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All Signs Lead to Lucy by Julieann Dove

All signs lead to Lucy

Posted on March 20, 2023 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 12 Comments

Join me in celebrating the release of ALL SIGNS LEAD TO LUCY by Julieann Dove. This women’s fiction romance shares the story of Lucy Fister, who discovers that in the game of love, fate always wins. Check out an excerpt, download your copy and enter the fabulous giveaway.

 

All Signs Lead to Lucy by Julieann DoveTitle: All Signs Lead to Lucy
Author(s): Julieann Dove
Published by Nerdy Bird Books on March 21, 2023
Pages: 315
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Publicist
Format: eArc
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One Flame

After living a life of failed, predictable relationships, Lucy Fister took the advice of the psychic who charged sixty dollars for ten minutes: start seeking men who are the absolute opposite of who she dated. It made sense, but paying for the obvious meant it might work.
Tyler Tolliver met that criteria. He was an out of work actor who’d invented the love language ‘have a good time.’ They had a whirlwind relationship and after four months, he proposed, holding a bread tie for a ring, and giving the argument that the lease on his loft was expiring.
One year into her marriage with Tyler, and Lucy was tired of playing Xbox, clubbing, and watching movies before reading the book. She missed conversations deeper than picking where they’d eat, and being in bed before midnight. When her estranged best friend, Vanessa asked her and Tyler to go on a week-long trip to the Caribbean with her new fiancé, Martin VanLeer, Lucy accepted the invitation.
Fate scatters people and plans like a ceiling fan scatters loose papers. On the eve of the trip, Tyler and Vanessa respectively were called to fulfill work related tasks. The new plan was for them to meet up with Lucy and Vanessa’s fiancé in a couple of days.
One week is all it took for Martin and Lucy to fall in love. And for Lucy to realize that psychic was wrong—she didn’t need to find someone opposite of all the guys she dated, she needed to be warned of the millionaire engaged to her best friend. Because if they acted on this attraction, it meant destroying a marriage, a wedding, and a lifelong friendship.

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Read an Excerpt

“The captain has been tracking a tropical storm off the coast in the path we are heading.”

My empty stomach dropped. “That doesn’t sound good.” I wanted to want this boat trip, but truth be told, it was Tyler who talked it up more than me. And of course there was us salvaging our torn relationship goal. But I’ve seen Six Days, Seven Nights. And Titanic. And Cast Away. I’m not new here. And now a storm?

Vanessa must’ve felt my heat radiating from where she sat. “Come on, Lucy. It’s fine.” She looked at Martin. “Right, honey? I mean, storms move, right?”

“Right. And that’s what we’re banking on. But we’re going to wait a day to leave. We’ll pull out at lunch tomorrow. That will ensure us that it’s moved out of the way.”

The waitress placed our drinks on the table and took off again.

What, no bread? I punctured my straw through the paper and dipped it in the ice. Ah, refreshing. Vanessa squeezed the lime wedge in her martini and sipped from the edge. Was she impervious to alcohol? Did she have an iron liver?

“How bad is it? I mean, tropical isn’t code for cyclone, right? I mean, hurricanes are still a thing, aren’t they? Don’t they typically name them after women? Maybe this one had a nice, un-destructive name like Eleanor. Or Melanie.” I needed assurance this was raindrops and a breeze, not a rip-off-the-side-of-the-boat and you’re on 60 Minutes thing, being watched by helicopter above while the sharks circled.

His mouth frowned. “I think he said winds of seventy miles per hour.”

My chest heaved. “This is a bad sign. Don’t racecars travel at 100 miles per hour? And they’re hard to watch. That’s only thirty more miles. Per hour.”

“Actually, I believe they travel much faster,” he replied.

Did it matter? Seventy certainly sounded more frightening than a graceful twenty-five. I took another drink. “First my luggage, then it appears Tyler has dropped off the edge of the earth, and now a tropical storm?” I clicked my nail on the tabletop. “No, this is definitely a sign.”

Copyright © 2023 by Julieann Dove

 

Lucy Fister and failed relationships are synonymous. So on the advice of her psychic, she started dating men who differed from the ones she’s usually drawn to. This decision led to her meeting Tyler. Reeling from the loss of her father, Tyler came into her life at a point where she craved companionship. She saw this as a sign of him being her soul mate. However, after one year of marriage, she begins second guessing the sign. The opportunity to put back the fire in their relationship came when her best friend, Vanessa, invited her and Tyler for a one week vacation on her fiancée’s yacht.

However, at the last minute Tyler claimed he couldn’t make it and insisted she go her own. Then the day before they were to set sail, Vanessa had to deal with a client, thus leaving Martin and Lucy to take the trip on their own. Soon, Lucy and Martin develop feelings for each other. Lucy struggles with her feelings and fears the consequences if she allows herself to give into her attraction. 

All Signs Lead to Lucy is a multifaceted story featuring complex characters, some of whom the reader felt compelled to give a swift kick to the butt. As one can guess from the synopsis, infidelity plays a major role in this story, but don’t let that deter from picking up this book. It’s not completely black and white. The further one goes into the story, one recognizes how screwed up life can be sometimes and all is not as it seems. Facts both Julie and Martin will be forced to face.

Julie is that person who puts everyone needs above hers and this trait resonated throughout the story. For someone who believes in signs, Julie failed to see the huge neon ones regarding her relationship with her husband, Tyler. I am not sure if it was a case of her seeing them and choosing to ignore it or she was completely blind to them.

The takeaway from All Signs Lead to Lucy is never trust the advice of a psychic when making life changing decisions. Instead, follow your instincts.

 

 

All Signs Lead to Lucy

 

Story Evaluation
Plot
4
Characters
4
World Building
4
Writing Style
4
Pacing
4
Cover
3
Enjoyment
4
Ending
3.5
Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

 

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About Julieann Dove

Julieann Dove takes great pleasure in writing about love and all the mess that goes along with it. How else does happily ever after become realized, if not for some type of hardship and journey? When she’s not writing, she loves playing with fabric at her sewing machine, baking new recipes, and playing in the dirt, trying to get things to grow. Julieann loves old movies, and never tires of listening to music—it’s where she finds most of her inspiration for her books.

 

 

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