When I heard about this book I was excited, I love Adriana Locke’s books and I love a good sports romance so both of those together sounded perfect.
I was not disappointed. Lucky Number Eleven was a great read! It was the perfect combination of sexy and sweet and included all the funny banter that I have loved in Adriana Locke’s past books. I loved Branch and Layla together, their chemistry flew off the page and I was hooked from the very first page. There is no rush with their romance, I thought it grew at a perfect pace. There are some road bumps and obstacles they have to face but ultimately their relationship grows stronger because of them and you see them grow as people because of these obstacles. These two care so deeply about each other. The banter between Branch and Layla had me laughing out loud and smiling while I was reading. I really loved it.
The secondary characters in this book make it even better, they don’t just sit in the background and have no purpose. They were great characters in their own right. I really loved Poppy, Layla’s best friend. I thought she reminded me of my own best friend and that made it even better for me.
I really loved this book and I would highly recommend it!
*ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review*
American Football romance, 'Lucky Number Eleven', by Adriana Locke, was a well-written, fun, fast and light read. Yet, Adriana added depth, emotions, conflict and reflections, too. Exposé, the gossip magazine played an important part in the plot and the football references weren't difficult to follow. The MCs were, Illinois Legends footballer, Branch ‘Lucky’ Best and Fashion Blogger, Layla James Miller. Branch had a media reputation for being a manwhore, and while cocky, he was actually charming, funny, sexy, sweet and thoughtful (turns out he was quite naughty, too). Layla was the smart, gorgeous, independent and spirited younger sister of Branch's teammate, Finn. Layla and Poppy (her friend) had a weekend of quiet relaxation in mind at the Miller's holiday cabin by Lake Michigan. (Layla was recovering from a broken heart.) Branch and Finn had the same idea for some down time. Layla was taboo - Finn warned Branch, not to touch! As Layla and Branch's attraction was powerful, they both ignored the warning, and 'went for it!' Just a fling, no harm done...right?! I loved the MCs relationship - natural and uncontrived and their banter was clever and flirty. (At the same time, the subplot involved Finn and Poppy.) Told in a dual POV, the solid, feel good plot revolved around the MC's romance and dealt with the their growing feelings, after the 'no strings' deal disintegrated. It also involved several challenges. I enjoyed 'Lucky Number Eleven'. Adriana's stories have become automatic downloads for me.
Branch and Layla's story is my favourite so far from Adriana Locke. I could not read this story fast enough, staying up til 2am to finish. Perfect sports romance with a bit of a twist. I smiled a lot in this book but also had enough feels to grab my attention and the chemistry between the characters was spot on. Add to that great supporting characters and you have a perfect read. Definitely recommend.