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Contemporary Romance Early Review: Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert 

Egalley thanks to Gallery Books

Synopsis from Goodreads
From the author of the “clever, creative, and sweetly delicious” (Kirkus Reviews) The Coincidence of Coconut Cake comes a novel about a frustrated wife and mother who hatches a scheme to reignite her marriage—and risks everything in a gamble she hopes is a sure bet.

When Milwaukee-area wife and mother MJ Boudreaux notices her husband Chris seems more interested in the casino than her, she’s more bothered that she isn’t upset than by her husband’s absence. She picks up poker as a way for them to spend more time together—and reignite their marital flame.

Although the game doesn’t give her the quality time with Chris that she’d hoped, MJ finds she has a knack for it. Increasingly unhappy at home, she turns to the felt top of the poker table for comfort. Intoxicated with newfound freedom, MJ begins spending more time at the gambling tables and less with her family, finally carving out for herself a place outside her role of wife and mother.

After a string of great wins, MJ finds herself in Vegas, attracting the attention of a certain magnetic poker star. But when she’s forced to choose between her family and her new exciting lifestyle, the stakes may be higher than she thought and MJ will have to play her hand carefully…or risk losing it all.

Release Date: July 12, 2016.

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 I found Amy E. Reichert first through The Coincidence of Coconut Cake which was absolutely delightful, so of course when I saw that she had another book getting released in July I jumped at the chance to review it.

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie is a bittersweet book, an insightful journey of rediscovering yourself and the person you love and learning to fall in love with them all over again. It's about middle-age crisis, drowning in a routine and disconnecting from your kids.

MJ made me smile, she was so real and normal and so very flawed. She started with a scheme to join her husband in a game of poker as he got addicted to it and forgot about their anniversary, but instead she got addicted to the game herself. What would you do when you realize that you are better at it than your partner? Would you keep up or step back in order to not to hurt their feelings? MJ's decisions turned into an emotional minefield, and my heart went to her.

She was having fun, getting confident and happy, but at the same time she kept going back in time, digging into her memories of happiest times with Chris, and when a certain high profile charming poker player started boldly flirting with her and making advances, that's why the clarity of her decision hit her.

Chris, her husband, wasn't an ordinary man as well. I loved how Miss Reichert did not do clear cut characters, and in many ways this book went from disillusioned and bitter atmosphere to a wild romance and beautiful declarations of love.

It's worth reading, peeps. It makes you think and appreciate what you have. Recommended.

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Я нашла Эми Е.Рейкарт через Совпадение Кокосового Торта, и когда я узнала, что у неё выходит новая книга в июле, конечно я побежала её запрашивать на рецензию.

Удача, Любовь и Лимонный Пирог - горько-сладкая книга, мудрая история о том как вновь найти себя и снова влюбиться в человека, которого вы любили многие годы. Это книга о кризисе среднего возраста, о том, как легко утонуть в быту и как быстро потерять взаимопонимание со своими детьми.

Эм Джей  вызвала у меня улыбку, настолько она была реальной и полной недостатков героиней. Она начала сюжет желанием возродить отношения с мужем с зависимостью в игру в покер. Он ей покажет как играть и проводить время в казино они начнут вместе. Однако её планы потерпели крах, когда Крис, её муж, оставил её за столом с новичками, а сам ушел играть с более профессиональными игроками. Естественно, Эм Джей попыталась его догнать и с удивлением обнаружила, что у неё талант.

Что делать в такой ситуации? Продолжать развивать мастерство, которое подарит ей уверенность в себе, или отступить, чтобы не ранить чувства мужа? Эм Джей, сама того не замечая, начинает проявлять зависимость от игры и погружается в неё с головой, выигрывая турниры и наконец получая поездку в Лас-Вегас и шанс игры с професионалами.

Только получив всё, о чем она никогда не просила, и заведя яростно флиртующего поклонника  в лице одного из знаменитых игроков в покер, Эм Джей наконец-то осознаёт что ей нужно и как сильно она любит Криса.

Что мне очень нравится, это то, что нет у этого писателя чёрно-белых героев. Крис также неординарен как и Эм Джей, просто оба что-то потеряли в быту, и им нужна вот такая встряска, чтобы это найти.

Книга заканчивается на романтичной и сердечной ноте и заставляет нас сочувствовать обоим персонажам. Читать очень приятно, советую без колебаний.
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