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They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night sheThey called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she'll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.A vivid and suspenseful tale of family, grief, love—and the dark secrets that bind everything together—Tiffany Reisz’s latest is enthralling to the final page....

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Number of Pages : 365 Pages
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The Lucky Ones Reviews

  • Melanie
    2018-11-03 09:08

    ARC provided by HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.“She'd known nothing but love here, nothing but kindness. But someone must have left a door open a crack and evil had snuck in when no one was looking.” I really enjoyed this book. Tiffany Reisz is one of my favorite erotic writers of all time. Seriously, The Siren (The Original Sinners #1) was a huge part of my sexual awakening, I swear. I also read The Red by her last year, and really enjoyed. All of her books are so sex positive, and I just love the woman in general. But The Lucky ones is a book unlike anything else she has ever created. The Lucky Ones is a dark, mystery, thriller that stars a girl trying to discover what truly happened to her thirteen-years-ago. Allison’s mother died when she was very young, so she was put in foster care where she did not have the easiest of times. But one day, a man comes and takes her away and she joins his family. His family consists of a few other fosters kids, three of which he has officially adopted; Roland, Deacon and Thora. And they live in this beautiful home that they call “The Dragon” that is right on the Oregon coast. “Sometimes you slay a dragon. Sometimes you cut off its head and three more grow in its place.” Dr. Vincent Capello is a very famous brain surgeon who has saved many kids. His parents also had a sad backstory, so he has devoted his life to saving kids, and giving some of them a safe place to live. Yet, thirteen-years-ago Allison’s distant aunt got a mysterious call from someone claiming that Allison was going to be murdered. Then, Allison was pushed down their stairs, and by doing so she hit her head and cannot remember who pushed her. Allison’s aunt immediately came and got her, and Allison spent the rest of her childhood living with this aunt in a nursing home, but she always was left with a void from missing her adoptive family, but also wondering who had tried to hurt her. Flash forward thirteen years, and Allison has been sleeping with a very rich, successful, powerful, and much older man for the last six years. The affair started when she was only nineteen-years-old and in return, he has made sure she has lived a very comfortable life. Allison has always wanted more than to be his mistress, but she has always been scared to ask for it. But now the man is cutting it off, and Allison is left feeling alone, just like how she felt when she left her adoptive family all those years ago. Then she gets a mysterious envelope from her oldest foster brother, Roland, asking her to return home, because their foster father is dying. “Lie through your teeth. Lie like your life depends on it. Lie like his life depends on it because it does, Allison. It does.” And Allison goes, and such a twisted and constantly turning tale unfolds, where she slowly pieces together what really happened the night she was forced to leave the only people she has ever considered family. And, again, this is a Tiffany Reisz’s story; it’s dark and borderline taboo, but I truly enjoyed it, and was genuinely surprised with the twists and turns. “She was in danger in this house, but not from violence— unless it was the violence of her own feelings.” There is a lot of talk about medical procedures, and mental health conditions, so please use caution when going into this one. And trigger/content warnings: cheating/being unfaithful to a partner, death of a child, physical abuse, suicide, animal abuse, animal death, attempted rape, medical malpractice, and psychosurgery.Overall, I couldn’t put this down. And I loved being a part of Allison's journey of discovery. I loved the perfect scenery, the forbidden love on a million different accounts and levels, the lyrical and beautiful writing, the unique plot, these morally grey characters, and all the different secrets. This was such a different and enjoyable read for me, and I can’t wait to see what Tiffany Reisz does next. Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

  • Julie
    2018-11-07 09:55

    The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is a 2018 Mira publication. Very unusual, but utterly absorbing-I’ve long since moved on from super steamy erotica, not that I read it all that often in the first place, but because of that, Tiffany Reisz was never on my radar, until I read her novel, ‘The Bourbon Thief”, which was my introduction to her work, and it totally blew me away. Since then, I’ve been waiting for a non-erotic novel by Reisz, so when I saw this one in the Overdrive library, I immediately placed a hold on it, months before it was due to be released. To add to my eagerness, this book has been labeled as ‘Gothic’, ‘Mystery’, and Romantic Suspense’, three of my very favorite genres. But, I was completely unprepared for the direction this book took and never could have conceived where Reisz’s vivid imagination would take me. There were seven children all taken in by famed doctor Vincent Capello, who owned an infamous beach house, with a storied past, he named ‘The Dragon’, located on the Oregon coast. All the children who were fortunate enough to be fostered or adopted by the good doctor were considered ‘The Lucky Ones”. Allison was one of those lucky children, but a sinister accident in the house prompted her aunt to claim her, so Allison left ‘The Dragon’ and was never officially adopted by Dr. Capello. However, she never forgot her time with him or her special ‘siblings’. Thirteen years later, she finds her life at a crossroads, so when she gets a phone call explaining that Capello is gravely ill, Allison returns to the magical beach house to reunite with her 'brothers and sisters', and to face her murky past. Well, this book certainly is suspenseful and most definitely has a chilling, atmospheric tone. There are Gothic elements in this story, but they run more towards a ‘Faulkner’s style of Gothic in some ways which could make some readers a little uncomfortable. However, despite a few blurred lines, the story is constructed very well, and adeptly combines an odd concoction of genres. There is a very unsual love story, grotesqueries, medical experiments, and a high level of suspense, with a healthy dollop of psychological mind games. But, the story also touches on family ties, grief, and the experiences that bond people for a lifetime, for better or worse. The mystery is compelling, the pacing is nearly pitch perfect, and the characterizations are so well drawn, I found myself immersed in their odd conversations and memories, waiting with bated breath as dark, lurid secrets revealed themselves. Oddly enough, Cooper McQueen, Allison’s former lover, almost steals the show, and despite the fact that he has let Allison down, he still made me smile and his brief appearances helped lighten some of the heavier moments. This book may not be for everyone. There's some slightly irregular, borderline forbidden relationships that could give some readers pause, but it was, like I said, a pure Gothic tone, so this is not all that strange in this genre, even though I admit, it did make me squirm a little.This is a dark novel, and is not in any way a traditional romantic suspense or mystery which is partly why I enjoyed this book. It's just so different from what I usually read, so it was more of a challenge. It did push the envelope a little, which also made me sit up and pay closer attention, nudging me out of my comfort zone, which is always a good thing to do on occasion. I had no clue which direction the story would take me and never could have figured out the plot twists in advance, which is another reason why it appealed to me. While I may not want to visit these dark recesses of the mind on an everyday basis, I must say, I am, once again, deeply impressed with this author. I love her writing style and her bold imagination!4 stars

  • Kendall
    2018-11-15 04:00

    Ummm.. I seriously don't even know what I just read? My last read of 2017.. and wow was it a terrible read. I don't know if I would classify this as a romance or a mystery? This book was nothing that I expected it to be like AT ALL. Ok.. can we say dysfunctional family?! OH M GEEEE. There were so many things wrong with this book.. I can't even get my thoughts together to write this review. "They call themselves "the lucky ones"... umm more like dysfunctional ones... Allison returns home to the Dragon (a magical beach house) on the coast of Oregon where she lived as a foster child being taken care of by Dr. Vincent Capello. Dr. Capello fostered multiple children in his home including Allison, Roland, Deacon, and Thora. Allison was living a happy life with Dr. Vincent Capello as a little girl until the night she was almost killed. Allison receives a letter from Dr. Capello's oldest son Roland letting her know that Dr. Capello is very ill and doesn't have much time to live. Allison returns home to confront her past and the demons that are lurking in the Dragon. As time passes, Allison starts to notice strange lies from all of her "family members" including her foster father Dr. Capello. Things aren't exactly adding up when she is trying to confront her past and the horrible truth that actually happened that night she almost died as a little girl. The novel started off REALLY slow and then it just got weird. REALLY weird. I'm all for unique and weird novels but this just wasn't for me. I kept scratching my head multiple times... as I'm struggling to finish and thinking What the f.... am I reading? This family was extremely dysfunctional and it just wasn't even enjoyable to read. It just left me annoyed... that I spent time on reading this.It was almost borderline disgusting to me... and just wrong to have a sense of romance to it. I can't recommend this book. I'm not sure if the author was trying to add a hint of psychological to this but if so.. it was done horribly. Overall, 1.75 stars for me on this one. Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for the arc in exchange for an honest review. Publication date is 2/13/18.Happy New Year :).

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-01 03:58

    Oh, I loved this book. So many of its themes deeply resonated with me, but I can't note them without spoiling this fascinating plot line...and I wouldn't do that to you. The Lucky Ones is part psychological thriller, part mystery, part [forbidden] romance, part family drama, part atmospheric gothic fiction, part science/medical ethics, and a whole lot of "making you think". Like I said before: Tiffany Reisz is gold and her readers are indeed the lucky ones. Check it out!My favorite quote:"But I don't believe in a God that would send a troubled child to hell for one bad decision. I believe in a God who says, 'Suffer the little children to come unto me'. Santa Claus is the guy with the nice and naughty list for children. Not God." ♥June 2017:No synopsis...I don't care. I have a release date and one-click button at my disposal. That's all I need. Tiffany Reisz is gold!

  • Shannon
    2018-11-10 03:05

    So I started The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz when a terrible book slump took over me. Yes, it’s a sickness. So, I had to put the book down until it was over. Once I picked it back up I couldn’t stop reading it. I just needed to know what happened.Allison grew up in a foster home in Oregon, a home that looked like a dragon if you looked at it just right. Dr. Capello was a single foster father. He brought in kids who needed him and who didn’t have anyone else. Now, Allison, living in Kentucky, is contacted by her brother to let her know that her father was dying. She hasn’t seen her foster siblings or foster father in 13 years. Thirteen years ago, there had been an accident which forced Allison to leave the home. Allison doesn’t remember what happened before or after the accident. She wonders if it really was just an accident or if someone was behind it.Allison decides she will go back to Oregon to say good bye to her foster dad and then leave. She reconnects with her foster siblings right away. Allison notices there are a lot of secrets in the home and she’s determined to find out what really happened to her all those years ago. The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz was a fast paced read. I don’t really think of it as a thriller though, it did have some romance to it. If you like light mysteries I would suggest The Lucky Ones. It comes out February 13th. I’d rate this 4 stars. Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a copy of The Lucky Ones, I really appreciate it.

  • warhawke
    2018-10-23 02:51

    Genre: General Fiction/MysteryType: StandalonePOV: Third PersonRating: Allison Lamarque had a wonderful childhood when she was fostered by a philanthropic neurosurgeon Dr. Vincent Capello. For a few years she thrived under his care with several other kids until it was all ripped away from her when she had a near death accident. Thirteen years later, everything was left behind in the past until she received a letter from her long lost foster brother.Roland Capello used to be her closest ally. As the years passed, neither of them knew each other anymore. He had a secret and he wasn't the only one. While she reacquainted with people who were once her family she realized there were much more that were hidden in plain sight. “You have a good heart,” he said. “A lot of people don’t. You shouldn’t wish a good heart away.”Roland was a nice, understanding character. His calm and collected demeanor could ease anyone around him. However, those characteristics were not standout for me. It took a while for me to feel for him but once more of his background was revealed, I can't help but love him. She was in danger in this house, but not from violence— unless it was the violence of her own feelings.Allison was a lonely woman. She craved connection but she wasn't demanding or clingy. I like her determination in finding the truth, but I also like how she wasn't pushy. “Lie through your teeth. Lie like your life depends on it. Lie like his life depends on it because it does, Allison. It does.”I really enjoyed the storyline. Before starting I wasn't sure what it's going to be about and I thought it was a little slow in the beginning but the mystery drew me in. What I love the most about this book is the underlying theme of moral dilemma that will induce some deep thoughts.The Lucky Ones is a story of unraveling secrets and the consequences. It would appeal to fans of mystery with elements of romance.Note:I absolutely love Deacon! I love Antonio too. He captured my heart with just one scene. “Pull and twist, twist and pull,” Deacon said. “I’m talking about the glass, by the way.”🔷 ⚜ 🔷 . . . (F)BR With Twinsie CC & Loyda . . . 🔷 ⚜ 🔷For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  • DJ Sakata
    2018-11-05 08:08

    Favorite Quotes:If I wanted to judge people all day I’d either be a priest or get a Facebook account…Allison looked into his eyes. He didn’t have bedroom eyes, not like McQueen did. Roland had hallway eyes—labyrinthine hallways made of marble and lit by torches resting in iron sconces. She could wander those shadowy hallways forever and never once feel lost.He buys his Catholic guilt in bulk at Costco…You know what they say…ours is not to wonder why. Ours is but to drink bourbon and rye.There aren’t a lot of them around. True psychopaths make up about two percent of the population. In prison it’s more like… fifty percent. In politics, maybe ninety percent.My Review:I don’t believe I know enough lofty adjectives or adverbs to fully extol the brilliance and craft of this spellbinding tale. I was consumed, enthralled, engrossed and embedded in this riveting tale from beginning to end. I was intrigued and beguiled by all the characters while also fearful I was going to learn something truly awful about them, which I did, but I still loved them anyway. The story was ingeniously crafted, cunningly paced, and loaded with all manner of itchy and twisty elements that squeezed my heart, set my brain on fire, and put a series of hot rocks in my throat. Tiffany Reisz is an evil genius and a clever wordsmith. I covet her mad skills and am wild with greed to amass and read every single thing she has and will ever write.

  • Loyda
    2018-11-20 05:13

    4.5★★★★StarsGenre: General Fiction/MysteryType: StandalonePOV: Third Person"She was in danger in this house, but not from violence— unless it was the violence of her own feelings."  Allison Lamarque lost her mother at a very young age.  However; her loneliness didn't last long she soon meets Dr. Vincent Capello; a well known brain surgeon who took in kids that needed special care.  She will never forget all the happy memories she was able to make while in the care of Dr. Capello. "She saw it in her mind's eye. There were three kids in the picture - all three in red hoodies. One boy with dark blond hair that fell past his ears, one girl with hair so red it was almost orange and one boy with black hair straight as an arrow." This book really caught me by surprise; I went in blinded not knowing what to expect and what I found was an incredible story so unique it had me guessing everyone's motive and every single scene.  I found myself immerse in the pages and just could not put it down once I started it.   We meet such great characters in this story; Dr Capello had legally adopted three kids around same age as Allison.  We meet Roland, Deacon and  Thora.  She became very close and attached to Roland and their friendship became more to her than she expected.  Ever since a bad incident Allison was left with her grandmother and never came back to the lovely home she grew up at.  So many years had past that when she got a letter to return she was shocked but yet excited.   "I dreamed you'd come and find me," she said. "Why me?" "Wishful thinking," she said. "You were always my favorite." "Favorite sibling?" "Favorite person. Ever. On earth. I was a little in love with you. And maybe a little in lust..." So many things happened when Allison returns to the house that stayed only in her memories that had me going out of my mind trying to find out the secrets and the lies.  I however did not expected the twisted plot; I had a feeling but I didn't guessed it so It still shocked me because I loved it so much haha.  The romantic relationship between Allison and Roland was so sweet I adore him.  Deacon and Thora were so cool, specially Deacon's personality had me grinning the entire time he was in a scene my cheeks hurts so much from laughing.   Overall; readers looking for a different story full of mystery and suspense about family, secrets and love will find this book appealing.  "She'd known nothing but love here, nothing but kindness. But someone must have left a door open a crack and evil had snuck in when no one was looking." ★This was a F(BR) with War & CC★Book Info:For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit: 

  • Zoe
    2018-11-01 09:49

    3.5 Stars!Atmospheric, eerie, and darkly romantic!The Lucky Ones is a menacing thrill ride that takes you on a journey into the life of the lonely, determined Allison as she unravels all the secrets from her past and confronts all the ghosts that still haunt her.The prose is tight and edgy. The characters are scarred, secretive, and troubled. And the plot is an intense, suspenseful tale filled with familial drama, chemistry, mental illness, abuse, deception, adultery, forbidden love, and murder.Overall, The Lucky Ones is a unique, sinister romance that explores the ethical and moral fine line between right and wrong. And even though it isn’t my favourite book from Reisz and may not be everyone’s cup of tea there is no denying she has an incredible imagination and can spin a gritty tale that intrigues, surprises, and shocks like no other.Thank you to Harlequin Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.All my reviews can be found on my blog at https://whatsbetterthanbooks.com

  • Melanie (mells_view)
    2018-11-22 10:01

    I still don’t 100% know what to say about The Lucky Ones. So many things happened, and I’m still on a bit of a book high from that ending. So I’ll just say this. This story is the perfect mixture of mystery, thriller, and romantic suspense. I didn’t know what to focus on until the very end... and even then I did not see what was coming. All in all a fantastic read that will have you questioning is the risk always worth the reward, and are lies sometimes better than the truth? If you enjoy romantic suspense with perfectly constructed build up, then I would check out The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz on 2/13 when it releases.https://instagram.com/p/Belw65OAIk-/^a fan teaser on IG!

  • Betul
    2018-11-20 03:14

    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**4.5 stars"Too many secrets in this house. So many they were starting to feel like...Lies."The blurb of The Lucky Ones was one that really piqued my interest. I had no idea what to expect, but I was ready for a mysterious ride. I loved how the secrets were revealed piece by piece. The author did such an incredible job in keeping the reader in suspense and guessing throughout the book. I had theories as to what happened to Allison but was proven wrong each time. I love it when a story is unpredictable and when an author can get me to sit on the edge of my seat. I was so hooked to the story that I read the last 40% of the book in one sitting (I was done at 4AM). There was no way I could put the book down to get some sleep. "She'd known nothing but love here, nothing but kindness. But someone must have left a door open a crack and evil had snuck in when no one was looking."The seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon all had a very shocking past. It sometimes was very difficult for me to contain my tears while I was reading this book. This book was suspenseful, mysterious, sweet, emotional, heartbreaking, and very dark at times. Each and every character was very unique and had a very intriguing past. I was on a very long emotional rollercoaster, and I didn't want to get off it. I do wish there was an epilogue because I am really curious to see how everyone is doing. I also want to mention that the cover is beautiful and fits the story perfectly. I am looking forward to what Tiffany Reisz has in story for us next.

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    2018-10-22 05:59

    4 stars <3What a great story, it surprised me a lot and I enjoy reading it!The Lucky Ones is a fast paced, atmospheric, dark and interesting story!I was intrigued from the first pages!I loved the plot and the setting, the characters were well developed! “Sometimes you slay a dragon. Sometimes you cut off its head and three more grow in its place.” This book had it all!A sweet romance, a mystery, great characters and it was atmospheric!Like all her books this is another unique story from Tiffany Reisz!There wasn't a moment I felt bored I didn't know what to expect in each page!If you are looking for a refreshing story with suspense,romance and dark in some ways this is perfect!    

  • Sophie
    2018-10-22 09:47

    5 gothic stars Tiffany Reisz is what I would call a solid writer. No holes in her plot, characters constructed carefully, mounting tension, secrets unearthed and astonishing truths. She’s got talent and intelligence. It’s only my second book by Tiffany after The Bourbon Thief but once more I’m swept off my feet. The Lucky Ones penetrated the fog I was wallowing in for more than a week. She took me out of the reading slump I was in after reading The Silver Cage by Anonymous. Meaning: it was a hell of a read!But you tell me. What is your reaction when you read these first lines:“Louisville, Kentucky, 2015All Allison wanted was for the conversation to be over. That and she hoped the heavy gray clouds would part and the sun would appear. It could go either way today – sun or rain. She stood at the kitchen window, peeling old paint off the sill as she waited for the Kentucky sky to make up its mind. Meanwhile, sitting behind her at the table, her lover, Cooper McQueen, gently ruined her life.” Do you think about the mountain of socks you have to wash? About the empty fridge? About the kids you have to chauffeur?Well I didn’t!This was it. Sucked into the story. I read compulsively. In two days as I had to work (you know to earn money and buy books, not for food or clothes…). I finished the book at 2 AM today and it’s been a long time since I battled sleep to finish a story. Allison, really lovely Allison, estranged from her foster family for thirteen years after a dramatic incident she has no memories of will go back to her childhood home when receiving the news that her foster dad Dr Capello is dying.She has only fond memories of her time in the beach house that looked like a dragon. Welcomed by Dr Capello, an incredibly talented neuro surgeon who made it his mission to foster kids no one wanted and raise them as his own. Roland was her big brother. Her protector. The one she ran to sleep alongside when the rain was too loud. Her secret crush.Deacon and Thora the “twins”. All adopted by Dr Capello. Playing all day with her. Brushing her hair under the attentive and loving care of Dr Capello.More kids went and left. Only fond memories and perfect family picture.Only…Only everything was not as it seems and the story led me into the depth of the human psyche. People can be evil.Monsters are lurking in the shadows.The family Allison once loved she did not really know.Playing God comes at a high price. One several kids had to pay.Slowly, word after word, page after page, doubts were creeping into my mind. I imagined different scenarios. Who did it?I talked with my friend Angy about the theory but Boy was I wrong! This story is riveting. I have no other words. And don’t start me on the characters and the love/lust story!First real sex scene and steam got out of my paperback fogging my glasses as I was walking in the snow and nearly fell on a root as I was entranced by the scene. Entranced. By a sex scene. Me. Yes, me! I wouldn’t have believed it two days ago.I fell in love with Roland. He has the name of a knight and he is a knight. Even if he was not meant to be one.Deacon is hot and playful like a puppy can be. And Thora is the big sister I dreamt of having as a kid. Allison was just… perfect. I usually would have despised or pitied her because who likes the mistress? The kept woman? The dirty secret? Not me! Yet Tiffany Reisz made me walk in her shoes, see the world through her eyes, experience her sad childhood until she was taken away by Dr Capello. Allison just wanted a family. Someone by her side. She was lonely. Should I turn my back knowing this? No, absolutely not!That’s how Tiffany made me team Allison. I followed this charming, fragile and yet strong young lady back to her family, back to terrible truths. I don’t really know how to end this review. Maybe by telling you that I’m now a true Tiffany Reisz fan and that she made it to my top 10 authors? Or by telling you that if you like masterfully written mystery with a gothic “vibe” and “feel real” characters this is your next buy?Or…Just buy it! Have you read it? Or any other Tiffany's books? Thanks for reading and happy Saturday! Sophie Find me on:Wordpress:Beware Of The ReaderFacebook:Beware Of The Reader Join our FB group! :Beware Book Boyfriends AlertInstagram:@bewareofthereader Twitter:@BewareOffReader

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2018-10-31 08:10

    Allison felt lucky when Dr. Vincent Capello rescued her from the foster home nightmare she was in at the age of seven. Living in a big beautiful home right on the Oregon Coast with a built family of brothers and sisters felt like a dream come true. Until that dream came crashing down when she was pushed, or fell down the stairs and woke up in the hospital. Her elderly aunt came and whisked her away and she hadn’t seen or heard from her “family” for thirteen years until her foster brother, Roland, writes to tell her Dr. Capello is dying. She knows she must go back and find the answers to questions that’ve haunted her for years. Did one of her “family” actually push her down the stairs, and if so, why? When Allison first comes onto the page, I was so very put out for her after discovering the details of her relationship with Cooper McQueen, a character from The Bourbon Thief. I quite liked him in that book, but here I wanted to strangle the man! At any rate, his appearance is short-lived, and I wasn’t so mad at him by the end. Still…grr!!!But never mind McQueen, because Roland is the guy you want to sit up and take notice of, anyhow. The minute Roland and Allison reunite after thirteen years it’s like they never separated. They had a fast, and natural connection (if you can call a romance between an ex-foster brother and sister natural, lol); so very electric and passionate. Deacon and Thora, her other brother and sister fell right back into Allison’s life and she into theirs, and once again it feels like a big happy family, no matter there’s a prevailing sadness over Dr. Capello’s nearing death. But as Allison stays it’s quickly apparent there are a lot of secrets and lies and uncovering them could be very dangerous. And it is dangerous, because Allison can’t let the search for the truth go. It wasn’t hard to piece together a lot of the mystery right off the bat, but some of it was a surprise and the whole story was captivating even with knowing what was going on. Usually, once I start reading one of Ms. Reisz’s stories I can hardly put it down, and that was certainly the case with The Lucky Ones. There was a lot of moral gray areas here, where you could see both sides of the story, understand why a person would take the actions that they did, but at the same time you couldn’t help but think of the violations those actions incurred, and some of the consequences were truly horrible. Once again Tiffany Reisz weaves and atmospheric tale of love, betrayal, and mystery with the Oregon Coast and its broody weather there to provide an even more haunting quality to the tale. Loved the setting; it and the house almost felt like secondary characters here. The Lucky Ones is the kind of story that’ll linger in your mind long after you finish the last page. A copy was kindly provided by Mira via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
    2018-10-28 09:58

    I swear, it doesn't matter what Tiffany Reisz writes- be it her BDSM series, The Original Sinners, or Mysterious books like The Night Mark, The Bourbon Thief, or this- The Lucky Ones, everything shines with her for me. The Lucky Ones is tagged in General Fiction (Adult) but rest assured, there's a romance element to it, as well as a hefty dose of Mystery/Suspense. It's got it all.The book takes place in coastal Oregon. In a house that freakishly looks like a dragon if you look just right. A foster home to many children who needed their foster father, Dr. Capello like nobody else. Only Dr. Capello, or Dad, could tackle this crew. Allison left this home suddenly as a child and never came back, that whole event a blur in her inner psyche. She hasn't looked back on that home, that family, until she gets a letter from her foster brother asking her to come home. Their father, Dr. Capello is dying... So Allison chooses to pick up, face her fears, the unknown to travel back to her childhood home...to them.This book has an eerie darkness and mystery that, reading it around Halloween, just heightened the feel. Cool, dark, rainy and kind of bleak. A plot shrouded in secrets and lies, I couldn't put it down. Allison faces her past in a home filled with some of her best childhood memories...and mysteries. With Tiffany Reisz, we also get character comedy relief! It never fails her ability to throw a group of mismatched characters together and add humor and heart, and I'm hooked. Her foster siblings added the sense of heart and family to this otherwise suspenseful novel. Deacon, her foster brother, stole the show for me. Complete lack of filter, she captured that endearing sibling razzing perfectly.I recommend this book for everyone who loves a good mystery, suspense, with a side of humor and heart. Bravo!Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my honest review.

  • Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
    2018-10-31 11:02

    “Sometimes you slay a dragon. Sometimes you cut off its head and three more grow in its place.”This book had us up all night reading; we could not put it down. It was compelling, tragic, addictive, thrilling and sensual. Tiffany Reisz truly has a way with words that are uniquely hers. You are never unsure of just who’s book you’re reading when you pick one hers up. It was intense, humorous, sarcastic, devastating and full of heart and soul.‘Too many secrets in this house. So many they were starting to feel like…Lies.’When Tiffany Reisz writes a character, by the end of the book you feel as if you know them. You go on a personal journey with them. The depth and complexity of the characters is second to none. The weight of friendship and love in her stories is remarkable; the characters make her stories what they are: wonderful and unique with an individual sense of tragedy and realism. She always touches upon issues that spark numerous debates yet she does so with care, attention and sensitivity.‘…in those ten seconds, Allison felt completely and utterly and unconditionally loved and accepted and home. Her home. Her family.’This story is told by twenty-five year old Allison and it begins with a breakup from the –quite frankly- delectable Cooper McQueen the naughty cad. We immediately recognised Allison; she’s a wonderfully typical Tiffany Reisz heroine; what with her sense of humour, her vulnerability, her inner strength and her bright sensibility. Her story begins when she’s handed a letter from her past which sets her on a life changing journey of a much needed but devastating discovery and supressed revelations. Love was snatched away from her at a young age; is a journey back to where it all began going to give her a second chance or will it horrify and haunt her forever?“I dreamed you’d come and find me,” she said.“Why me?”“Wishful thinking,” she said. “You were always my favorite.”“Favorite sibling?”“Favorite person. Ever. On earth. I was a little in love with you. And maybe a little in lust…”Allison has no one to call family; until Dr Capello enters her life when she’s seven years old. Dr Capello; is a man who’s seen as a saviour of children. Not only is he a skilled neurosurgeon; he’s also fostering children who are either ‘problem children’ or have no real place to call home with loved ones. He’s one of life’s game changers for vulnerable children. When he fosters Allison she’s given an instant family through Foster Dad Vincent Capello and his foster children: Roland, Thora, Deacon, Kendra and Oliver. A family that proves to be more than what she initially thought and then she’s suddenly sent away. Secrets, lies and obsessions, the walls of The Dragon house holds them all as Allison discovers when she makes her journey back ‘home’. Do not hesitate, this is one of those books you’ll be thinking about for days after you’ve read the last page.‘She’d known nothing but love here, nothing but kindness. But someone must have left a door open a crack and evil had snuck in when no one was looking.’Available to purchase belowAmazon USAmazon UKCome visit and follow us at:✲ TotallybookedBlog✲ TB on Facebook✲ TB on Twitter✲ TB on Pinterest

  • CC
    2018-10-24 10:58

    4.5 Stars! Allison Lamarque is at a turning point in her adult life. At this pivotal time, she receives a letter from her foster brother after thirteen years have elapsed without any contact. While she has fond memories living with the Capello family, she also has unanswered questions about the circumstances surrounding the night that caused her life to change. Upon deciding to travel back to the Oregon coast to pay her respects to Dr. Vincent Capello, Allison must confront her emotions and many family secrets. "When distant relatives contact you out of nowhere, it's never good. Never."Being the eldest, Roland Capello took a chance on contacting Allison after all these years for the sake of his father and siblings. Harboring feelings he has tried to reconcile over time, Allison's visit brings many memories to the surface."Never too late to come home," Roland said, and squeezed her hand again."As Allison is determined to discover what happened the night of her accident, she uncovers information that creates more questions about the family she loved so dearly. Step by step, complications arise causing conflicting feelings about her perceptions and how to handle such destructive secrets. "He's good at pretending things are okay when they aren't."From the first page, Allison's story unfolds in such a compelling manner with her situation bringing forth a range of emotion. With strong secondary characters in Dr. Capello, Roland, Deacon and Thora, the dichotomy between truth and lies is further explored leaving each to weigh heavy consequences. The moral dilemma presented is quite interesting and attaching emotion to the motivation really intrigued me, as I understood the plight of each character despite positive or negative results. While the Allison and Roland share a deep romantic connection, the suspense element really drives the story and causes Allison to evaluate how she can move forward with Roland. In starting this book, I was expecting a solid mystery, and the author certainly delivered on that point, but the plot offers much more with complexity and an intricately weaved plot bringing the characters full circle. As such, Tiffany Reisz pens a masterful and provocative narrative that allows the reader to experience the highs and lows of humanity.The Lucky Ones is a suspenseful story about the intricacies of family, secrets, grief and sacrifice. I highly recommend!*An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**This was a (F)BR with Twinsie Hawkey!*For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  • Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
    2018-10-28 08:08

    “Sometimes you slay a dragon. Sometimes you cut off its head and three more grow in its place.”This book had us up all night reading; we could not put it down. It was compelling, tragic, addictive, thrilling and sensual. Tiffany Reisz truly has a way with words that are uniquely hers. You are never unsure of just who’s book you’re reading when you pick one hers up. It was intense, humorous, sarcastic, devastating and full of heart and soul.‘Too many secrets in this house. So many they were starting to feel like…Lies.’When Tiffany Reisz writes a character, by the end of the book you feel as if you know them. You go on a personal journey with them. The depth and complexity of the characters is second to none. The weight of friendship and love in her stories is remarkable; the characters make her stories what they are: wonderful and unique with an individual sense of tragedy and realism. She always touches upon issues that spark numerous debates yet she does so with care, attention and sensitivity.‘…in those ten seconds, Allison felt completely and utterly and unconditionally loved and accepted and home. Her home. Her family.’This story is told by twenty-five year old Allison and it begins with a breakup from the –quite frankly- delectable Cooper McQueen the naughty cad!. We immediately recognised Allison; she’s a wonderfully typical Tiffany Reisz heroine; what with her sense of humour, her vulnerability, her inner strength and her bright sensibility. Her story begins when she’s handed a letter from her past which sets her on a life changing journey of a much needed but devastating discovery and supressed revelations. Love was snatched away from her at a young age; is a journey back to where it all began going to give her a second chance or will it horrify and haunt her forever?“I dreamed you’d come and find me,” she said.“Why me?”“Wishful thinking,” she said. “You were always my favorite.”“Favorite sibling?”“Favorite person. Ever. On earth. I was a little in love with you. And maybe a little in lust…”Allison has no one to call family; until Dr Capello enters her life when she’s seven years old. Dr Capello; is a man who’s seen as a saviour of children. Not only is he a skilled neurosurgeon; he’s also fostering children who are either ‘problem children’ or have no real place to call home with loved ones. He’s one of life’s game changers for vulnerable children. When he fosters Allison she’s given an instant family through Foster Dad Vincent Capello and his foster children: Roland, Thora, Deacon, Kendra and Oliver. A family that proves to be more than what she initially thought and then she’s suddenly sent away. Secrets, lies and obsessions, the walls of The Dragon house holds them all as Allison discovers when she makes her journey back ‘home’. Do not hesitate, this is one of those books you’ll be thinking about for days after you’ve read the last page.‘She’d known nothing but love here, nothing but kindness. But someone must have left a door open a crack and evil had snuck in when no one was looking.’Available to purchase belowAmazon USAmazon UKCome visit and follow us at:✲ TotallybookedBlog✲ TB on Facebook✲ TB on Twitter✲ TB on Pinterest

  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰
    2018-11-09 10:09

    This book starts with Allison and Cooper talking. She's been his 'mistress' for six years and now he's ending things, because he's having a baby with someone else. (Readers of The Bourbon Thief might remember Cooper and Paris!).And while Cooper is with Allison, she opens a letter from her past.When she was seven, her mother died, and she was taken to a foster home where she didn't really fit in - but she didn't stay long - she was soon taken home by Doctor Capello. The older man had adopted three children already and he was fostering a few others. She loved it there. Her life there was picture perfect!But something happened to Allison there when she was 12 and she had to move across the country to live with her old great-aunt. But now she's called back home to Oregon by her 'brother' Roland. Their 'dad' is dying and he wants to see Allison one last time.Since there's nothing else on her calendar right now, and since Cooper paid her a lot of money as a goodbye, she leaves Kentucky behind and flies to Oregon.And that's all I'm telling you about the story. ☺ Ok, no. I might have to say that Roland and Allison still have an amazing connection. Even though he was 12 to her 7 back then, they immediately clicked as kids. And this connection is still there. Only now it's a real grown-up thing!But this is not only a cute romance novel!!!! Nope! This is so much more interesting.Because saying goodbye to her foster dad and falling for her old foster brother are not the only things that will happen in that old house on the Oregon coast!SECRETS! CONFESSIONS! MYSTERY!!!!What will happen to Allison in that house?What exactly happened 13 years ago??Who can we trust?WHAT IS GOING ON???!!!!READ THE BOOK, 'CAUSE I'M SOOO NOT TELLING YOU! ☺══════════════════════════I wanted to read this book because it was written by Tiffany Reisz. And as a fan of the Original Sinners series you can't just NOT read a Tiffany Reisz book. So here I was, reading this. And I had no idea what to expect. Well, I had a few ideas. The blurb and the cover made it appear a bit dark and paranormal. It's NOT paranormal! It's just the house and the past that's a bit 'dark' and 'sinister'. But the story is amazing.It starts a bit slow and you might think Cooper? Will he be the hero of the story? Nope - but he'll help Allison with some things along the way.Once Allison arrives in Oregon she's immediately back in that happy place of her childhood. She still loves her dad and her siblings. Especially Roland - who is not really available for a romance. Fans of Tiffany Reisz might guess why not. (Hint: He doesn's have a girlfriend.☺)But there are still so many questions unanswered. So many things happened back then. What happened to the few other siblings/kids that weren't adopted? Allison needs to find out. And we need to find out too!!! We might guess a few things, but there's still so much who, what, why, huh?!?!?! left to wonder about. But we have an amazing time looking for the truth with Allison and her family.I just loved reading this book. I loved Allison and Roland and the others! It was an amazing story! Beautifully written - I felt like I was right there with them in that old beach house!It would make such an amazing Netflix show!!!People reading a review always ask - is there a happy end? I'm not telling you that of course - but I will put something in a spoiler thingy for those who just have to know before they start to read a book ☺→ (view spoiler)[Happy End. Hm, good question. I would think that yes, for now, we have a happy end. But Allison is not so sure what her future will bring. She loves it there and she loves Roland and the others ... but.Even though what was done to those kids seems like a good thing now, but playing god is never the right way - even though it all turned out ok for those 3. But what was done to them is just way too criminal/unethical/horrible, even though they might otherwise be dead now or on death row...Allison is with them - for now. She says she wants to leave and have a life somewhere else, but I hope she'll stay there forever in love with Roland and her little bookstore! ☺ (hide spoiler)]OK - that's it. READ THIS BOOK! It might be a bit different than our usual romances. A bit ... heavier. But I really loved it .... and Roland is a realllly hot, wood-chopping, bookboyfriend!!!☺♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    2018-11-08 04:49

    The Lucky Ones is one of those thrillers that will give you goose bumps, and make you question your own beliefs. Set in picturesque Oregon, this beautifully written book complete with its cast of flawed characters will have you guessing until you get to the shocking conclusion.Full Review can be found at The Candid Cover

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2018-10-26 08:13

    When you pick up one of Reisz's books you know that you are going to get something so well written that even the taboo and almost scandalous topics inside of it are going to be made into something you understand and almost support. She has a way with settings, words and people, that you forget wrong is right and right is wrong and yet despite all that, she still pulls off a wonderfully told, wonderfully narrated story that not only makes you think but brings out all the feels along the way.She knows how to pull out all the stops and not throw her punches and that is true in her latest novel as well. She never ceases to make me gasp, cringe, and even be horrified at what humanity and the characters she has created are capable of and in most cases, even though evil deeds are done, wrongs have been made, and mistakes are around every corner, we love her characters all the more for them. If I said this book shocked me, I would be both lying and telling the truth. The fact is, I was expecting to be shocked and maybe even appalled by what I was about to read but I wasn't expecting to also be fascinated with the whys and hows and the what the heck did I just read feels. Truly Reisz's knows how to bring out all the emotions and which is why, she continues to excel in this genre and will forever be an auto-buy author for me.I don't even want to go into detail about this read other than to say I loved it and fans, need to buy it, read it, devour it, you won't regret it. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Amy
    2018-10-30 11:00

    3.5/5I want to start by mentioning that this isn’t a traditional mystery/thriller, yes there’s definitely a mystery to be solved but if you’re looking for a book that is intense with lots of heart pounding moments it’s not this one. However, it’s extremely well written and makes for a compelling read but I think future readers should be aware that it fits better under a romantic suspense genre.There was something dark about this, a gothic feeling both in the mystery of Allison’s past, the romantic elements and the setting. The bulk of it takes place at her childhood foster home in a house on the edge of the sea in Oregon called The Dragon. There was a sinister vibe that the author created with her creepy imagery that I really liked. The romance also had a dangerous edge, it’s borderline taboo one of those that you almost feel naughty just reading about. And of course the mystery itself was intriguing and dark, there was definitely a hint of menace once all was revealed.There was quite a bit of moral ambiguity surrounding all the pieces of this one, should you make the choices that you know are right or should you go after what feels right? It deals with the gray area, there is no black or white here and gave me much to ponder which is always the sign of a well written book. Recommended for mystery fans that don’t mind romance and borderline creepy relationships.The Lucky Ones in three words: Wicked, Dark and Gloomy.

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2018-11-18 02:57

    In a nutshell, The Lucky Ones, shares the story of seven children who lived in the Dragon House, a beautiful home on the coastal shore of Oregon with their foster parent, Dr. Capello. Some of the children were adopted, and Allison expected to be one of them until she was whisked away under mysterious circumstances. Now twenty-five and at a crossroads, Allison receives a message from Roland, one of the boys Dr. Capello adopted. It seems the Doctor is dying and the note asks her to come.The tale that unfolds shared a taboo romance and a suspenseful, gothic mystery that held me spellbound. When Allison was thirteen a fall down the stairs left her in the hospital with a memory gap. Was she pushed and who made the frantic call to her aging Aunt that caused Allison to be ripped from the home and people she loved? While saying her goodbyes and reconnecting with her siblings Allison begins questioning events around her mysterious fall. Lies, omissions and startling discoveries will make her question everything.Reisz shares a chilling tale while exploring the human mind and the minds of sociopaths. She dabbles in scientific questions and theories while enlightening the reader on studies and experiments in the field. I have a macabre fascination with serial killers and sociopaths and found this exploration interesting. It also gave the story a bit of chilling realism.I found myself connecting with the characters particularly the siblings. Secondary characters like Allison's Ex added interest and humor while aiding her in her investigations. Reisz did an excellent job of introducing the siblings, casting doubt and evoking emotional feels from the reader.The ending delivers answers and our main character makes decisions that will have the reader asking themselves what they would have done. The ending left me pondering the story for days after I closed the book. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  • Beatrix
    2018-10-31 09:47

    Beautiful writing from Ms. Reisz, as always. Original storyline, very creepy and taboo, I believe Ms. Reisz took a risk with this one, but I didn't mind that aspect of the story at all (view spoiler)[foster siblings getting romantically involved (hide spoiler)]. TBH, The Bourbon Thief was much more taboo in my opinion, and that is my favorite book from this author. And therein lies the problem, I expected too much from this, and I kept comparing it to The Bourbon Thief. I loved the first half of the book, but the ending left me wanting more, I finished the book and thought that is it?! The mystery was a bit weak.. So 3,5 stars maybe?

  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
    2018-10-27 05:02

    This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews*I received a free copy of The Lucky Ones from Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased*The Lucky Ones gave me goosebumps. Both the good kind and the even better kind... Reisz' writing keeps getting better and better, and this incredibly well-written, character-driven story left me with all the feels. Story: The Lucky Ones starts with a low for Allison, as McQueen leaves her after several years of having her as his secret lover. However, on the same day, she also receives a letter. From someone she used to call her brother. Thirteen years ago. In that letter, she learns that her almost-adoptive father is fatally ill. And she decides to go back to the dragon - the house where she was happy for the first time after her mother's death.There is so much that is unresolved in The Lucky Ones! There are three of the children who lived in the house when Allison was there. These three were adopted by the good doctor. As soon as Allison arrives, she is inundated with memories. Some she had completely repressed. Others had been part of helping her move forward in her life. However, not all the memories she have are good.Between the doctor and the three remaining orphans, everything is fine on the surface. But as soon as Allison starts to look a little beneath that surface, there is some ugliness. Secrets. Hidden agendas. And some taboo relationships. The Lucky Ones managed to mix family secrets, redemption, romance, mystery and a bit of suspense into a deliciously gothic package. Characters: Allison was a bit vapid in the beginning, however, once she started searching for the truth - all the while having strong feelings for Roland - she showed that she had a lot of inner strength.Roland, the oldest of the children taken in by the doctor was now a monk. A beautiful, unattainable monk. He wanted Allison to come back before his father's death, and he got his wish. One should be careful what one wishes for, though, right?Thora was a bit aloof at first, but she was also so very happy to see Allison again. It was like a family reunion, with secrets everywhere.Deacon switched between joking and being extremely serious. An accomplished glass artist, he made dragons of all sizes in reference to his childhood home. Writing style : The Lucky One is written in third person point of view, and in past tense. Allison is the character that is followed most closely, and the narration shares some of her inner thoughts. Through her eyes, the other characters take shape, and the dialogues bring them all to life. Feels : All the feels! I don't know what magic Reisz has, but her stories always touch me deeply. And the whole specter of my emotions were invested in The Lucky Ones. This was the first book to end up on my 'Fave 2018 Read' shelf.She'd made a terrible mistake. She realized she'd come home to find her old family and her old family didn't live here anymore.She'd been dumped all of three days ago. Staying here was a mistake. She knew it was a mistake. But it was an honest mistake because she honestly wanted to stay, especially now that she knew she was safe at her old home.

  • Akanksha❤ Søren♰
    2018-10-24 03:06

    1 month!! SO excited!..7 months for the next NEW book. I'm happy that there is a new book coming from my favourite author! But at the same time I really want to cry. 7 MONTHS. Damn. Just gotta wait.

  • Jay G
    2018-11-17 07:11

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer...Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review. 3.5/5 Stars Dr. Capello, a famous brain surgeon, chose 5 children to live in a beach house on the edge of Oregon called The Dragon. These children, deemed 'The Lucky Ones' were orphaned or otherwise abandoned by their parents. Alison, one of these 5 children, left the house 13 years ago after being pushed down the stairs and hasn't had contact with the others since that day. Then one day, Alison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello's oldest son, saying that the doctor is dying and if she wants to say goodbye, she should come visit the house quickly. Alison decides to visit The Dragon and find closure about the events that took place 13 years earlier. This book was both suspenseful while still having elements of humour. This book is a very character driven story in my opinion. Each character is unique and you can't help but love them, even with their flaws. The family is definitely a train wreck and very dysfunctional but I found it so entertaining to read about them. I liked how little hints to the mystery and secrets of the family were slowly given to us. The book starts slow, constantly building suspense until the grand finale at the end.Overall, an easy and entertaining read!

  • Angie
    2018-10-22 08:10

    This story is about Allison, the former lover and mistress to Cooper McQueen (The Bourbon Thief). After Cooper ended their affair, Allison decided to go home to Oregon to see her dying foster father. Reconnecting with him and her former foster siblings in the house she loved seemed like a good way to lick her wounds. But it all brings back memories. Like her first crush on her older foster brother, Roland. And how her mysterious fall down the stairs that placed her in a new home may not have been an accident. As all the lies unravel, it becomes clear all the kids have something in common. I liked this story. It was original. I was hooked. Well done.

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-27 08:10

    3.5/5 starsThe Lucky Ones is described by the author as gothic fiction (with romance and suspense).This is my first book by this author. But Cooper McQueen from The Bourbon Thief has a supporting role in this book.The narrator is 25 year old Allison (3rd person POV). The story takes place in 2015.When Allison was a child she lived in a house on the Oregon Coast. She lived there with a bunch of other orphaned and abandoned kids, who were all taken in by surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello. Something happened that made her leave the house when she was 12. This is one of the key mysteries to this book.I really liked the beginning of this book. I found the beginning to be very intriguing and different. The first chapters kept my interest, plus the stuff with Cooper McQueen was very different and crazy. I really could not wait to see what would happen next.Roland, Thora, Deacon, Kendra and Oliver also lived with Dr. Capello at the same time as Allison. I found their stories to be fascinating. I was also very curious to see how much romance there would be, especially considering most of the characters in the book were Allison's "siblings" when she was little. So that whole vibe was interesting, but a bit creepy.There were a lot of secrets in this book. There were lots of little mysteries to uncover and memories to recover. There were many questions that needed answering, especially in regards to Allison and why she left the doctor's house 12 years before.The book was actually much funnier than I was expecting. The first half of the book was 4.5 stars for me. I really enjoyed the premise. And I was intrigued to see how the various mysteries would play out. But for me the ending is everything. I did not love the last part of the book. Answers were given. But I just didn't really like the direction that the author took the story. So I am torn. The book was so good while I was reading it. But I just didn't end up with a great feeling at the end.Thanks to netgalley and Harlequin (US & Canada)/MIRA for allowing me to read this book.

  • Pam
    2018-10-27 05:47

    Copy kindly provided by Harlequin (US & Canada), via NetGalley, for an honest review.