Title: The Luckiest (Lucky Moon #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Piper Vaughn and M.J. O’Shea (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 8, 2014 – 280 pgs
Rock star Nick Ventura has finally hit rock bottom. Jealous of his brother’s new love, he starts overindulging in his usual vices and winds up crashing his car into a department store in a drunken haze. Publicly humiliated and on the verge of jail time, he enters into a court-ordered rehabilitation program.
Nutritionist Luka Novak is flamboyant, effeminate, the type of gay man that bisexual Nick would normally sneer at. His sunny nature hides a deep hurt from a previous relationship. Luka knows he should be wary of Nick’s reputation, but he’s drawn to Nick despite himself. Their tentative friendship turns into romance, but Luka soon comes to realize that Nick’s fear of losing his bad boy reputation means he’ll probably never go public with their relationship.
Nick never thought he needed anyone, until Luka Novak came into his life. Now he has to reconcile his carefree past with the future he suddenly wants more than anything. And the first lesson he has to learn is how to become the man that both he and Luka need him to be, rather than stay the boy he always was. Alone.
This is my favourite of the Lucky Moon books. Nick was difficult and a little annoying in the first book, but it is impossible not to love him here. After destroying his car while in possession of narcotics, Nick gets to choose between rehab or jail. At the start of this story, he is an unbearable spoiled brat. It is only his miserable, bitchy yet uncomfortably clever narrative voice that makes him more than just an arrogant twat. There is a self-awareness to Nick’s whinging that is cringeworthy, endearing and really, really funny.
And then he meets Luka. Gorgeous, healthy and happy, Luka is Nick’s perfect match. Unfazed by Nick’s fame, he demands respect and refuses to show deference to a bratty rock star. The banter is brilliant. Luka throws Nick off-balance and he just doesn’t know how to respond. Luka and rehab force Nick to reconsider his rock-star lifestyle which looks much less appealing sober. As the relationship progresses, the more vulnerable Nick still made me cringe, but I loved him and I desperately wanted to see him and Luka together.
Most of Nick’s backstory is told in the first book from his brother’s perspective. Knowing how awful his childhood was makes it easier to forgive his selfish tirades. I loved watching him grow up, fall in love and gain some balance in his life. I also loved watching him attempt an adult relationship with his brother for the first time.
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.
M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.