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I do not remember my mother ever assuming the role of handmaid in my life, not even for an instant. This is not to say that she didn't take care of me and my brother. The food was good and the house was clean and the budget was sufficiently tight and fair so that we always had enough but never too much.

But my mother and father lived in what I thought of as the adult world while my brother and I lived in the children's world. Those 2 planets could peacefully coexist, but they had a specific order of gravity. The children revolved around the parents, never the other way around. She was talking about how as a 40 year old pregnant woman she never would have asked her mother to hold her hand on the way to the bathroom when both of them knew she could do it on her own but that she was doing it now for her own kid.

Maybe something about my sloppy indulgent love had done some good. Julie Roseman and Romeo Cacciamani are rival florists who just happen to be in love and in their 60s. Julie's daughter, husband and two children live with her and Romeo lives with his ancient mother and his son and his family. Neither can find a quiet moment to spend together.

However they do find the time to spend together when Romeo puts his back out at Julie's and spends his time in her bed sometimes comatose and constantly in pain. Meanwhile Julie's other daughter comes home to live and her d Julie Roseman and Romeo Cacciamani are rival florists who just happen to be in love and in their 60s. Meanwhile Julie's other daughter comes home to live and her daughters are like they have regressed into their teens with all the fights and bickering. Julie's eight year old granddaughter, Sarah is obsessed with Willy Wonka and winning the lottery and finds unique ways to con family members into buying lottery tickets for her.

This is a fun book. A book about real life, the chaos, confusion, family and love that binds it all together. I have not read the first book but will go back and read it as I enjoyed this one. Jan 25, Deborah Sigel rated it really liked it. I'd read the original but didn't remember it being so entertaining and so funny. I really enjoyed this. And as I've read both books, I kept forgetting that the main characters were my age, in their 60s. I had to keep changing my thinking as I read since I'm used to couples much younger.

Jul 23, Deana rated it it was ok Shelves: This is basically a silly fluff story that requires no thinking at all. It was a good short bedtime read for a few nights in a row. It held my interest, but was incredibly predictable. There were a few good quotes I suppose, and it was a cute story, but overall it wasn't anything special. Actually I read this out of a Reader's Digest compilation which I'll put on Goodreads if I ever read the other 3 included books. As far as I know it is not condensed, though. Nov 18, Carmen rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was not as good as the first one Julie and Romeo.

It was a bit far-fetched. I mean, Julie's granddaughter even wins the lottery, for goodness' sake! Romeo hurts his back, so he ends up living with Julie. Also living with Julie is her two daughters, their husbands, and her two grandchildren. Nora is pregnant with triplets. It all ends well, but just thinking about living in such an environment makes me feel exhausted. May 14, Rachael rated it did not like it. I thought I would like this more than I did. Dangit Julieyou two folks have got to grow up!!! I needed her to take control of her life in these books.

Her romance with Romeo lost some of its charm as they seem caught in a never-ending teenage romance. Grow up, kick out the kids, be happy. Dec 11, Ann Parks rated it liked it. I listened to this story, read by the author, and found it amusing and entertaining. It is a sequel to Julie and Romeo which I read several years ago. When Romeo hurts his back trying to carry Julie upstairs, their life is turned upside down! The granddaughter watching the same movie over and over again hit home as I remember my daughter doing that when she was a small child. It is a good read if you want something fun and lighthearted.

Feb 07, Lynne Spreen rated it really liked it Shelves: The sequel to Julie and Romeo. Jeanne Ray is funny, and like her daughter, Ann Patchett, she's a good writer just not as serious. I appreciate her for beginning a writing career in her 60s, after working all her life as a nurse. And I especially appreciate her for getting mad, like me, about the lack of novels featuring adults over 60, who have their own unique journeys to undergo.

Oct 06, Paula rated it liked it. I had just finished Julie and Romeo, and loved it, so when I saw there was a sequel, I immediately downloaded it. A bit preposterous, I got the feeling that the author was trying too hard. May 29, Karen Grage rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 21, Lori rated it it was ok.

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Cute, a nice glimpse into "what happened next. This book was good. Even if a little basic, and definitely not as good as the first one. I don't know maybe because the main character is in her sixties, I might not be the target demographic. Sep 03, Mandolin rated it it was amazing. Romance, begun in secrecy and subject to much abuse three years ago, is still blooming between former rival florists Julie Roseman and Romeo Cacciamani.


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With their separate and busy homes, combined floral shops and huge families, the two are finding it hard to find time together and are forced to steal little moments of intimacy whenever they can. Their dreams of one day living together seem impossible Not quite, since Romeo's severely injured his b Romance, begun in secrecy and subject to much abuse three years ago, is still blooming between former rival florists Julie Roseman and Romeo Cacciamani.

Not quite, since Romeo's severely injured his back and is forced into prolonged bed rest at Julie's home until he can move again without pain. This twist of fate is soon followed by an avalanche of complications including grand-daughter Sarah's obsession with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the lottery, daughter Nora's huge surprise and an ever-growing household.

Will Julie be able to hold on to her sanity as tempers around her flare and her to-do list grows even longer? And when fate takes one more interesting turn, overwhelming the family with what seems to be extraordinarily good luck, will she be able to hold her family together when the blessing becomes a curse? This was a wonderful addition to Ray's previous novel Julie and Romeo and confirmed my opinion that she is an excellent writer. The book has everything you need to forget about your problems for a while and just enjoy someone else's: Rounding out the book are some great tidbits of wisdom mixed in with the humor.

My favorite was probably ".. Feb 19, Mary Lou rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 30, Tiffeny rated it it was ok. This was a really quick read, but unfortunately, not as fun as I hoped it would be. This book is a sequel to Julie and Romeo, which I read a couple of months ago and I think gave 4 stars. While the first book was fun and entertaining, I found this book just plain annoying. I didn't like the beginning because while I don't consider myself an agist, the thought of 2 something year olds acting like sex-crazed teenagers, kind of turns me off. Luckily, that didn't last long, but the annoying di This was a really quick read, but unfortunately, not as fun as I hoped it would be.

Luckily, that didn't last long, but the annoying didn't stop. I don't want to give anything away, so I will speak generally. Julie was the main focus of this book and I've decided that I don't like her. She's a complete pushover, that lets everyone from her grown children, to her grandchildren, to her ex-husband push her around and abuse her. I don't like parents who let their children, whether grown or not, completely rule the roost and take advantage of others - parents who completely rearrange their lives and completely inconvenience themselves so they can coddle their kids.

That's just bad parenting, it turns kids into self-centered brats and if I want that kind of a story, I'll watch Nanny I hate that about Julie. And in this book, not only is it her daughter being a self-centered brat, it's also her granddaughter, and it's like none of the adults in the family know how to handle this situation.

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They let her go on for pages and pages. It takes a non-family member to finally call them on it and straighten the little girl up. I just find the whole thing ridiculous. This was mildly the case in Julie and Romeo, but it was so slight and fun that I was able to overlook it. In this book it was all just too over the top. Jan 18, Kelli rated it did not like it. Unfortunately, while the first book, Julie and Romeo, was a delightful read, this book fell flat. I still had the same complaint about Julie that I did about her in the first book, how she was such a pushover and let her family, hell, even her ex-husband, control her.

But, the romance between Julie and Romeo made up for that. In Julie and Romeo Get Lucky, not even their romance was enough to save the book. For one thing, Romeo was practically passed out through the whole book and when he was conscious, he didn't have much of a role. He was just one of the side characters.

And, second, which is the biggie, was the main storyline But, I did not like that movie so the idea of that stupid movie being played every single day is enough to make me want to swear off candy for the rest of my life. Is she the grandchild or the adult who rules over everyone in the family? The way the family let her get away with her bratty behavior, you'd think SHE was the grown-up. I couldn't believe they let her throw her temper tantrums to get what she wanted. If they say no to a lottery ticket for a kid, she screams.

If they try to turn the movie off, she screams. If she disrupts the classroom like she did at school, it was "hey, it's ok, kid.


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Here's some lottery tickets and a repeat of the stupid movie. Bottom line, this book was awful. Jun 10, Carol rated it did not like it. Still suffering the lingering effects of a bad cold which my husband so generously shared with me, so I am reading light. This is my lightest choice right now. I am always able to smile at Jeanne Ray's books -- am on page 20 and hoping Oh, geeze, this was just one too many books by this author, I guess.

I love books that make me smile, snicker, giggle, laugh, snort, and close the covers with happiness as Jeanne Ray's previous books did. They are light, simple reads that leave me feeling sill Still suffering the lingering effects of a bad cold which my husband so generously shared with me, so I am reading light. They are light, simple reads that leave me feeling silly and fun for the rest of the day.

This was a book that tried too hard and was totally overran with an eight-year old monster child who screamed when she could not watch her Wonka movie eight hours a day or when some adult in the family would not buy her a lottery ticket. Well, maybe just the book. I forgive a lot when an author can make me laugh -- I mean it's a lot harder for the printed word to get a laugh than it is for a stand-up comedian since there's no facial expressions, no body language, no voice input to put a comedic spin on things -- so I become overly fond of books written in this vein and tend to read all the authors write.

This one didn't happen! If this would have been my first Jeanne Ray book, there never would have been another one. Mar 17, Bernadette Robinson rated it really liked it Shelves: I thought that this was a great follow up to Julie and Romeo. A nice cosy contemporary romance about the pair from rival families, who love each other and want to put the past behind them. Well written this story is a pleasant way to spend a few hours, you'll be drawn into the mixed up family lives of this lovely pair.

The characters are immensely likeable and Romeo's matriarchal mother is a scene stealer at times. Commiserate if you lose View all 11 comments. Jul 26, Denisa rated it really liked it Shelves: It was such a sweet read! I really loved these two together, they were perfect. It's definitely a book worth reading, especially if you're looking for something fun, sweet and easy. I absolutely adored the Note for the Reader. I don't usually read those shame on me! It's why I gave this book 4 stars, not 3.

I need more books like this! View all 13 comments. Despite age difference H 22, h 30 they just clicked and fit. The hero words and actions were mature and manly for his age. The questions and strange looks from others will get annoying. Everyone will expect you to fail. If one of you screws up, it will automatically be blamed on the age difference. Your relationship is between two people.

View all 25 comments. Mar 06, Kiki rated it really liked it Recommended to Kiki by: This 22 years old is definitely more mature than my 22 year old ex husband. He acted like 22 months at that age throwing tantrum. Lucky, was a man, not a boy. A very honourable and loving man! Look, if this trope isn't for you, it isn't. But there is nothing wrong with an older woman younger man trope. If there's going to be age gaps, I'm willing to accept it for both genders.

He's a 5 star hero. Sunny was a 5 star heroine. Max and Allan are 5 star friends. Main reason why the boo This 22 years old is definitely more mature than my 22 year old ex husband. Main reason why the book lost a star: One part of the book where sunny thought lucky was back with his ex, the barbs she threw with some sexual jokes, I wasn't comfortable with. It was harmless, but not to my taste. For gods sake, please punish the bad guys. Let karma win at least in fiction! He needed to die a violent death. Same goes for lucky's ex and Cash. And what the hell was her problem?

I didn't get it. She would whore around yet he needs to wait for her untouched? I think she might have been reading too many HPs and gotten the gender mixed up. It seemed a little less believable that lucky's parents had NO issues with him dating an older woman. However, if we DO get more parents like this in real life, it would be a nicer world. This is not a perfect book, as Alex already pointed out. But then again life isn't perfect. This is definitely a solid 4 star read. I'm so glad I picked this one up. My heartfelt thanks to Alex. View all 5 comments. Feb 21, Grey rated it it was amazing Shelves: You all know I sometimes struggle with the male POV.

Lucky by Carina Adams, definitely fit the bill for me. Anyone who follows me, knows that I generally don't do spoilers, so I will just say, that this book is hot as hell The snappy, rapid fire banter did not disappoint. The part where the male MC thinks back on when he will tell his grandchildren he knew he was in love with their grandmother As well as one of my fave lines from the book I was intrigued by the side characters as well, and would hope that Ms.

Adams would think about writing a companion book about the rest of the cohorts. To quote our lovable MC, "One night stand, my ass. Thank you to the author for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Where have you been all my life, Carina Adams?! Seriously, I loved this one! This book promised a dirty talking, football playing, alpha hero in a forbidden romance with his college professor.

How could I say no to that? I am happy to say that this one definitely delivered. When Sunny and her best friend are out at a bar, th Where have you been all my life, Carina Adams?! When Sunny and her best friend are out at a bar, the last thing Sunny expects is to end up flirting with the young hot bartender, Lucky. With a little encouragement from her best friend, Sunny ends up leaving with him and proceeds to have a really hot one night stand. Lucky wants to see her again but she convinces herself to leave it at the one night. Imagine her surprise when she starts her brand new teaching job, and Lucky walks in as one of her students.

They tell each other that it can't happen because of her job and he doesn't want to get expelled or lose his scholarship, but they can't keep their hands off of each other. One of the things that I was worried about not liking in this story was the age gap between Sunny and Lucky. For some reason, in other stories it just wasn't my cup of tea. I actually didn't end up minding it at all in this one! The age gap is a nonissue for Lucky. Sunny has moments when she feels insecure about it but I loved that she never made it into a huge deal or problem either. Lucky has had a rough past and is very mature for his age, so I think that helped a lot.

I was also a little worried about ex drama, but that too was minimal at best. This was what I would consider a feel good story. It was low on the angst, and some of their banter had me laughing out loud.

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The chemistry between the two of them was off the charts hot! There were a good amount of steamy scenes in this one and I loved every page of it! Carina Adams did a great job of adding some really sweet tender moments between the two of them as well, so you were really rooting for them the whole time. This was my very first read by Carina Adams and I would definitely recommend this one to anyone out there that loves a dirty talking alpha hero, with a tender side. I will definitely be picking up more of Adams' books in the future!

All opinions are my own. View all 3 comments. Then a GR friend Alex reviewed it and peeked my interest. Overall I would say this was a win. I liked the MC's, however, it took me some time to actually warm up to the Hero. This was due to how he was initially portrayed. The things he would say and his thought process led me to believe that he was quite the manwhore and for a while I worried that he would hook up with OW before him and the heroine came back together I want to say 3.

The things he would say and his thought process led me to believe that he was quite the manwhore and for a while I worried that he would hook up with OW before him and the heroine came back together I want to say there was maybe a month or 6 weeks between the H and h initially meeting and then being reintroduced. What went on during the off again times I couldn't honestly say because besides the one serious GF he had no other women were mentioned.

I liked the heroine. She was spunky and was written in a mature way. She didn't go off on jealous rants and she was level headed when it came to situations. I liked her snark too: There was also very little info about the resolution - it just "taken care of". I was also disappointed to see that there wasn't any resolution for Josh and Loretta. I don't know if they will get a book or not but seriously dude.. Plus the fact that Loretta allowed herself to be strung along for almost a decade Will I read more of this author I honestly don't know.

She made a point to state that this was completely different and a lot lighter than she normally writes. While I could handle this I just don't know if I could handle anything darker or more angst driven. View all 6 comments. Feb 21, Jessica Alcazar rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was ridiculously delicious then and it surpassed itself now as a full length story! Lucky and Sunny both stole my heart with this one! Excellent dialogue with ridic chemistry. These two had me swooning at every page! You are going to love this "One night stand, my ass. Mar 15, Pea rated it really liked it.

But he said that? Because I had been drinking that night. I need to know what you see so I can help you make the right choice. There is no way he can look that good and talk that bad, or there would be no question in your mind. Jun 05, Becky rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh man, this thing is so fluffy and sweet it will give you a toothache.

She doesn't take any shit from anyone, for starters. Her flirting with Lucky is also pretty spectacular. Once he lays eyes on Sunny, he's a one-woman man. And he'd Oh man, this thing is so fluffy and sweet it will give you a toothache. And he'd rather teach her to cook her own meals than force her to depend on him. Lucky and Sunny are only 8 years apart, but depending on the life experiences, 8 years can be a lot.

Fortunately, Lucky and Sunny are incredibly similar in their personalities and goals, so it isn't nearly as skeevy as it could be. BUT the author manages to avoid a lot of the cliches I expected to come across, so kudos to her for managing to make me root for them anyway. View all 4 comments. Feb 27, Lauren Runow rated it it was amazing. I fell in love with Lucky when this was released as a teaser novella in an anthology and I waited, not so patiently, for the entire story. So feel lucky hehe you get the entire version to devour at one time. I loved the sexiness of the beginning but the trueness that followed had me loving Lucky even more.

Now go get Lucky! Apr 02, Aaly rated it really liked it. Mar 08, Ada Frost rated it it was amazing. My first five star of the year! I can't wait to find the time to read more of her work. I generally do not go for the ginger, but holy shit does Lucky pack a smokin' hot dirty mouth to go along with his football star status. I am a sucker for a dirty talkin' man. Something about it just sucks me in and I did not want to put this book down. I read it in just a few hours and now I want to reread it!

Nothing is more important to Lucky than his family, but playing college football and being one of the team captains is just about as important to him. He has spent the majority of his young life trying to bury the past and make a future for himself. He is fiercely protective his younger sister and those that mean the most to him. He spends his nights tending bar and spending time with his closest friends. One night while tending bar, Lucky meets Sunny. She is the first girl who can put up with his banter and can dish it right back. The banter between the two of them is Awesome!!!

Lucky sets his sights on Sunny and wants nothing more than to have her warm his bed for one night. But once he gets a taste of the sexy as sin older woman, he can't stay away. Sunny has just accepted a new position as a professor, teaching Org Behavior. She is looking for a fresh start and a life with less drama and heartache. When her relationship with her ex ended very badly, she found her life nearly ruined in the process. Now she has the chance to make a new life for herself and a one night stand seems to fit right into her plans.

What she never expected was to see the man that literally rocked her world sitting in her class the following week. Sunny can't seem to stop thinking about Lucky and the way he made her feel. But he is her student and she can't take the chance of her reputation and life being put through the wringer again. Will one night be enough or can Sunny find a way to hide her late night dates with Lucky or will it all come crumbling down around them?

Leaving them both trying to rebuild their lives once again. I loved Lucky's character. He is sexy, smart, mouthy, gorgeous, protective and loyal. He works hard, both on the field and off. He is dedicated to his family and so sweet and sexy with Sunny. I loved the banter between the two of them and found myself laughing out loud several times. The sex between them was hot, hot, hot!!! Talk about a pantie soaker!

The one thing that I would have liked to read more of was his back story. We only got bits and pieces of what happened in his past and though what we do get to read is heartbreaking, the entire story just wasn't there. Sunny had me laughing like crazy at times.

I loved how she could hold her own when it came to bantering with Lucky. She wasn't afraid to tell him what she was thinking or what she wanted. I loved how her heart and head battled with what she really felt for Lucky. They make the most perfect pair! Overall, Lucky is a smokin' hot, sexy as sin, read. Filled with plenty of hilarious moments and a heroine who can banter with the best of them. Throw in a tattooed, dirty talkin', football playin' ginger and you have the makings of an awesome story! Lucky is well written, the characters are engaging and likable, make that lovable.

So, if you are looking for a refreshing, sexy read, grab your copy of Lucky and get sucked in from the first few pages just like I was. Apr 04, Michaelene rated it really liked it Shelves: Lucky by Carina Adams was a fun and flirty romance that checked all the boxes. I enjoyed this one! She reached up, cupped my cheeks, and with brows furrowed, challenged me.

She has more than enough confidence in herself and her appeal--both in and out of the bedroom--and it just makes Sunny more irresistible to Lucky. I was glad to see him enjoy the beauty that was Sunny. There's no unnecessary drama or flip flopping on how they feel. I loved the side characters too. Reviewed by Michaelene from Alpha Book Club Mar 02, Three Chicks rated it it was amazing. Throw in a sexy, sweet and swoon worthy hero that is also written by Carina Adams and you have another fantastic book.

It is no secret how much I adore this woman and once again she delivered a book that I loved. She made me laugh and smile and fall in love with yet another one of her heroes. I think with each book of hers I find mys 4. I think with each book of hers I find myself a new book boyfriend to love, but just as a side note I think Matty will always be my favorite. But Lucky Chance is definitely up there. Sunny and her best friend decide to go to Hooligans for a night of fun. And a night of fun is what she finds, in the form of one very sexy and young bartender.

From the moment they meet you can feel the chemistry between Sunny and Lucky. She is feisty and beautiful. He is sweet, but at the same time cocky and sexy. They both agree that it is nothing more than a one night stand and in the morning they will go their separate ways. But when it is time to say goodbye it is harder than either one of them thought it would be. Weeks go by and niether one of them can stop thinking of the other.

Then fate steps in and brings the two of them together again, except it is in a way that they did not expect, a way that makes the two of them being together completely impossible.

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They agree to one more night and then to move on, except after that they both want so much more. She is his teacher and getting caught could mean losing her job. He is a star football player and he could lose his scholarship. Is the risk of being together worth it? I loved this book. It was a light and fluffy read that just makes you feel good. Lucky knew what he wanted and he went for it, regardless of the consequences. He was sweet, kind, protective, funny and oh so sexy.

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My goodness he could talk dirty like no other. Their chemistry was off the charts and together they were HOT!!! I loved the flirty banter between the two of them. Sunny was the perfect match for him. I cannot say enough about this book. Adams captured me from the very beginning.

I could not put this book down and when it was all over I wished that there was more, and that's only because I did not want to say goodbye to these characters. Another fantastic job by Carina Adams. Mar 07, Laura rated it liked it.

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I enjoyed the story and the author writes well from the male POV but there was something lacking. The dialogue is witty and Sunny has a smart mouth but she never seemed to take anything too seriously and considering her and Lucky 'dating' could lead to her los 3. The dialogue is witty and Sunny has a smart mouth but she never seemed to take anything too seriously and considering her and Lucky 'dating' could lead to her losing her job as a Professor, it all seemed a bit laid back.

Lucky and Sunny have a lot of sex and at times I felt that's all there was to their relationship as they don't spend that much time talking and getting to know each other I felt Lucky's character was more developed than Sunny's. I could see how he fell in love but it didn't feel as convincing from Sunny's persepctive. There is an age difference.