Just My Luck
by Jennifer Honeybourn
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 16th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Marty has terrible luck and she knows exactly why. While working as a housekeeper at the ritzy Grand Palms hotel in Maui, Marty made it a habit to steal small items from the guests. What better way to stick it to the rich snobs they have to clean up after? Marty knows how to turn her luck around — she just has to return all of the items she stole.
When Marty meets Will, a new guest who is staying for the summer, she does the one thing she always promised herself she’d never do — fall for an out-of-towner. But Will’s special, different from the other guests at the hotel. Maybe Marty’s luck is finally turning around.
After a string of misunderstandings and accidents threaten Will and Marty’s relationship, Marty has to find a way to fix her luck for good — or say goodbye to Will forever.
“Okay, how about we play a game?” he says. “Would you rather be covered in scales, like a dragon, or have whiskers, like a cat?”
I blink at him. “Um, neither.”
He smiles and shakes his head. “You have to choose. That’s the game.”
“And what, exactly, is this supposed to tell you about me?”
“Well, I guess…whether you’d rather have scales or whiskers,” he says. “And who wouldn’t want to know that?”
“Okay,” I say, smiling back at him. “Whiskers. At least then I could pluck them out.”
“Nope. They’d grow back instantly. You’d never be rid of them.”
“I stand by my answer,” I say. “My turn. Would you rather wear a clown costume every day for a year or clown make everyday for an entire year?”
“Would I have to wear one of those red noses?”
“Technically that’s not makeup,” he points out.
“If my whiskers grown back, then you definitely have to wear the nose.”
He lets out a deep breath. “I’m going to have to go with the clown makeup.”
I start to laugh.
“You’re picturing me in the nose, aren’t you?” he asks.
He laughs too, and I start to relax. This conversation makes no sense — this game makes no sense — but it’s fun.
“Okay,” he says. “Would you rather only be able to listen to polka music for the rest of your life or one song — any song you like — over and over again, forever?
“The same song.”
“Well, now I have to ask what it is.”
I frown. I should have known he’d ask a follow up question. I could give him any song, other than the one I’m thinking of, but I feel like that would be cheating in some way, so I decided to take a chance and go with the truth.
“Africa,” I say.
“It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you,” Will sings in a terrible, off-key voice. “There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever doooooooo.”
He gives me a goofy smile that makes my heart turn over. “And now it’ll be in my head for the rest of my life,” he says.
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Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.