Review: Luck on the Line by Zoraida Cordova

Luck on the Line by Zoraida Cordova
Series: On the Verge (# 1)
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Publisher: Diversion Books
Pages: 248
Source: Book provided by author for review



Despite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her launch Boston’s next hot restaurant, The Star. Even if it means working with the infuriating, egotistical, and undeniably sexy head chef.

James loves being known as Boston’s hottest bad boy in the kitchen, but if he wants to build a reputation as a serious chef, he has to make this restaurant work and keep his scandalous past out of the headlines. Getting involved with his boss’s spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter is definitely not on the menu.

As the launch of The Star looms and the tension and chemistry heat up in the kitchen, they’re going to need more than a little luck to keep everything from boiling over.


Review:  With the debut of the On the Verge series, author Zoraida Cordova delivers a fantastic story about a young woman desperately trying to make her mark, but can’t quite get traction. In Luck on the Line, the author introduces Lucky Pierce, who is essentially a jack of all trades, yet master of none. She’s been adrift since the loss of her father, which means her relationship with her mother isn’t exactly the best.

What sets this story aside is the way the author developed the characters. I loved the first encounter between Lucky and the coffee shop stranger, especially since he turned up later in the story playing a significant role. That exchange clearly established Lucky as a feisty, no-holds-barred kind of gal. It became more evident as the story developed that Lucky and her mother couldn’t be more different. There are plenty of buttons being pushed as Lucky gets drafted to help with a project that just so happens to involve an executive chef named James.

The chemistry between the two flames high, but there are some secrets from the past that make the temperature unpredictable. Blowing cold, then hot seems to be a pattern as the two dance around the attraction. The verbal sparring is priceless, leading to more than a few laughs for me. As the restaurant’s debut gets closer, the clock is ticking for some sort of resolution. The author did a fantastic job providing a foundation for the series to continue through two of the secondary characters.

There’s never a dull moment in Luck on the Line, especially with the surprises that get dropped along the way. I found it to be an entertaining story, definitely giving me an appetite for the next installment.