Review: K-Lee Klein – Lucky in Loveland

luckyAuthor: K-Lee Klein
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: K-Lee Klein Books
Genre: MM Contemporary

Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

Summary: Loveland, Colorado is a special place all year around, a community of creativity and art, with scenic views and majestic mountains. But the town really shines once a year, on Valentine’s Day.

Lucky Roberts has lived in Loveland his whole life. He has good friends, strong family support, and is all about keeping his community fun and alive. The only thing Lucky has been “unlucky” with is love. But rather than avoiding February fourteenth in his hometown, he throws himself into helping others deliver their messages of love.

Enter Jack Canon. Jack moved to Loveland for a fresh start, in both his personal and professional lives. After a tough year, he’s finally hoping to just blend in, maybe carve a little niche for himself that his parents would have been proud of. What he didn’t expect was a pseudo-lumberjack with a killer body and shy smile to turn his world upside down – and he sure didn’t expect to like it so much.

When Lucky meets Jack, he feels like a thirteen year-old with his first crush. He’s clumsy, stammering, and the first greeting out of his mouth is a less than articulate, “Wow!” Words like adorable and manbun suddenly become part of his vocabulary as he discovers a deep, hidden need to romance the hell out of Jack.

And what better way to do that than during the most romantic season in the City of Love?
Review: A kindergarten teacher and a hockey coach? The set up for something so adorable and that’s exactly what this is. Jack has had a terrible year, struggling with the loss of both his parents, and he’s come to Loveland to recover. He’s an artist and a kindergarten teacher, hosting community month for his students. When he opens his kindergarten classroom door to the guest speaker, he definitely doesn’t expect to see a gorgeous lumberjack carrying bags of hockey equipment, one who just happens to be nervous as hell when he gets an eyeful of Jack. “Shit, I swore- damn- and I just did it again. In school.” And that is how Jack meets Lucky, the lovable hockey coach.
I can freely admit that the time spent in Jack’s classroom made me nod and smile. I am a teacher and some of it made me laugh and think, “yep, that’s my day”.
“Well, your mom is a poopy-head.”
“Your mom eats poopies-“
Yes, been there and done that for those conversations. Jack takes it all in stride and he’s a caring teacher. Who rocks a manbun, which adds to his charm.
Jack and Lucky banter back and forth and they date. They don’t rush into things and the best part is – they laugh together. They seem genuinely happy in each other’s company. You know it’s something good when you laugh so hard you can’t breath, your belly hurts and you’ve worked up a sweat. These guys do that often.
Let’s put it out there that Lucky is almost too good to be true. Everyone loves him, he is selfless, caring, kind, hard working, etc etc. He’s adorable and while sometimes I wanted him to have a little bit of a flaw, you can’t help but like him. This story is very angst-free and fluffy, with a town that accepts and embraces everyone. They spend weeks volunteering on the “love” envelopes, just to make others happy. And Lucky in a sash, I want to see it.
Lucky is courting Jack and even as Jack wonders if there is some wild reason Lucky won’t get physical, he goes along with it in order to be with Lucky. When the reason for his behavior comes out, it’s sweet.
There were a few editing errors present, small ones but noticeable nonetheless. “Hee” for he; not for no; prefect for perfect, etc. For people that are bothered by that sort of thing, fair warning.
This ends on a hopeful happily for now, so I’m thinking this will be continued. It’s a fairy tale kind of town, after all, and we need to make sure everyone’s wish comes true. (Because personally I think Bette needs a story, just sayin’).

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