck of The Draw
(Shamrock Falls #2)
by Kelley Vitollo
Published:  January 13, 2013
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing (Bliss)

Rowan McKinley isn’t looking for one wild night while vacationing in Vegas, but she gets it anyway when she meets professional poker player—and professional ladies’ man—Breck Wilder. Breck’s easygoing charm and lighthearted banter draw in the reserved Rowan, and though she’s always dreamed of the kind of forever love her best friends Sidney and Kade share, she’ll settle for one night with the charismatic player.

After their crazy one-night stand, Breck never expected to see the mysterious redhead again. So when he shows up at a Shamrock Falls B&B looking to get away for a few weeks and Rowan answers the door, he’s floored. Breck’s rolling-stone lifestyle and ill-fated history with women means he’s not interested in anything long-term. But the longer he stays at the B&B, the more he considers dropping the poker face and putting all his cards on the table…for Rowan.

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Interview with Kelley Vitollo author of Luck of the Draw (Shamrock Falls #2)

Hi Kelley, it's great to have you here today.  Can you tell us How many books you have planned in the Shamrock Falls series? 

There are currently three books planned for the series.
What is your favorite scene or quote from Luck of the Draw? 

I LOVED writing the scene where Breck shows up at the B&B for the first time. When he and Rowan are both surprised to see each other. I also loved writing the last scene.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in the book, Rowan and Breck? 

Breck was a blast to write. He’s fun and loves to laugh. He loves to make people laugh and has a sarcastic personality. Rowan is strong. I love that about her. Plus she has a big heart.

Is the story based on your own experience and/or people you know, or is it purely fictional? 

It’s purely fictional. I wish I knew the gang from Shamrock Falls though!

I know you write young adult and new adult books under Nyrae Dawn, as well as your adult books under Kelley Vitollo.  Which of these do you find the most fun to write?  The most challenging?  

I love them all. They’re both challenging for their own set of reasons and both exciting for different reasons as well.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

I’m currently finishing up the last Shamrock Falls book. It’s for Jace and Betsy. I also have a NA book I’m writing.

Do you have anything specific that you would like to say to your readers? 

I would like to thank them for reading and for the support. It means the world to me.

Thanks so much for being here today Kelley.  It was great to have you.  

My Review:  I fell in love with Shamrock Falls in Lucky Break and was really excited to go back there again while reading Luck of the Draw, especially when I found out it was Rowan's story.  While in Las Vegas for a conference, Rowan is feeling kind of sorry for herself after her brother doesn't show up to spend time with her.  While sitting at the bar, Breck Wilder enters the scene, introducing himself as "Wilder."  Rowan immediately shoots him down, which is something Breck isn't used to, but that doesn't deter him one bit, especially since flirting is kind of a second nature to him.  They end up laughing and having a great time together.  One thing leads to another and they have a wild night of passion together.  Rowan sneaks off before Breck wakes up, and heads back home to Sharmock Falls to her Bed and Breakfast.  When her friend Jace arranges for one of his college buddies to stay there for 6 weeks, Rowan is elated to have a guest, that is until she opens the door and sees Breck standing there.  She is so shocked she passes out, resulting in a visit to the hospital.  The next six weeks prove to be one of the most interesting, enlightening, aggravating, enjoyable, and heartbreaking times in both Breck and Rowan's life.  The question is, what happens when it's over and all is said and done?

Kelley Vitollo has written yet another fabulous romance.  I loved Luck of the Draw, and I especially loved getting to know Rowan and Breck.  We first met Rowan in Lucky Break.  She is Kade and Sidney's best friend, who we also get to see in this installment, which I really enjoyed.  I loved Rowan.  She is independent, fun loving, and has a fiery temper, but she is also very vulnerable, though she tries to hide it.  Breck is just awesome, and sometimes a little aggravating, but that just adds to his charm.  He's totally hot, cocky, has a great since of humor, a killer smile, and is the life of the party.  Breck is a professional poker player and has a history with the ladies, but never gets serious with them because he was burned so badly by someone he loved a long time ago, a fact that he doesn't share with anyone.  He makes it clear he isn't interested in a relationship or settling down, but the more time he spends around Rowan, the more the lines begin to blur.  Rowan is really attracted to Breck, but she is determined to keep her distance emotionally and not let him get too close, especially since he has made it clear he's not interested in a serious relationship, but no matter how hard she tries, the heart wants what the heart wants.   

I loved watching Rowan and Breck's relationship develop as they skate around their feelings, but unable to deny the sparks they feel when they're around each other.  When Rowan loses someone she loves, her walls come down and they finally give into their feelings for one another.  Rowan has a big secret she has been keeping from Breck, and is planning to finally tell him, only he finds out about it before she is able to.  Breck also has a secret he's kept from Rowan.  Hurt and heartache drive them apart, but will their love be enough to bring them back together again?

I was sucked in from the beginning until the end of this story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.   The plot was great, I loved all the characters, and the romance was fabulous.  If you are a contemporary romance lover, then Luck of the Draw is one book you should definitely check out.  

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. 


  1. I just love all her books, she is a fabulous writer! I think I buy them all on release day! I really need to start this series, sadly it is one that I haven't had the time to start yet and I know I am missing out!

  2. I'm so happy you loved LotD. I adored Rowen and Breck and can't wait for Jace's book!

  3. These characters sound so fun!


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