Lucky by Garrett Leigh


Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it. Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes ear...

Details Lucky

Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherFox Love Press
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary

Reviews Lucky

  • Judith
    4 StarsA believable portrayal of a gay Premiership football player planted firmly in the closest and a down on his luck young man.Neither of them had any idea a casual Grindr hook up would change both their lives... "You're here for a blowjob,right?We said fifty quid(...) Dominic cuts an extremely lonely figure....He's fallen out of love with the beautiful game....he might have wealth and unwanted fame but he's lost in a sea of bitterness and s...
  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
    This is probably going to get lengthy since this book gave me feelings and when I have feelings I tend to get loquacious. So for those of you like me, who have the attention span of a hummingbird, here's the tl;dr: Lucky is an emotionally powerful tale featuring two gritty and layered characters who have to fight for every centimeter of their HEA that I would recommend to readers who cherish romances that flout the paradigm. Now, ALL THE WORD...
  • Ele
    *4.5 stars* "I was proud to be seen. Proud to love him. Proud to even know him. And proud of my fucking self."I'm happy, Lucky. Are you?"His answering smile set me free." This is why I love Garrett Leigh's work. It doesn't matter if it's a chef, a sex worker, a cowboy or -in this case- a freaking closeted Premiership football player. It doesn't matter if it's an ordinary tale between two people who happened to cross paths with each other or an ...
  • Christelle
    **3.5 stars** A case of “I expected something else”, so even if it was good – and good it was-, I was a bit thrown out of my chair. All on me.Dom is a professional football player (football as in “European football” - I’m not going to start a discussion regarding what “real” football is, LOL). Obviously, he’s very deep in the closet for good reasons, like being really weary of paparazzies. Add to that he’s not an out-going guy...
  • Jan
    What a heartbreaking and moving story. The pressure is unbelievably suffocating and it's absolutely surreal to think that this is happening to football players at the year of two thousand and fucking eighteen!I urge you to read Ariana's stunning review.**Available on KU ATM.
  • Cadiva
    There isn't anyone, imho, better at writing these gritty slices of British life than Garrett Leigh.There are trigger warnings for this one to be aware of but the narrative itself isn't overly angsty or too dramaticIn this one, the first in a new series, we get a closeted Premiership footballer and a young guy down on his luck and hooking up on Grindr for enough cash to get off the. streets.It's not your usual fare though, as the hook up where Luc...
  • .Lili.
    I've said before, and I'll repeat it: I love Garrett Leigh's writing style. She's got this quiet, understated, emotional quality to her writing that I love. Lucky is the story about a deep in the closet soccer player and a young man just trying to stay afloat. The two meet during a Grindr hookup,and from the get-go, there was a connection that neither could deny and although they came from different backgrounds, different problems there was a com...
  • Ariana
    I had to google it. Currently there is exactly ONE football (=soccer) player in England who is openly out. And he doesn't even play for the Premier League. The FA chairman said at the end of last year that he knew of at least two players in the Premier League who are gay but do not feel safe enough to come out. To highlight the situation this bus with 'every out football player' in the Premier League was part of the Brighton Pride Parade in Augus...
  • Eugenia
    Hot and Angsty!Let's make this short and sweet:Super closeted premier footballer falls for homeless, rentboy addict with a heart of gold.They meet via Grindr, have the best orgasms ever and can't stop thinking about each other. They tell each other nothing about themselves. Lots of pride on the side of our beautiful street boy, Lucky. Lots of angst for our beefy defender, Dom.This novel could have been shorter. Still, I liked it and these two had...
  • Jewel
    4.5 StarsReview to come later this month.
  • Bev
    Nobody does gritty and supposedly realistic like Garrett. I've read quite a few of her stories now, and it's fairly normal to have a downbeat character [usually a drug user] and a person who....well, isn't... and that's going right back to the first story I read of hers Slide, back in 2013. I have to say though that for me, this one was a little disappointing and nowhere near as angsty as it could and probably should've been, a lot of filler sex ...
  • Alisa
    This was a classic Garrett Leigh book. It was everything I love about her stories. She's the queen of taking guys who are at rock bottom in their lives and somehow turning things around for them and giving them a beautiful happily ever after. This book was no exception. When we meet these two they are in bad shape. Dom is a professional football player so he has a good career and money but he is isolated and lonely and drowning in self hate and g...
  • ~nikki the recovering book addict
    D’awwww!!! 😍I feel like breaking into a song and dance. Can’t decide what to dance and sing to though. Just know that I feel like my heart is soaring and my feet not quite touching the ground. Mmm mmm! As with all Garrett Leigh books, I have come to expect angst and heart break. But! It wasn’t too bad here. Sure, Lucky led a shitty life. Circumstances really messed with him. And I don’t want to make light of his homelessness, that’s ...
  • Natalie
    Garrett Leigh is a favorite of mine, her work often feeling quite melancholy, then leading me gently into a happier place. Not fairytale endings, not sappy or sweet, just ordinary happiness, when someone’s world is made better by hard-won love. Dom has money and fame as a footballer, having dedicated himself to the sport at the expense of his psyche. Just like the majority of professional sports the world over, being gay and out is mostly a car...
  • Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |
    4.5 ⭐
  • Sheri
    I eagerly pounce on any and every Garrett Leigh story I can get my hands on for good reason. She never fails to move me with her tales. I have great respect for her as a reader. Her writing is brave, bold, and beautifully expressive. She takes us deep into the shadows but always illuminates them and lifts my heart at the same time. It’s…an experience reading her books. If you haven’t had the pleasure, I urge you to step into her den. Lucky ...
  • Amanda
    Every time before I start on a book by Garrett Leigh, I need to take a deep breathe and brace myself because....oh my god, the angst. Dom is a closeted Premiership footballer and Lucky is his Grindr hook up. It was not Dom first rodeo but their encounter left a strong lingering connection between them. Dom's life is a mess despite having a somewhat successful career. Being with Lucky is the only time Dom comes alive and be true to himself even th...
  • Lelyana's Reviews
    My heart ache for Lucky. Met in a hook up apps (as usual), Lucky and Dom had an unusual first encounter and they keep going hooking up, on and off considering that Dom is a famous person and in the closet.I had so many times paused while reading this book, feeling hurt for him. He's not even having a really bad past like some of the 'hard books' Garrett wrote. But Lucky crept into my heart and stayed there. Lucky is a beautiful story, both Lucky ...
  • Jo * Smut-Dickted *
    Oh yeah baby. Super awesome. Garrett Leigh just has this ability to craft characters that I love to read about. Lucky and Dom - such stories. And you know she didn't have to rely on the reader feeling sorry for Lucky because she made it so he'd kick our ass if we did. There is tension but there is also growing love and I did not stop reading until well into the night.
  • R.J.
    This was everything I hoped for. Loved Lucky with his indomitable spirit and his ability to survive, and Dom with all his secrets. Beautifully written as I always expect from Garrett, with a gorgeous HEA.(I can't wait for Cash's story now!)
  • Serra ᵔ·͈༝·͈ᵔ
    There’s something about Garrett Leigh’s writing that gets me everytime.Is it how she portrays emotional vulnerability masked with gruffness until the right person comes along to melt those protective walls? Is it how real, raw and flawed her characters are? Is it how she brings two broken people together and shows how they heal both together and themselves?It’s all of those and so much more. I love sports romance but I’m often picky, this...
  • Ami
    Eh... things were good when Dom and Lucky were talking about things aside from their physical attraction. But that's it. I always need MORE to feel the connection between characters. This one feels that these two men are only into it because of sex and their look. Plus, for a football player who is in the closet because of the team and the sport, there's not much of that evidence in the story. Heck, there's not much of football players in here ei...
  • Bárbara
    *ARC provided by the author*I should probably stop telling myself that heavy, emotional books aren't my ideal reading. Mind you, I love emotional books, and I don't mind sad or angsty content, but it's not like I actively seek them out. Well, except in the case of Garrett Leigh's books. She's known to write angst to last for weeks, and yet, here I am, even after telling myself countless times that I will stay away for a while. Another thing I gen...
  • JenMcJ
    This author is known for writing good deep characters with lived lives that aren't perfect or rosy and I like that aspect. These guys feel very human and their angst seems realistic. But.... as much as they aren't exactly instalovey, the connection between the two, based on so little but sex and being affection starved just felt sad more than romantic or hopeful for much of the book. Additionally, I dislike lately that the deeply closeted guys ar...
  • Tess
    3.5/3.75 starsI think I went in with too high expectations! I liked this but, ultimately, I didn't feel enough of a connection between Dom and Lucky.
  • Helena Stone
    4.5 glorious stars.Life in the closet is hard. Dom may be able to convince himself that he doesn’t have any sexuality, or need for intimacy, at all for months at a time but inevitably the moment will arrive when his need overcomes his fears and he surrenders to yet another anonymous hook-up.Lucky isn’t a prostitute. Hooking up for money is something he does because his circumstances mean he doesn’t have a choice if he wants to survive. In f...
  • Nicole
    Garrett Leigh did it again, another amazing book which I enjoyed a lot! Dom is a football player and hiding his sexuality, he doesn’t want this to get out so secretly he arranges meeting with guys through Grindr. That is how he finds Lucky. Lucky, has no money and sleeps at his friend’s house when her mom is out, so when Dom offers him money so they can hook up he agrees. When they meet he tries to play it professional and that he has done th...
  • Joyfully Jay
    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 starsGarret Leigh hits that sweet spot yet again with Lucky. Her books and characters offer a glimpse into people trying to live life and find love while overcoming obstacles and Lucky and Dom are two more great characters. Dom is a great defender for his team, but other than the sport, he has no life. He has few friends and he can’t date and he’s seen first hand what happened to other players that dared to come out...
  • Stephanie
    Is this classic Garrett? Yes, and no. Yes, because she writes about things that pertain to her own life, which is great. It gives the characters an added depth. No, because while there's addiction and homelessness and being so far on the closet, it actually wasn't THAT angsty. Lucky, for all his misfortune, is actually a very strong character who doesn't take any handouts. He still seems upbeat about certain things and it is just kind of incredib...
  • Rohit
    I mean there's nothing unusual about this and the characters aren't that likeable too. I just didn't wanna be in a limbo waiting for stuff to happen anymore. And the sex, gosh I think I'm over the whole formula I guess.