Title: A Stroke of Luck (A Bud's Diner Story)
Author: Desiree DeOrto
My Rating: 4.5 conch
By At: Amazon, Barnes and Noble
Summary from Goodreads:
When you work in an all-night diner, you never know who will walk in the door.
Katie Jones doesn't believe in love at first sight. After divorcing her abusive husband, she doesn't believe in love at all. But when Jacob Richmond walked into Bud's Diner, her disbelief was put to the test.
Jacob came to Kansas to find inspiration. He was searching for the subject that would be the muse for his next masterpiece. He wasn't expecting to find himself completely consumed by a waitress who had more baggage than he thought possible.
When love at first sight just doesn't cut it, your burning desire can't be controlled. Sometimes you need just a little luck to put it all together.
He was searching for inspiration....
She was searching for an escape...
But with a Stroke Of Luck, anything can happen.
The Review: I am very impressed with Desiree's writing style in this short story (novella). While there is instant attraction that turns into several passionate encounters, there's also a poetic undertone that had me thinking "Wow, that was a really good line" over and over. Katie may not believe in love at first sight (I am a skeptic myself) but it certainly falls into her lap...and her bed, and his bed...and...you get it. Jacob is perfect. Well, almost. He has some baggage, but don't we all? They've both had a rough past and find each other a time in their life when they needed each other. I was happy that there was some type of conclusion to his story as well and think this entire premise could have been a book in and of itself. But as Desiree promised, there will be more to this series and I know that I will be reading them all!
The Good: Eloquently written, steamy scenes, and likeable characters. (see excerpts below)
The Issue: Too short. No, seriously, I know this is a short story but I certainly wouldn't mind reading more about Jacob and Katie.
The Rating: 4.5 conch. A quick read that will have you captivated from the very beginning.
Jacob and Katie: He grinned, running his hand over his cropped hair. “Promise you won't laugh?” She raised an eyebrow. “I can't promise that. But I can promise that I will hear you out before I do laugh.”
He chuckled, and embarrassed flush creeping up his neck. “Well, I've always been creative. Even when I was little. I've always been fascinated with creating something beautiful out of nothing. Or finding beauty where other people overlook.”
She stayed silent for a moment, her green eyes piercing into him. He felt like she was looking into his soul, opening it up and inspecting all aspects of it. He was ensnared. A blush stained her cheeks as she looked away.
“I don't think that's funny. I find it quite remarkable actually.”
Beauty Beauty is when you've seen the most despicable things that life has to offer, and yet you still have a reason to smile.”She stumbled over the leg of a chair, but quickly regained her footing, her breathing labored. Jacob didn't falter in his steps, didn't give her time to get farther away. “Beauty is seeing a six year old boy who has never know wealth. Who has never known kindness, but still has it in him to be kind to others. Beauty is when a woman, no matter how beaten down or broken, still finds a reason to live on.”
She backed up against the far wall, with nowhere else to go to. He stopped barely an inch from her, caging her against the wall with his arms. “Beauty,” he said softly, “is when I look in your eyes and see a kaleidoscope of possibilities.” He leaned into her. Leaving no space left untouched. Unclaimed. “There is beauty in your strength. There is beauty in your passion. There is beauty in your spirit. If anyone can look at you and see nothing but scars that a despicable man left on you, then I put no hope in this world.” He pressed his lips lightly against hers, branding her. “To me, you are the most beautiful creature God ever had the courage to create.”