* I received this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Lucky 13 is a sweet and heartfelt romance novel with an action-packed ending! I really enjoyed this story, especially the conclusion. Best. Epilougue. Ever. Shayne and Enrique's story is a wonderful addition to Deadlines & Diamonds companion series by Morgan Kearns.
In Out of Left Field, the predecessor to Lucky 13, a shoulder injury ended Matthias Xavier's career. Xavier fell in love, found his long lost sister Shayne Xavier, and was replaced by Enrique Santiago.
Enrique aka Ricky didn't have a huge role in Out of Left Field. He was basically just labeled as the guy who "stole" Xavier's position. In Lucky 13, readers get to know Enrique Santiago for the man he is. Readers quickly realize that Ricky is a loving, compassionate person. He doesn't have a mean bone in his body. He didn't steal anything from anyone. He's just a guy who was chasing his dream and happened to be in the right place, on the right team, at the right time.
Shayne Xavier hasn't had an easy life. Her childhood was rough and adulthood hasn't been all that great either. In Out of Left Field, Shayne was reunited with her brother Xavier, but before that her only family was her son Matt. In Lucky 13, readers learn a lot about Shayne and her past. Readers also get to know Shyane's son Matt. I LOVED Matt. He's such a sweet and mature kid. He was often the voice of reason and he added a lot of entertainment value to this novel.
Shayne and Enrique fell hard and fast for one another. Typically I appreciate a little more build up before the fall, but who am I to deny their fast connection or their strong feelings!
I love the sexy baseball players in the Deadlines & Diamonds series, but I must admit, I kinda like the fact that Lucky 13 focused more on family than baseball. In fact, this novel takes place in the off season so there wasn't hardly any baseball scenes at all in this novel. Of course, Ricky's passion for the sport shined through in this novel but it wasn't the focus of this novel.
I gave Lucky 13 by Morgan Kearns 3 STARS (3.5 STARS). Deadlines & Diamonds is a companion series, meaning each novel could be read individually or in the order they were released. I always encourage readers to read companion series in order, but you definitely don't have to read them in order. You could pick up Lucky 13 and read it without reading any of the novels that came before it.
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(reviewed 21 days after purchase)