Thursday, April 28, 2011

Book Club: Luck Be a Lady by Cathie Linz

By: Ronlyn Howe and Shelly Estes
Logan Doyle busting into Megan West’s cousin’s wedding while shouting, “Stop the wedding!” does not endear him to her. Regardless of the fact that he’s there not to stop Faith’s wedding, but his grandfather’s pending nuptials to Megan’s grandmother. The misunderstandings spin out of control as Buddy (Logan’s grandfather) learns that his lark of a second marriage wasn’t actually annulled (pesky paperwork) and Megan learns that the mother she thought died when she was a toddler is actually still alive. Megan races from the hotel and runs smack dab into Logan who just can’t help himself from swooping in to aid the damsel in distress. He loads her into a vintage Chevy she can’t help but drool over and takes her on an adventure she’ll never forget.

After pancakes and a brief internet search the duo head off to the Butterfly Ranch, a brothel owned by a woman who once knew Megan’s mother, to see if she can provide more information than the information highway…which seems pretty barren in regards to Megan’s missing mother. After leaving the ranch the classic Chevy suddenly breaks down, stranding them in what could probably be argued to be the smallest town in Nevada, where Logan & Megan have to talk their way out of a shotgun wedding-literally. The town, aptly named “Last Resort” has one of those outdated silly laws on the books that implies you can’t sleep in the same room while unmarried…despite only being one motel room available. Megan manages to leave town with a suitcase full of vintage clothes and a treasured tea cup, while Logan has a tenuous hold on his anger and pride.

Once back in Chicago and their normal routines they try to continue as was before, only to have to fight this growing attraction to each other while dealing with Megan’s dislike for the police (which causes Logan to take things super slow) and Buddy’s unknown marriage. Megan’s family is still up in arms over not only Buddy’s “mistreatment” of their matriarch, but the secret of Megan’s mother being revealed. Logan is struggling with his own demons in the form of nightmares and guilt over his former partner’s death. Toss in the fact that Logan continues to get paged every time things start to heat up between the two it doesn’t take long for the sexual tension begin to take on a life of its own.

There’s an obvious theme in the book of family is more important than any misunderstandings and to forgive and forget, moving on to the happily ever after, that everything will work out in the end, et al.

The sweetest moment in the entire book for me was when Logan just blurted out “I love you” to Megan, then got flustered because it wasn’t how he’d planned to tell her. That he had to throw the words out to her in that moment showed exactly how much he’d come to love her.

Shelly's Recipes:

Chocolate Marzipan Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 7 ounces marzipan, cut into chunks
• 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
• 2 teaspoons vanilla
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 large egg
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• powdered sugar, for dusting
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a food processor, combine both sugars and marzipan. Process until they resemble a fine sand, about 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add butter, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, salt and egg.
3. Use an electric mixer to beat until smooth, scraping down the bowl, once during mixing, about 2 minutes.
4. Add flour and cocoa powder and mix until incorporated, scraping down once during mixing, about 1 minute. The dough should be very stiff. Baking in batches, drop 1 tablespoons balls of dough on prepared sheet, leaving about 2-inches around all sides. bake on the oven's lower rack until cookies are flat and have a crackled surface, about 10 minutes.
5. The cookies will be very soft. Let them cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. If desired, once cookies are cool, dust them with powdered sugar.

AND


SHORTBREAD

4 cups flour
1 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 pound Imperial Margarine (this time the brand makes a difference)

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then mix in the Imperial.
Dough will be sticky.

Dust your hands and a board (this time I use more confectioners' sugar). Take about 1/3 of dough at a time. Pat out until about 1/4" thick. (They don't really rise.) Cut into squares or rectangles with a pizza wheel, or use your favorite small cookie cutter. (These are rich
- - best to keep them about 1"x2") Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes until golden brown. Remove to cooling rack covered with wax paper. Sift more confectioners' sugar on top.

These store best in a tin since they sometimes crumble. They can be frozen.
Yield: About 8 dozen

25 comments:

ShellyE said...

To start off this morning - I want to thank Ronlyn for holding my hand on my first venture into hosting book club - she gets the props for the write up!! Thanks Ronlyn!!

Ronlyn said...

You're very welcome Shelly. :-)
Good Morning Peeps! I'm once again checking in early before being slammed at work: hopefully I'll have some free minutes to check in again.

LUCK BE A LADY was a fun read. I couldn't help feeling badly for Buddy as he was confronted with his still existing marriage.

Alison said...

Good Morning Everyone!

Luck be a Lady a fun read! I loved Buddy's little saying and the inhabitants of Last Resort cracked me up!

I liked how Logan, the tough cop comforted Megan first when she found out her mom was still alive and when she met her.

I also really enjoyed how Logan and Megan said their first "I love you's"...so sweet.

Hope said...

Good Morning wenches!! I haven't read this one yet, but the write up made me put it on my list. Sounds great. I can't wait to get it!!

krisgils33 said...

This book was so much fun to read. I loved Logan, he was such a hero hottie cop. Megan having such a unique style sets her apart from other heroines. Their bickering and banter throughout the book was really fun. My favorite part has to be when Logan chased Megan to DC after she went to meet her mom. It was such an "in love" thing to do!!

Marie Force said...

Morning ladies! Sorry to be late checking in. Busy day! Look forward to the chat today! Thanks to Ronlyn and Shelly for hosting.

Jackie P said...

What a fun read. Loved the characters. :)

Ronlyn said...

Kris! Me too. Him showing up in DC, just when she needed him was a swoon-worthy moment.

Ronlyn said...

What did everyone think about the decision to let Megan believe her mother was dead?

ShellyE said...

I think they should have just told her that her M&F had divorced, and the mother never made contact again. How horrible to think your mom is dead, only to find out that she's alive and doesn't want anything to do with you. At least if you knew she left, you might grow up not missing her....

krisgils33 said...

i don't know, there is a part of me that says if the mom didn't want anything to do with the child, then it might save alot of potential pain and agony in going the dead route. clearly, though, that kind of deception can come back to bite you.

Ronlyn said...

I think the hardest part of the whole deception was that there were a handful of people who knew (mainly I'm thinking the aunt & uncle). It would be hard enough facing the fact that you were lied to, even though the intent was to save her pain, but the fact that it was more than just her dad saying it. Tough situation to be sure.

Kris...vintage shoes? Yes or No? ;-)

krisgils33 said...

i'm all about the shoes. i just loved her style. i certainly couldn't pull it off, but yeah, i think vintage shoes would be cool. what about you??

Alison said...

I didn't realize this book was part of a series...I'll have to keep my eye out for Faith's story...Caine sounds HOT!

I love all shoes! I've had to cut back on buying them, because I buy too many books :)

I loved her vintage style as well!

Hope, if you don't already own a copy of this I'd be happy to send mine your way.

Judy F said...

I loved ths book. Logan was so perfect for Megan.

It would be hard to get over being lied to your whole life. A former coworkers friend wasn't told till she was grown that her sister was really her mother and the woman she thought was her mother was really her grandmother. It really messed her up for a long time.

Ronlyn said...

CATHIE LINZ SAYS:

It wouldn't let me post - here's what I wanted to say - I'm honored that your bookclub selected my bk LUCK BE A LADY and am totally thrilled and honored that you all enjoyed it! Logan's brother Connor gets his own story in TEMPTED AGAIN out Nov 1 (there is a sneak preview at the back of LUCK). Logan asked me to say thanks to all the ladies who called him hot And the recipes you posted sound really yummy!!! (that's from me not Logan)

Crystal said...

Hey ladies!
I haven't had a chance to read this book, but i will put it in my TBR pile for sure!!

Marie Force said...

Thanks for stopping by Cathie! Great to have you here! Sorry to be AWOL today. It was a Calgon Take Me Away kinda day!

Kara C said...

I was afraid I wouldn't get the book finished in time for book club because, of course, once I realized there was a story before it, I had to read that one first! Thankfully, I did get it finished though
I am SO glad Connor is getting his own story. His interactions with Logan cracked me up! And this has been a week that could use a little laughter. Thanks for that, Cathie!

Ronlyn said...

KK, me too! I sort of see the boys acting like that at a Thanksgiving 20 years from now. LOL

Jolene and Family said...

I'm late I'm late :) It's been a crazy, busy, but happy day :) I just started this book yesterday but only got two chapters in. I had butterflies for my son's appointment today and couldn't concentrate, but loved the first two chapters :) I did see this was part of a series but was so excited to actually read a book for book club that I started it anyways. For those of you who have read the first one please tell me if there is any infromation that ties these two together because if there is I may have to stop where I am and run and find the first one

krisgils33 said...

jolene,
i really enjoye3d faith's story as well, but i don't think you have to read it first. that being said, you know i am in the camp of "books that must be read in order"!!!!

Sheree said...

I like how this was a "secret mother" instead of the usual "secret baby" story. I don't fault Astrid for doing what she did; some people are not cut out to be parents. Those Last Resort people were a bit much, but at least they weren't "wacky relatives".

Ronlyn said...

Sheree, that's so true and I hadn't thought of it that way. The "secret baby" thing gets done a lot, but this is the first time I've ever read about a "secret mother."

Mary G said...

This author is pretty new to me. I loved Smart Girls Think Twice & Mad, Bad & Blonde. Got to get this one too. Great post Ronlyn & Shelly.