Trope Tuesday: Returning Home – Chasing Lucky Review

Happy Trope Tuesday. This week’s trope is returning home and I will be reviewing Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett.

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Returning Home

Returning Home is a trope used in quite a few romance books. It is the perfect setup for another trope – second chance romance. That is exactly what happens in Chasing Lucky. I also like the conflict that the returning home trope brings because there is usually some emotional scaring on one or both sides of the relationship.

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Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett
chasing Lucky

YA Romance, Second Chance Romance


Rating: 4 out of 5.


Budding photographer Josie Saint-Martin has spent half her life with her single mother, moving from city to city. When they return to her historical New England hometown years later to run the family bookstore, Josie knows it’s not forever. Her dreams are on the opposite coast, and she has a plan to get there.

What she doesn’t plan for is a run-in with the town bad boy, Lucky Karras. Outsider, rebel…and her former childhood best friend. Lucky makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the newly returned Josie. But everything changes after a disastrous pool party, and a poorly executed act of revenge lands Josie in some big-time trouble—with Lucky unexpectedly taking the blame.

Determined to understand why Lucky was so quick to cover for her, Josie discovers that both of them have changed, and that the good boy she once knew now has a dark sense of humor and a smile that makes her heart race. And maybe, just maybe, he’s not quite the brooding bad boy everyone thinks he is…

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I love Jenn Bennet’s YA romances, and Chasing Lucky is no exception.  The relationship between Josie and Lucky was great, but Josie’s family’s relationship stole the show. 

Usually, I find the heroines of YA romances to be a little annoying.  This is likely because, as an adult, I find their concerns to be well immature.  I admit this is my problem, not a problem with the books.  What I liked about this book was that Josie and Lucky were both mature.  Yes, they had the concerns that many 17-year-olds do, and they weren’t exactly the best at communicating, but most adults aren’t either.  

The story was very interesting.  I like the idea of Josie returning home and trying to reconnect with Lucky.  I also liked that some other plots helped to bring them together.  As I mentioned earlier, there was also the story of the Saint-Martin women.  Their dynamic and lack of communication was the catalyst to the conflict of the story.  

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It was a story of forgiveness and communication, and I certainly recommend it.  

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