web site hit counter Stroke of Luck - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Stroke of Luck

Availability: Ready to download

The newest erotic romance from bestselling author Opal Carew, Stroke of Luck. Good things do come in threes. April Smith’s luxurious Las Vegas wedding crashed and burned when her wealthy fiancé cheated on her and left her with a hotel bill that costs more than she makes in a year. Even more humiliating, her college ex-boyfriend Quinn Taylor has come to her rescue and bailed The newest erotic romance from bestselling author Opal Carew, Stroke of Luck. Good things do come in threes. April Smith’s luxurious Las Vegas wedding crashed and burned when her wealthy fiancé cheated on her and left her with a hotel bill that costs more than she makes in a year. Even more humiliating, her college ex-boyfriend Quinn Taylor has come to her rescue and bailed her out. They didn’t part on the best of terms and never expected to see one another again. For Quinn, April was the one who got away and despite the heartache she caused him, he’s never gotten over her. Not wanting to be in his debt, April makes Quinn a tempting offer: she’ll spend the next month with him during his Vegas vacation, fulfilling his fantasies. Being with April has always been Quinn’s number one fantasy, and next on the list is sharing a woman with his best friend and business partner, Austin Wright. Since he can see an undeniable attraction between April and Austin, he makes that a condition of their deal, too. Enjoying the attention and affection from two hot and handsome men, April gives in to her desires to be with both of them. But with those desires comes a growing love that she fears may force her to choose between Quinn and Austin—or lose them both.


Compare

The newest erotic romance from bestselling author Opal Carew, Stroke of Luck. Good things do come in threes. April Smith’s luxurious Las Vegas wedding crashed and burned when her wealthy fiancé cheated on her and left her with a hotel bill that costs more than she makes in a year. Even more humiliating, her college ex-boyfriend Quinn Taylor has come to her rescue and bailed The newest erotic romance from bestselling author Opal Carew, Stroke of Luck. Good things do come in threes. April Smith’s luxurious Las Vegas wedding crashed and burned when her wealthy fiancé cheated on her and left her with a hotel bill that costs more than she makes in a year. Even more humiliating, her college ex-boyfriend Quinn Taylor has come to her rescue and bailed her out. They didn’t part on the best of terms and never expected to see one another again. For Quinn, April was the one who got away and despite the heartache she caused him, he’s never gotten over her. Not wanting to be in his debt, April makes Quinn a tempting offer: she’ll spend the next month with him during his Vegas vacation, fulfilling his fantasies. Being with April has always been Quinn’s number one fantasy, and next on the list is sharing a woman with his best friend and business partner, Austin Wright. Since he can see an undeniable attraction between April and Austin, he makes that a condition of their deal, too. Enjoying the attention and affection from two hot and handsome men, April gives in to her desires to be with both of them. But with those desires comes a growing love that she fears may force her to choose between Quinn and Austin—or lose them both.

30 review for Stroke of Luck

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    I requested this one on NetGalley because I had heard really great things about Opal Carew's books in the past, but this unfortunately didn't really do it for me. I didn't like the writing style OR the characters. Everything about this just felt like it was taking itself too seriously in the worst way and I really didn't vibe with it. With all that being said, the sex scenes in this were pretty decent, but I struggled keeping everything straight because the perspectives changed too frequently an I requested this one on NetGalley because I had heard really great things about Opal Carew's books in the past, but this unfortunately didn't really do it for me. I didn't like the writing style OR the characters. Everything about this just felt like it was taking itself too seriously in the worst way and I really didn't vibe with it. With all that being said, the sex scenes in this were pretty decent, but I struggled keeping everything straight because the perspectives changed too frequently and I just couldn't keep track. This one really just didn't work for me, tbh. Womp.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    April Smith finds herself abandoned, broke and in a serious financial predicament on her wedding day after her wealthy ex-fiancé stuck her with the entire bill for the extravaganza. As luck would have it, her ex-boyfriend from college sees her sitting forlornly outside of her hotel suite, soon to be ousted by hotel security. Quinn Taylor considers April the one that got away and decides to rescue her. However, he’s not without trust issues as he believes she left him for a wealthier prospect. He April Smith finds herself abandoned, broke and in a serious financial predicament on her wedding day after her wealthy ex-fiancé stuck her with the entire bill for the extravaganza. As luck would have it, her ex-boyfriend from college sees her sitting forlornly outside of her hotel suite, soon to be ousted by hotel security. Quinn Taylor considers April the one that got away and decides to rescue her. However, he’s not without trust issues as he believes she left him for a wealthier prospect. He and best friend and business partner Austin Wright are now equally as prosperous and take her in. But, Quinn has some strings attached that are pretty unconventional. This was pure erotic fantasy with a lot of romance as background. It’s a wonderful set up for a second chance romance with Quinn and Austin as pure perfection. Austin sees his role as convincing Quinn that he still has strong feelings for April and does everything he can to get him to reconnect, all while falling for April himself. It’s a really good premise for a combined relationship and delivered on the steamy aspects of the story. Where it fell short for me was how the beginnings of the threesome felt rushed, not given the time to develop and brew. And, the resolution with the ex-fiancé should have been more protracted and some potentially powerful moments were missed. I enjoyed the concept and the steamy sessions but needed more from April and Quinn to fully buy into Quinn/April/Austin. By the end of the story, I still hadn’t figured out April and her reasons for leaving Quinn in college rang thin. And, I wanted more of a showdown with that ex-fiancé, my bloodthirsty need for justice left wanting. The erotica, however, soared off the charts, more than delivering on its promise. 3.5 stars (Thanks to the publisher for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Holy hotness. One long MFM sex scene, it seems. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This book is a second chance trope that is a flowing and entertaining read. It’s a familiar story with the Las Vegas setting but Carew manages to throw in many different twists that keeps the story flowing and compelling. I love the characters, especially the guys. They are so sweet and caring, and boy, can they turn up the heat. Even Riana has a great personality in comparison. She’s not all about herself but is actually quit Holy hotness. One long MFM sex scene, it seems. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This book is a second chance trope that is a flowing and entertaining read. It’s a familiar story with the Las Vegas setting but Carew manages to throw in many different twists that keeps the story flowing and compelling. I love the characters, especially the guys. They are so sweet and caring, and boy, can they turn up the heat. Even Riana has a great personality in comparison. She’s not all about herself but is actually quite humble and it works well in this situation. Carew sucks you in with fun, humor, and deep touching, sexy romance that is anything but boring and pushes the boundaries that ramps up the heat throughout the book. Then she throws in a big, loop with a ending that’s just perfect. Sigh. For a change of pace and that erotic, spicy romance you know you need, Stroke of Luck by Opal Carew is a fiery choice that won’t disappoint! * copy received for review consideration full review - https://amidlifewife.com/stroke-of-lu...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ARC received for review A much improved book by Ms. Carew. The last couple serials I read by her were just bad. I decided to give this one a shot, when I saw it was just one book. Rianna runs into her first love when her fiancee dumps her on the wedding day. Quinn was burned by her before and wants to make her pay. His business partner steps in and help them back on the path to true love. The only part I didn't like was the resolution with her ex. It seemed glossed over for all the drama and pain h ARC received for review A much improved book by Ms. Carew. The last couple serials I read by her were just bad. I decided to give this one a shot, when I saw it was just one book. Rianna runs into her first love when her fiancee dumps her on the wedding day. Quinn was burned by her before and wants to make her pay. His business partner steps in and help them back on the path to true love. The only part I didn't like was the resolution with her ex. It seemed glossed over for all the drama and pain he caused.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Snagged this on NetGalley to mix it up but didn't love it. Is this a story about a woman with a past jilted at the altar, or is it the story of a woman with two Vegas husbands? The combination was the difficulty. And somehow the novel became super repetitive and almost boring, not something I would say about most erotica. I've liked this author more in the past. Trucking along as I try to read the rest of my eARCs that come out in 2020 before 2021... I had a copy of this from the publisher throu Snagged this on NetGalley to mix it up but didn't love it. Is this a story about a woman with a past jilted at the altar, or is it the story of a woman with two Vegas husbands? The combination was the difficulty. And somehow the novel became super repetitive and almost boring, not something I would say about most erotica. I've liked this author more in the past. Trucking along as I try to read the rest of my eARCs that come out in 2020 before 2021... I had a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    And she's back! I have enjoyed Opal Carew's books in the past but the last couple fell a little flat that is until this one because it is exactly what I was hoping for from her. April Smith and Quinn Taylor had a relationship in college but she called things off and started dating Maurice Dubious who she was planning on marrying. Only things didn't exactly turn out the way they should have when she found him cheating on her the night before they were to say I DO. Read my full review along with an And she's back! I have enjoyed Opal Carew's books in the past but the last couple fell a little flat that is until this one because it is exactly what I was hoping for from her. April Smith and Quinn Taylor had a relationship in college but she called things off and started dating Maurice Dubious who she was planning on marrying. Only things didn't exactly turn out the way they should have when she found him cheating on her the night before they were to say I DO. Read my full review along with an excerpt here: https://bit.ly/NBReviewSoL **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books** You can find me here:  https://linktr.ee/NadineBookaholic

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mags

    This is only my second book by Opal Carew, and I certainly enjoyed it more than the first, even though it does feature an MFM storyline, which is something I don't tend to read a lot off unless it's by an author I'm really familiar with. However, I was genuinely intrigued by the idea of a second chance romance in a ménage situation, and it was very engaging, and hot. With plenty of sex scenes packed in, but there was also enough other stuff going on to really pull me in and keep me reading, and I This is only my second book by Opal Carew, and I certainly enjoyed it more than the first, even though it does feature an MFM storyline, which is something I don't tend to read a lot off unless it's by an author I'm really familiar with. However, I was genuinely intrigued by the idea of a second chance romance in a ménage situation, and it was very engaging, and hot. With plenty of sex scenes packed in, but there was also enough other stuff going on to really pull me in and keep me reading, and I honestly liked the characters, although I would've liked to have throat punched Quinn at times, particularly in the beginning, but he definitely warmed up as the story progressed. And it was certainly a fast-paced story. But there were parts I found a little unbelievable and I do wish it had ended with more of a bang, and that Maurice had gotten his comeuppance. Yet saying that it was a satisfying, and extremely steamy read, and I would gladly recommend it to others. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via St Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review**

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tonya S.

    I don't like leaving bad reviews, so I won't elaborate on the issues I had with this galley. Unless there's some super serious editing going on before this comes out, I will just advise you to skip this book. 2 stars. I was provided a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you to the publisher, author, and Netgalley. I don't like leaving bad reviews, so I won't elaborate on the issues I had with this galley. Unless there's some super serious editing going on before this comes out, I will just advise you to skip this book. 2 stars. I was provided a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you to the publisher, author, and Netgalley.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Graham-Petit

    Stroke of Luck has it all! A great storyline, twists and turns, humor, off-the-charts chemistry, heartbreak, second chances, plenty of feels, drama, oh, and plenty of hot and engaging scenes. I volunteered to review an advance reader copy of this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Morales-Lafaille

    This is my first read by this author. The prologue hits you with a bang. April waking up to two men who aren't her fiance. This book was very hot with lots of sex. Unfortunately towards the end I started skimming some of the sex scenes. It needed just a little bit more drama. Would have been great to see the ex see April happy with her two husbands and him miserable. It was a quick read and won't be my last by this author. Thankyou Netgalley for approving me to read this arc in an exchange of an This is my first read by this author. The prologue hits you with a bang. April waking up to two men who aren't her fiance. This book was very hot with lots of sex. Unfortunately towards the end I started skimming some of the sex scenes. It needed just a little bit more drama. Would have been great to see the ex see April happy with her two husbands and him miserable. It was a quick read and won't be my last by this author. Thankyou Netgalley for approving me to read this arc in an exchange of an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren loves llamas

    Content warnings: (view spoiler)[drinking, gambling, cheating, so many consent issues (pushing boundaries) (hide spoiler)] I picked this book up because it sounded like it could be some pretty fun wish fulfillment and I’m a sucker for second-chance romances. Unfortunately, it really didn’t work for me. To explain why, this post will contain spoilers for the book. After April discovers her fiancé cheating on her during their rehearsal dinner in Las Vegas, he sticks her with the hotel bill and jets. Content warnings: (view spoiler)[drinking, gambling, cheating, so many consent issues (pushing boundaries) (hide spoiler)] I picked this book up because it sounded like it could be some pretty fun wish fulfillment and I’m a sucker for second-chance romances. Unfortunately, it really didn’t work for me. To explain why, this post will contain spoilers for the book. After April discovers her fiancé cheating on her during their rehearsal dinner in Las Vegas, he sticks her with the hotel bill and jets. Luckily she runs into Quinn, her college boyfriend, and his business partner, Austin. Though Quinn still has feelings for April, he’s convinced she dumped him for a rich guy because she’s a gold digger. He pays off her bill and offers her a place to stay, but refuses to allow April to pay him back – with money at least. April offers to have a relationship with him for the month he’s in Vegas, and he agrees, with one change – the relationship will be with him and Austin. My first issue was the inexplicable constant POV changes. On one page, for instance, it switches three times: one POV as they are walking up to a table, then the heroine’s POV as she sits in a chair (why???), and then back to the original POV, then finally to the other man’s POV. It was jarring and confusing, especially when some of the POV sections were only a few sentences long and didn’t seem to add anything to the story. The second chance element was also a bit confusing. Apparently April dumped Quinn because he had the tendency to get really involved in his work, and, as someone who was abandoned as a baby and grew up in the foster care system, she needed more attention but didn’t want to be a distraction to him. So, she dumped him and then ended up almost immediately with a rich guy who lavished her with things and attention – all the security she craved (girl, no, what you actually need is a crapton of therapy). When this “reasoning” comes out, it’s portrayed solely as a mark against Quinn, which made me wonder how April would deal with the same issue after they left Las Vegas and went back to their real lives. With multiple millionaires (who, by the way, are apparently capable of taking four weeks of vacation where they never have to worry about work) and a glitzy Las Vegas setting, I was expecting lots of luxury. But that’s not what we get. Sure, they’re staying at a penthouse suite with a pool, but it’s never really described. We’re told they go on a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon and see several hilarious shows, that April goes shopping at the hotel for luxurious clothes, but besides one dress that’s minimally described and some lingerie, that’s it. Even the men themselves aren’t described that much, though we get lots about April’s blonde hair and so, so much about her boobs. What really made me uncomfortable, though, was the consent issues. The idea of April “working off” her debt through a sexual relationship is an iffy prospect, but I’ve seen similar situations handled well before. This was not one of those cases. April is constantly being pushed into doing things that she’s not comfortable with, sometimes with a lot of alcohol involved. I mean, for goodness’ sake, they get drunk and then get married – drunk enough that April doesn’t remember it the next day. There’s also a sort of dom/sub relationship between Quinn and April, but there was never sort of any safety discussion. Even worse, once Quinn and April admit their feelings for each other, that aspect of their relationship disappears because now they’re going to “make love like a real husband and wife”. The reason why Quinn and Austin want to share April isn’t really covered, other than that they both care for her – they’re not interested in each other sexually. All in all, there’s no real chemistry between the characters and the sex scenes felt, well, rote. Overall, this book missed the mark for me. I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Berry

    "Stroke of Luck" was a solid erotica piece. It had most of the elements I need in such a book: hot steam, sexy setting, escapist plot, and multiple sex scenes. The opening for this book was very strong, and really set up April and Quinn's meet cute perfectly. A bride sulking it out in a hotel reception area the day before her cancelled wedding? And stuck with the bill? Saved by an ex? Count me in for THIS storyline. In fact, I wish this HAD been how my wedding had gone instead of the way it actua "Stroke of Luck" was a solid erotica piece. It had most of the elements I need in such a book: hot steam, sexy setting, escapist plot, and multiple sex scenes. The opening for this book was very strong, and really set up April and Quinn's meet cute perfectly. A bride sulking it out in a hotel reception area the day before her cancelled wedding? And stuck with the bill? Saved by an ex? Count me in for THIS storyline. In fact, I wish this HAD been how my wedding had gone instead of the way it actually went! Only half kidding. Quinn and Austin were great male characters for an erotica book. Successful tycoons, good friends, powerful, but not jerks. There was one thing missing from this book, though. What do Quinn and Austin look like? The author spent a chunk of the book discussing April's perfect boobs, her perfect ass, and the way her dresses clung to her body, but she didn't mention the men's appearances at all! This is an MFM erotica piece written for straight women, isn't it? I have no idea if these men are large or shredded. Do they have dad bods or lean frames? I just don't know after reading this book. Now onto my steamy romance components ranking: From a scale of 1 to 10: Romance -8 (I'd say it was pretty romantic. Quinn and Austin lay on the compliments and the mushiness) Smut - 7 (pretty basic sex, albeit hot sex) Humor - 0 Cat and Mouse - 2 (not really - April had it bad) Rich man / Poor woman theme - 10 (it is the point of the book) Sexy setting - 10 (a luxury suite in a fancy hotel, sign me up)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    And she's back! I have enjoyed Opal Carew's books in the past but the last couple fell a little flat that is until this one because it is exactly what I was hoping for from her. April Smith and Quinn Taylor had a relationship in college but she called things off and started dating Maurice Dubious who she was planning on marrying. Only things didn't exactly turn out the way they should have when she found him cheating on her the night before they were to say I DO. Quinn and Austin Wright, Busines And she's back! I have enjoyed Opal Carew's books in the past but the last couple fell a little flat that is until this one because it is exactly what I was hoping for from her. April Smith and Quinn Taylor had a relationship in college but she called things off and started dating Maurice Dubious who she was planning on marrying. Only things didn't exactly turn out the way they should have when she found him cheating on her the night before they were to say I DO. Quinn and Austin Wright, Business partners and friends, are in Vegas taking a much needed vacation after a big project they were working on was completed when Quinn runs into April who broke his heart years earlier. Quinn helps April out of a tough spot and you could tell not only that he still had feelings for her but she did as well. I loved the chemistry between April and both men. Opal did a wonderful job with this story and I hope to see more of this type of writing from her in the future. If you enjoy steamy menage contemporary romances with a second chance at love element I would recommend this book to you. Happy Reading!!! **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books** Blog post will be live on 12/1/2020

  14. 5 out of 5

    Evie Drae

    Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for an ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily, and all thoughts and opinions are my own. I picked up this title first and foremost because I loved the cover. It drew me in to read the blurb, which further piqued my interest, and so I hit the "request" button. I've never read anything by this author before, so I can't speak to her work as a whole, but this one was definitely a steamy, easy read. It was a fairly low-angst Cinderella Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for an ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily, and all thoughts and opinions are my own. I picked up this title first and foremost because I loved the cover. It drew me in to read the blurb, which further piqued my interest, and so I hit the "request" button. I've never read anything by this author before, so I can't speak to her work as a whole, but this one was definitely a steamy, easy read. It was a fairly low-angst Cinderella story—with two Princes for the price of one—and featured a healthy handful of tropes weaved into the plot with believable ease. My biggest hangup—and what primarily prevents this read from being a 4 star or above for me—was the constant and frequent POV shifts. I experienced some pretty severe readerly whiplash and often wasn't positive whose head I was in, which made a story with three leads extra complicated to follow. Other than that, if you go into this read expecting exactly what it advertises—a hot, sexy erotica held up by some pretty solid characters and well-done tropes—then I think you'll enjoy the book. It definitely delivers well in those areas.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Phew! This was a romance I did not see coming. The cover for Stroke of Luck caught my eye as I scrolled through NetGalley recently, and the story summary sounded intriguing. Not an author I recognized and not my usual preference for romance novel tropes, but intriguing. So I was happy to see yesterday that St Martin's Press approved my request. Per my usual routine, I downloaded all the titles for which I'd been approved last night, and glanced through them, opening them up to their first page. T Phew! This was a romance I did not see coming. The cover for Stroke of Luck caught my eye as I scrolled through NetGalley recently, and the story summary sounded intriguing. Not an author I recognized and not my usual preference for romance novel tropes, but intriguing. So I was happy to see yesterday that St Martin's Press approved my request. Per my usual routine, I downloaded all the titles for which I'd been approved last night, and glanced through them, opening them up to their first page. That is, until I opened up Stroke of Luck. I read the first sentence, and then the first paragraph, and then the first chapter, and then 2 hours later, at 1:30am, I finally made myself go to sleep. And yes, this was yesterday. I finished the book today. It turns out this is the perfect pandemic isolation read, keeping me glued to the pages until the end of the book. I never expected I'd have this reaction to a M/M/F erotic romance, and the book still has not sold me on that lifestyle. But wow, I did not want to put this story down. What you need to know is that Stroke of Luck is mainly composed of two things--sex and feelings. The book is at least half, if not more, steamy, explicit, sensual, non-traditional sex scenes. In between the sex, the three protagonists, April (not Rian, as the Goodreads blurb says), Quinn, and Austin get to know each other. April and Quinn have a back story and personal baggage that makes their developing relationship more complicated, while Austin is just a sweet and sunny golden boy, bursting with muscles and brilliant insights into the people around him. The only possible complaint about Austin is that he is too perfect--generous, patient, optimistic, and tender. Quinn's got baggage that he allows to make himself a bit of jerk from time to time. And April is sweet, gorgeous and horny as anything, but she's also shy and deeply insecure. She has her reasons for those qualities in the personal history she slowly reveals, but the resulting caution and reserve she exhibits complicate the development of their burgeoning relationship. Because it is definitely THEIR relationship. April is equally with Austin as she is with Quinn, although it seems Quinn is the leader of most of their joint endeavors. Most of the sex scenes are joint, as is the emotional side of their relationships. For all that this is a silly, over-the-top rich people having sex in a fancy hotel story, it is also a deeply felt emotional one, with three likable if somewhat flawed characters. It made me believe that a relationship like this could work romantically as well as sexually. The writing isn't perfect. There's a lot of awkward transitions in narration from scene to scene and among the rotating perspectives of the three main characters that can cause some confusion and require brief rereading. The three main characters, and all the secondary characters in the book, are also resoundingly white, which is not something I appreciate. There was no diversity in this book; the best representation offered was of a person who'd grown up poor in the foster care system, and of the characters' non-traditional romantic relationship. And nothing is realistic about their obscenely wealthy life, stunningly gorgeous bodies, and unstoppable sex drive, if such lack of realism is something that distracts you. But in the dumpster fire world of 2020, as I'm sitting at home trying to avoid death by pandemic, this sweet and steamy, filthy dirty erotic romance was just the candy I needed to pass a happy day safely inside my home. For a few blissful hours, I forgot about constant news cycles and rising death tolls and just enjoyed myself. If what I described above isn't to your taste, don't bother reading this, as it is exactly what it claims to be. But, if you would like a book that revels in being exactly what it is--a book about beautiful rich people having all the sex in all the different ways, with plenty of feels to go with it, then this could also be the book for you. Highly recommended escapist fare. Thank you so much to #NetGalley and St Martin's Press for letting me read a free advanced copy of #StrokeofLuck. This is my honest opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maranda

    Opal Carew has an excellent writing style that moves the plot and characters along in an easy reading pattern. It is a novel every women dreams of. Being rescued by a guy or guys that know how to take care of problems for you and also keeps the sheets flaming. Maurice was going to marry April but when he screws that up he takes steps to destroy her even more. April wants to take care of herself but when an old flame appears; she can't resist his help. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Mar Opal Carew has an excellent writing style that moves the plot and characters along in an easy reading pattern. It is a novel every women dreams of. Being rescued by a guy or guys that know how to take care of problems for you and also keeps the sheets flaming. Maurice was going to marry April but when he screws that up he takes steps to destroy her even more. April wants to take care of herself but when an old flame appears; she can't resist his help. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press Via NetGally with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

  17. 5 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    Second chance romances lovers, this is the book for you! Ms. Carew brings us a doozy as our initial contact with April is during the lowest time of her life. Her asshat fiancé treats her horribly. I am ready to get on with the vengeance to bring that jerk down! Second chance romances lovers, this is the book for you! Ms. Carew brings us a doozy as our initial contact with April is during the lowest time of her life. Her asshat fiancé treats her horribly. I am ready to get on with the vengeance to bring that jerk down!

  18. 4 out of 5

    April

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The steam and sexiness of this book was amazing, but I extremely underwhelmed by the story. There was so much happening with the original fiancé. He cheated, canceled her credit cards, had her fired, left her with a hotel bill she couldn’t pay , took ownership of her house, and literally took the clothes off her back. Ugh!!! That was a lot! Why did we need to be given 1 million reasons to hate him. It was honestly just annoying. Sadly I really disliked Quinn too. During the first 30% of the book The steam and sexiness of this book was amazing, but I extremely underwhelmed by the story. There was so much happening with the original fiancé. He cheated, canceled her credit cards, had her fired, left her with a hotel bill she couldn’t pay , took ownership of her house, and literally took the clothes off her back. Ugh!!! That was a lot! Why did we need to be given 1 million reasons to hate him. It was honestly just annoying. Sadly I really disliked Quinn too. During the first 30% of the book he was the worst. I thought he’d get better after the sex arrangements were made, but nope he was still a dick (and not the good kind) Austin was amazing. I loved him and was really hoping the other guys would drop off the face of the earth so April could be with them. Now, we must talk about April. She was no where near as bad a character as Quinn, but she just seemed so... clueless. It was annoying and frustrating, and by the end I was happy it was over. Her entire character just followed the orders of men. They were all pulling her in different directions and just just went along with it, no questions asked. The overall story could have been a hell of a lot better. I enjoyed the way the story was told, but the constant jumping around with time and characters also annoying me. I have to say, I understand this is erotica. Sex comes first and plot comes second. But!!!! For the amount of bad story I did not receive enough sex to enjoy this.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is a really hot read – be warned! It starts out rather hard and I was ready to give Quinn a bit of a slap, even if he was coming to April’s rescue. He may have known her long ago and feel that she left him for another guy with more money, but he is still pretty unkind. Luckily as the story progresses, his feelings are at least explained, and as his argreement with her plays out, the tables are somewhat turned and th ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is a really hot read – be warned! It starts out rather hard and I was ready to give Quinn a bit of a slap, even if he was coming to April’s rescue. He may have known her long ago and feel that she left him for another guy with more money, but he is still pretty unkind. Luckily as the story progresses, his feelings are at least explained, and as his argreement with her plays out, the tables are somewhat turned and this second chance may just be everything he every wanted. April is a curious character, as she is seemingly under the thumb of her fiancé, yet she gives it all up due to having a back bone and morals. That he would then dump everything onto her and behave so despicably undoubtedly shows she made the right decision, but not an easy one. So we find her downtrodden, yet she shows great fire when faced with Quinn and Austin. It is an engaging mix, and can possibly be explained by her difficult childhood, and need for security. As the men understand this better, they finally deal with it better too. Sexy, fun and the damsel in distress definitely gets her knights in shining armour coming to provide her with security and love twice over – lucky April!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Trish R. Ali

    I'm no stranger to Opal Carew's works, however I haven't been reading any of her recent books. I was taken aback by the style, I remember how much I enjoyed reading her past books unfortunately I cannot say the same to Stroke of Luck. I had to read the cover again to make sure that I was given a book written by Opal Carew. I do understand that authors' style changed over the course of time but reading this book I thought it was written by a novice author. It had a solid story outline but the exe I'm no stranger to Opal Carew's works, however I haven't been reading any of her recent books. I was taken aback by the style, I remember how much I enjoyed reading her past books unfortunately I cannot say the same to Stroke of Luck. I had to read the cover again to make sure that I was given a book written by Opal Carew. I do understand that authors' style changed over the course of time but reading this book I thought it was written by a novice author. It had a solid story outline but the execution was somewhat lacking. I couldn't feel any sympathy for Riana (the heroine) nor do I have high opinion of Quinn (the ex boyfriend, hero #1). The only character that I quite like is Austin (Quinn's business partner, hero #2). I almost wish he has his own book and a new heroine because Riana certainly doesn't deserved him. Although this book is not for me, I'm sure there will be readers who enjoyed reading it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ilana

    Before i get into this review, I want to thank the folks at Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for getting me this ARC. I’ve read several Opal Carew stories in the past and it was nice to get into a new one, even if it was a stand alone. So, first i have to point out that in the version that i got, her name was April, not Riana, and there was a whole story about how she came to her name. Not a huge deal, but something that i noticed. The other thing is that the summary over simplifies what happens h Before i get into this review, I want to thank the folks at Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for getting me this ARC. I’ve read several Opal Carew stories in the past and it was nice to get into a new one, even if it was a stand alone. So, first i have to point out that in the version that i got, her name was April, not Riana, and there was a whole story about how she came to her name. Not a huge deal, but something that i noticed. The other thing is that the summary over simplifies what happens here and the timing of it all, but again, not a huge deal. We start off our journey at a moment in time when April wakes up to realize that she’s not alone in bed, and not just that she’s not alone, it’s not with her fiance Maurice, but instead with two men that she’s yet to identify. The other thing is the quick realization that she was supposed to have gotten married the day before and she’s now also got a hangover which makes the slow realization of reality a bit more harsh. We then flash back to the previous 24 hours when her life came crashing down on her. They were in Vegas to get married, enjoying the weekend with their friends, when post the rehearsal dinner, April walks in on her fiance ‘getting it on’ with some random blonde woman. That turns her world upside down and now not only has she lost her fiance, but he makes it so that her entire world comes crashing down. Because he has so much power and influence, he makes sure that everyone things that she’s the one who cheated, cancels her credit cards, leaves the bill with her, takes her townhouse from her (calls in her loan) fires her from work and ensures that no one else will hire her. To add to that, he knows that April has no family and really no friends, so she’s left on an island. It’s through a weird twist of fate that as April’s being kicked out, that a man from her past is in the hallway and comes to her rescue. We don’t know what the true background of the story is between Quinn and April, but we know that it can’t be all good (or bad) based on his reactions to her. He immediately wants to help but he has such anger for her that it’s mixed. The journey from here is an interesting one. There’s clearly chemistry between these two and even with Quinn’s business partner Austin, so if nothing else, we’ll get a really hot and steamy story, but what we get in addition to that is a really sweet story about lost opportunities because of the lack of true communication when they were younger and a misunderstanding of motivations etc. As a result, things get sexy, complicated and so engaging. When the guys realize that April is left with nothing, and they watch Maurice send people to come and take all her belongings, they jump in to make her feel a little better. They take her in for the night, go to the casino and drinking, try to get her mind off of things, and end up married. All three of them. Yup – you read that right. First Quinn and April get married and then immediately after, she and Austin do. and while it’s with the intention to get annulled in a few weeks, (after their month deal is over), you know that there are feelings involved and things are going to get dicey. The bulk of this story is spend enjoying each other – we get the full expected flavor here from Ms Carew in the steamy scenes between this threesome. It’s hot and engaging and really helps take your mind off how bad April’s life can be. At the same time, we also watch April and Quinn better understand each other and Quinn’s hatred for what went down between them in the past seep away. Now that he understands her fears because of how she grew up, and understands why she walked away from him in college, his eyes are opened up to so many new things that he actually wants the arrangement that they have to be real. Seems like everything will be perfect until Maurice comes back and begs April to take him back. Giving her back everything that he took away from her, compensating her for the past 24-48 hours of pain and fear. April doesn’t realize the motives behind it all but the guys realized quickly why he’s crawling back and it’s because she’s got something that he wants and is afraid that now she’ll have too much control over him. The problem though is that the guys see her with Maurice and make the wrong assumption, driving her to leave them earlier than their arrangement deemed fit and worlds come crashing down once again. What we have form this story is the notion that there’s really no such thing as happily ever after and that sometimes the idea of ‘what happens in vegas stays in vegas’. You want more for everyone and yet you don’t know what’s possible and the only way to truly find out if anything was real or fantasy is to read this story and engage with them all. I think that you’ll enjoy this one for sure and i can’t wait to see what’s next from our author

  22. 5 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    Amazon / B&N / Google / Apple / Kobo Quinn never forgot the girl who broke his heart. So when he finds her in his hotel, crying from discovering her fiancé cheating on her, you'd think he'd walk away to leave her in pain. But no, he pays her hotel bill and brings her to his suite and ends up indulging in an "arrangement" of sorts that will allow her to pay back her debt. Will this end up being a second chance for Quinn and April? What about the third part of their arrangement Austin, Quinn's Amazon / B&N / Google / Apple / Kobo Quinn never forgot the girl who broke his heart. So when he finds her in his hotel, crying from discovering her fiancé cheating on her, you'd think he'd walk away to leave her in pain. But no, he pays her hotel bill and brings her to his suite and ends up indulging in an "arrangement" of sorts that will allow her to pay back her debt. Will this end up being a second chance for Quinn and April? What about the third part of their arrangement Austin, Quinn's best friend and business partner? Will the three of them find feelings start developing or will it truly just be sex as Quinn declares in the beginning? Hmm, this menage did not quite work for me. Purely from an erotica standpoint, I guess it was good, but as a fully rounded, second chance, MFM romance, it did not work. I did not like Quinn for one, he was an ass and the arrangement he forced April into was seiously shady. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a good blackmail romance, but the way Quinn executed it just felt wrong, gave me the heebie jeebies. April was an OK character, but she didn't particularly stand out in any way, she was a bit meek and cardboard-ish. Austin, though, saves the whole story and kept me from taking even more stars off. I loved him - he's sweet and sexy, and really deserved better than a threesome with two exes. ARC via St. Martin’s Press for an honest review. Review: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suzy Baba (readaholicmom)

    Stroke of luck was extremely sexy and entertaining. From the beginning the author did a great job in keeping my attention glued to the writing. The story starts off with heartbreak and sadness but it slowly but surely takes a turn when the heroin finds love in an unexpected relationship. A wedding day is every girls dream, especial a girl that has grown through the system without much love, April's wedding day was one that was supposed to be the happiest day of her life but it ended up being a da Stroke of luck was extremely sexy and entertaining. From the beginning the author did a great job in keeping my attention glued to the writing. The story starts off with heartbreak and sadness but it slowly but surely takes a turn when the heroin finds love in an unexpected relationship. A wedding day is every girls dream, especial a girl that has grown through the system without much love, April's wedding day was one that was supposed to be the happiest day of her life but it ended up being a day that shattered her heart when she witnessed her soon to be husband's infidelity. April couldn't go through the wedding after what she witnessed leaving her vulnerable in a hotel with a massive bill to pay on her own that she couldn't afford. Her ex fiancé canceled all their credit cards leaving her penniless. Quinn's world tipped on its side when he saw the beautiful mess of a woman sitting close by was the one girl that broke his heart back in college. She looked broken. Quinn couldn't help himself, he needed to know what was leaving her looking so devastated. After receiving the information, he paid the enormous bill. By paying the bill, April was now helpless and eager into paying Quinn back anyway she can. Even if it meant giving him something that he has always longed for when they where together. That's where the proposal comes in, starting their deal. April would have to not only be Quinn's lover for a month, but also be a lover to his business partner Austin at the same time. Stroke of Luck was incredibly hot to read. I loved how the men wanted to do nothing but to take care of April, even though at time Quinn was a complete jerk to her. After all the past was rehashed between the two of them, the three characters relationships flourished with so much love and affection. This is a relationship of three, something not everyone can handle, but for April, Quinn and Austin, it worked beautifully! *I received a digital advanced copy of this book from NetGally in exchange for an honest review. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    3 stars This is a steamy, escapist book that was fun to read. April is in Vegas to get married, but after finding her fiance cheating on her the night before the wedding, she's left high and dry with an obnoxiously huge hotel bill she can't pay, no job, no home and only the clothes on her back. Enter her college ex-boyfriend Quinn. He's outrageously wealthy (of course), handsome, and has never gotten over the heartbreak of losing April. So naturally he comes to her rescue and pays her bill. He al 3 stars This is a steamy, escapist book that was fun to read. April is in Vegas to get married, but after finding her fiance cheating on her the night before the wedding, she's left high and dry with an obnoxiously huge hotel bill she can't pay, no job, no home and only the clothes on her back. Enter her college ex-boyfriend Quinn. He's outrageously wealthy (of course), handsome, and has never gotten over the heartbreak of losing April. So naturally he comes to her rescue and pays her bill. He also invites her to stay with him and his business partner Austin, who is also outrageously wealthy and handsome, in the hotel suite they are renting for their week of business. Not wanting to be in Quinn's debt, April offers to fulfill all of his fantasies for one month. Having always dreamed of being with April, Quinn quickly agrees, and also insists that Austin be included in the deal. Let the sexy-times begin. The author includes a lot of steamy scenes between the threesome, until April starts catching feelings for both Quinn and Austin. What will happen at the end of the month if she's fallen in love with them both? How can she ever choose and what will she do if she loses them both? This book had a bit more plot that a lot of these type of books do, which is always a plus. April is frustratingly naive, however, and bumbles along letting things happen to her rather than making her own choices, although she does get a bit of a backbone near the end. I don't think it would have detracted too much from the story if April hadn't been quite so docile. Otherwise, this was a fun book to read and I enjoyed it. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. April Smith was suppose to get married until she caught her fiancé with another woman. Now she's stuck with the hotel bill and all her finances cut off. Abandoned as an infant by her mother, all she's ever wanted was to be loved and wanted. Quinn Taylor met April in college, he loved her and never understood why she left him. When she finds her in dire straights at the hotel he's staying in, he comes to her rescue and offers her crazy proposition to keep her in his life for the next month. Austin April Smith was suppose to get married until she caught her fiancé with another woman. Now she's stuck with the hotel bill and all her finances cut off. Abandoned as an infant by her mother, all she's ever wanted was to be loved and wanted. Quinn Taylor met April in college, he loved her and never understood why she left him. When she finds her in dire straights at the hotel he's staying in, he comes to her rescue and offers her crazy proposition to keep her in his life for the next month. Austin Wright is Quinn's business partner and closest friend. He just wants to see his friend happy and will do anything to help April and Quinn get back together. Quinn wants April in his bed along with his best friend Auston. He thinks she's a gold digger and tries to keep things all about the sex but quickly realizes he never stopped loving her. Once these three connect in the bedroom, things get hot and steamy. There are some really good emotional scenes, but they are almost drowned out by a whole lot of bedroom time. It was hard to connect to their emotional relationship. It felt like their story was more about how in lust they were. I also had a hard time reconciling the shy, quiet woman with the sexpot she portrayed almost immediately. Hot, smexy second chance at love romance. I received a free copy of this book and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. If you like my reviews I hope you will follow my blog. https://wyldheartreads.wordpress.com/

  26. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I found this book while poking around on NetGalley and was excited to find this book. It is a new to me author and the premise sounded fun. Since it was in the erotica section, it had the potential to be super spicy. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. And, honestly, it was nearly impossible to finish. The head hopping, quickly shifting between the character's POVs, was too much for me. I could barely keep the story straight and figure out whose thoughts were whose. Then, there ar I found this book while poking around on NetGalley and was excited to find this book. It is a new to me author and the premise sounded fun. Since it was in the erotica section, it had the potential to be super spicy. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. And, honestly, it was nearly impossible to finish. The head hopping, quickly shifting between the character's POVs, was too much for me. I could barely keep the story straight and figure out whose thoughts were whose. Then, there are all sorts of lack of consent issues, as well as badly done BDSM themes. The heroine might as well be an invertebrate for all the spine she shows. And, the biggest issue for me, was the lack of crossing swords. Really, in this, the year of our Lord 2020, if you're going to put a girl and two guys - who are best friends and profess to care about each other - and NOT have the dudes go at it in some way, shape, or form, you're wasting an opportunity and my time. It smacks of homophobia. If you're looking for a fun Vegas romp, you might like this. If you're looking for hot threesomes and clearly understandable writing, I'd skip this one. Also, please shelve it where it belongs: contemporary romance, not erotica.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Mrs B's Books)

    **My thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review** When you spot your ex-girlfriend in a bad predicament and are completely loaded and are still in love with said girl, there is no way that you are not going to help her out. And that is exactly what Quinn does. Quinn is still angry with Riana, however his business partner and friend Austin cajoles him into more than just helping her and ends up falling for the girl too. A bargain where Riana wan **My thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review** When you spot your ex-girlfriend in a bad predicament and are completely loaded and are still in love with said girl, there is no way that you are not going to help her out. And that is exactly what Quinn does. Quinn is still angry with Riana, however his business partner and friend Austin cajoles him into more than just helping her and ends up falling for the girl too. A bargain where Riana wants to pay back Quinn for the money he has helped her with ends up with her offering her body in payment to the both of them and this is where they end up struggling with their feelings towards each other and also end up coming together as a threesome happy and content. Austin is the glue that keeps them together as he helps them all sort through their feelings and is very perceptive, Quinn can blunder through things and be a bit bossy, but Riana can hold her own. After a miscommunication, Riana ends up back home without them, trying to divorce them both, but Quinn holds out with a very important clause that once has come to light, reunited the three of them for their happy ever after. An interesting twist of events, but i feel that this genre has been done to death a bit recently. Maybe i just need a break from them for a while lol.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rainbow Reader

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. I am leaving a voluntary review and all thoughts/opinions are my own. Holy hotness. This is a steamy read, folks. If you like your erotica with a side of angst, then this might be the perfect book for you. It's mostly sex—to the point I sadly skimmed a few of the scenes because they started to get a bit repetitive—but if I'd been in a slightly different headspace, I might've devoured them and reread them Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. I am leaving a voluntary review and all thoughts/opinions are my own. Holy hotness. This is a steamy read, folks. If you like your erotica with a side of angst, then this might be the perfect book for you. It's mostly sex—to the point I sadly skimmed a few of the scenes because they started to get a bit repetitive—but if I'd been in a slightly different headspace, I might've devoured them and reread them too. I was just looking for a bit more substance during this particular read, so found myself glazing over when yet another one appeared. I adored the three leads—April, Quinn, and Austin. Although it was sometimes a bit confusing with the frequency we hopped between their POVs, and they didn't have the most unique voices, they were sweet and genuinely flawed. (Well, except for Austin... he was kind of a little too perfect, if you catch my drift.) If you're looking for a steamy summer read, then I would definitely recommend this book. However, if you want something with a bit more substance, perhaps shelve this one until you're craving some good book p0rn.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    **FULL REVIEW** So...I didn't love it. But, I didn't hate it either. I was just an okay read...hot (like off the charts at times), but really not much else. We follow April, Quinn, and Austin in a story of second chances, old wounds, new beginnings, and a lot of chemistry...taking place on the sexy strip of Las Vegas. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, instead choosing to be surprised as I read, but with Carew's track record of fabulous love stories, I knew I'd get something worth my tim **FULL REVIEW** So...I didn't love it. But, I didn't hate it either. I was just an okay read...hot (like off the charts at times), but really not much else. We follow April, Quinn, and Austin in a story of second chances, old wounds, new beginnings, and a lot of chemistry...taking place on the sexy strip of Las Vegas. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, instead choosing to be surprised as I read, but with Carew's track record of fabulous love stories, I knew I'd get something worth my time with this one. I'm not saying it was the best way to spend my time...but I'm not complaining about the creativity it sparked by reading. *wink* Overall, while sexy, it felt a little overdone...I'm not really a fan of third-person POV, and while Quinn and Austin had some great qualities about them, I found not much to be interesting about April. She felt a little weak and way too easy-going without much substance to her...and a lot happens to her for her to still remain this way. I will pick up other titles by Carew, but this one was just meh...I hope to have better luck with a different book. **3 For Love or Money, Stars**

  30. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Pressley

    This was the perfect, smutty, lighthearted romance I was looking for! This book was full of really sexy, steamy scenes and I really enjoyed it. I loved the characters and that it was written in multiple POV’s. My only feedback would be that I would’ve liked it to be a little bit longer. I felt like the beginning and the ending were a bit rushed and I would’ve liked a little more background on Quinn and Austin as well as some more angst and sexual tension. I felt the resolution with April’s ex wa This was the perfect, smutty, lighthearted romance I was looking for! This book was full of really sexy, steamy scenes and I really enjoyed it. I loved the characters and that it was written in multiple POV’s. My only feedback would be that I would’ve liked it to be a little bit longer. I felt like the beginning and the ending were a bit rushed and I would’ve liked a little more background on Quinn and Austin as well as some more angst and sexual tension. I felt the resolution with April’s ex was too rushed and I would’ve liked to see her get some revenge. Overall though, this was a great, quick read and really helped me avoid a book hangover! Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for a free copy of this! All opinions and thoughts are my own. You can purchase a copy on December 1st, 2020! 😊

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.