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ARC Review: Unlucky in Love by Maggie McGinnis

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

One of my favorite contemporary romance authors has a new book and I can’t stop the excitement from bubbling over! All I can say is that I want to live in Whisper Creek. But for now I can live vicariously through Alexis. Maggie McGinnis has another charmer here and the sweetness of the story will hold on till the end. Read the rest of my review below.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Unlucky in Love

ARC Review: Unlucky in Love by Maggie McGinnis
by Maggie McGinnis
Series: Whisper Creek #4
Also in this series: Meant to Be
Published by Loveswept
on October 11th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 259
Format: e-book
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon |B&N
Rating: 4 Stars



After Alexis Maguire’s wedding day comes and goes without a groom, she decides that it’s time for a change. Tired of being the dependable, steady—and apparently boring—one, Alexis hopes that a cross-country road trip will help her loosen up and find her inner sparkle. Her first stop is the Whisper Creek Ranch, where the hot wranglers are sure to bring out her inner party girl. The trouble is, she can’t stand pretending to be someone she’s not—especially around the cowboy who tempts her to stay put.

Gunnar Peterson has spent six months working at Whisper Creek, and he’s never been happier. Having grown up an army brat, he’s ready to put down roots, and the only thing missing is a woman to share his life with. When Alexis blows into town, Gunnar thinks he may have met his match, despite the wild-child facade he sees right through. But Alexis swears she won’t settle down anytime soon—so it’s up to Gunnar to convince her that what she’s looking for . . . is right here.

ARC Romance smart and funny

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Lexi 2.0

Alexis or Lexi, wants to reinvent herself. Cursed in love, her fiance calls it off right before the wedding. She, along with her sister hatch the Lexi 2.0 plan. The Lexi in this plan is more outgoing, takes risks, and knows how to have fun. However, the Lexi in this plan still wants her sleaze of an ex back. For she believes that he wants a more “sparkly” wife. Her insequirities and her somewhat delusional fantasy about him make for countless times that I spoke to my Kindle telling her to snap out of it.

Lexi’s secret plan (The one that was not discussed with her sister):

1. Take a bunch of photos doing cool stuff
2. Send to ex
3. Wait for him to come to his senses
4. Marry him for an HEA

Oh, Lexi, but you don’t know that flying all the way to Whisper Creek will throw a wrench in those plans….

There’s something in the water…


Whisper Creek=Cowboy Heaven. Or is it if you are in Whisper Creek, you have somehow died and gone to cowboy heaven? But I digress…

Lexi is told to not drink the water because she might end up staying there permanently. Hmm…and that would be a bad thing why? Oh, responsibilities. High maintenance mother back home, a job, and a sister that needs her.

Favorite Gunnar Quote

“You clearly haven’t met the Whisper Creek barn cats yet.”

However, an unattached hot cowboy, named Gunnar turns her wold upside down. While Lexi tries to reinvent herself, Gunnar wants to discover the real Lexi. And it might sound cliche’ but he ends up discovering himself as well. His hangups about moving and her hangups about moving, cause the tension in the story.


Lexi 3.0

A little over 70% into the story, insert reader tears and dread.
At 92%, insert relief and feelings of awwww.

Lexi 3.0 gets her cowboy and HEA. Even though I thought her perfect just the way she was, her reinvention provided her with character growth that was necessary to achieve her happily ever after.

A little note…

This was my first read in the Whisper Creek series. It can totally be read as a standalone. But seriously, I need to backtrack and acquaint myself with more hot cowboys. 😀


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About Maggie McGinnis

Maggie McGinnis is a USA Today bestselling author and Golden Heart Finalist who lives in New England, vastly outnumbered by both children and cats. She used to be an English teacher, a certified black belt, and a cool-car driver. Then ... twins. Now she swills caffeine while driving the one vehicle she swore she'd never own: a minivan.

She's a sucker for romantic comedies, popcorn, and the perfect green pen, and if she wasn't an author, she'd totally be rocking a Nashville club in her pink cowgirl boots. It's probably good that she embraced the author thing, because her singing skills are better suited to the shower, and really? Pink cowgirl boots?

Her Whisper Creek series features modern-day Montana cowboys and the women who can't help but fall for them, and her Echo Lake series is set in small-town Vermont, where everybody knows your business, but most of them also love a good happily-ever-after.


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