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Getting Lucky Number Seven (Taking Shots) by [Madsen, Cindi]
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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 man-whore 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 a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Getting Lucky Number Seven
Book #2 Anatomy of a Player
Book #3 Crazy Pucking Love


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1514 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Embrace (28 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UFT476O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Gtr33gurl TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 July 2015
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I loved this book it had everything I love in it hot alpha male who plays hockey yum and a beautiful nerdy best friend who had me in tears of laughter Lyla was so genuine and sincere she's just what Beck needs to open him up Lyla writes a college to do list and beck helps her out then the sparks fly there chemistry is hot hot hot there's a bit of drama then a wonderful HEA what's not to love 4.5 stars!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen 6 May 2015
By Alyssa - Published on Amazon.com
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***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Kindle copy bought from Amazon

Summary (from Goodreads):

What's your lucky number?

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 man-whore 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...

What I Liked:

This review might start to get less review-ish and more personal. We can blame Cindi, it's her fault for writing a book that pretty much parallels the current state of my personal life - to a point. For about half of this book. But in any case, this one hit close to home. I almost stopped reading at one point because it was too much like my own life. Then the halfway point hit and things were radically different and I kept reading because the similarities disappeared and my heart could handle this book.

Lyla is tired of being the boring smart nerd who studies all the time (girl, I feel you. This so much). After a disastrous time of embarrassing herself and someone making her feel bad about herself, Lyla decides to make a list of things that she wants to do - things like doing a keg stand, dancing on a bar, getting a tattoo. Wild things that she would never do without a little nudge. That nudge comes from her friend, Beck. He's a hot, smart hockey player who always has a string of girls in and out of his apartment. Who better to help her get out from under her nerd rock? But both of them will realize that that have real feelings for each other that have nothing to do with friendship.

Lyla is going all in for this list. She's a chemistry major. a corny, awkward girl who is officially frustrated with herself - is she not fun? Or attractive? Lyla dyes her hair, ditches the long skirts and colorful shirts, attempts to learn to flirt. She lets herself drink a little, loosen up. I'm definitely a "Lyla" - I'm a conservative dresser, I don't drink, I'm an engineering major who takes things way too seriously, I've taken up a second residence in the library. I can't say I'm terribly awkward or embarrassing but... I don't know if people would agree or disagree. Wink.

Beck is quite an interesting guy. He's hot, he's charming, he's easygoing. Everyone likes him (me included). He plays hockey, and he loves it, but he's not sure if that's a career path for him, though he can't see himself doing anything else, despite the chemistry major. Beck is a lot like my gilipollas boy I always mention (he's a soccer player though) - they are carbon copies.

So this story was extremely realistic for me. In fact, up until about halfway through the book, it was my life. My gilipollas boy and I are no longer best friends, but we used to be best friend. The nerdy environmental engineer girl and the soccer player boy, best friends, the strangest pairing, really. He would always be pushing me to be more fun, take more risks, do this and that. I'd always be pushing him to study more. Ha. The difference between Lyla and Beck, and me and my gilipollas boy is him and I are no longer friends. Or anything. There will be no happy ending for us. Midway through this book, it's clear that Lyla and Beck have feelings for each other, or at least serious lust.

And then their relationship takes a turn that my and his never did, and that was when this book got easier for me to read. Not that it was HARD to read before - just, too personal. Too close to home, too fresh. But after Lyla and Beck does some surprising things on her list, I started really seeing this as a story very separate from my life.

Don't get me wrong, I really liked this story. It was so fun to see Lyla transform and slowly fall for Beck, and for Beck to open his eyes to what is in front of him. Neither of them really had feelings for each other before the bucket list of Lyla's. So it was nice to see them fall for each other, from best friends to more, at pretty much an even pace. I always believe that the best relationships start from friendship to relationship (dating, whatever).

It's interesting to see the relationship grow and develop. They don't go from friends to boyfriend/girlfriend. There's this modern-day in-between, in which people aren't dating but they're more than friends - historic times would call them "lovers", I guess we call it hooking up? The person you're hooking up with? Exclusively? I'm in college and I see this all the time and it still baffles me what I should call this relationship. But everyone hates labels these days. In any case, while I dislike this type of relationship, Madsen doesn't an EXCELLENT job of capturing it. Until Lyla and Beck outgrow that relationship! And then it turns into something lovely.

The romance is quite steamy! It takes a while to get there, but when it does, be prepared to fan yourself! Nothing on the level of some historical romance novels, or this book's sister imprint, Entangled Brazen, but still, quite steamy.

There is a great deal of character development in both protagonists! Oh yes, we get both of their first person points-of-view. Lyla changes a lot, physically and mentally and emotionally. Beck has to grow up in terms of his family. He has to make a lot of difficult decisions, and I liked seeing him stand up and be decisive.

Overall, this book was very authentic (college definitely has most/all of the elements in this book these days), very funny (gosh, Lyla is awkward/embarrassing), and very hot (yay chemistry... on several levels). I don't usually like New Adult contemporary romance novels, but this one hit me personally (up until a point), and it was quite enjoyable!

What I Did Not Like:

One thing that bothered me was Lyla's need to feel like she needed to accomplish things and change herself? I'm just like Lyla in many ways but I have no desire to do a keg stand of dance on bars. But Lyla learned a lot about herself and gained confidence as she went - I don't think I need to much help with confidence (and I wouldn't do those things to gain confidence, thank you very much). But I'm not sure how I feel about that the fact that she felt like she had to change her appearance! What's wrong with conservative dressing? Oh - unless you're trying to attractive the attention of boys (which she was) - then she decided to strip way down. Le sigh. Anyway.

Would I Recommend It:

I would! I liked this book a lot. It's New Adult contemporary romance, and I know there are a lot of NA fans, so this one is right up your alley. And for those of you who are like me and DON'T enjoy NA - this one is STILL up your alley! Or maybe I enjoyed it so much because I could relate so much, on many different levels. Eh.

Rating:

4 stars. I'm glad I threw out my reading schedule for this one (notice it's a book I bought, not a review book, and it's post-published). I should have been reading a review book, but oh well! This one was enjoyable, and definitely the light romance I needed to read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars To much internal dialogue 6 May 2016
By D. Burgamy - Published on Amazon.com
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A friends to lovers romance between nerdy Lyla and jock Beck. Lyla is a chemistry major who wears to big clothes and scarves to cover her curvy figure. She becomes friends with Beck when that had class's together. She decides after breaking up with her boyfriend she needs to come out of her shell. She makes a list of fun things she wants to do to enjoy college life. Number seven is to have mind blowing sex. After her transformation of new hair, makeup and clothes Becks attraction to her increases beyond friendship. He decides to give her number seven on her list. Their relationship turns into friends with benefits as they both fall in love with each other.

Story line is pretty much over done in books and there is so much internal dialogue you find yourself skimming to get the story moving forward. No great chemistry between the characters. Throw in his family drama which added nothing to the story and no epilogue to see if they last past their first year of college leaves you pretty flat. 2.5 Stars
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pucking Perfect! 28 April 2015
By Kimmy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

I am a big fan of friends to lovers trope....it's like my own personal form of catnip. I can't get enough of them! This book also appealed to me because it's not only a friends to lovers story line, but it also has ugly duckling twist, which I also love.

Lyla is a nerd. She's smart. Quiet. Shy. Awkward around other people, especially men. She dresses kind of hippy-ish and is not your typical college student. Beck is a jock. He's smart. Outgoing. A big sweetheart and basically your typical college student. They were paired up in a chemistry lab and became fast friends.

When Lyla comes up with her college bucket list Beck is more than willing to help her out. At first the list is very innocent: get a new look, do a keg stand, sing karaoke, kiss a stranger, get a tattoo...things Lyla thinks that all college students should do. But the last item changes EVERYTHING: Have mind-blowing sex.

Since Beck agreed to help Lyla with her list, the two fall into a friends with benefits situation. What he doesn't expect is to fall for her. But unfortunately for Lyla, Beck has a chip on his shoulder regarding relationships and when he learns something about his father's past, he knows that he can't be the man Lyla deserves.

I just love Lyla and Beck as a couple. They complement each other perfectly. They are super comfortable with each other and have such a great friendship. They tell each other corny science jokes and send each other funny cat photos like friends do and also have that "mind-blowing sex" that Lyla wanted to have.

To use a word that appears in this book quite a few times....this book is "pucking" perfect! You need to read this book!! Go 1-click now!
4.0 out of 5 stars No drama, but great first adult relationship 8 May 2015
By Snips - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a good quick read. The book told the story of Lyla and Beck in dual POVs. They met as chemistry partners and are both driven individuals as Lyla was determined to excel in college and her chosen chemistry major while Beck was driven to somehow fulfill his NHL dreams while gearing to control and head his family's successful pharmaceutical company. They have unbelievable chemistry and banter that I enjoyed reading their dialogue and seeing their friendship develop into love. Most of the story was centered on Beck helping Lyla complete a college "bucket list" she started after hearing a young man calling her boring and ugly. They soon discover a physical attraction to one another were are fighting their feelings as to not hurt their friendship. It was a great first adult relationship without the drama that some books have.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 6 September 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a cute story. Friends to lovers to everything.
Lyla was socially awkward, she spent her life up until now studying first to get scholarships, then to keep them. All it took was one stupid comment to change her life.
She sets out to have fun and change herself, just a bit, by making a college bucket list. She employs her best friend, hockey god and man whore Beck, to help her check each item off.
Things change between them quickly and leaves them both unsure. Beck doesn't let people in, and does and says some things when he thinks they are getting to close. Lyla has always had lower self esteem thanks to her mother so she takes rejection hard.
Can they get back on track? Or will their step away from just friends be the end?