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5 STAR REVIEW + INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY: GET LUCKY BY LILA MONROE <<---- LOVED THIS BOOK!

Title: Get Lucky
Series: Standalone Novel
Author: Lila Monroe
Release Date: May 26, 2016
PURCHASE HERE: AMAZON

SYNOPSIS:
What happens when you wake up in a hotel suite next to a gorgeous naked man with absolutely no memory of the past twelve hours?
I guess it's true what they say. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Or at least I hope it stays here. The Romantic Style convention was meant to be a weekend of raucous fun with friends, sun, and enough poolside margaritas to forget about my ex. But now, instead of meeting my fans and signing books, I'm stuck with cocky divorce lawyer Nate Wexler. He's arrogant, infuriating, and I can't keep my hands off of him. Judging by the state of our hotel room, last night was wild. I just wish I could remember it.
A pair of matching tattoos. A cheap wedding veil. Half an empty box of glow in the dark condoms.
What the hell just happened?
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Get Lucky is an enchanting, steamy, delightful read I never wanted to end! 

To say I found my first Lila Monroe book a success would be an understatement. I couldn't get enough. I DID NOT WANT IT TO END! EVER! It was SOOOO good! Actually, it was BEYOND good. Everything from the plot, to the main characters, to the supporting characters was PERFECTION. Our Hero and Heroine, Nate and Julia, were unique, charismatic, all around bewitching! They undoubtedly became two of my favorite characters. I loved everything in this from the pacing, to the way the story transitioned from past to present. I loved the structure of it, the way the pieces of the puzzle came together by the end.

It was SO MUCH FUN, every page an absolute blast! And I found it to be a brilliant take on the CRAZY Vegas story. Memorable. Addicting. Hilarious. I don't think I've laughed, smiled and swooned that much in awhile. 

Nate's in Vegas for his Best Friends wedding. And Julia's there for a book conference. Both are coming off some seriously crappy break ups. Julia, a divorce and Nate, well, he was left broken by someone he loved and trusted. He doesn't believe in love anymore. He's bitter. He's a little more than angry. But Julia, she's a romance writer. Love is her bread and butter and she's ready to put the past behind her, starting with this weekend in Vegas.

Nate is a jerk. **hahaha** The sexiest, most endearing jerk around, but an ass nonetheless. Yet, even broody, sulky and utterly pissed at the world, he kept that dreamy-alpha male status locked down. I LOVED him and his filthy mouth. I loved his cocky attitude. I loved his inner monologue. I loved the way he reasoned with himself when it came to Julia. He had me laughing so hard. Even in moments when he wasn't trying to be swoony, he just was! He couldn't help himself. He's that great. And he won me over, big time. The perfect Hero, IMO! 

Julia... I. CAN'T. SAY. ENOUGH. GOOD. THINGS!!!! I LOVE HER. Like LURVVVEEEEE her. Like I'd take her as my bride to be! **LMAO*** 

While reading, I kept thinking, "God, I want this girl as my bestie!" She's fantastic, a free spirit, sweet as sugar, sharp as a tack. Her wit and snark made her so charming. I adored her zest for life. Her aura felt pure. I loved that she didn't hold back. She said what she wanted, did what she wanted. I relished the way she laughed and smiled without restraint. Inside and out, she's beautiful. I don't think I could love her anymore than I do.

When these two meet up it doesn't go well. Get Lucky is a "hate/love" you romance. These two can't stand each other at first. When Nate and Julia wake up together, they have ZERO recollection of how they got there, or what they did the night before. They end up retracing their steps and what they find is down right hilarious! This story is bursting with twists and turns that'll have you rolling on the floor, laughing. 

“Do you like remembering?” I ask, looking up at him. I place my hand on his chest, right above his heart. It’s beating faster and faster; always a good sign. What the hell? Live like your fantasies a little, Julia. I raise myself up lightly on my toes, just brushing my lips against his as I speak. “Did it turn you on?” 
“It did,” he growls, and kisses me.

Lila Monroe crafted a story that brought a little of everything: humor, adventure, steamy sex, attempted kidnappings, skinny dipping, a crazy bird, and of course romance. So much romance. The laughs were priceless, the swoon as real as if it was happening to me. I loved everything about it. All the words! 

EVERY SINGLE ONE

There's nothing I would change. 

I highly recommend this to the RomCom reader who wants a good time. THIS IS IT! It has everything you could want and more!

*** ARC Provided in exchange for honest review ***

Angie's Rating:

Q: Where did your inspiration for Julia come from? She is so quirky, so fun, so free, and just LOVABLE. Is she based off you? A friend? Because I can't even tell you how many times I thought while reading, "OMG, I wish I had a friend like her. SHE ROCKS!"

Julia is the best version of all of us. I've been lucky to connect with many readers, and I'm honored they've shared personal struggles with me about health, marriage, family and finances. Despite feeling beat down, they rally, and they let friendship, fun and humor heal them and distract them. We all get knocked down from time to time, but when we're open to positivity and adventure, we can move on. That's what Julia's all about. 

Q: I LOVED Nate. I found his broody, asshole attitude so undeniably sexy. I just LOVE jerks. Hahaha. When you were writing him, did you have a specific muse for him? 

My husband is definitely the Nate to my Julia. He can internalize his pain and disappointment, and it takes a mighty effort to bring him back and make him realize there's life and adventure when he gets outside of his head. And then he's all in! He is also undeniably sexy and has frequent erections. 

Q: I ADORED your writing style in this book. It was fluid, crisp, clean. I loved your descriptions, the way you set up the scene. Everything. Tell me what writers inspire you. Who do you look up to?

That's a hard question to answer. 
This is my first attempt at writing a story from a dual perspective, and I decided to give it a shot after reading Night Owl, because I thought M. Pierce did it so well. This book is very different from Night Owl, but I thought multiple perspectives were necessary for telling this story. 

I really love Sue Grafton's writing because she never uses an extraneous word, yet her books feel so real and its world is so complete. 

My favorite writers are Ellen Gilchrist, John Updike and John Steinbeck. I also read a lot of long form journalism. 

When I grow up, I want to be Penelope Reid. 

Q: What is a day in the life of Lila Monroe like?

When I'm in work mode, I'm up at 5am and at my desk. I can get two straight hours of writing in before really starting my day. I spend an hour on the elliptical working on social media and promotion. Depending on my schedule, I'm either with my toddler son for the afternoon, or I have a wonderful sitter who tends to him if I'm working at home or my local cafĂ©. I have many volunteer commitments, and spend a few hours a week working on those. My favorite days include trips to the Korean market, a breakfast with my friend Roxy Sloane, or good, uninterrupted time reading. The night usually ends snuggled up with my husband watching a TV program. These days it's Game of Thrones. 

Q: Do you have a Playlist for Get Lucky? If so, what would be the THEME song for this book be?

"Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, for obvious reason. 

"Waking Up in Vegas" by Katy Perry because "Get up and shake the glitter off your clothes, now/ That's what you get for waking up in Vegas."

"I Love It" by Icona Pop. It's an anthem for Julia, who's proud of the path she's forged for herself, and despite the sting of her divorce, she knows there's greatness for her around the corner. 

Johnny Cash and June Carter "It Ain't Me Babe." Sometimes, despite our best intentions, someone we love isn't the right person for you, or you not for them. It's a hard lesson for Nate to learn. Through this book, his anger turns to acceptance. 

"Last Good Day of the Year" by Cousteau. This is a really atmospheric song about transition. It sounds like a hungover morning to me. Get Lucky, despite the laughs and sex, is a story about Nate and Julia's transition into the possibility of finding love again. 

Q: What is next for you? Are you writing something else?

I have a list of ideas on my refrigerator that I'm adding to all the time. Most are ridiculous, some are great ideas. I have nothing decided as of now. My confidence has grown a lot this year, and although the process is still tinged with fear of rejection, I'm excited to start a new project. 

Amazon bestselling author, queen of the short-reads, and expert at playdough, Lila Monroe loves to read and write tales of sexy Billionaires. Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote her first serial, The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.



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