Title: Lucky (Putnam County #1)
Author: K.M. Mahoney
Publisher: Amber Allure
Length: 53k words, 170 pages
Genre: m/m, Paranormal, Romance
Heat: 3 – Sexy & Mild
Sex Frequency: 3 – Average Story to Sex
Keywords/Tags: Adorable, Fae, Magic, (Bear) Shifters, HEA, Series
Rating: Really Like It
Reviewed by Nikyta
Allegro Romani is a fairy. Literally. Disowned by his family because of his sexual orientation, he’s left the Fae realm for Earth. He’s done all right for himself, establishing a small store in a paranormal-friendly town. He’s even made a few friends, despite his awkward social skills. But one day a week, everything goes to hell.
Alli is a Fayte, and they don’t tend to fare very well out of the magic-laden air of their home world. Once a week, their body rebels. And the result? A day full of the worst luck imaginable. For Alli, that day is always Friday. He’s come to dread them and would, in fact, spend every Friday tucked up in bed with the covers over his head if he could. But he’s found out from past experience that it doesn’t help, so now he just grits his teeth and tries to get through Friday without killing himself. Or someone else.
Then one particular Friday, his bad luck results in something surprisingly good. He meets a gorgeous bear-shifter named Michael Lakkis. And despite seeing Alli at his worst, Michael isn’t running the opposite direction. In fact, he’s chasing down Alli with resolve and determination.
Now Alli just has to find a way to keep his bear-shifter, get rid of the trouble plaguing him, and figure out who wants him out of Putman County for good. It’s enough to make any sane fairy run for the hills. Fortunately, Alli has never been accused of being particularly sane. And with his new bear at his side? Alli is determined to hang onto his new life. Bad luck or no bad luck…
The blurb does a very good job of describing what the story is about so I won’t go on to repeat that. It’s a cute read with some humor and funny scenarios thrown in. I found I really enjoyed it.
One of the things I really liked about the story is the fact Alli has such horrible luck. In general, he’s always clumsy but on Fridays, everything always goes wrong to the point of almost getting killed multiple times. He’s lonely but he doesn’t want to subject anyone to his wayward magic so he pushes everyone away in hopes of not hurting others. He’s sweet but socially awkward so even though he’s polite, it’s hard for him to make friends.
Michael is completely different. He bought a hunting cabin in Putman County where you can’t even hunt but as a bear shifter, having his own land is what mattered most to him. Plus, getting out of the city and away from his family for a while had its merits. He’s big, determined and patient. He knows he wants Alli and he’ll do everything he can to prove to Alli that they’d be good together. Another thing I enjoyed was that he’s a different kind of shifter. I haven’t read many books about bear shifters so it was a treat getting to see Michael’s bear side – who he named Bruce – be playful and connect just as much with Alli as Michael does.
Their time together is cute, it made me smile almost the whole time because of how clumsy Alli is and how much trouble he tended to get into. I loved the way Michael handled and accepted Alli when Alli revealed his true self with Michael. Some minor conflicts happen within the story – a little mystery, another suitor – where Michael gets protective and possessive of Alli. While they moved the story along, I felt like the main focus was of Alli’s development and how he comes to terms with Michael and everything Michael makes him face.
All in all, this was a nice read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. We got to meet Michael’s brothers which was very fun. This one left me with a smile on my face when I finished the book so I’m really looking forward to the next in the series, Tristan.