The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones

They called themselves “the lucky ones.” They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she...

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  • Jennifer

    Oh, I loved this book. So many of its themes deeply resonated with me, but I can't note them without spoiling this fascinating plot line...and I wouldn't do that to you.

    is part psychological thriller, part mystery, part [forbidden] romance, part family drama, part atmospheric gothic fiction, part science/medical ethics, and a whole lot of "making you think". Like I said before:

    is gold and her readers are indeed the lucky ones. Check it out!

    Oh, I loved this book. So many of its themes deeply resonated with me, but I can't note them without spoiling this fascinating plot line...and I wouldn't do that to you.

    is part psychological thriller, part mystery, part [forbidden] romance, part family drama, part atmospheric gothic fiction, part science/medical ethics, and a whole lot of "making you think". Like I said before:

    is gold and her readers are indeed the lucky ones. Check it out!

    No synopsis...I don't care. I have a release date and one-click button at my disposal. That's all I need.

    is gold!

  • warhawke

    General Fiction/Mystery

    Standalone

    Third Person

    Allison Lamarque had a wonderful childhood when she was fostered by a philanthropic neurosurgeon Dr. Vincent Capello. For a few years she thrived under his care with several other kids until it was all ripped away from her when she had a near death accident. Thirteen years later, everything was left behind in the past until she received a letter from her long lost foster brother.

    Roland Capello used to be her closest ally. As

    General Fiction/Mystery

    Standalone

    Third Person

    Allison Lamarque had a wonderful childhood when she was fostered by a philanthropic neurosurgeon Dr. Vincent Capello. For a few years she thrived under his care with several other kids until it was all ripped away from her when she had a near death accident. Thirteen years later, everything was left behind in the past until she received a letter from her long lost foster brother.

    Roland Capello used to be her closest ally. As the years passed, neither of them knew each other anymore. He had a secret and he wasn't the only one. While she reacquainted with people who were once her family she realized there were much more that were hidden in plain sight.

    Roland was a nice, understanding character. His calm and collected demeanor could ease anyone around him. However, those characteristics were not standout for me. It took a while for me to feel for him but once more of his background was revealed, I can't help but love him.

    Allison was a lonely woman. She craved connection but she wasn't demanding or clingy. I like her determination in finding the truth, but I also like how she wasn't pushy.

    I really enjoyed the storyline. Before starting I wasn't sure what it's going to be about and I thought it was a little slow in the beginning but the mystery drew me in. What I love the most about this book is the underlying theme of moral dilemma that will induce some deep thoughts.

    The Lucky Ones is a story of unraveling secrets and the consequences. It would appeal to fans of mystery with elements of romance.

  • Melanie

    I really enjoyed this book. Tiffany Reisz is one of my favorite erotic writers of all time. Seriously,

    was a huge part of my sexual awakening, I swear. I also read

    by her last year, and really enjoyed. All of her books are so sex positi

    I really enjoyed this book. Tiffany Reisz is one of my favorite erotic writers of all time. Seriously,

    was a huge part of my sexual awakening, I swear. I also read

    by her last year, and really enjoyed. All of her books are so sex positive, and I just love the woman in general. But

    is a book unlike anything else she has ever created.

    is a dark, mystery, thriller that stars a girl trying to discover what truly happened to her thirteen-years-ago. Allison’s mother died when she was very young, so she was put in foster care where she did not have the easiest of times. But one day, a man comes and takes her away and she joins his family. His family consists of a few other fosters kids, three of which he has officially adopted; Roland, Deacon and Thora. And they live in this beautiful home that they call “The Dragon” that is right on the Oregon coast.

    Dr. Vincent Capello is a very famous brain surgeon who has saved many kids. His parents also had a sad backstory, so he has devoted his life to saving kids, and giving some of them a safe place to live. Yet, thirteen-years-ago Allison’s distant aunt got a mysterious call from someone claiming that Allison was going to be murdered. Then, Allison was pushed down their stairs, and by doing so she hit her head and cannot remember who pushed her. Allison’s aunt immediately came and got her, and Allison spent the rest of her childhood living with this aunt in a nursing home, but she always was left with a void from missing her adoptive family, but also wondering who had tried to hurt her.

    Flash forward thirteen years, and Allison has been sleeping with a very rich, successful, powerful, and much older man for the last six years. The affair started when she was only nineteen-years-old and in return, he has made sure she has lived a very comfortable life. Allison has always wanted more than to be his mistress, but she has always been scared to ask for it. But now the man is cutting it off, and Allison is left feeling alone, just like how she felt when she left her adoptive family all those years ago.

    Then she gets a mysterious envelope from her oldest foster brother, Roland, asking her to return home, because their foster father is dying.

    And Allison goes, and such a twisted and constantly turning tale unfolds, where she slowly pieces together what really happened the night she was forced to leave the only people she has ever considered family. And, again, this is a Tiffany Reisz’s story; it’s dark and borderline taboo, but I truly enjoyed it, and was genuinely surprised with the twists and turns.

    There is a lot of talk about medical procedures, and mental health conditions, so please use caution when going into this one. And

    : cheating/being unfaithful to a partner, death of a child, physical abuse, suicide, animal abuse, animal death, attempted rape, medical malpractice, and psychosurgery.

    Overall, I couldn’t put this down. And I loved being a part of Allison's journey of discovery. I loved the perfect scenery, the forbidden love on a million different accounts and levels, the lyrical and beautiful writing, the unique plot, these morally grey characters, and all the different secrets. This was such a different and enjoyable read for me, and I can’t wait to see what Tiffany Reisz does next.

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  • Julie

    The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is a 2018 Mira publication.

    Very unusual, but utterly absorbing-

    I’ve long since moved on from super steamy erotica, not that I read it all that often in the first place, but because of that, Tiffany Reisz was never on my radar, until I read her novel,

    , which was my introduction to her work, and it totally blew me away. Since then, I’ve been waiting for a non-erotic novel by Reisz, so when I saw this one in the Overdrive library, I immediately p

    The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is a 2018 Mira publication.

    Very unusual, but utterly absorbing-

    I’ve long since moved on from super steamy erotica, not that I read it all that often in the first place, but because of that, Tiffany Reisz was never on my radar, until I read her novel,

    , which was my introduction to her work, and it totally blew me away. Since then, I’ve been waiting for a non-erotic novel by Reisz, so when I saw this one in the Overdrive library, I immediately placed a hold on it, months before it was due to be released. To add to my eagerness, this book has been labeled as ‘Gothic’, ‘Mystery’, and Romantic Suspense’, three of my very favorite genres.

    But, I was completely unprepared for the direction this book took and never could have conceived where Reisz’s vivid imagination would take me.

    There were seven children all taken in by famed doctor Vincent Capello, who owned an infamous beach house, with a storied past, he named ‘The Dragon’, located on the Oregon coast. All the children who were fortunate enough to be fostered or adopted by the good doctor were considered ‘The Lucky Ones”.

    Allison was one of those lucky children, but a sinister accident in the house prompted her aunt to claim her, so Allison left ‘The Dragon’ and was never officially adopted by Dr. Capello. However, she never forgot her time with him or her special ‘siblings’. Thirteen years later, she finds her life at a crossroads, so when she gets a phone call explaining that Capello is gravely ill, Allison returns to the magical beach house to reunite with her 'brothers and sisters', and to face her murky past.

    Well, this book certainly is suspenseful and most definitely has a chilling, atmospheric tone. There are Gothic elements in this story, but they run more towards a ‘Faulkner’s style of Gothic in some ways which could make some readers a little uncomfortable.

    However, despite a few blurred lines, the story is constructed very well, and adeptly combines an odd concoction of genres. There is a very unsual love story, grotesqueries, medical experiments, and a high level of suspense, with a healthy dollop of psychological mind games. But, the story also touches on family ties, grief, and the experiences that bond people for a lifetime, for better or worse.

    The mystery is compelling, the pacing is nearly pitch perfect, and the characterizations are so well drawn, I found myself immersed in their odd conversations and memories, waiting with bated breath as dark, lurid secrets revealed themselves. Oddly enough, Cooper McQueen, Allison’s former lover, almost steals the show, and despite the fact that he has let Allison down, he still made me smile and his brief appearances helped lighten some of the heavier moments.

    This book may not be for everyone. There's some slightly irregular, borderline forbidden relationships that could give some readers pause, but it was, like I said, a pure Gothic tone, so this is not all that strange in this genre, even though I admit, it did make me squirm a little.

    This is a dark novel, and is not in any way a traditional romantic suspense or mystery which is partly why I enjoyed this book. It's just so different from what I usually read, so it was more of a challenge. It did push the envelope a little, which also made me sit up and pay closer attention, nudging me out of my comfort zone, which is always a good thing to do on occasion. I had no clue which direction the story would take me and never could have figured out the plot twists in advance, which is another reason why it appealed to me. While I may not want to visit these dark recesses of the mind on an everyday basis, I must say, I am, once again, deeply impressed with this author. I love her writing style and her bold imagination!

    4 stars

  • Shannon

    So I started The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz when a terrible book slump took over me. Yes, it’s a sickness. So, I had to put the book down until it was over. Once I picked it back up I couldn’t stop reading it. I just needed to know what happened.

    Allison grew up in a foster home in Oregon, a home that looked like a dragon if you looked at it just right. Dr. Capello was a single foster father. He brought in kids who needed him and who didn’t have anyone else. Now, Allison, living in Kentucky, is

    So I started The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz when a terrible book slump took over me. Yes, it’s a sickness. So, I had to put the book down until it was over. Once I picked it back up I couldn’t stop reading it. I just needed to know what happened.

    Allison grew up in a foster home in Oregon, a home that looked like a dragon if you looked at it just right. Dr. Capello was a single foster father. He brought in kids who needed him and who didn’t have anyone else. Now, Allison, living in Kentucky, is contacted by her brother to let her know that her father was dying. She hasn’t seen her foster siblings or foster father in 13 years. Thirteen years ago, there had been an accident which forced Allison to leave the home. Allison doesn’t remember what happened before or after the accident. She wonders if it really was just an accident or if someone was behind it.

    Allison decides she will go back to Oregon to say good bye to her foster dad and then leave. She reconnects with her foster siblings right away. Allison notices there are a lot of secrets in the home and she’s determined to find out what really happened to her all those years ago.

    The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz was a fast paced read. I don’t really think of it as a thriller though, it did have some romance to it. If you like light mysteries I would suggest The Lucky Ones. It comes out February 13th. I’d rate this 4 stars. Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a copy of The Lucky Ones, I really appreciate it.

  • ◆ Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$ ◆

    When I first heard of this book, I was just about to start Loreth Anne White’s

    . I clicked on it to change its status to 'currently reading'.

    My Home page opened instead.

    (A little piece of advice: DO NOT ever buy a touchscreen laptop. The tiniest speck of dust on its screen can take you to the most unexpected places.)

    The first review displayed at the top of my Home page was my friend Sophie’s fantastic review of this book. It intrigued me so much that I decided to check

    When I first heard of this book, I was just about to start Loreth Anne White’s

    . I clicked on it to change its status to 'currently reading'.

    My Home page opened instead.

    (A little piece of advice: DO NOT ever buy a touchscreen laptop. The tiniest speck of dust on its screen can take you to the most unexpected places.)

    The first review displayed at the top of my Home page was my friend Sophie’s fantastic review of this book. It intrigued me so much that I decided to check the book out. I clicked on the book title.

    I got this:

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

    What does that even mean?

    Is this some new GR shit or was God trying to tell me something?

    Anyhow, I thought this had to be some kind of sign: Either I was about to reach the proverbial end or I was destined to read this book. I chose to believe the latter.

    I've never read this author before. I'm not too crazy about BDSM books. But, in theory, this one clicked all of my boxes.

    The good news is I haven't reached the end of the road yet.

    And I really enjoyed this book.

    The bad news is this is not a romance. At least not in

    opinion. Yes, there are some short sex scenes but that's it. No chemistry, no tension, no hotness. I didn't mind. That's how good the story and the writing are.

    It's not a horror story either. Well, at least not in the literary sense of the word. The story

    horrible though. I mean, it deals with horrible events and describes horrible things. So beware.

    Enjoyment: 4/5

    Writing style: 4/5

    Storyline: 4/5

    Hero(es): 3/5

    Heroine: 4/5

    Secondary characters: 4/5

    Hotness/steam: 2/5

    Romance: 2/5

    Angst: 3/5

    Darkness level: 3.5/5

    Humor: 2/5

    Depth of the book: 4/5

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  • Deanna

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    3.5 Stars

    “The Lucky Ones” was my first read from Tiffany Reisz. The blurb was interesting, I love stories filled with secrets and lies!

    We meet Allison Lamarque in the present day as she struggling to hold it together. Her lover is breaking up with her….though he prefers thinking they had a

    As he is leaving, Allison notices a small package a

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    3.5 Stars

    “The Lucky Ones” was my first read from Tiffany Reisz. The blurb was interesting, I love stories filled with secrets and lies!

    We meet Allison Lamarque in the present day as she struggling to hold it together. Her lover is breaking up with her….though he prefers thinking they had a

    As he is leaving, Allison notices a small package addressed to her in the box that he brought with him. It’s postmarked from Oregon. When she sees the name and return address she almost passes out from shock.

    Roland Capello

    Her brother….Sort of.

    When Allison was young her mother passed away and Allison ended up in foster care. Somehow she was one of the “

    ” taken in by Dr. Vincent Capello, a famous brain surgeon in Oregon. Dr. Capello was known for helping needy children and even adopted some of them. Allison loves her new family. But then something happens and she’s taken from Oregon, and never hears from any of the Capello’s again.

    That is…until now. Thirteen years later.

    The letter from Roland informs her that Dr. Capello is very ill and doesn’t have long to live. Allison isn’t sure what to do. She has tried hard to forget those days in

    , but memories of her time there never left her entirely, “it

    Allison decides to go back to see Dr. Capello and her “siblings”. She is determined to find out what happened that last day before she was sent away. And why is she missing an entire week of memory from that time?

    From the moment Allison arrives in Oregon, she wonders if coming back was a mistake. Memories flood in... The house has a dark history of madness, violence, and more going back decades. What is waiting for her in this house filled with secrets and lies?

    Well… this was certainly a dark and thought-provoking read. As I mentioned, this was my first read from Tiffany Reisz. Although it may not have been exactly what I was expecting, it was definitely a page-turner that I’m glad I had the chance to read. A twisted tale with turns I never anticipated. The storyline was gripping…

    Allison and her “siblings” Roland, Thora, Deacon, Kendra, Oliver, and Anthony had stories that were both intriguing and disturbing.

    ” was a suspenseful and edgy read. While there were a few parts that made me a bit uncomfortable, overall I found this to be quite an absorbing and unique read.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Mira for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at:

    3.5 Stars

    If you want an actual review, go to

    immediately because there is going to be nothing informative here and also because she’s the reason I read this in the first place so she deserves all the credit.

    I had heard of Tiffany Reisz awhile back when a whole bunch of perverts were reading this

    and trying to push me into reading it too. My reaction to what was sold to me as a bdsm/erotica/art story????

    Find all of my reviews at:

    3.5 Stars

    If you want an actual review, go to

    immediately because there is going to be nothing informative here and also because she’s the reason I read this in the first place so she deserves all the credit.

    I had heard of Tiffany Reisz awhile back when a whole bunch of perverts were reading this

    and trying to push me into reading it too. My reaction to what was sold to me as a bdsm/erotica/art story????

    I’m woman enough to admit it. I steered clear of

    , but never forgot Tiffany Reisz’s name. When I saw

    wasn’t a fail for Deanna I figured this might be the story for me to try. And boy was it!!!

    Let me take you on a trip on the wayback machine when I was just a bitty one. No longer in need of picture books or intimidated by a large page count, a young Kelly went venturing into her mother’s room for library selections which resided on the nightstand. It is there she discovered worlds and characters built by literary geniuses such as Jackie Collins and Danielle Steele! Oh what stories they told – just like her favorite television programs

    ,

    ,

    , etc. Young Kelly couldn’t wait to tell her mother what a good time she was having . . . .

    But Kelly’s mother was like . . . .

    Which made young Kelly say . . . .

    Until young Kelly’s mother told her it was time for her to get her

    public library card so she could check out more age appropriate stories. And what did young Kelly choose? A little gem called

    that I guarantee would not stand the test of time and that I read waaaaaaay before Al Gore invented the interwebs so you’ll just have to read

    instead to see how it made me feel. Young Kelly’s reaction to that story was very much like . . . . .

    And she read the entire V.C. Andrews series over and over and over until they completely fell apart.

    may not be a

    book, but Tiffany Reisz definitely writes well. It was certainly a grown-up version of my childhood fave and even included a bit of mystery that I didn’t figure out halfway through so that was a bonus.

  • Kendall

    Ummm.. I seriously don't even know what I just read? My last read of 2017.. and wow was it a terrible read.

    I don't know if I would classify this as a romance or a mystery? This book was nothing that I expected it to be like AT ALL.

    Ok.. can we say dysfunctional family?! OH M GEEEE. There were so many things wrong with this book.. I can't even get my thoughts together to write this review.

    "They call themselves "the lucky ones"... umm more like dysfunctional ones...

    Allison returns home to the D

    Ummm.. I seriously don't even know what I just read? My last read of 2017.. and wow was it a terrible read.

    I don't know if I would classify this as a romance or a mystery? This book was nothing that I expected it to be like AT ALL.

    Ok.. can we say dysfunctional family?! OH M GEEEE. There were so many things wrong with this book.. I can't even get my thoughts together to write this review.

    "They call themselves "the lucky ones"... umm more like dysfunctional ones...

    Allison returns home to the Dragon (a magical beach house) on the coast of Oregon where she lived as a foster child being taken care of by Dr. Vincent Capello. Dr. Capello fostered multiple children in his home including Allison, Roland, Deacon, and Thora. Allison was living a happy life with Dr. Vincent Capello as a little girl until the night she was almost killed.

    Allison receives a letter from Dr. Capello's oldest son Roland letting her know that Dr. Capello is very ill and doesn't have much time to live. Allison returns home to confront her past and the demons that are lurking in the Dragon.

    As time passes, Allison starts to notice strange lies from all of her "family members" including her foster father Dr. Capello. Things aren't exactly adding up when she is trying to confront her past and the horrible truth that actually happened that night she almost died as a little girl.

    The novel started off REALLY slow and then it just got weird. REALLY weird. I'm all for unique and weird novels but this just wasn't for me. I kept scratching my head multiple times... as I'm struggling to finish and thinking What the f.... am I reading? This family was extremely dysfunctional and it just wasn't even enjoyable to read. It just left me annoyed... that I spent time on reading this.

    It was almost borderline disgusting to me... and just wrong to have a sense of romance to it. I can't recommend this book. I'm not sure if the author was trying to add a hint of psychological to this but if so.. it was done horribly. Overall, 1.75 stars for me on this one.

    Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for the arc in exchange for an honest review. Publication date is 2/13/18.

    Happy New Year :).

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