Currently Reading… Lady Luck by Kristen Ashley

by Maryse on November 30, 2011 · 16 comments

in Bad Boys & Rock Stars, Kristen Ashley, What I am reading today

Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain)
Quick note: This isn’t a book review (yet) cause’s I’m still only in the first half, but, you know me. If it makes me *squee* or cry, I gotta share. ;)

Yep, as you can see I’m still on my “Kristen Ashley” marathon, and while I agree with many, that, reading her books all in a row means the reader will experience repetition, I’m still good with each book overall. Great actually. Sure, the characters have a similar way of speaking, of being, and there certainly is a sort of “formula” to it all. Despite that, I am still having fun, and really feeling the characters! They are making me react, and fooling my brain into thinkin’ it’s me, so I’m still in!

Right now I’m on book#3 in her Colorado series and it is soooooo good to be home in Carnal. For those of you as obsessed with Tate and his world as I was, good news. We’re back. Okay, this may not be Tate’s book, but all of the old characters are there, the scenery, the businesses, Bubba’s. Everything. We’re home, folks.

And Ty. Hulking, tattooed, furious and just out of prison (wrongfully, btw). The strong, silent type. One word answers. Sometimes, no word answers. Just a look says it all. And then, the thing that prompted me to do a *pre-squee* here in a “currently reading” post. Ty’s resistance in letting down his emotional guard around the heroine (oh and the circumstances of what brought the heroine and he together – priceless and a bit shocking!!) But I was very excited at this “take” in their budding relationship. Talk about stepping out of the frying pan and right into the fire.

Anywho…. as I was saying. Ty’s the typical alpha in that he spends too much time protecting his heart from the one that could probably ease his pain. And in doing so, he eventually let’s his “jerk” out. Big time. That gasp-worthy “how-dare-he” fun stuff that we love in Kristen’s books.

And okay wait. Jerk is too soft of a word for this particular grrrrrrrr-worthy moment. The author does a reeeeeaal good job at putting her reader at ease, making her comfortable, soft and gooey for her hard-core, protective, reluctantly-opening-up, gruff-demeanored alpha. Then, she pulls that rug right out from under her reader with this (I’m cutting into the middle of the conversation, which by now had me fuming and trembling. It is worse than what it says below, but kind of a spoiler-ish moment, so I’m choosing the quote carefully):

I whispered “That wasn’t nice.”

His blank but still beautiful eyes leveled on mine. “Never promised I’d be nice.”

“You’d been being nice,” I reminded him.

“Yeah,” he affirmed then said, “Mistake. Told you in Vegas, been in chains five years, don’t need anything chaining me.”

and then pages and pages of a sort of heartbreaking realization for Lexie (the heroine). But then, Ty discovers the flowers he once bought for her that she so carefully tended to (a sweet and revealing moment for both of them)… in the garbage.

“Answer me, Lexie. Why’d you throw your bouquet away?”

“It was just flowers.”

“It wasn’t”

“No, you’re right. It wasn’t” she told him softly. “Then, after you put me in my place, it was.”

My eyes started watering at this point, ’cause I felt her. I knew exactly how she felt. I felt it with her. That realization that he meant more to her then she, to him. That maybe she’d been fooling herself. Or maybe he’d been fooling her.

and then when he couldn’t deal with “her light” being gone. Extinguished…

He had to have her light back.

“Let me go,” she whispered.


“Let me go.”

He moved his lips to her ear and whispered, “I hurt you, baby.”

*sniff* and then… a tear. Or two. Okay… maybe three. ;) I’m a sucker, I know it!!

There’s more where this come from. That whole part is better then how I worded it for you, ’cause you get all the detail, all of the emotion, all of the thought processes, the heartache, the decisions. But I had to let you know that this one already had me reacting. This was all in the first 29% of the book. Can’t wait to see where it takes me!

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Jackie November 30, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Yay – I loved Ty and especially how they react to each other in the first half of this book. Maryse – there is an even bigger ‘jerk’ moment later in the book that will guarantee you more tears. – Enjoy! xxx

Kim Mcneill November 30, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Hey their maryse!!! I just wanted to stop to say, Im Looooving your blog. Your so funny and I just adore all your reviews. I now have a list thats a mile long with books to read, yayyy!! I have to say though I went to chapters yesterday and I had a list of the 3 books I wanted most, Beautiful disaster, sweet dreams and lady luck. And I found out they were all e-books. Lol! Boooo. Oh well, It just means Im gonna have to choose a great ereader asap so I can get to reading them ;) .
Thanks again maryse!!!! Your my new favorite stop on the web!!

Chas November 30, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Yes. Yes. and Yes. Everything you’ve said here. This is the book that got me the most.

Nicola November 30, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I loved this book and thought it was probably one of the best of the 3…it was quite an emotionally draining one that’s for sure! Got to say though, Ty takes the crown of most demanding and frustrating one of the 3 blokes we met in this series and it took me a while to get used to him but without a doubt he got me in the end. Oh and I loved that we had all the characters back ;0) Nx

Tina November 30, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Finished this one a few days ago, Maryse. Just wanted you to know that I’m here for you if you need some hand-holding and hugs.

Maryse November 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Ohhh Jackie!! More tears. Thanks for the heads-up. I’m even more xcited now! YAY!!!!

Kim! I’m so glad you stopped in. Oh just you wait until you get your e-reader. You’ll be up all night with all of us! Instant gratification! BTW (Beautiful Disaster IS in print now, but only on Amazon, as far as I know – oh, and on the author’s own website)

Chas: Yah? Oh good. You ‘n Jackie are making me wanna go home early and read some more.

Nicola. Okay, you too, are making me way too excited to finish this one. Who’s your favorite of the Kristen Ashley men now?

Maryse November 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Tina – For real though… when he said the whole “I hurt you, baby” I was all – “Yeah you did!!!!”



*wipes a tear with her sleeve*

… and then I immediately loved him again. Grrrrrrr!! LOL!

Nicola November 30, 2011 at 2:59 PM

That’s a tough one Maryse ;0) ….if you mean out of all her book series we have read so far then can I have 2???( Then that’d be Tate and Joe YUM!!) LOL!!
If you mean out of these 3 then I got to say Tate’s the man!!! ;0)

(by the way just found you and “liked” you on FB… ;0)


Tina November 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM

He has a bigger jerk moment later on. And it was so stupid, too. I’m emailing a picture to ya of my vision of Ty’s face. I know she wrote him to be 1/2 and 1/2 but I had a visual of him so check your inbox.

Whitney November 30, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Thanks again for another great recommendation! I wouldn’t have found this author otherwise. I loved every single book of this series (Tate and Lauren are probably my favorite) and I’m going to start reading Rock Chick (her other series) tonight. The excerpt already has me hooked.

Jessica November 30, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Hi Maryse, So I’m really lovin the new author. I have been following your recommendations for a while now & am so on the same page with you. Loved Tate, he is one of my fans now. I’m in th e middle of Gamble, really good, but not as good as Tate’s book for mere so far. But I am so tired from lack of sleep due to late night reading. It’s all good though, we kind of had a dry patch since Fifty, so I’m glad to be squeeeeing again!

Chas November 30, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Am I seriously the only one around that liked Ty just *this much* better than Tate? Seriously?

Rebeka December 1, 2011 at 12:15 AM


I’m going to be up all night reading this series !

I’ve just purchased them for my e-book , they were on 4$ !!!!!

Bargainn Baby.

:) I’m absolutely a softy, i bet i will be crying all through the emotional parts. Dang

Maryse December 1, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Whitney and Jessica: It was a stroke of luck that someone recommended that Rock Chick series (which I intend to read soon, too). When I saw some of the premises of THESE books by the same author, I knew they were our next big *squees*

Chas… Ty is awesome, no doubt. But Tate, even in Ty’s book, is making me swoon. He is just so Tate. LOVE him. When he was pouring Lexie’s Cherry Coke, and he told her not to worry about paying him, it was just a coke, and the others piped up something like: “and a beer and a bourbon” and he quietly added, “and a beer. And a bourbon…” I giggled. Because I could see him perfectly, right there. I miss his book. LOVE HIM!!!

Maryse December 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Rebeka: Prepare for book induced, exhausted zombie-mode. You know you’re loving your book when you hit that mode. ;)

Chas December 2, 2011 at 1:17 AM

Don’t get me wrong, Tate and being on the back of his bike are drool worthy. He’s freakin’ awesome. But with Ty, he’s so… um…. and so ummmm… and I have no idea. Words fail me. It’s a tiny margin, barely 1/16 of a margin, but Ty just, yeah.

I’m gonna have to go back and re-read both of them and figure out why.

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