Stroke of Luck (Crabbypatty’s Review)

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Title: Stroke of Luck
Author: Posy Roberts
Publisher: Labyrinth Bound Press
Release Date: October 26, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 86
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Blurb:

After everything Marc owned burned to a crisp, he’s living off the kindness of others. A model condo is his temporary home, and his last dime went to essentials. He doesn’t need another distraction, but the fates conspire against him, setting up a chain of encounters that bring him face to face with Cas.
Cas’s love life has been in limbo for years, lovers moving on as soon as they discover how close he is to his best friend, Maisie. Then he meets Marc. The attraction between the two men can’t be denied, but Cas isn’t sure he can risk his friendship for a guy who will only end up leaving when he sees how close he and Maisie are.
When Marc and Cas discover they live in the same building, it’s kismet. But Marc has to invite chaos into his life if he and Cas stand a chance, and Cas faces a choice between friendship and love. Luck may be on their side… if they’re willing to risk it all.

Cas and Marc run into each other in a series of pretty improbable meetings (bonus points for a cute meet while shopping at Goodwill), but it’s easy to get past this as the two men find themselves quickly flirting with love. When Marc asks “And are you going to fall in love with me? If I’m already halfway there, I need to know.” Cas replies:

Come sleep in my bed tonight. […] Maybe that’s all it’ll take to bring us the rest of the way. Maybe we need ten more dates. Or a hundred more kisses. Or a million more words.

[Fanning self …] Their sexual chemistry pops and sizzles with an oh, so very hot scene in front of floor to ceiling windows atop a Minneapolis high-rise.

Contrasting Cas and Marc’s building relationship is the one Cas and his BFF Maisie share, moving from dating to exploring their bisexuality, and eventually into an uneasily codependent relationship that prevents each of them from moving on with their lives. The character of Maisie could have easily been a caricature but I liked the depth Posy gave her, and how Cas and Maisie struggled to find a balance between the love they felt for one another and the need to move on.

This is my first Posy Roberts book, and it was an enjoyable quick read with a small cast of characters and a seriously gorgeous cover.

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Galley copy of Stroke of Luck provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas

I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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