Book Review – Luck on the Line by Zoraida Córdova

I have been meaning to write this review for literally a full year. So sorry if my details are a little rusty! Here’s the important stuff – I was in a New Adult kick last year and read a bunch of them and Luck on the Line was one of my favorites. I love Zoraida’s writing and will literally read anything she’s ever written. As I’ve tweeted several times – where Zoraida leads, I will follow.

So! Here are the deets.

Lucky Pierce never stays in one place. She’s always dating someone new and taking a new job, moving from city to city like that’s her actual job. So when her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something for once in her life, she agrees to help with the opening of her new Boston restaurant. Even if it means working with James, the egotistical, hard-headed chef fresh off a reality cooking show win. James has a troubled past and is always in the headlines, but that’s not what has Lucky concerned. It’s the fact that she can’t seem to stay away from him that has her simultaneously feeling like she wants to take off and plant some roots.


3 Things I Loved

  1. Lucky and James. I love a sexy romance, and these two are near the top in the list of my favorite couples in romance. Lucky is fierce, James is a little mysterious, and they are so hot together. Knowing that Zoraida can write like this makes me pumped for her books as Zoey Castille.
  2. Felicity. Felicity is Lucky’s mother’s assistant, and she was easily my favorite side character in this book. We get to see her grow from someone who is afraid of everything into someone who is confident in her position, and I could see myself in her throughout the entire process. A great character, all around.
  3. FOOD. There is so much delicious-sounding food in this book! Sign me up for all of that. *heart eyes*

Anything Problematic?

This is where my details are the most rusty, for two reasons – 1) I wasn’t as clued into what was considered problematic when I read this book, and 2) it’s been a minute since I read it. I don’t remember anything problematic in the way I’ve mentioned in other reviews. But there is a relationship that pissed me off and made me pretty uncomfortable. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t say anything more, as it’s revealed near the end of the book. But yeah. I was pissed. And I didn’t feel like there was much resolution either. So ANYWAY. There’s that, but I don’t remember anything that would count as problematic.


A reminder of the rating scale:

  • Red = DNF, I hated everything
  • Orange = Ugh, no thank you
  • Yellow = I mean, I’ve read worse, but there were problems
  • Green = This was good, but not something I’d reread
  • Blue = Oh my gosh, everyone should be reading this book
  • Purple = This is the unicorn of books and I will be rereading it until the binding falls apart

I’m wondering if I should reclassify my rating scale. I’ve been thinking about that a lot. Because I really liked this book and could see myself rereading it, but it’s definitely not for everyone. So that might happen over the weekend – my colors might be slightly redefined. In any case, for the reasons I have already stated, I’m giving Luck on the Line a BLUISH-GREEN rating. I really liked it!

Happy reading, y’all!



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