August 30, 2018 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews | 3 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: August 7, 2018 by Forever
Format: Paperback
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4 Stars
Source: Purchased

Is it love, or is she just his good luck charm?

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting absolutely delights with this witty and fun standalone contemporary romance.

Lilah isn't sure what hurt worse: the day Ethan left her to focus on his hockey career, or the day he came back eight years later. He might think they can pick up just where they left off, but she's no longer that same girl and never wants to be again.

Ethan Kane wants his glory days back. And that includes having Lilah by his side. With her, he was magic. They were magic. All he has to do is make her see that.

Just when Lilah might finally be ready to let him in, though, she finds out their reunion has nothing to do with her and everything to do with his game. But Ethan's already lost her once, and even if it costs him his career, he'll do anything to keep from losing her again.

There was so much buzz surrounding Helena Hunting’s most recent release, and I’m glad to say that this novel lived up to it! The Good Luck Charm is a second chance romance between Lilah, a nurse, and Ethan, a professional hockey player.

Ethan and Lilah dated in high school, and they really thought they were going to last, but Ethan became a professional hockey player and decided to focus on his career instead of worrying about a relationship. Now it’s years later and Lilah runs into Ethan again and he wants to pick up where they left off.

Since reading the synopsis, I was super excited to dive into this book, and was not disappointed. I loved the whole story, but my favorite part definitely would have to be how Lilah tries to find balance with work and a relationship. I think in general with sports romances, how couples balance work and their significant other is glossed over, but in The Good Luck Charm it is a huge part of the story and something Lilah struggles with.

At times I was frustrated with Lilah because she was always putting Ethan first, even when she was stressed and her grades were suffering. But the more I thought of it, the more it made sense for the character and everything she was going through.

One critique I have is the “surprise” that happened close to the end. I didn’t have a problem with the twist, but there was not enough time to work through it, and it felt a little rushed.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I read Pucked, one of Hunting’s earlier books, about a month ago and can see how much Hunting’s writing has improved since then. I cannot wait to read what she publishes next!

Have you read The Good Luck Charm? What did you think of it?


  1. Second chance romance and hockey? Count me in! It’s interesting that Hunting including trying to find work-life balance, because often the characters just seem to have all this time to work on their romance, and I always wonder about the rest of their life. Glad to hear you enjoyed this book.

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    • So good! I agree, I always wonder how other aspects of a character’s life plays out since they spend so much time only focused on the romance in the story. I think the fact that Hunting included this aspect of the book made it more realistic to me, and made me enjoy it more.

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