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Just Lucky: Friends and Enemies, Fred Waiss

Contemporary Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Murder & Crime, Romance, Thriller & Psychological Thriller

An accident cost Ron Russell all use of his left arm. Some people allow their disability to define them. Others use it to push themselves to their limits. Ron did both. He entered college eight years later his devotion to physical fitness and martial arts prepared him to handle himself well in a fight. As a freshman he acquired his first girlfriend, but their friendship “with benefits” would go no farther and he gave her his blessing to pursue an old flame that had returned to her life.

Then he meets Audrey. The two fall very much in love, but a year later, Audrey is brutally murdered, and Audrey is not the first victim. The police can gather no evidence, and there may be corruption on the force. Finally, Ron and Audrey’s family decide that something must be done. Plans go awry; Ron barely survives the encounter; but justice is served. Then the story (with the accompanying frame story) skips ahead about twenty years, when Ron discovers something almost unbelievable.

A short while ago I read and reviewed an incredible fantasy story called Witchery written by the superb author Fred Waiss. Witchery is now one of my favorite stories thanks to the witch featured as well as the many magical abilities which are explored throughout the book. Upon finishing Witchery, all I could think about is how I needed to read another book by Fred Waiss, and so that is what I did! Today I am going to be reviewing another book courtesy of Waiss, and the book is called Just Lucky: Friends and Enemies; however! Just Lucky is a romance novel book lovers which is a drastic change from Witchery which is hardcore fantasy. I admit that when I read the premise of Just Lucky I was excited because although it is a change, I welcome it and I was excited to read it because I wanted to know whether the exceptional author managed to pull it off! Now that I have finished reading the book I can happily write that Fred Waiss really did pull it off and wow, it is a beautiful and moving story.

Just Lucky: Friends and Enemies follows the protagonist of the novel, Ron Russell. Ron at the start of the novel is in an accident, and he has lost the use of his left arm. Ron struggled with his disability but slowly he overcomes it and achieves excellent physical health and when he becomes a freshman he meets a woman, and they hit it off. However, his first relationship does not last forever because it is a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship, but when it does end, he meets the beautiful Audrey and this is where the novel takes of. Audrey and Ron fall head over heels for each other but sadly, tragedy strikes when Audrey is murdered in the most horrific way.

The reader will follow Ron as he comes to terms with the death of the love of his life and the ongoing investigation. It will become clear to Ron soon that Audrey was not the only victim and that the Police are not doing as great as a job as they should be. This leads Ron to take action into his own hands and when he does ‘justice is served’ but the reader will be thrust twenty years ahead and Ron will discover a shocking truth and this book lovers is the premise of the unforgettable Just Lucky.

Before I discuss the story of the book I have to mention that Just Lucky needs to be a movie. When I read the description and the final sentence which reads ‘Then the story skips ahead about twenty years when Ron discovers something almost unbelievable’ I was hooked. I love mysteries and love a deadly twist, and I love even more when this is in a movie. Personally, I really hope that this book becomes a movie, it has all the right components including a stellar storyline so let’s pray it does! Also, I very rarely suggest that a book be adapted so the fact that I am writing this about Just Lucky shows us readers that it is a great book!

The story of Just Lucky is a thrilling and moving one that features many profound themes. The themes explored throughout the journey are hard-hitting because although there are many thrilling themes, there are also upsetting ones, especially with regards to the brutal murder of Audrey and Ron’s disability. The murder theme was deeply upsetting, especially because Audrey was so young and she had a whole life ahead of her, and the disability theme was also upsetting because of how Ron at first felt. It is true that many people with disabilities feel hopeless, lose the will to live and think they can’t accomplish anything in life. I know many veterans who have lost limbs and feel this way (until they got help), and so it is sad to read. However I love how the author Fred Waiss features a disabled person as the protagonist and star of the book because disabled people do have a voice, they are normal, and so I think it is great to read a book that features a disabled protagonist!

Fred Waiss is an exceptional author who once again in Just Lucky has ensured that no stone is left unturned. Waiss has managed to craft and develop a highly entertaining story that weaves suspense with intrigue with thriller moments and heart and the result of these themes, which are all expertly spun together by Waiss, is a thrilling story that is worthy of every book lovers read! The situation and events Waiss has managed to create are phenomenal, and every immaculate detail is well thought out. The book itself is one that is full of a wealth of creativity and imagination and worthy of a high amount of praise.

Overall Just Lucky is a moving, thrilling and exciting read that captured my heart and ran off with it. If you are a reader who is looking to get lost in a thriller tale packed full of emotion and poignancy, then have a read of Just Lucky because you will not regret it! Just Lucky gets five dazzling stars from me so have a read of the preview below! Be sure to also have a read of book two in the series if you read the first because this was released last week and should not be missed!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Just Lucky: Friends and Enemies. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

Below I have attached some links about the author and this wonderful book so if you would like to learn more about the author and the book then please have a browse. Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this book!


Amazon U.S.Amazon U.K.Goodreads

Fred Waiss: Facebook – Website – Goodreads Author Page

Thank you so much again for reading!

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Wow. Thank you Aimee. My ego is strong enough to agree with everything you said. I have never really thought about this as a movie, though. Witchery, yes. But not Just Lucky. But now that you mention it, it might well indeed be a good film. I do appreciate that you agree that the themes and actions are strung together well. As a reader I hate plot holes, and I strive to eliminate any in my writing. I’m please that you feel I’ve succeeded. You may disagree after reading, but I feel that Book 2 is actually a better book…at… Read more »

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