Book Review: Unlucky in Love (Whisper Creek: Book 4) by Maggie McGinnis

Unlucky in Love (Whisper Creek, #4)

Title: Unlucky in Love

Author: Maggie McGinnis

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept

Date of publication: October 11th, 2016

Number of pages: 256

Part of a series: Yes

What series: Whisper Creek

Accidental Cowgirl – Book 1

A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise – Book 2

Once Upon A Cowboy – Book 3

Unlucky in Love – Book 4

Meant to Be – Book 5 (Expected publication date: January 10th, 2017)

Standalone: Yes!!!

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

From the author of Once Upon a Cowboy (“Sexy, charming, and perfectly heartwarming.”—Lauren Layne) comes another sweet novel of the Whisper Creek Ranch, where sizzling Montana men melt the most stubborn hearts.
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.
Praise for the Whisper Creek series
“Sexy, charming, and perfectly heartwarming, Once Upon a Cowboy is the ultimate pick-me-up. Everything about this book made me smile. Maggie McGinnis just keeps getting better and better!”—USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
“Witty dialogue, a heartwarming story, and a hero I’d like to take home with me combine for a compelling and enjoyable read. Maggie McGinnis has crafted a novel sure to make you want a cowboy of your own!”—New York Times bestselling author Cheyenne McCray, on A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise
“With characters, you’ll love and a story that will make you smile, Accidental Cowgirl is a winner from a witty new voice in contemporary romance.”—New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

My review:

I know I begin a lot of my book reviews this way, but I absolutely loved this book. Put it this way, for me to say this about a book that is the 4th book in a series AND I haven’t read the other 3 before it, it’s huge. Like super huge because I am very picky about books in series. I am that person that has to read a series from the beginning so I know about the other people in the book first. Normally, if I read the books out of whack, then I get out of whack, know what I mean….lol. So I was happy that I could read this basically as a standalone.

The romance between Alexis and Gunnar was so sweet. It started off as a friendship of sorts (she asked him to help her with getting her ex-fiance (aka THE IDIOT) back by showing him how much fun she was having (for a lack of better words) and he agreed. The romance just grew from there.

Alexis was a sweetheart, in my eyes. She was a dependable person who was kinda afraid to step out of her comfort zone. Which is why she thinks that Tristan (aka THE IDIOT) left her. Her summer job at the Whisper Creek Ranch is supposed to let her explore her adventurous side. With her sister’s help, she makes up a list of what to do. That goes out the window when she meets Gunnar.

Gunnar was a cowboy with a past. Not an awful past. Up until he was 16, he traveled the country with his mother….who was following his father and his wife. Yeah, that’s kinda screwed up. So he craves stability, which is no shocker. He is also Mr. July in the Whisper Creek Ranch calendar and website(OMG, when Alexis met him at the airport and realized who he was, I was dying laughing). He is also working with rescued horses and is very, very talented with that. Finding his love was the last thing on his mind but when he saw Alexis, it was over.

For some reason, I totally related to Alexis. From her failed paragliding adventure with the sorority sisters (I have an extreme fear of heights) to her drunken night of karaoke AND texting it to her ex-fiance (been there, done that), I could see us being great friends. Heck, she even had a dysfunctional family (waves hand over here, I do too).

The ending and the epilogue got me right in the feels. Lets just saw that Gunnar is awesome and is perfect for Alexis (read the book).

How many stars will I give Unlucky in Love? 5

Why? A great clean (aka no sex) romance that makes you laugh and cry at various points in the book. Put it this way, I want a Gunnar in my life!!!

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range: Teen

Why: The cleanest romance that isn’t a Christian romance that I have read in a while. No sex, a couple of kissing scenes and that’s it. Some language, a drunken night at karaoke bar complete with bad singing and some poor lobsters getting cooked….lol.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**