Lucky Charmed (Charmed in Texas, #2)
Charmed, Texas, is as warm and welcoming as it sounds. But even in a small town, when it comes to love, sometimes you’ve got to take the bitter with the sweet . . . Carmen Frost hates honey. And bees. And in her hometown of Charmed, Texas, which practically invented the stuff, that’s a problem. The good news is that the summer Honey Festival is finally over. Even better, so is the annual Lucky Hart carnival, a road show that made off with her dreams years ago—including the boy she loved. Now she’s got a divorce behind her, and a successful law career in front of her, but in a tiny town, big memories die hard. Or they don’t die at all—as Carmen discovers when she runs into an all too familiar pair of eyes—older, wiser, and just as heart-melting as ever . . .Sully Hart has had enough of the nomad lifestyle. Travelling with his father’s carnival gave him adventures, but it cost him much more. Now he’s home to stay, contracted to create an entertainment complex in Charmed. He wants roots, a house with a yard and all the mundane pleasures that go with it. But the girl he loved has become a woman who still wants freedom. Can she still want him? It seems he and Carmen are at each other’s throats one minute—and on each other’s lips the next. Someone’s gotta give . . .

Lucky Charmed (Charmed in Texas, #2) Details

TitleLucky Charmed (Charmed in Texas, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 18th, 2017
PublisherLyrical Shine
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance

Lucky Charmed (Charmed in Texas, #2) Review

  • Dali
    January 1, 1970
    Drama. DRAMA. D.R.A.M.A. Angst and drama tend to go hand in hand with second chance romances. Sharla Lovelace balances her stories with levity, sexiness and heart, bringing out all the feels. Lucky Charmed is a story about deep but young love that was crushed when Sully left Carmen behind to continue with his traveling carnival life without a word. Charmed, Texas is friendly with its small town charm, a vast bee population and honey production. But Carmen Frost hates honey and the townsfolk are Drama. DRAMA. D.R.A.M.A. Angst and drama tend to go hand in hand with second chance romances. Sharla Lovelace balances her stories with levity, sexiness and heart, bringing out all the feels. Lucky Charmed is a story about deep but young love that was crushed when Sully left Carmen behind to continue with his traveling carnival life without a word. Charmed, Texas is friendly with its small town charm, a vast bee population and honey production. But Carmen Frost hates honey and the townsfolk aren’t so affable towards her. The latter because she divorced the town’s golden boy who she never truly gave her heart to. Prematurely relieved that the Lucky Hart carnival isn’t passing through town, she finds out its previous owner and the boy who stole her heart is moving into town. Reviving her dreams of traveling without a destination, Carmen Frost cannot get out of there fast enough. Because imminent encounter with the older, sexier, more mature version of Sully Hart will surely open up old wounds that never really healed and dig up unsettling emotions she doesn’t want to feel. Tired of life as a traveler, going from one place to another, without roots and traditions Sully is ready to buy a house, settle down, plant flower beds and a woman to share it with. But the girl who took his heart over a decade ago wants just the opposite and there’s also the fact that he broke her heart all those years ago. There’s still hope though because the connection between them is still there, proven by the fact that no matter how much they push each other, they can’t seem to get their desire for one another in check. Can they get over their past to hope for a future together? I love small town backdrops where the sense of community is heightened, and having everybody know everyone else adds complexity to the story with its quirky characters and unpredictable shenanigans. But I loved Lucky Charmed because it has a combination of elements that made it worth reading. The writing is fantastic, the characters are appealing and maddening in the best way and the love story is steeped with emotion. It’s a second chance story about love lost. About feeling discarded and having to continue on with life. It’s about facing your past and having the mettle to forgive and take a chance in love.The attraction that instantly revived the moment they lay eyes on each other got my pulse quickening with angst and delight. The story builds on their tension moving their relationship forward while I frantically flipped pages. Sully and Carmen met one summer while the carnival was in town. Seventeen year old Carmen’s wanderlust rapidly fell for Sully’s nineteen year old world travel confidence. And even if they were young, the loved each other zealously to the point of rashness. When the carnival left, she’d leave with him. But when the day came, Sully left without a word or a note. He came back each year with the carnival though. But the damage and pain he’d caused forced her to move on until he decided to come back and stay for good. No matter how much time had passed nor the remaining heartbreak, the strength of their feelings had not diminished. The lust and love right along with the hurt and pain. But there are many factors at play now and in their past. I won’t spoil you though because every emotionally charged and drama filled page in this book should be enjoyed from start to happy ending.Lucky Charmed is book #2 in the Charmed in Texas series by author Sharla Lovelace. It is a standalone contemporary romance with a great balance between humor, antagonism, steaminess, and heartfelt emotions. It is told from the heroine’s point of view with a happy ending. Amazon -> http://amzn.to/2ukSrLj* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *More reviews * Stalk us on FaceBook * As well as Twitter * Pinterest Board for Book Teasers
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  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    Lucky Charmed was times fun, and sexy, but I didn’t love it like A Charmed Little Lie. I won’t bother to summarize the story because the description does a good job of that. Instead, I’m just going to list what I liked and didn’t like about this installment. What I liked:Sully. He was such a sweetheart and was back in Charmed to stake his claim on happiness. He was nice and professional to everyone in spite of the unfair treatment from those such as Carmen’s mom, and Dean, Carmen’s ex-husband. I Lucky Charmed was times fun, and sexy, but I didn’t love it like A Charmed Little Lie. I won’t bother to summarize the story because the description does a good job of that. Instead, I’m just going to list what I liked and didn’t like about this installment. What I liked:Sully. He was such a sweetheart and was back in Charmed to stake his claim on happiness. He was nice and professional to everyone in spite of the unfair treatment from those such as Carmen’s mom, and Dean, Carmen’s ex-husband. I thought he was super patient to Carmen even though she was pretty hostile. In her defense, she didn’t have the whole story so I can kind of give her a pass. Up to a point. Sully and Carmen’s chemistry. Every time she’d let her shields down they burned up the pages!Even though Carmen was pretty upset with Sully, she came to his defense basically every time someone got critical. I enjoyed how it all turned out.What I didn’t like:Carmen’s mom. Seriously, this woman was something else. So critical of Sully when she had absolutely no reason to be! When everything was revealed I couldn’t believe that it was swept under the rug and forgiven so easily by Carmen!Carmen’s ex-husband was a total piece of work, too! He had a sneaky part in the past, too, but things didn’t work out so well for him in the end, so there is that. Carmen constantly running away from Sully, right when they were on the verge of getting close again, and finding out exactly why Sully left. Carmen hated on the town of Charmed for much of the book; talking about getting out of there every chance she got, then all of a sudden, she does a complete 180 turn around with her opinion at the end. I got tired of her negative attitude. In spite of my issues, I did have fun with Lucky Charmed. I’m looking forward to the next in the series: Once a Charmer out in October. A copy was kindly provided by Lyrical Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ami
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars rounded up Lucky Charmed is the second book in Lovelace's Charmed in Texas series, following A Charmed Little Lie that was released in April. This time, we have Carmen Frost who has been planning to leave Charmed to follow her wanderlust dream after finally divorcing her husband... only to find out that her first love, Sullivan "Sully" Hart -- the one who left her behind and broke her heart fifteen years ago -- has decided to return and settle down in Charmed instead.Similar to the f 3.75 stars rounded up Lucky Charmed is the second book in Lovelace's Charmed in Texas series, following A Charmed Little Lie that was released in April. This time, we have Carmen Frost who has been planning to leave Charmed to follow her wanderlust dream after finally divorcing her husband... only to find out that her first love, Sullivan "Sully" Hart -- the one who left her behind and broke her heart fifteen years ago -- has decided to return and settle down in Charmed instead.Similar to the first book, Lucky Charmed is written using the heroine's first person narrative. I do prefer alternate point-of-views in my romance. I mean, there were times that I would've LOVED to get inside Sully's mind, to know what he thinks and feels about Carmen. However, I admit that I enjoyed the drama and the surprises at the same time as Carmen. Without knowing anything about that night from Sully's perspective, Carmen's emotion when she discovers the secrets being kept from her feels more effective. Besides, despite the lack of Sully's POV, I still thought the chemistry between the two of them was strong.I loved that Carmen doesn't easily give in to Sully's explanation. I loved that she gets angry at him. I loved that she confronts Sully (and also her mother). I loved that Carmen still tries to follow her dream. Sometimes it needs to be done -- experiencing what you think you want or need before making any decision in your life. I really think Sharla Lovelace's writing clicks with me. Now I can't wait to read book #3. Because there's a development regarding that future couple in this book that intrigues the hell out of me!PS: There are a number of errors regarding the name of Sully's brother. At first it is written as Aidan. But later it is also written as Aiden. I hope the release version is cleaned from this mistake. The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Carmen Frost has wanted out of Charmed as long as she can remember. She hates honey, hates the carnival, and hates small town gossip. She is weeks away from taking a much needed vacation and just driving away for a while.Sully Hart hasn’t been back to Charmed in many years, not since leaving one night with his father’s carnival and cutting contact with Carmen. Now he has returned with plans to build roots, build an entertainment complex, and hopefully rekindle things with the only woman he left Carmen Frost has wanted out of Charmed as long as she can remember. She hates honey, hates the carnival, and hates small town gossip. She is weeks away from taking a much needed vacation and just driving away for a while.Sully Hart hasn’t been back to Charmed in many years, not since leaving one night with his father’s carnival and cutting contact with Carmen. Now he has returned with plans to build roots, build an entertainment complex, and hopefully rekindle things with the only woman he left behind.Their situations may have reversed with time, but these two are often feeling the same opposite pulls of home and heart. Will the feelings between them be enough to overcome time, their history, and their opposing dreams?I loved returning to this small town. There is less interference from the town in general than there was in A Charmed Little Lie, but several of the eccentric town members make appearances, including a new reclusive character. Carmen’s reputation follows her, as people choose to forget that she and the town’s golden boy/mayor have been divorced for some time now. I love how she finally stands up to the town’s opinion of her, and found the feisty way she reacts to town gossip entirely entertaining.This was a great summer read. It has heat, hope, and second chance tension. It is a quick, low drama read despite the time and hurt between them. I look forward to Bash and Allie’s book, Once a Charmer, coming in October.I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nadwa
    January 1, 1970
    [I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review] The second I finished this book, I just wanted to start it all over again. And if there wasn't a huge pile of TBR constantly poking me and reminding me of its very well noted presence, I would've done just that. There's something about the writing style that just grabbed me. It was so easy and whimsical and hilarious, that it made me want to read every other book written by this author. I personally loved Charmed. Carmen' [I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review] The second I finished this book, I just wanted to start it all over again. And if there wasn't a huge pile of TBR constantly poking me and reminding me of its very well noted presence, I would've done just that. There's something about the writing style that just grabbed me. It was so easy and whimsical and hilarious, that it made me want to read every other book written by this author. I personally loved Charmed. Carmen's hating on her hometown and its people was the most hilarious thing. But I get it, how gossip-worthy anyone's story is in a small town like hers. And it's incredibly frustrating to move on when everyone's constantly reminding you of your mistakes or your long lost lover who left you stranded in a parking lot, for crying out loud. Or people judging you because they literally have nothing better to do. Of course, that's not what I loved about Charmed. What I loved was Lanie and Ally and Larry and Bash and Carmen's mom. And I couldn't help but sympathize with Dean, despite all his stupidity. He was in love with a woman who was in love with another man. AH the love triangle trope. Couldn't have been portrayed any better. The vibe of the story was all-around positive, hilarious and swoon-worthy. And somehow, that made the intense scenes... even more intense..? There's definitely something different about this one, because... Okay well, here's a confession; I cried. I cried when Carmen learned the truth about Sully's departure. I don't know what it is, but that level of selflessness just made me want to sob my eyeballs out. And here's the thing, I didn't even cry while reading Colleen Hoover's books. Although her books were certainly the definition of INTENSE. This one just hit me. Hard. Maybe it's because I wasn't expecting it. But dammit, it was good. Carmen is the person I'd want to be like when I'm in my 30's. She still has her childish innocence and she's so carefree and... definitely not 33. I actually had to remind myself that she's 33 with a job. SHE'S A LAWYER, FOR GOD'S SAKE. But that doesn't stop her from having a sleepover with her 33 year-old BFF. ATTA GIRL. I just LOVED that.
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Given that this is only the second book I’ve read by Sharla Lovelace, it seems a little strange to say that losing myself in her words feels a lot like coming home. But it’s true. There’s a warmth and coziness to her storytelling that draws me right in and it basically feels like comfy jammies and soft fluffy blankets and I pretty much never want to want to move. I just want to keep reading these words forever, especially if they keep drawing out these ooey gooey, happy-hearted feels. I felt lik Given that this is only the second book I’ve read by Sharla Lovelace, it seems a little strange to say that losing myself in her words feels a lot like coming home. But it’s true. There’s a warmth and coziness to her storytelling that draws me right in and it basically feels like comfy jammies and soft fluffy blankets and I pretty much never want to want to move. I just want to keep reading these words forever, especially if they keep drawing out these ooey gooey, happy-hearted feels. I felt like the tone of Lucky Charmed was a bit more serious than that of A Charmed Little Lie. This story felt heavier to me, more intense and definitely more angsty. I loved every heart-tugging minute of it. This is second-chance romance at its best – and I adored the time I got to spend with Carmen and Sully as they sorted through their baggage and embraced their forever. Carmen is a spitfire and I loved her fiery spirit. I loved that Ms. Lovelace didn’t gloss over all the feelings that must occur to heal from love lost and then to open your heart back up once it's returned. It’s a turbulent journey, but it’s also a beautiful one. My heart throbbed and ached for these two wonderful characters, and then there’d be moments of this delightful unexpected laughter that added a perfect balance to an otherwise heavy storyline. It was completely lovely.I adore Charmed, TX and all it’s quirky, colorful, hot mess citizens. I love the teeny tiny element of “magic” that have been delicately laced into both these books. It adds a slight air of mysticism to a book full of heart and the end result is something that I literally can’t get enough of – I’m already hungry for more (and God – BASH? YES. PLEASE!). This series is a complete hit for me and I cannot recommend it highly enough! ~ Shelly, 4.5 Stars
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  • Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    I love this little town! We met Carmen in book 1. She is a lawyer, wants to escape small town life and had one of the greatest experiences with love 15 years ago with a carnie named Sully.They had a beautiful 3 weeks together that one summer until he left without a word leaving her broken hearted and with a hole in her heart. 15 years and 1 divorce later Sully is back to establish roots in the town he never forgot and Carmen just wants to flee and guard her heart. I loved their interactions, the I love this little town! We met Carmen in book 1. She is a lawyer, wants to escape small town life and had one of the greatest experiences with love 15 years ago with a carnie named Sully.They had a beautiful 3 weeks together that one summer until he left without a word leaving her broken hearted and with a hole in her heart. 15 years and 1 divorce later Sully is back to establish roots in the town he never forgot and Carmen just wants to flee and guard her heart. I loved their interactions, the push pull and the chemistry. I wanted Sully's pov at times just to get in his head though I did like experiencing it from Carmen's pov too. I think it would have been an even better reading experience getting the dual POV. I enjoyed this second chance romance but even more so I love this town, all the secondary characters and the possibilities for more books in this series and more HEA's.Sharla Lovelace knows how to write smart, witty, fun romance and readers looking for a great summer read that will give you laugh out loud moments and butterflies in your belly from all the feels should pick up this book :)
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  • Mayra M
    January 1, 1970
    4.5Where's the epilogue?
  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
    January 1, 1970
    Small-town life comes with its own set of problems. As we all know gossip, drama, embarrassment, angst, drama, and a bit more of drama can be overwhelming for the small-town and one Carmen Frost. The town is known for its honey. Carmen herself hates honey, bees, and the memories of Charmed, TX. She maybe a single lady now and a lawyer, but she did not see herself as being desperate. The one temptation that she had has not been a fixture in Chamred in years. That was until the day she looked up t Small-town life comes with its own set of problems. As we all know gossip, drama, embarrassment, angst, drama, and a bit more of drama can be overwhelming for the small-town and one Carmen Frost. The town is known for its honey. Carmen herself hates honey, bees, and the memories of Charmed, TX. She maybe a single lady now and a lawyer, but she did not see herself as being desperate. The one temptation that she had has not been a fixture in Chamred in years. That was until the day she looked up to see a pair of eyes she would never, ever forget, Sully Hart. Sully was back in town and he wanted to make it home. Stay, drop roots, make a stable, steady life, grow old. The one dream that he let himself have was that he would see her, Carmen, again. Their chemistry off the charts. They still have that fire. The emotions that go along with this intensity was palpable. The words on the page allowed for me to feel the consuming fire and heat between Sully and Carmen. This for me was another home run hit. Charmed TX invites you in. Helps you pour that cold drink of lemonade with honey. Provides with the angst that revolves around a relationship cut short and on the mend. There was a rich blend of all that could make you feel the slightest change or shift in Sully and Carmen’s tenuous second change. The angst, drama, chemistry, pain, heartache, emotional upheaval and various emotions. Great afternoon read or better on a rainy day with a cup of tea with lots of honey.
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  • Isha Coleman
    January 1, 1970
    Lucky Charmed serves up the perfect recipe for second chance romance. Add a dash of nostalgia, mix in a tablespoon of heart and then turn up the heat. Sharla Lovelace has a gift for understanding the true definition behind the word home. In order to love, we have to appreciate every moment good or bad. Only then will we have lived enough to hold on to our happily every after. Simply sentimental.
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  • ♥Knhebek, hbeebti♥
    January 1, 1970
    **** ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ****Warning: I am not a robot! I have feelings, thoughts, likes and dislikes and this review is based on that. You should read the book to form your own opinion/thoughts. Read on!Rating: 4 Luckiest Stars!The cover, cute enough to make me want to read it. The story, for those of us who read “a charmed little lie”, we met Carmen, the no-nonsense lawyer who hated Bees. When she was young, she met Sully, he was just passing throu **** ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ****Warning: I am not a robot! I have feelings, thoughts, likes and dislikes and this review is based on that. You should read the book to form your own opinion/thoughts. Read on!Rating: 4 Luckiest Stars!The cover, cute enough to make me want to read it. The story, for those of us who read “a charmed little lie”, we met Carmen, the no-nonsense lawyer who hated Bees. When she was young, she met Sully, he was just passing through her town with a Carnival that was his life. Carmen decides to run off with him but he leaves her and breaks her heart. So every year when the Carnival arrives, she pretends to be happy with her husband, even though she is miserable. I was really hoping that she will be stronger. Even though we hear the reasons he did what he did, it still did not sit well with me. It really frustrates me when people make decision on your behalf, they think they know better when in really it might be what makes you unhappy. I was really angry at her mother and at Sully and even though Dean was well, mean, I felt his pain, she was “Sully” to him.The fact that she wanted to see other things and do what she hadn’t had the chance to do, it made Sully give up on everything, so my question was, why did he come back? To win her back? And he just gave up so soon? Was she supposed to wait for him until he was done with the carnie life?The romance, I believed her, the pain, the longing, the love she felt for Sully. Him, I needed more pages for him to convince me that he really loved her and not just the idea of her being someone he could settle with.Carmen, I loved being in her head. She was screwed by a lot of people, even her own town talked about her, she suffered a lot and still was able defend herself even as she melted.Sully, I don’t know, there was something about that made mad. Maybe because he thought he was doing the right thing without asking her. Overall, did I like the book? Yes, though now I need the next one. Would I recommend the book? Yes.
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    This eARC was provided to me by Netgalley. I was so excited about the promises of this book because the reviews on Goodreads were so strong and that usually is a good sign for me. I also loved the plotline all the way through. But it sadly didn't have a strong impact on me like it did for the other reviewers.It was still a cute and good read, but it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. The ending almost made up for it though. There were a couple of slow scenes, though I did really lik This eARC was provided to me by Netgalley. I was so excited about the promises of this book because the reviews on Goodreads were so strong and that usually is a good sign for me. I also loved the plotline all the way through. But it sadly didn't have a strong impact on me like it did for the other reviewers.It was still a cute and good read, but it wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. The ending almost made up for it though. There were a couple of slow scenes, though I did really like the part in the middle where Sully felt the need to come to the rescue for something that happened. (Not going to say here!) That was when it got a little bit better for me. It's still a good read if you want something that's a cute summer read. It's definitely a beach type of read.I also really like the cover!
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adore this story!! It is the second book in the Charmed in Texas series & can be read as a stand alone. But once you read this one you will be reading the others for sure!!I love the author's writing style- it pulls you in & makes you feel a part of the story.Carmen & Sully are so unique & entertaining. And the cast & characters of Charmed TX are a crazy fun bunch of folks.Can't wait to read the next book in this series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Co I absolutely adore this story!! It is the second book in the Charmed in Texas series & can be read as a stand alone. But once you read this one you will be reading the others for sure!!I love the author's writing style- it pulls you in & makes you feel a part of the story.Carmen & Sully are so unique & entertaining. And the cast & characters of Charmed TX are a crazy fun bunch of folks.Can't wait to read the next book in this series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. Carmen Frost is stuck in a rut. And bitter. Bitter about how life in a small town never changes, how everyone knows your business, and most importantly how the man of her dreams left her without a word. Fifteen years later she still hear the whispers about how "that carnie boy" ruined her life, her reputation and her marriage. No one, it seems, can let it go. Not even her.Sully is back in town, the owner and major investor I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. Carmen Frost is stuck in a rut. And bitter. Bitter about how life in a small town never changes, how everyone knows your business, and most importantly how the man of her dreams left her without a word. Fifteen years later she still hear the whispers about how "that carnie boy" ruined her life, her reputation and her marriage. No one, it seems, can let it go. Not even her.Sully is back in town, the owner and major investor in a new boardwalk and attraction in the little town known for its honey. Not that Carmen cares. Except when she spies him with another woman.This book hit home in a lot of ways, small town, small minds and everyone seeming to know whats best for you. What could have been explored more were the reasons why Carmen didn't leave when she had the chance, why she stayed. ~~Wicked Reads Review Team~~
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  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    Another cute installment in the Charmed in Texas series by Sharla Lovelace. I love how all of these are sweet southern romances with a touch of magic.Lucky Charmed also has a great second chance romance which comes across as frustrating at times but ultimately very believable. And man…the chemistry between Carmen and Sully…It was so hard no to want to just jump to the end to see their HEA.Honestly though it was worth the wait to see them get there. We have amazing friends and supporting characte Another cute installment in the Charmed in Texas series by Sharla Lovelace. I love how all of these are sweet southern romances with a touch of magic.Lucky Charmed also has a great second chance romance which comes across as frustrating at times but ultimately very believable. And man…the chemistry between Carmen and Sully…It was so hard no to want to just jump to the end to see their HEA.Honestly though it was worth the wait to see them get there. We have amazing friends and supporting characters, we have a lot of sexual tension, humor, small town gossip and we have a lot of personal growth. I was so rooting for Carmen the whole time…I think she is she a realistic and relatable character that I was just sucked into the story.If I had to nitpick one flaw with the story…I just we we had gotten a little bit of the story from Sully’ perspective. I found his background fascinating and I would have love to see some of the scenes though his eyes.On the whole though, Lucky Charmed is another winner in what is quickly becoming a auto-buy series for me. I just love Sharla Lovelace’s easy writing style that mixes in small town romance, lots of swoon-worthy moments and just the right amount of humor. It’s a winning combination.Lucky Charmed can be read as a stand alone…but I promise that you what to read A Charmed Little Lie!
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome back to Charmed, Texas. Ms Lovelace has written another fun story filled with fun and quirky characters. Carmen is a lawyer who is ready for changes in her life. And wouldn't you know it, the boy- now a man Sully is back, this time to put down roots in the only town that made him feel like he had a home. I like Carmen, she was such a great friend to the heroine Lanie in the previous book, but she is angry that Sully broke her heart when he left for his life in the carnival world years ag Welcome back to Charmed, Texas. Ms Lovelace has written another fun story filled with fun and quirky characters. Carmen is a lawyer who is ready for changes in her life. And wouldn't you know it, the boy- now a man Sully is back, this time to put down roots in the only town that made him feel like he had a home. I like Carmen, she was such a great friend to the heroine Lanie in the previous book, but she is angry that Sully broke her heart when he left for his life in the carnival world years ago. Sully is a sweetheart and they both made mistakes. I was on pins and needles reading and waiting for them to get their HEA at last.
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  • Cynthia
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my Lord what a hook this author gives this story. There is no way you can read this and not feel sorry for Carmen that is after you get over the fact she hates honey. She is something else with her dry witty sense of humor and her outlook on life you can’t help but laugh your way through turning the pages as fast as you can. As the book takes off the author grabs your attention with Carmen’s charming self complaining about the people in the grocery store and talking about her love or not so l Oh my Lord what a hook this author gives this story. There is no way you can read this and not feel sorry for Carmen that is after you get over the fact she hates honey. She is something else with her dry witty sense of humor and her outlook on life you can’t help but laugh your way through turning the pages as fast as you can. As the book takes off the author grabs your attention with Carmen’s charming self complaining about the people in the grocery store and talking about her love or not so love of honey. As she takes a little walk down memory lane who does she run into but the one man she thought she would never see again. Then the story takes off from ex’s to her over bearing mother as friends take her side and others go against her she rides the tide of shame, loneness, heartbreak. Just as you get through one bump another one comes along that is bigger than the last. There are some major twists and turns and a few you won’t see coming as this author drivers you right to laughter. When Carmen was 18 she had all her hopes on one man who would take her way from her crazy life and give her true adventure with carnival his father owned. She spent her days dreaming of the only man she has ever loved in all of her short 18 years. Oh the life they will have doing this and that seeing the world one town at a time. That is until the day came and wait she did but he never showed. Maybe she made a mistake so she drove to the next town but again she sets and waits for hours all alone as day grew to night she knew he wasn’t coming. Going home with her head hung low listening to all the things her mother had to say she married the guy her mother wanted her to. After many years of more disappointment she divorces. Just as she is about to get her life on track in walks the one man she never forgot or forgiven. From this point on it is one shock after another until she can’t be shocked any more. Sully is done totally through with the carnival letting his brother takes it over. He has decided he is coming back to the only place that ever felt like home and the women he has always loved. When he starts his project he finds not only does his true love not forgive him but the town has a long memory as well. That is what happens when you mess with the hometown sweetheart. Not only will he have to get her to change how she feels but he has to work on the whole town as well. I just loved Carmen who stands up and said what she thinks. Her mother is a trip with little class but a good heart. She has some major explaining when the cat gets out of the bag. Carmen has her ideas of just what everyone can do including those dang bees. I laughed and laughed. At one point I was eating ice cream and just about died when something happened and I chocked my way through it. Sully stole my heart with his classy hot self that would turn any women to mush. The author does a wonderful job showing how the past affect everyone and how everyone deals with it. There is drama at its finest with so much emotion you aren’t sure who you feel for the most. As the author takes you along first your heart breaks for Carmen, than Sully and then Carmen by the time you have read the last page you even feel sorry for her ex husband who was really a piece of work. Stalker comes to mind but you can’t help feeling for a man who is and has always been so in love with her that he is willing to do anything to keep her. I totally loved this story of second chances filled with romance, learning about yourself, finding how to forgive so many and finally learning that sometimes you have to swallow some crow to make your dreams come true. If you are looking for an outstanding read one that will stay with you leaving you with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart this is the one for you. There is no way this cannot be added to my favorite reads of the year. So far to date I think this book is my favorite of the ones she has written.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    We met Carmen Frost in A Charmed Little Lie as she is Lanie's best friend in Charmed, Texas. She is a lawyer and kind of an outcast in town due to a "scandal" in her late teens and because she is now divorced from the town's golden boy. She is also outspoken, harsh, and sarcastic. She is not a fan of small town life and has a romantic yearning to leave for adventure. Her heart has never been the same since her first love left her behind. Sully Hart lived a nomadic life since his father owned a c We met Carmen Frost in A Charmed Little Lie as she is Lanie's best friend in Charmed, Texas. She is a lawyer and kind of an outcast in town due to a "scandal" in her late teens and because she is now divorced from the town's golden boy. She is also outspoken, harsh, and sarcastic. She is not a fan of small town life and has a romantic yearning to leave for adventure. Her heart has never been the same since her first love left her behind. Sully Hart lived a nomadic life since his father owned a carnival. He has traveled the world, but longs to settle down. So now he is back in Charmed and building a stable entertainment complex. He wants roots, a home, and the girl he left behind back. But people in small towns have long memories and he is not exactly popular. There is definite opposition to his return, including that of CarmenShe is overwhelmed by his reappearance, and is hurt, angry, and still feels betrayed. She might also be just a bit obsessed. She doesn't want to be, but he is hard to resist. He alternately seems sad, broody, mad, disappointed, and impatient. He's got his reasons for his choices, but she doesn't know them. So he is basically the subject of all of her ire. She's already had her time in the town spotlight and does not want to be there anymore, But Sully's reappearance, drama with her ex, some shenanigans, and a nosy town put her center stage again. And the town does not hide their feelings for him either.Sully is intense, charismatic, and feels deep. Carmen is fiery, smart, and strong-willed. She never really escaped the effects of their past, and has serious trust issues. He just wants to stay and have a real home, while she's got wanderlust and is wanting to leave. She's got up walls and is terrified of getting hurt again. And he is equally afraid that he will not get another chance. They punish themselves and each other in various ways and at times both fight the charms of Charmed. Their feelings were developed in the past, and never really burned out. so they are an intense pair. They have good chemistry, drive each other crazy, and make each other feel alive. I have to admit that it was a bit frustrating too due to the communication issues and stubbornness. I might have found myself talking back to the characters a few times and calling them out. One thing about Charmed is that it is full of quirky characters and antics. There are some seriously interesting town dynamics and strong personalities that add to the drama and humor. This one had quite a few secrets lurking under the surface and some were big ones. The past and present collide, and many of the town members either have a front row seat or were involved in some way. It is told in Carmen's point of view, but I could still appreciate Sully's feelings and needs. Sometimes good intentions can have bad outcomes. Sometimes you have to look elsewhere before you can see what your future holds. This is about fighting for what you want, finding your home, and throws in some faith, fate, forgiveness, and healing. This is a cute, antagonistic, passionate, and humorous second-chance small town love story. Lanie and Nick from the first book are back. Allie and Bash have also been side characters in the series and it looks like they will get their chance in the next book, Once a Charmer. I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. Follow Me: Reviews by Tammy & Kim | Facebook | Twitter
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  • Bec_BookMagicReviews
    January 1, 1970
    Carmen Frost and Sully Hart fell in love years ago. There's was a whirlwind romance, but circumstances tore them apart. Now Sully is back and determined to settle down in her hometown of Charmed, Texas where he'll be working on a big project. However, it's not easy for Carmen to forgive and forget what he did in the past. Will Sully be able to convince her that what he did was for the best, or is there no hope of a second chance at happy ever after for the pair?Ms. Lovelace has penned another ab Carmen Frost and Sully Hart fell in love years ago. There's was a whirlwind romance, but circumstances tore them apart. Now Sully is back and determined to settle down in her hometown of Charmed, Texas where he'll be working on a big project. However, it's not easy for Carmen to forgive and forget what he did in the past. Will Sully be able to convince her that what he did was for the best, or is there no hope of a second chance at happy ever after for the pair?Ms. Lovelace has penned another absolutely fabulous read for this series, which was intense due to the main characters back stories; filled with plenty of drama because of Sully and the heroine's ex-husband butting heads over the town's project and their contest for Carmen's attention; where the main characters are put through the emotional wringer, especially that of the heroine because of the secrets those she trusted have kept from her; and the obstacles these two face on their journey to happy ever after. Will Carmen and Sully be able to overcome the hurdles keeping them apart? Will Carmen be able to forgive those that wronged her? The way this story started had me hooked, because of the heroine's dilemma. She's not big on the towns number one loves -- honey and bees and hates the gossipers that love to talk about her. Why can't they find something else more interesting to talk about? Why did her ex-husband come away from their divorce the town's golden boy while she's the one the town thinks did wrong? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time that drew me into this story completely and made this story a real page turner, as Carmen doesn't handle things very well.Both the main characters were compelling, and I loved how feisty the heroine can get when she feels backed into a corner, which is proven when the truth comes out about what people she loved kept from her and when she's accused of something she didn't do. No way wouldn't she let the people she thought she could trust hear what was on her mind. Moreover, the hero is resilient, courageous and I liked that she stuck to her plans, even though she managed to alienate her best friend with decisions that had everything to do with the fact that she couldn't handle everything such her ex causing problems to not feeling like she can trust her mother to Sully staying in Charmed. While the hero, it's understandable why he wants to settle in one place after so many years on the road and I liked how he stood up to those that wanted him to leave town. I also liked his teasing banter with the heroine, especially when they're working on the town project. Certainly, Carmen doesn't have any skills when it comes to being a handyman or woman in her case. Furthermore, I felt sorry for the hero when certain things come to light about his past; things that end up hurting Carmen that he never wanted her to learn the truth of.Overall, Ms. Lovelace has penned a wonderful read in this book where the chemistry was strong; the romance hot when they finally gave in to their feelings instead of fighting them; and the ending was heartwarming and had me smiling, because no way can Sully let Carmen get away a second time. Not when he's been in love with her for so long and always will be. I would recommend Lucky Charmed by Sharla Lovelace, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope, the second chance romance trope, or books by authors Kelly Moran, MK Meredith, Mackenzie Crowne or Marina Adair.
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  • Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
    January 1, 1970
    It hasn’t been so long since I’ve left Charmed, Texas so it was an even easier read since I knew the people from the previous book. And though this may not particularly hold true for other series, it was a good thing in this case. This is a small town with varying characters residing in, and each one of them have something little or other changing in the books. I know I’ve had my thoughts about both reading the story from one character’s point of view and the general tone of the previous book, b It hasn’t been so long since I’ve left Charmed, Texas so it was an even easier read since I knew the people from the previous book. And though this may not particularly hold true for other series, it was a good thing in this case. This is a small town with varying characters residing in, and each one of them have something little or other changing in the books. I know I’ve had my thoughts about both reading the story from one character’s point of view and the general tone of the previous book, but having read this one I can tell that now I truly get the kind of storytelling Sharla Lovelace has. This is a romance book that’s for sure, but it’s also so much about the characters who’re telling us the story. Which is why, I believe, we hear them along the way, all the way.We know Carmen from A CHARMED LITTLE LIE, she was the lawyer and friend to that book’s heroine. Clues were given to us as to the kind of person she was but more importantly the kind of romance she was going to have in her own book. It was intriguing because she had once loved and lost. When she was young she fell in love with the boy whose family ran the carnival that visited their town. They fell fast and hard, but it was short lived because the boy left. With no goodbye. Fast forward fifteen years, and we have a bit bitter, a bit sad and a lot lonely Carmen who has a nasty divorce behind her and a lot of gossip still ahead. Then enter Sully, the boy she once loved but left her, and people start talking, hearts continue breaking, and emotions run high. Since Carmen is the narrator, she was the one I got to know best among everyone. And while I might’ve had my reservations with it like I did in the previous book, I now know this is just the way it is. After I’ve made my peace with that, with the fact that I wasn’t going to get to know Sully as well as Carmen, I was able to focus solely on their romance and Carmen’s development. Because develop she did. She started out as a woman whose life was on hold, one who had a dream but not the courage to take the step to live it. But while I’ve read, she faced her past, her fears and her future, and made a grab for herself. I found a lot of myself in Carmen, minus-sadly- the sexy carnie whose spirit always wanted back to her. I want you to know, and this is the best part of why I think I’ll really like these stories, that these books are not just about the romance but even more so about the women who tell them. So, you go Carmen. And right now, I can’t wait for the next one, where Alli will talk to me all about this thing that she has with a certain bee breeder.
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  • Christi Snow
    January 1, 1970
    My Review:It's no secret that I love the way Sharla Lovelace writes her stories. This one was no exception. This book was so good...a second chance at love story...which I love.When she was 18, Carmen was ready to run off and join the carnival to be with Sully. They were together 21 days and she was sure that he was The One. She had no doubts. He obviously did, though, because he left town without a word to her. Ever since that summer, she's avoided him when the carnival came to town. She even g My Review:It's no secret that I love the way Sharla Lovelace writes her stories. This one was no exception. This book was so good...a second chance at love story...which I love.When she was 18, Carmen was ready to run off and join the carnival to be with Sully. They were together 21 days and she was sure that he was The One. She had no doubts. He obviously did, though, because he left town without a word to her. Ever since that summer, she's avoided him when the carnival came to town. She even got married and divorced since then. She's good with never running into Sully again. So, it's a shock when the carnival leaves and Sully doesn't. He's in her town, in her grocery store...and she is not happy to know that this time he doesn't plan on leaving. Sully is through with the carnival. He spent his life touring with it, but now that it's time for him to settle somewhere, he can't imagine doing it anywhere but the place where he fell in love with Carmen. He just doesn't count on the small town mentality. He was the man who ruined their hometown girl. They don't forgive or forget easily. The irony is that Sully is finally ready to stop moving and stay in Charmed just as Carmen is ready to finally leave. She says she's going on vacation, but she's really not planning on coming back. She's always wanted to travel and her small town is slowly smothering her...something that's even worse now with Sully in town. I loved this book. Carmen is smart and self deprecating. She doesn't let people beat her down. I loved her for that. Her ex-husband is the mayor and is still in love with her. Sully obviously still has feelings for her and she's quite honestly fed up with it all. She's tired of being alone and judged in this small town. She wants out. The book is told entirely from Carmen's point of view, but this author does an amazing job revealing the heroes thoughts and motivation even though you aren't in his pov. My heart broke for him...especially as details started to come out. I actually felt really bad for her ex-husband, too. Yeah, he's not the greatest guy, but he's obviously still in love with Carmen. In the end I felt bad for him. There's a lot of angst and emotion to this story, but there are also lots of light-hearted moments. I loved the fact that the entire town is built around honey and Carmen hates the food. There's also a seriously poignant moment that I loved with a diner cook in the West. Just a great book. I highly recommend and cannot wait for the next book in the series.I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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  • Terri
    January 1, 1970
    Review also found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...3.5 stars received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication date is July 18th.This is the second in the Charmed in Texas series by Sharla Lovelace.  As I have read both stories, I believe that this could potentially be read as a stand alone however I do not recommend this for a couple of reasons.Reason number one.  Both stories were fun and en Review also found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...3.5 stars received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication date is July 18th.This is the second in the Charmed in Texas series by Sharla Lovelace.  As I have read both stories, I believe that this could potentially be read as a stand alone however I do not recommend this for a couple of reasons.Reason number one.  Both stories were fun and entertaining.  You are first introduced to Carmen in A Charmed Little Lie so you would already feel comfortable with her as a character by the time you get to this book.Reason number two.  This is the biggest reason in my opinion.  I believe I may have mentioned this same thing in my review for the first book so I will repeat it here.  The humor regarding the fact that this series takes place in a place called Charmed Texas while the majority of the townsfolks are a little, ahem a lot, less than charming is not lost on me.  The people of this town are such a complete train wreck that it is humorous.  I mean, you want to tear your eyes away but you simply can't.  I found this refreshing.  A lot of stories depict the small town full of amazing people which can become a lot of the same old same old.  This story depicts small town life as it really is, take it from someone who know, and that isn't always kind hearted people helping their neighbors while holding hands singing kumbayeyah (sorry I guessed on the spelling).  Sometimes there are people with agendas, gossips, and people laying judgement where they have no business doing so,  This my friends it what makes this series so charming!While I have a hard time believing that true love can be determined by a three week relationship that occurred when someone is eighteen, I will not be one of those previously mentioned people passing judgement.  The truth is that Carmen and Sully had plenty of chemistry to go around and it kept the pages turning.  While I didn't see the depth to their relationship beyond the physical, it didn't matter.  I was entertained.I can't wait to see what the charming town of Charmed Texas will bring me next!
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  • E-Reader Addict
    January 1, 1970
    I started looking forward to Lucky Charmed after reading the first book in the Charmed in Texas series by Sharla Lovelace, and this book is a delightful addition to the series!Carmen Frost grew up in the town of Charmed. But she’s always wanted more from life than the place with "World Famous Honey" offers, especially after being the subject of a town scandal 15 years ago. One that hasn’t been forgotten in the least, by her or the town…Sullivan Hart grew up going from town to town with his fathe I started looking forward to Lucky Charmed after reading the first book in the Charmed in Texas series by Sharla Lovelace, and this book is a delightful addition to the series!Carmen Frost grew up in the town of Charmed. But she’s always wanted more from life than the place with "World Famous Honey" offers, especially after being the subject of a town scandal 15 years ago. One that hasn’t been forgotten in the least, by her or the town…Sullivan Hart grew up going from town to town with his father’s carnival. He spent time one summer 15 years ago falling in love with Carmen, but broke her heart - and his own - when he left her behind. But now he’s done with that life and wants nothing more than to settle down in Charmed with Carmen by his side. Between the town’s long memory, and the walls Carmen has built around her heart, Sully doesn’t have an easy road ahead of him.I love a good second-chance love story, and when it takes place in a small town, with its assortment of quirky characters (of which there are plenty in the town of Charmed), this book was practically irresistible to me! I loved Carmen’s hilarious inner dialogue, and hurt when she remembered the heartbreak she experienced when Sully left without explanation. However, because the story is told through the heroine’s point of view, it’s hard to get a read on the hero, and I would have liked to know more about him and his past 15 years. I was a little nervous about how the story would go once Sully and Carmen started interacting more. For me to believe a heroine is going to forgive the hero for hurting her so badly in the past, there needs to be a very heartfelt apology and a darn good explanation. Forgiveness shouldn’t be given just because the hero makes the heroine all twitterpated again. There was an apology, but not much explanation (until later), and I feared Carmen’s plans to take a long trip would be derailed because of Sully’s good looks and her hormones. Thankfully they weren’t, and I think the story is stronger because of it. No one likes a heroine who is wishy-washy.This was another very enjoyable and entertaining read. Second-chance romances tend to be a little on the heavier, more serious side, but Lucky Charmed was mostly humorous and lighthearted. I like Ms. Lovelace’s writing style and the characters she creates. As with the first book, I’m finishing this one wishing I could get my hands on the next one in the series. When an author can build up my interest in another character, I know she’s done a good job, and I’m looking forward to Once a Charmer!*Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review**This review is also published at Straight Shootin' Book Reviews.
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  • Christie72
    January 1, 1970
    Second chance romances are one of my favorite kinds of romances, and I LOVED this one! It’s the second book in the small town of Charmed, Texas. This one is Carmen’s story, and what a story it is. She’s an emotional wreck when she runs into the love of her life who shattered her into a million pieces years ago. I mean she literally runs into him in the grocery store, so you can imagine this is going to be one heck of a story, especially when the chemistry still sizzles between the two of them af Second chance romances are one of my favorite kinds of romances, and I LOVED this one! It’s the second book in the small town of Charmed, Texas. This one is Carmen’s story, and what a story it is. She’s an emotional wreck when she runs into the love of her life who shattered her into a million pieces years ago. I mean she literally runs into him in the grocery store, so you can imagine this is going to be one heck of a story, especially when the chemistry still sizzles between the two of them after all these years.Sully has returned to Charmed to put down some roots. He’s spent many years traveling with his family’s carnival and now he wants to leave that nomadic lifestyle behind him. Maybe, just maybe, he has also come back to win back Carmen’s heart. Too bad she wants nothing more than to leave her small town behind her. Yes, it’s one heck of a ride to see these two find their HEA. Both are passionate and stubborn, so there are a lot fireworks, metaphorically and physically!Both characters were very realistic and flawed, with a great sense of humor. Those of the very reasons while I fell in love with both of them. Throughout the pages of the book, they do hurt one another, but it’s out of self-preservation. I really hoped they could finally let their walls down and let each other in completely! I liked the romance between them, but I also loved the fact that the deeper story was about forgiveness, discovering what makes you happy, and reaching out and grabbing it.“But fate is something else. You don’t tempt it by planning things to go wrong.” ~Sully~“Fate is what we make it.” ~Carmen~I loved going back to Charmed to all the quirky characters. They always make me feel right at home. It was wonderful catching up with Lanie and Nick from the first book, and I loved how Lovelace gave us a little glimpse of Allie and Bash’s story that’s coming up next. I can’t wait!!!! As with the first book, my only regret was having to leave the people and the town of Charmed. I can’t wait until the next book coming in the fall! YAY!***Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
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  • Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars, LynziYet another book, I couldn't put down. If my reading keeps on like this, then I will be one happy reader.I thought I loved book one of this series, A Charmed Little Lie. I absolutely loved Lanie and Nick's story, but this one is so much more.I have never read a book along these lines, and I'm glad because this one will definitely hold a special place in my heart. There is nothing like this series. Charmed Texas is something else, in a very good way.Carmen has lived in her small nos 5 stars, LynziYet another book, I couldn't put down. If my reading keeps on like this, then I will be one happy reader.I thought I loved book one of this series, A Charmed Little Lie. I absolutely loved Lanie and Nick's story, but this one is so much more.I have never read a book along these lines, and I'm glad because this one will definitely hold a special place in my heart. There is nothing like this series. Charmed Texas is something else, in a very good way.Carmen has lived in her small nosey as hell town her whole life. Everyone knows everyone, and their business. It doesn't matter if it's good or bad, the towns people of Charmed know it all. All she's ever wanted to do was leave it all behind. But her mother had different plans for her. So settling down was what she did. Even though her marriage didn't last, she was still stuck in the one place she didn't want to be. When the one person from her past that both broke and holds her heart, comes back into town, she knows nows her time to finally go.Sullivan has always lived his life on the road. The carnival is what his family does. So where the carnival goes, so do they. Never staying in one place long. He's never had a place to actually call home. That's his dreams, that's the one thing he wants in life, a home. And there is only one place he wants to settle down, Charmed Texas. His home being that city, has never been an option. That city holds many memories, including the ones of his love and lost.One wants to fly.One wants to settle.Neither willing to stand in the others way of their dreams, so a life together isn't possible. No matter how much they love each other, it still may never be enough.This book shows that you never truly know someone. Everyone has secrets they try to hide. Until they can no longer hold that door shut, and everything is aired out.Life has its ups and downs. It's pretty and ugly. It's good and bad. It's hurt and healing. That's all the things this book has also.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received for an honest review.Another manic book rambling brought to you by April;Read & Share Book Reviews.4 'Forever is what we make it.' StarsYoung love leaves a lasting impression and wanderlust for the great beyond in this emotional, soul searching, and self seeking second chance romance takes us back to the small town of Charmed, Texas for the second installment in the Charmed in Texas series.Oh, Carmen. I simply adore her character, she hasn't had the best or easiest luck in love, ARC received for an honest review.Another manic book rambling brought to you by April;Read & Share Book Reviews.4 'Forever is what we make it.' StarsYoung love leaves a lasting impression and wanderlust for the great beyond in this emotional, soul searching, and self seeking second chance romance takes us back to the small town of Charmed, Texas for the second installment in the Charmed in Texas series.Oh, Carmen. I simply adore her character, she hasn't had the best or easiest luck in love, or luck in general, especially when it comes to escaping the small town that seems to keep her in it's clutches. Now in her thirty's with a divorce in the past and a good career under her belt as a lawyer, it's time to leave this Charmed little town for bigger and better things. The plan's been made and set into motion, that is, until the one who left without a trace all those fifteen years ago comes back into town. Torn and even more confused, Carmen is set into a self induced tale-spin of hysteria. To stay or leave... a temporary vacation or permanently?Emotions are pulled from every direction. The magnetic pull between them remains, it will forever exist. Sully will always have a place in her heart. Heck, who are we kidding here? Sullivan Hart OWNS her; heart and soul. Sully the carnie and Carmen the girl from the trailer park. A love that found each other too young as some would say. A love that would forever stay with them both, that would ruin them, shape them and twist their hopes and dreams for REAL love once again. Small town love meets big city dreams. Sometimes you have to leave to find your way back home to each other. Sharla Lovelace once again Charms readers with her emotional, romantic reads that are full of sizzle, swoon, and so much heart! I can't wait to see what's in store for next for Charmed, Texas.
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  • Cathy Geha
    January 1, 1970
    Lucky Charmed by Sharla LovelaceCharmed in Texas #2Small town romance in Charmed, Texas is filled with friends, caring, sharing, and potential for the future. I loved the first book in the series. This book did not get to me like that one did but it was still a very good read – especially if you like second chance at love love stories. I am not one to believe in second chances having dated people in the past, left them and then tried again – the things that bothered me when we parted bothered me Lucky Charmed by Sharla LovelaceCharmed in Texas #2Small town romance in Charmed, Texas is filled with friends, caring, sharing, and potential for the future. I loved the first book in the series. This book did not get to me like that one did but it was still a very good read – especially if you like second chance at love love stories. I am not one to believe in second chances having dated people in the past, left them and then tried again – the things that bothered me when we parted bothered me when we were together again…ah…let me think a bit further… In THIS second chance at love both Sully and Carmen loved and parted but neither really had anything that bothered them about the other upon parting so…perhaps their second chance is more likely to happen than mine ever were ;) The two seem to have NOTHING in common at the beginning of the book. Sully wants to settle down and Carmen wants to fly away. Both have “feelings” about the past. Carmen is still angry. The community believes Sully did Carmen wrong BUT they also think that Carmen did her husband, Dean, wrong. There is angst and drama. There are words spoken in anger. There are secrets revealed that both needed to hear. It is, on second thought, a very good book although I still think I liked book one better. I am eager to read Allie’s story and having read the hook at the end of this book wondered if she might end up with a new man in town only to read the blurb on Goodreads and decide that perhaps she will end up with Bash the Beekeper after all. I guess I will have to wait till book three comes out to find out for sure. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books-Lyrical Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review.4 Stars
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  • Scarlett Ian
    January 1, 1970
    Another great read by Sharla Lovelace - I loved her first Charmed in Texas with Nick & Lanie and I couldn't wait until I was able to read Carmen's story.  She is such an independent and strong woman that I was eager to find out what man could throw her world out of whack. This book follows the story of Carmen & Sully, who had a whirlwind romance when they were younger before Sully left with the carnival, breaking Carmen's heart in the process.  After he comes back in to town - with plans Another great read by Sharla Lovelace - I loved her first Charmed in Texas with Nick & Lanie and I couldn't wait until I was able to read Carmen's story.  She is such an independent and strong woman that I was eager to find out what man could throw her world out of whack. This book follows the story of Carmen & Sully, who had a whirlwind romance when they were younger before Sully left with the carnival, breaking Carmen's heart in the process.  After he comes back in to town - with plans to stay - Carmen has to remember all the pain from her past every time she runs into him.  She has always had the strongest desire to leave Charmed; the more time she spends with him and the stronger the desire to run away - & stay away - gets.  The adventure that their relationship goes on is another whirlwind and great for the reader. The way the author wrote the chemistry between the two main characters was so realistic - and the town of Charmed!  I did not come from a small town but when I picture one in my head Charmed fits the bill, to a T.  I fell in love with the place when I read the first book & this one just cemented my affection for the people, or at least most of them.  You don't necessarily have to have read Charmed Little Lie to be able to follow this but you do get to revisit with Nick & Lanie - as well as anyone else you want to from Charmed - if you read them in order.  This book had me laughing, and crying; the author was able to surprise the reader quite a few times.  All in all, this was a well rounded book & a pretty quick read.  If you haven't read this author yet - this series is a great place to start!  Once you start a book, you won't want to put it down.
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  • Kahea
    January 1, 1970
    ***3.5 Stars*** I find myself in a bit of a conundrum over Lucky Charmed and the words are becoming all kinds of wonky in my head as I try to put them into something coherent, so I’m going to keep this on the short and sweet side of the line.The synopsis lured me in, I do love a good second chance at love romance set in a small town, and let me tell you that the small town feel jumped off the page in more ways than one, so that I totally enjoyed and once I started in on the book I read in no ti ***3.5 Stars*** I find myself in a bit of a conundrum over Lucky Charmed and the words are becoming all kinds of wonky in my head as I try to put them into something coherent, so I’m going to keep this on the short and sweet side of the line.The synopsis lured me in, I do love a good second chance at love romance set in a small town, and let me tell you that the small town feel jumped off the page in more ways than one, so that I totally enjoyed and once I started in on the book I read in no time flat, but I’m not so sure how I feel about Carmen and Sully. For the most part I liked them, separately and together, and yet there is a part of me that didn’t like them. I admired both in their determination and hard work, but their constant push/pull and lack of communication drove me batshit crazy. I will say that Carmen drove me to the edge more times than Sully did, but he wasn’t exactly mister calm, cool and forthright either and did his share of freaking out. I will say that I liked that they both ended up sticking to their guns and found their way back to each other in a way that made sense.This is my first read by the author and despite my issues with the MC’s, it was a totally engaging and quick read, though there is a part of me that does wish it was done in dual 1st person POV, but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story. The supporting cast of characters were all definitely unique, some I liked much more than others, and am quite interested in checking out the next book in the series based on the little tease at the end of the book.~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
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