Pandora Ann Phillips’ life is just normal-crazy.
Her mom’s psychic, her dad’s mom is a snob, her mom’s parental units are ‘too down to earth’ and her best friends are newlyweds. Okay, so her best friends being newlyweds isn’t really abnormal, but living with them in a cramped two-bedroom apartment definitely is. Sex, sex, sex, is totally on their brains. Actually, it’s not only on their brains, but it’s on the kitchen table, couch, on top of the washer…well, you get the picture.
Being a celibate (not by choice, mind you) full-time college student, and working as an almost full-time barista, Pandora can’t afford to lose anymore sleep. So, she decides to seek out a new place to lay her head. Enter three ‘drool worthy’ guy models that are looking for a fourth roommate, and they want her…and won’t take no for an answer.
Romantic hilarity ensues as Pandora’s life turns completely upside down, and she begins to wonder if it will ever be the same again!
Lucky Number Four is the debut adult novel by Amanda Jason. Amanda Jason is the pen name of experienced Young Adult author Carol Kunz, one half of the duo C. A. Kunz. I've not had the chance to read the works she has contributed to for younger readers, but if this is any example, I'm sure I'll be impressed.
Lucky Number Four is the story of a young woman who finds herself as the roommate to three gorgeous male models. While some readers may find parts of the story outlandish and unbelievable, that is why we read after all, isn't it? Reading a story and believing that something wonderful or unusual could happen gives us an escape from the mundane realities of day to day life.
One unusual story device the author has used is to give the reader glimpses into the mind of one of the roommates as short asides after a scene. Unfortunately, this fizzles out as the book continues, until one last one at the very end. I found this to be an interesting way to develop a character that left some mystery, yet I wish that they had continued throughout to give more insight into what that character was thinking.
As you can guess, Pandora, or Dora as she goes by for most of the story, is attracted to all of her new roommates, yet fights this as she does not wish to end up as a "notch" on a bedpost for one of them. She treats them in a stereotypical fashion, expecting to be used then tossed aside by one of the "pretty boys," if she allows one of them to get close to her. I do wish that the author had developed the characters a bit more to fight against this image.
My lingering question at the end of this story was: will the other two get their happy ever after as well? I know the story focused on Dora, but I'm left wanting more!
Lucky Number Four is currently available for an introductory price on Amazon!