Luck, Love, & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert
Genres/Themes: Adult, Chick-lit, Gambling, Marital problems/affair, Romance
*I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, but all thoughts are my own*
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I have such mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I was really starting to like it.
I like MJ. I think she is a great character with great support from her friends. I don’t absolutely believe her children exist, but I’m sure there are wonderful teens like that out in the world. I love how she was independent and knew what she wanted.
What I didn’t like was her husband. I still don’t. I don’t like their relationship because it seemed too dependent on the man’s ego. I hate the double standard where she waited 3 hours on their anniversary for him yet, He didn’t wait more than 30 minutes for her???
I disliked how MJ got swept away in things and how she didn’t feel like she could honestly talk with her own husband without him shutting down, seriously??? Give guys more respect than that… and if you can’t be open and honest in a relationship then wth is the point in being together? I’m not blaming Chris completely though, MJ took being ‘independent’ to the next level at times… you don’t fix a marriage alone– it is a two-way street.
But, I thought it was a good read. I like cards and while not a huge fan of poker, I have an oddly nostalgic feeling towards it from playing it with my family as a teen. I think the cover of the book is beautiful too, by the way. I love the bright colors!
This is a book that takes place over a long period of time… some times the times didn’t make much sense (Are you telling me nothing romantic or no romantic plan could be made for Christmas or New Years???), but ignoring that (and many other obvious hints to where the story was going) i was a nice read. Something different from the usual stuff I read.
…The more I write the more I realize how much I dislike about this book…. well, let’s say the recipe in the back gives that extra .5 star.
Recommend to: people who read chick-lit, and poker.