Book Review – Stay Lucky by Leta Blake

Publisher: Leta Blake Books
Pages: 201
Characters: Grant/Leo
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary Romance

A second chance to build the family of their dreams…

Grant long ago gave up on a relationship with Leo Garner. After all Leo left him for a movie star, and who can compete with that? But now, Leo’s back with his adorable, genius daughter in tow, leaving Grant consumed by three important questions:

1) Did Leo come home looking for a fresh start without the movie star?
2) Does he want a do-over with Grant too?
3) Why else would Leo be hanging around Grant’s hospital so much anyway?

The attraction between Grant and Leo is undeniable, and soon their affection reignites as well. But will their luck hold out through health scares and family drama so they can find their happy ending at last?

This book is a single dad, opposites attract, second chance, hurt/comfort, medical romance by Smoky Mountain Dreams author Leta Blake, featuring over 60,000 words of an emotional, moving m/m romance with a happy ending you’ll love!

*Originally published in 2018 under the same title using the pen-name, Halsey Harlow.

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I loved the characters and plot in this second chance romance. Grant and Leo are sweet together in a definite opposites attract story. Leo’s also a great dad to Lucky, and I loved the way her relationship with Grant grew alongside the main story to the point he’s acting like her 2nd dad, even if he’s not consciously realised he’d already in that role. The scenes between her and Grant are very sweet.

I thought the author used the time shifts well to cause tension, as it’s not whether they get together but if one of them survives a major health scare. As the backstory builds along with the tension by the time it got the crunch time of the latter, I was very invested in the characters. I also liked that Grant is realistic at the end of the story, knowing they have their happy ending but that are also on borrowed time.

The supporting cast is well written. I loved Marie, Leo’s memaw, and Alex, Grant’s friend. Curtis comes across as the self-centred jerk he is. I also like the sibling relationship between Leo and Hannah, which was very layered and added a lot of depth to the overall plot of the story.

I thought this was a very sweet story with plenty of hurt/comfort. The author has a very easy to writing style and although it’s the first story of hers I’ve read it won’t be the last.

4.5 stars out of 5.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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