Tuesday, September 20, 2011

With a Little Luck by Caprice Crane

WITH A LITTLE LUCK - Caprice Crane
Bantam Books
ISBN: 978-0-553-38624-0
August 2011
Women’s Fiction

Los Angeles - Present Day

Some people are superstitious, not Beryl (Berry) Lambert…or so she says. Working as a disk jockey at a soft rock radio station and playing the music she loves should make her happy. It doesn’t. Berry is not just superstitious, but she irrationally believes everything happens for a reason. With her favorite lucky horseshoe necklace around her neck, and a four-leaf clover tucked in her wallet, Berry knows better than to walk under a ladder, or open an umbrella indoors.

Berry’s superstition doesn’t stop. Her love life has been ghastly. With two disastrous relationships under her belt, she is growing frantic because the next relationship will crash, burn and fizzle. Berry isn’t shy about voicing her doubts and should know better than to make comments about her love life on the air. Berry runs into a fellow disk jockey, Ryan Riley, who makes the wrong comment. Sparks not only ignite but grow as the chemistry between these two explodes as they spar. Why so angry, Berry? The station puts them on together, and their battle of the sexes is a hit, on the air and off. Ryan adores Berry’s eccentric ways but she is afraid because this is the third boy friend. Will this relationship crash and burn, or will Berry throw out all her superstitions and gamble on love?

WITH A LITTLE LUCK has a funny, entertaining plot with the neurotic, loveable character, Berry. She takes superstition to a whole new level. But we can’t blame it all on Berry. She was brought up by a dad who’s a professional gambler and who sees her as his lucky charm. Dad named her Beryl, because it means luck. Talk about pressure. Secondary characters are funny, with best friend Natalie and the Howard Stern clones who think their crude remarks are a hit on their program.

Caprice Crane has created characters who to come to life. The bickering, bitching, complaining, and banter spark and ignite as this story takes off and makes for a red hot read.

Enjoy, folks.

Deborah C Jackson

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