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Book Review-Lucky Like Us by Jennifer Ryan

by | Jun 4, 2022 | Book Reviews | 1 comment

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book

The Hunted series continues as Special Agent Sam Turner discovers that protecting the FBI’s star witness is more difficult than he thought!

Bakery owner Elizabeth Hamilton’s quiet life is filled with sweet treats, good friends, and a loving family. But all of that is about to turn sour when an odd sound draws her outside. There’s a man lying unconscious in the street, a car speeding toward him. Without hesitation, she gets the man out of harm’s way before they’re run down.

Unwittingly, Elizabeth has put herself in the path of a serial murderer, and as the only one who can identify the FBI’s Silver Fox Killer, she’s ended up in the hospital with a target on her back.

All that stands between her and death is Special Agent Sam Turner. Against his better judgment, Sam gets emotionally involved, determined to take down the double threat against Elizabeth—an ex desperate to get her back, despite a restraining order, and a psychopath bent on silencing her before she can identify him.

They set a trap to catch the killer—putting Elizabeth in his hands, with Sam desperate to save her. If he’s lucky, he’ll get his man … and the girl.

My Review

First Impressions

Lucky Like Us is the second installment in the “Hunted” series and this is the FBI agent’s twin brother and I was really eager for his book. I was really hoping that this would be a win and it definitely was such a solid read and Jennifer Ryan just has a flair of writing that works so well for me. I was so intrigued to see how this story would be crafted and from the very beginning this book just was so intense and kept you on the edge, I really love how this author can just pull me so quickly into a story and It was such a quick fast read and the type of story that I wanted to stay up all night reading. I was drawn into this romance because it was so different from what I expected it to be. There is a level of intensity to their connection that was so unique, but I really loved the dynamic of a FBI agent as a hero and a heroine who is a baker but also runs in high society due to her family’s name. They make such a solid pair and this is the type of book that will captivate the reader so quickly.


Elizabeth Hamilton is a bakery owner and is always working to help others and baking treats for the homeless, the children’s hospitals, and for law enforcement. When she hears a pop sound out of her shop, she goes out to investigate and sees an FBI agent out cold, and a man trying to kill him, Elizabeth runs out to the scene to try to protect the agent and in the process of the fight she ends up shot and injured and barely alive. Elizabeth and Sam are both rushed to the hospital, both working on healing and recovering from their injuries. Elizabeth is the daughter of a high-profile judge and she has a very protective family and at first, they are bitter against Sam, but soon reason returns and they end up fighting for Sam. Sam, stays by Elizabeth’s side, protecting her and they build a connection as she is highly drugged but they communicate through hand-pressed signals, and it’s adorable. Once Elizabeth wakes, Sam is her protector and guardian as her life is in danger as she saw the face of the secret killer that Sam has been hunting, but through him protecting her they build a beautiful love connection, and Sam realizes how perfect Elizabeth is for a partner for a FBI agent but will he be able to protect the woman he loves…

What I Loved

Lucky Like Us was such a fun story and I really enjoyed the intensity that we get in the story. I honestly didn’t expect half the romance to be such a quiet assurance of a build-up in the romance. I really loved the family of Elizabeth that we are introduced to (and I believe her two brothers have books later in the series which I am stoked for) we also see a great mystery unfold with Sam and him being an FBI agent. We really see a side to be an FBI agent, and how lonely it can be for them. The romance between Sam and Elizabeth was so sweet and strong. They have an instant connection, and I loved how they had no reservations in embracing their bond and not letting fear get the best of them. Elizabeth makes the PERFECT heroine, I just loved how badass she is, she is a sweet and caring, but when it comes to people she loves, she is a fierce lion and so sassy when needed, I really enjoyed how accepting she is of Sam’s choice of career and just his is strength, and just stands by him so fiercely and it’s so beautiful and refreshing to have a heroine that has such strength for the hero when he really needs it.

What I Struggled With

There wasn’t really much, I wish there was more couple time on the page though, almost half of the book the heroine is drugged and not conscious so would have liked to have seen less time of that.

Overall View

I found Lucky Like Us to be is a superb installment that will leave the reader on edge, delivers intense emotion, and will have you cheering this couple on towards their happy ever after!

Title: Lucky Like Us

Author: Jennifer Ryan

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Format: eBook

Source: Purchased

Length: 416 Pages

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Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 4.25

Story Itself: 4

Character Development: 4

Writing Style: 4

World Building 4

Feels + The Romantic Heart 4

Pacing 4

Plot 4.5

Cover Art 3.5

Ending 4.5

Book Ratings

Overall Rating of the Book

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

Series Order

Can’t Wait-Pub 2014 #0.5 in the Series

Saved by the Rancher-Pub 2013 #1 in the Series

Lucky Like Us-Pub 2013 #2 in the Series

The Right Bride-Pub 2013 #3 in the Series

Chasing Morgan-Pub 2013 #4 in the Series

Everything She Wanted-Pub 2014 #5 in the Series

About The Author

Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted and McBrides Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.


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1 Comment

  1. ratmom

    That sounds excellent. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the series so far.


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