Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student is out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she's played it "safe" quite enough, thank you. So she creates a "College Bucket List" with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex...
But she needs some help from her best friend.
Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla's transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he's not careful, he'll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7...
Each book in the Taking Shots series is STANDALONE:
* Getting Lucky Number Seven
* Anatomy of a Player
* Crazy Pucking Love
* Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny
Great friends to lovers story!
I love it when unlikely couples come together and go the distance. In this case, it was nerdy, geeky Lyla who was best friends with college athlete and stud Beck. The two might not seem like they're meant for each other, but they've just been friends until Lyla decides to change herself.
I liked Lyla and Beck. They were good together, having a firm relationship basis with their strong friendship. I liked how Beck was there for Lyla when she needed him, and how she knew she could count on him. I really liked the chemistry they had together, both as friends, and then as a possible romantic couple. I liked Lyla for for being a good friend to Beck when he needed it and even when he did't want it. I felt like she fought the most for him to see how good they could be.
Here's what bothered me about the story. Makeovers are fine, but it didn't take Beck to truly desire Lyla until he saw her in skimpy clothing, makeup, contacts, etc. He already liked her as a person, but he didn't desire her until then. I also didn't like how Lyla used someone being rude, insensitive, and mean as the impetus to change herself. I did like how she took charge and didn't hesitate to make changes when she decided on a plan of action.
I read this book quickly and it was enjoyable for the most part. The story flowed smoothly and there were no huge surprises. I did enjoy seeing Beck and Lyla deepen their friendship while trying to figure out a new equilibrium as lovers. It's hard to believe this is Cindi Madsen's first new adult novel. It was funny, sexy, and sweet, but not too explicit, so I think readers who are familiar with her stories won't be too scandalized by the content. I think she did a great job and look forward to seeing more new adult novels from her in the future.
No lead up
The story didn’t have nearly enough chemistry nor any good build up.
Getting Lucky Number 7
I LOVED this book. I’m not normally excited about reading about college age characters because I want my characters to have lived a little. But I have to say Beck & Lyla were fun, sweet, funny, & authentic. Great storyline, I can’t wait to read the next. 💜