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Seattle Stories: Book ThreeHouse-sitting for a friend is supposed to be a lucky break for Aiden Daly. Discovering his new housemate is the image of his first crush turns it into a nightmare. Marco de Luca is obviously interested in being more than housemates, but his resemblance to Aiden’s ideal man seems only skin-deep. Besides, Aiden doesn’t date.Since his adoptive fatheSeattle Stories: Book ThreeHouse-sitting for a friend is supposed to be a lucky break for Aiden Daly. Discovering his new housemate is the image of his first crush turns it into a nightmare. Marco de Luca is obviously interested in being more than housemates, but his resemblance to Aiden’s ideal man seems only skin-deep. Besides, Aiden doesn’t date.Since his adoptive father’s suicide, Aiden’s first priority has been supporting his remaining family—and shielding them from the truth of their financial situation. Deeply concerned for his mother's mental health, Aiden remains closeted and lonely, convinced that bad luck is the only luck he'll ever have.As if the pressure of keeping his father’s financial secrets weren’t enough to handle, Aiden’s birth father makes contact, sending Aiden’s anxieties spiraling out of control. But it’s a crisis at work that finally brings Aiden to his breaking point. Accepting support from Marco is a gamble, but it could be just what Aiden needs to turn his luck around....

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Number of Pages : 326 Pages
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Aiden's Luck Reviews

  • Baba
    2018-12-16 00:35

    DNF at 40 %About my ratingBased on the first 40 % of the story I'd've rated Aiden's Luck with 1 star. I added a second star because I don't know if the story would improve throughout the second half of the plot. Please bear with me but I'm not in the mood to write an in-depth review. The gif relates to my decision that I might be done with this series. With that said I really don't mean to be disrespectful but Aiden's Luck was terribly, terribly boring. As I see it, the story could have been titled as Baba's Misfortune. Aiden's Luck is anything but perfetto. In fact, Aiden comes across as despondent, weak and even a bit weepy. Add in the fact that I don't like to read about a pity party either, and it's no surprise at all that it ended up as another letdown. Since I started to read this story my mood decreased continually to the point where I'm stuck near the freezing point. Hence, I had to put the book down numerous times because it couldn't hold my attention. All I got out of it was an unhealthy agitation. In conclusion, I'm very disappointed and as I see it Aiden's Luck is probably the biggest letdown since I started to read m-m novels. Those readers who didn't particularly like Saving Sean will probably not enjoy Aiden's Luck either. Whatever you will decide, though, I wish you luck…you might need it.

  • Julio Genao
    2018-11-20 22:31

    prego, signora riley.richly rewarding, despite a stiff and expositional start. i found the language loosened up into the much more polished flow of memories and dialogue that is this author's métier. as a romance, it's got it all: conflict, angst, and some very one-handed passages.villains become heroes; heroes become human; and orphans find their homes.my apartment is toilet-paper-town. i'm out of motherfucking tissues.

  • Wendy
    2018-12-02 01:49

    After reading the first book, I couldn't wait to read about Marco. I really liked Ben's youngest brother when he was introduced near the end. I was also very curious about Aiden.So I skipped book 2 about Peter. He was an oke guy, but his story just wasn't as important to me ;)I really enjoyed this one. Marco was just wonderful and Aiden...well he seemed to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Ofcourse this was because of his own making but I still understood why he did the things he did and where he was coming from.Even though the romance is still a bit of a slow burn, it progressed faster then the one in book 1. There was also a bit more steam, which I quite enjoyed ;)There are a lot of problems and issues the MC's have to deal with (especially Aiden) in this book, but most of those are about things outside of their relationship. This to me was pretty refreshing. Not too much relationship drama.It wasn't as heavy as as "After Ben" though I did tear up a time or two. I just couldn't help but feel sorry for Aiden...I just wished there would have been some kind of epilogue. I didn't mind so much in book 1, because I knew we would get a chance of seeing Ben and Morgan in the other books. I have no idea if there will be more books after this one, so I really would have liked some glimpse of their future.

  • Mandapanda
    2018-12-01 03:25

    4.5 stars. Aiden has been struggling to support his family since his father's suicide. He is living on the edge of a nervous breakdown, barely coping financially, working long hours, and unable to tell the truth to anyone. House-sitting for a friend gives him some much needed space until another guest, a forward, outspoken, beautiful Italian named Marco moves in with him. Marco shakes up his tightly wound world and Aiden tries to freeze him out. But as the cracks start to appear he realises Marco may be the one thing he needs the most.The book started slowly. Initially there are many references to past characters which I found a little distracting. Aiden's stubborn anger and the way he keeps pushing Marco away when you know how much Marco loves him is frustrating. But I like the way the author slowly revealed the reasons for his pain. Like peeling away the layers and revealing the beautiful person underneath. Marco is so GORGEOUS! I loved his bossiness and European dramatic flair. The way he taunts Aiden by sunbathing in his Speedo and sunglasses and the way he makes him kiss him goodbye are two of the many intensely sexy things about his relentless pursuit. The rest of the book is about their growing relationship and the many emotional hurdles Aiden has to overcome to get his life on track. The secondary characters are really important to the story. Aiden's family history plays a big role in the plot. The story of how Evan came into their lives is really touching. Other plot points like Aiden's Mum's struggle to take control back of her life, Levi the thieving shop assistant, and Aiden's ongoing issues with Joel (his brother's boyfriend) all dovetail neatly to make for a very layered complex story. What surprised me the most is the strong presence of Ben (Theo's deceased lover in book 1 and Marco's brother). It almost feels like the whole series has come full circle as we see Ben's influence in Aiden and Marco's lives even though he's no longer there.This is a deliciously angsty story. There are lots of emotional issues for our heroes to overcome but the author doesn't take any shortcuts. They heal through time, acceptance, and some much needed therapy. There are such strong themes of love, jealousy, and family in this book. I pretty much cried constantly the last 20%. It's a really beautiful ending.This author writes some of the best sex scenes ever! Loved every one of them. I don't know if this is supposed to be the third in a trilogy or if there's another book coming. Evanand Joel have been simmering along quietly in the background now for three books but they still don't seem to have everything worked out. I wonder if they will get their own book? I'd love to read their romance in their own words one day.Definitely start this series with book 1 - After Ben.

  • Sara
    2018-12-03 23:34

    Each book in this series has affected me personally. I thought I related to After Ben the most until I read Saving Sean and then I was all about that one and then I read this. I won’t get TMI with the review but Aiden’s Luck, well it was my luck to find him. I am a bit Marco and a whole lot of Aiden in so many ways. While I devoured the first two books, I had to take my time with Aiden’s story and not get lost in my weight of responsibility as I identified with his. Aiden, he is this larger than life man with the world on his shoulders, his back and too many responsibilies yapping at his heels. The man is exhausting and yet once again, I got him. Damn this author and her ability to write real characters with real flaws and real emotions. I know that some readers didn’t take to Aiden, but I did immediately. Aiden is rough and stubborn and is such need of human contact that it was stifling. I couldn’t breathe through most of this book and I swear I started to get heartburn to match Aiden’s as I read this. We know that David Daly had passed away and we know a bit about how his life ended. We got that with book one and more in book two but what we learn here was heartbreaking. Not only has Aiden had a tough life; knowing how his mother died and that he was adopted into the loving home of the Daly’s, but how he first meets Evan and what he goes through as his father tries to pass on his passions? Good lord. Those boys who have grown into such amazing men, just killed me. Aiden’s luck didn’t read like the others in this story. After Ben was intense with loss and rebirth of love. Saving Sean was just that, saving the one you love and Aiden’s Luck, it was redemption and it was beautiful. Aiden is like a diamond, he has been shoved so tightly into self-imposed responsibility that it will take a gorgeous head strong Italian male influence to pull the shining gem from the darkened coal. Did I just say all of that? Yup, I did and it’s true.That Italian? *swoon* I loved Marco when we met him with Theo. He was so touchy feely and amazing that when I realized he would be in this, I was willing and ready to go with him. I like that Aiden’s first real crush was Ben and that yes Marco is his brother and strongly resembles him. It was this sort of Meta deal with the brothers but Marco is not Ben and Aiden knows that. But… the way both of these men see Ben - is what I found most endearing. Aiden and Marco both were influenced by Ben and it all comes full circle with this series. Ben, he is what holds all of this together from beginning to end and I love that though we never got him when he was alive, he LIVED throughout these books. So, Aiden. This man… was a tough read for me. I loved him so much. I must have a soft spot for men like him, maybe because I am like him in so many ways? I don’t know. I just know that this book hit me straight in the heart and like the ones before it, I adored it. This story, the pace it was told was perfect. This couldn’t be rushed and the romance was so intimate, emotional and sensual. I loved the moments between Marco and Aiden as they let themselves feel and fall. I absolutely loved the talk about the first time they saw one another. This is Marco’s story as much as it is Aiden’s and his bit about seeing Aiden for the first time made me fall harder for him. If that was possible. Again, it was wonderful to see more of Evan and Joel again - Are we going to get their book? I need it, really REALLY need it! - as well as small bits of Theo, Morgan, Paul and even Jack. The books could possibly be read as stand alones but I wouldn’t do that. For me, reading them in order is a comfort in knowing the characters and who they are along with how they fit into each story. It’s just nice to be surrounded by those in the Seattle Stories. I’ll stop my gushing now. I can’t say enough about this book, about this series and this author. As an emotional reader; it’s as if I found the right place at the right time. These stories are ones that are going on my favorite shelf and will stay there.

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2018-11-20 03:46

    I sobbed my way through most of After Ben and had a hard time picking up the pieces. In the process, I fell in love with Ben, who was a very real, visceral presence in the first book. I love how he loved Theo, how nurturing he was, how good and funny, and about perfect. I wanted Ben...and then when Theo goes to Milan for closure...well, I met Marco, and...dear god, MARCO. Of course, I had to read the third book. I skipped right through the second, because who cares about Sean?, and I wanted Peter not to show up on Theo's doorstep when Morgan was singing in the shower. I mean, Peter seems fine, but I'd had enough of Peter, when it was clear that Theo belonged with Morgan, and Peter needed to leave him the fuck alone. (Resentment hurts, people). So in book 3, Marco is in Seattle and rooming with Aiden (there's a reason for this). But Aiden is an ass and hates Marco. It turns out Aiden had a little boy crush on Ben, and Marco reminds him of Ben...too much...or not enough. Aiden is also a stubborn, whiney, unpleasant dude at the beginning, and I get why people DNF this book at 40 percent in. Because about then I wanted to bitch slap Aiden to high heaven and make him open his eyes already. He works so hard at keeping everyone out, he is barely breathing. But Marco doesn't give up on Aiden. He pushes and prods and pulls, gently, gently, in his own Italian way. And seeing Marco is like seeing Ben. We also get small glimpses of Theo and Morgan, who are together and happy (yay!).The steam factor in this book was about a 2.5 on a 1 to 5 scale. This was more sensual than steamy, and that was totally appropriate for these characters at this particular time. Aiden couldn't be rushed. He already escaped too much, was shouldering too much. And it's not Marco's style to rush anyway. The focus of the book is perhaps more Aiden and his changing outlook (a process to which Marco is integral) than the relationship between Aiden and Marco. But these two definitely get their HEA, perhaps even more so than Theo/Morgan (I thought the first book cut off a little abruptly). As we learn more about Aiden, including his relationship with his adopted dad, his mom, and Evan, he becomes more likeable, and Marco...well, he's about perfect anyhow.

  • Tutu
    2018-11-24 04:47

    I’m going to start this review by answering the long awaited question: is this book worth reading? This is tricky to answer. It’s not as good as After Ben was but it’s better than Saving Sean. It may not leave you with the same appreciation for it that the first book did, but it also doesn’t leave you as disappointed as was the case with the second. I do not regret reading it, but if I’m being honest, I think it can be skipped. I would definitely recommend it to those who liked the second book. For those other ones , reading it could be a bit frustrating, with highs and lows and I wouldn’t mark it as a priority read.As with the previous two books in the series, this centers around the grief of losing a loved one. In this aspect, Aiden’s luck is very similar with Saving Sean. Aiden is deeply affected by his father suicide and his life turns out to be centered around the consequences and the follow out. He has given up entirely at living his life for himself and does everything in his power to keep his family from finding out the true reason of his father’s actions. I do understand why he did this but his actions that are so self sacrificing are also selfish when you see them from his family’s point of view. And in the end turn out to be pointless. Five years of sacrifice and working himself to the ground that could be avoided if he’d just been up front with his mother and later with his brother.This was frustrating for me to read but I could get over it. What was a bit more difficult to deal with was the writing style. At places the author used too much reflection, not enough action and skipped the dialogue. I don’t want to be told what happened, I want to experience it through the characters. Aiden getting lost in his head, especially in the first part of the novel bugged me. And also, every big event that happens we do not get to witness first hand. We find out afterward how it happened. It’s anticlimactic. In the first book I really liked Evan and Joel. They were also part of the second and now they are supporting characters here. They are all over this series but they are not given enough attention. I would rather not read about them at all than being given little bits.She’s also preparing her next book here I think with Levi and Drew( the cop)? The thing with Levi bothered me though, he took too much space in this book when he shouldn’t. There was enough drama as it was and getting him into the mix was too much. Don’t get me wrong, I kinda really liked him but he shouldn’t have be given that much importance. And to top things off, the author added another unnecessary thing: Aiden’s real father. Again, nothing against him but he was not needed in all the drama. My opinion : if you’re gonna do something, do it right- the whole thing with his dad was painted out to be dramatic but was only discussed in the last 2 pages.For those bothered by Maggie’s 360 in the second book, you might feel the same about Aiden and Evan’s father. He seemed so nice….and then…..not so much.And now for the love story and Marco. I liked Marco . But he was, in my opinion a copy paste of Ben. Or t least that’s how I saw him.He is very different from Aiden, an extrovert and someone who loves life while Aiden has been used to keep everything for himself and not allow anybody in. So obviously meeting Marco and living with him turns out to be a shock. Still, for me it was a bit difficult to believe they fell in love. That’s not to say they weren’t right for each other because they were. Aiden needed someone to help him take control back of his life and put him first and Marco needed someone to love and take care of. Things just fell into place a bit too easy for my liking.And lastly, what bothered me personally was how connected everything and everyone was is this series. Everybody knew each other and played an important part in each other’s lives. I mean come on! The world is small, but not that small!!!

  • Tami (synchro from BL)
    2018-11-26 04:30

    This was not very good - and a disappointment after the strong first installment and the ok second one. I thought about why I didn't like it much and the most prominent reason is, that it indeed was boring. I think I would have liked it in fact better if I hadn't read the first two books. It felt very repetitive and the whole story was predictable and there was no development at all that came as an interesting turn. I think the main problem for me was, that Aiden's and Marco's story was too thorougly prepared for in the first books. Everything was clear from the beginning, so the only feeling the story finally inspired was frustration and impatience with Aiden to get it done already. I think this would have worked better as a short story/spin off novella.In series it is mostly nice to meet favourite characters again, but here too much ground work for the MC's has been put down in former books. I had more than one deja vue. And I also didn't dig the whole crush on the late Ben thing.

  • Heller
    2018-11-18 05:49

    I enjoyed this more than I expected to, it took me a long time to warm up to Aiden though. I found myself really frustrated with him for long chunks of the story...his anger, his martyrdom, his disconnection. I wanted someone to shake him. I was glad to see him begin to let go of his issues and accept that he can't do everything by himself. It made him a much more likeable character for me especially when he got over his Joel snit which has been bothering me for two books.The story jumped around a lot which I found odd. I had a hard time not skipping ahead because it was frustrating dealing with the back and forth. I kept with this one more for Marco. I really loved him, he was charming.I don't see this as a standalone as many characters' stories overlap and make cameos. I found this one not as good as the first in the series but better than then second for me.

  • Anyta Sunday
    2018-12-10 03:30

    2.5This is the third book in the Seattle Stories series. Like with After Ben and Saving Sean, there are many things to like about this book.These are the things I thought worked well:1) The author delivers clever, well-written sentences, that make the imagery and emotion shine off the page. 2) The characters are mostly very likeable and three dimensional – not always perfect in their decisions – in this book you see a clear arc in how Aiden approaches his life. 3) Marco has a wonderful liveliness about him and is an adorable character. 4) The story has some sweet moments. For example, how Aiden chose Evan to be his adoptive brother – this little story is touching.However, there were a few things that didn't quite work, and unfortunately made this a much harder read for me. Consequently, I found myself often bored and irritated. • There was too much internalization – Aiden’s thoughts and reflection went on for pages at a time in places, and it often felt like he was repeating himself. I think there needed to be more action and showing of relationship developments rather than reflecting on it after the matter. • There was also too much looking back on something that recently happened and talking about it in the past. Important scenes were cut and then talked about in a flashback. There would have been more impact if these scenes had been in the here and now and shown to give more immediacy and reader connection. In the end, I felt disappointed with this read. Aiden’s Luck had interesting story elements and good descriptions, but it would have been that much more powerful if more scenes were written at the time they were happening and more page time given to the really important ones.

  • Natalie
    2018-11-20 21:39

    DNF at 50% (skimmed to the end). I didn't hate it, and I'm not sure I can articulate why I stopped reading, so bear with me. The narrative structure is frustrating. Chapters break before crucial moments, important stuff happens off page, then we read about it later in flashback. (Why?) Halfway through, I just wasn't warming to Aiden and there was too much going on yet nothing was progressing at a satisfying pace. On the plus side, I did love Marco's pushy sweetness.

  • AnnaLund
    2018-12-09 02:46

    Why am I not surprised? This story took off, just like the others in the series, and I flew with it. I love the hardship and the problem-solving that happen, I adore Marco and his obnoxious, in-your-face-loving-ways, and I love that Aiden manages to finally take a step outside himself, and let the rest of the family help HIM, for once.I adored Marco walking around in Ben's footsteps, trying to get a glimpse of all the things Ben had experienced in Seattle. It actually brought me to big snotty tears, when Marco was describing how he’d been walking, feeling like Ben was still there with him, and saying hello to all Ben’s friends. And I loved walking around the Quadrilatero in Milan with Aiden, peeking inside one of the fancy mansions that sit quietly behind heavy, wooden doors. I was transported.Happy sentences? Well, of course!“I think we could be magnificent together. Perfetti…”I love the fast-forwards, and flash-backs of this storytelling. The glimpses into the past arrive exactly at the time when you need them, and the fast-forward happens just to make sure you can't put the book down. It's uncanny how Riley works this tool. Thank you for letting me into your world. I kind of adore it.And I wish I had Marco’s Mamma for a Mother-in-Law. Just sayin’. ***I was NOT asked to read this book by anyone. I did, however, receive it as a present, so for once I did not pay with my own money, as I usually do for all the books I read, all the music I listen to and the movies I watch. But to be honest, fter reading this story, I went to Dreamspinner Press and bought a personal copy of it, so that I can give it away as a present, too. It’s simply too good not to share.ETA: 18 August 2013—Just read this whole series again, and the emotions are even greater when you get them one after the other, without having to wait.This confirms my theory of me liking finished works.

  • Lauraadriana
    2018-11-23 00:31

    This might be my fave of the series so far. I wanted to take Marco home with me. I totally loved him. He was up in Aiden's grill ALL THE TIME and it was great!Aiden we know from the past two books, and the dude is uptight, not very friendly and has been ambiguously gay as well...Especially since he's always hating on Joel his brother Evan's guy.The thing is Aiden is dealing with a clusterfuck of MAJOR proportions. He has saddled himself with every kind of problem so that Evan and his mom never have to find out the dire financial situation that his dad left when he took his own life. Poor Aiden, he is in deep. He's got 99 problems and a cheeky hyper active italian man is DEF one of them...But that's what the dude NEEDS to get his head out of his own ass...Marco realizes this and goes into action. Marco knows Aiden is HIS guy, he wants him bad and he's not going to let Aiden's own crazy keep them apart. With the help of all their friends (and this point this tribe of people has gotten substantial) Marco helps Aiden voice what is going on and starts fixing his life.Aiden was an ansgty piece of crap for most of the book, but the guy never even gave himself time to grieve his dad's suicide, so I got that he was messed up. Marco WAS annoying, but I love that in him. He was SO PUSHY and I loved it. The secondary characters as always were so awesome and we got to go to Italy again. Loved loved loved! Hope Drew and Levi are next. Poor Levi :(

  • Simon
    2018-11-19 21:38

    Book 3 in Con Riley's Seattle series and like Books 1 and 2, I loved it. Both protagonists in this novel were introduced to the reader in Book 2 as minor characters, its now a guessing game as to who will be the protagonists in Book 4 (please let there be a Book 4). My bets are on Joel the store assistant with the alcoholic brother and the muscley, buzz-cut policeman who's had a previous encounter with Aiden in this novel.These novels are of a really decent length, superb character analysis and just the right amount of emotional angst with the ever necessary (in this genre) descriptive sexual encounter. The sex in these novels is secondary to the plot and characters though, thank goodness.The adoption sub plot was a nice touch, handled with dignity as was the father's suicide, the cause of said suicide and the consequences of that action.Another winner from Ms Riley.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2018-12-04 23:49

    Snatched this up while it was still $1.00 at Amazon! 3/25/16!

  • Vallie
    2018-11-23 22:32

    I've had this ebook for a long time and something kept me for picking it up. Maybe it was the fact that Con Riley is very accomplished at breaking your freaking heart with her books and I was trying to save myself some pain. I did pick it up, though, and got everything I was expecting and then some. First things first. I absolutely hated Marco in Saving Sean. I thought he was annoyingly perky and his complete disregard for boundaries put me off. But, his character meshed with Aiden's so well that I couldn't help but love him in this book.One of the main reasons I love Con Riley's books is that her characters are super developed and the storyline evolves very organically. Aiden is pretty complex. The family dynamics he dealt with were no easy thing. The financial responsibilities he carried on top of dealing with his mother's debilitating anxiety took a toll on his life. He became a recluse. He only worked and spent time with few people when he absolutely had to. His relationship with his brother was strained as well, not to mention that he hadn't even come out to his family. Now imagine all that, and throw a loud-mouthed Italian into the mix. Marco is that annoying person who is ALWAYS happy, who always finds something positive about everything, and who is persistent about pursuing Aiden. He integrates himself in Aiden's life and starts taking care of him. As loud as he is about other things, Marco is quiet in his care-taking. He doesn't seek credit for it. He doesn't brag about it. He simply does it. And it takes Aiden a good long while to realise what is happening between them but he eventually does. And then...*drumroll*...it's explosive! Talk about chemistry. Talk about steam. Talk about these two men falling so deeply in love with one another that they'll do anything to be in each other's lives. I freaking loved them together. Aiden did a lot of growing as a character in this book and when Marco met him halfway...it was a thing of beauty.My only serious niggle was how easily Aiden's mother seemed to improve. Anxiety disorders are life-long conditions. Aiden's mother was initially presented as a very dependent, vulnerable person who had severe panic attacks on a daily basis. Then she went to a few therapy sessions and all of a sudden she could deal calmly and with composure with a bunch of life-altering events. It didn't convince me and I think it misrepresented the sort of realistic expectations a person can have about recovery. Overall, this was a wonderfully written novel. Hurt/comfort lovers will absolutely get their crank on with all the angst.Highly recommend.

  • Bea
    2018-12-01 02:26

    I just glanced at my friends list and of those who read this book, they seem to be a hit or miss on rating and enjoyment. So, take my review for what it is, just my opinion, you may or may not have the same reaction.First off, I read this book hiding in my bedroom during the holiday while family was visiting. I stayed up until 3am, turning the pages furiously. I am very grateful for this book in keeping my sanity.I loved the first book of the series, After Ben, there was just enough angst and conflict to keep my interested, but not too much that I got bored. The second book, Saving Sean I really loved, but found a secondary character difficult to believe enough that it hampered my enjoyment.So, I came into this book on the fence, if I like this book, then I will try another, if it was not as good as the second one, then I might have dropped it. Synopsis: Aiden is someone who is mostly in the closet, the recent death of his adopted father keeping him from coming out to his mother and him having to step up as the "man of the family" causing him a lot of emotional stress. Aiden is someone who I could relate to immensely, trying to hide himself, trying to take care of his entire family. He is at the point where he will shatter, no man could keep doing what he was doing. Enter Marco.Marco is the brother of Ben, we got to see a bit of him in book two and we get an image of him that may or may not be accurate, after all it is from others' perspectives. What we discover in this book is that he is more than the superficial Italian lover. Conclusion: This book, to me is about a man's journey into becoming both honest with his family, but most importantly, it is that he must become honest with himself. Yes, there is a bit of angst, but to me there seemed to be a much more complex character in Aiden than what we saw in book two. So, you may or may not like this book, but I loved it. I am giving it a four star, but I might be inclined to give it a five after a re-read now that the holidays are over.Cheers!

  • Dante Love Fisher
    2018-12-02 05:29

    I LOVED this one, even as I found this a stressful read. The enormous weight Aiden carried on his shoulders was so overwhelming, I found myself almost ill from it a time or two. It made me edgy enough I had to take a break right in the middle of it. I want to say that I love how the subject of mental illness, depression, and even addiction is handled throughout this series. Something that could easily have been read as capitalizing on real life tragedy instead read true. The storys managing to humanize the suffers, without trivializing the suffering of the casualties left in their wake. I assume (after three years) that his is probably the end of the series, but I still hope for a short or a 3.5 or something that could give me a look into what made Joel the man he was. I loved Joel. Aiden and Marco were a perfect match for one another. And, where I related to certain aspects of Morgan from After Ben, Aiden? Well, I just want an Aiden of my very own.

  • Yeochingyu
    2018-11-29 00:32

    This book made me so warm inside!! and HOT HOT~~!! ...*Blows million kisses*...

  • Donnerhall
    2018-11-22 00:26

    As with the author's first installment in this series, I found myself reading a story I had (sort of) read before. This was a fan fiction too but the writer has changed quite a bit and improved the story. Unfortunately it was kind of a disappointment, too long and not particularly interesting to read.

  • Justacat
    2018-11-26 01:37

    This book was so incredibly frustrating. I wanted to love it, or even like it, but ended up barely being able to tolerate it. My predominant thought throughout was: where the heck was the editor, and why hasn't she been fired? And while I've resisted, I'm gradually coming around to the commonly accepted viewpoint about this publisher and editing. Because no editor anywhere should have let this book go to press, so to speak, as it is: with the vast majority of the important, or even interesting, action scenes not taking place "on the page" or in real-time, but rather being described "after the fact" in the main character's thoughts and memories. Inevitably, time after time after time, just when a key and vital event - or even just any event that the reader would actually be interested to read about - is about to happen, suddenly the narrative jumps to some future point after the event. Then, after a bunch of internal rambling and narrative, only some of which is interesting or relevant, presumably to whet the reader's anticipation but instead only creating frustration and losing the point of the narrative, Aiden, our POV character, reflects back on the event that was just skipped and only then do we learn about what happened from his reflections and memories and ruminations. Though sometimes these reflections include some dialogue, in far too many cases, rather than writing out the important conversations and dialogue, the author simply gives us descriptions of those conversations. So first, this makes the book incredibly disjointed and choppy, since rather than experiencing the action as it happens in a natural sort of reasonably chronological flow you always have to be figuring out exactly where you are in the timeline, to see if you're in one of the many long and undelineated ruminations-on-the-past or in the "current" timeline. (This also requires attempting to pay attention to the tenses - i.e., past or past participle, the rules of which the author adheres to only casually in any event.) But in addition, just about every single meaningful or important event in the book is basically emotionally whitewashed by being filtered through the character's thoughts this way, rather than giving the reader the sense of being "directly" experienced along with the character. So when reading this book, I essentially felt...well, nothing, or at least far, far less than I'm sure the author wanted me to. The author gave me no opportunity to "live" any emotions with the characters. S/he also gave me no room or space to feel anything, among Aiden's relentlessly nonstop inner narrative, which spelled out everything before it had a chance to happen. Aiden hashed out everything ad nauseam in his head, until I was heartily sick of reading his ruminations and fears of talking about things and just wanted him to get on and do it already. And that was the heart of the book, Aiden's fear of sharing, of talking. But then after all that build-up, after waiting for what was in fact supposed to be the crux of the story - Aiden sharing things - in most cases I didn't actually get to see and experience him doing the sharing. Sometimes I got to hear him ruminating about remembering doing it, but that just wasn't enough to make me care.This problem - the jumping forward past important events and then reflecting back on them, and the describing of important conversations and events rather than writing them out (telling not showing yeah yeah) - was so dreadfully egregious, and it so obviously violates such a very basic fiction writing tenet (at least if you want your readers to care about and be emotionally involved in your stories and with your characters, and at least if you're not some beyond excellent writer who can violate rules with impunity etc etc), that once again, I simply cannot believe any halfway attentive editor could have failed to point it out. And to be fair, it is a flaw with the two earlier books in this series as well; it just finally built up to the point that I couldn't stand it anymore, and I could barely make myself read the last quarter of this book, I was so annoyed by it - and more important, so disengaged; I cared so little by that point what happened.It's not the only flaw - for example, I use the descriptor "POV character" for Aiden with some reluctance, because there are some pretty blatant slips out of POV that once again any editor who was paying attention should have caught - e.g., "Aiden was asleep and didn't know that Marco came to bed after him..." - if he's the POV character, why are we reading about what happened when he was sleeping?????. These types of things piled on top of each other just threw me out of the story - which itself was okay, I suppose. I have to say that the author has failed to make any of the characters' emotional issues except Ben's in the first book seem gripping or significant enough to me to justify the degree of inner turmoil/angst and extensive, relentless, repetitive rumination they have, and that makes the books feel overlong. But in this case, it doesn't really matter, because whatever enjoyment I might have had for the story was completely overshadowed by my inability to get past the problems with how it was told.

  • Serena Yates
    2018-11-26 22:42

    Following the heartbreaking story in ‘After Ben’ and the tumultuous events in ‘Saving Sean’ (where Aiden first appears), it was clear to me that this third book was most likely going to be equally emotional and heart-wrenching. I thought I was ready for Aiden’s story, but boy, was I wrong. Some of the unsolved interpersonal issues from the first two books resurface and new ones are added. While both main characters have personal and family problems, Aiden is the one who really suffers and ends up growing the most. Between old family pain and current financial pressures, his mother’s mental issues and enough pride for three men, Aiden has painted himself into quite the corner. Marco, who is Ben’s younger brother and shares a house-sit with Aiden, seems to be all flirty and unconcerned, getting on Aiden’s last nerve. These two men start out as almost-adversaries (at least from Aiden’s point of view), and it takes a long time as well as a slow-burn attraction for them to figure out how to relate to each other and what to do to fix their lives. What a ride!Aiden has had a tough past, but his present is far worse. He seems to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders and is under so much pressure that he is apparently heading for a breakdown. He feels responsible for his mother’s mental health after his father’s suicide, his family’s finances are somehow also his to deal with, and running a brick and mortar store rather than the online business he started turns out to be way more challenging than he anticipated. He desperately wants a loving relationship just like the one his younger brother Evan has found, but he is afraid to come out because his mother might not take it well. She doesn’t even know about Evan’s boyfriend. All of this is bad enough, but add the fact that Aiden is too proud to ask for help, and Aiden is bound to fail. He has his brother and a few good friends who wouldn’t hesitate to come through for him, even Marco begs him to open up, but Aiden thinks he can’t – until it is almost too late for him to escape with his sanity intact. Marco has his own issues, but they are mainly personal. His brother Ben’s death has hit him hard, and he mostly moved from Italy to America to find out more about the life Ben had there. He also couldn’t find happiness in Italy, so with his mother’s blessing to “find what makes him happy”, he is house-sitting for a friend and trying to figure out what’s going on with Aiden. He has a few talents that Aiden is lacking and would be an ideal partner, since their abilities complement each other, but Aiden won’t let him close. It is their physical attraction and developing relationship that finally provides an opening, but it’s still not an easy undertaking. If you like stories about troubled men who are too proud to accept help, if you want to see what happens when two guys who are equally determined to be “independent” meet and have to learn to rely on each other, and if you’re looking for a read that is emotionally draining, yet heartwarming, and deals with real issues, then you will probably like this novel as much as I did. Bring tissues, but also know that a powerful message of hope waits for you at the end.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-30 22:33

    I just finished Saving Sean a day ago and found out that Aiden's Luck was coming out the next day, to say I was happy is a gross understatement! I started this book about 12:30AM and couldn't put it down until I finished it about 6:45AM.Aiden pulled me in from the start, grabbed me by the heart and said 'sit down and pay attention to my life' so I did. I *love* Aiden, like uncontrollably. I thought Peter was the most unselfish, loving, giving character I'd really read about in a long time but I was wrong... Aiden and Marco together make the best couple I've ever read about... and that's a long list of books. There is so much history about Aiden that we learn about and he really is his own version of Atlas, holding the weight of the world on his shoulders, figuratively. Mainly it was the burden of keeping his mother and brother financially afloat after his father left them with nothing and keeping them clueless as not to see their fragile worlds come crashing down on them again.Marco, has been in love with Aiden since the moment he first met him. He's loud and bubbly and Italian and GORGEOUS! He is the perfect character. He takes Aiden's worries from him and helps him focus on himself for once, which is something Aiden hasn't done in over five years. Once Aiden really takes a good look at Marco and realizes that he's not the annoying, overbearing, idiot he once thought him to be, it just fits to see them together.Aiden thinks it's a sign of weakness to let other people see just how badly he thinks he's screwed up his life and business and he's having a harder time hiding it and keeping his temper in check when Marco completely steps in and saves him. I think Marco is the savior that Aiden had been waiting for his whole life.We see how so many people, some who barely even know Aiden, step up to the plate to help a young man struggling with so many things a twenty-something man shouldn't have to be dealing with.Ms. Riley is one of the most talented authors I've ever had the pleasure of reading and I'm so glad that she is one of the fandom authors who struck out on her own with original fiction to show just how incredibly amazing she is. She has proven what a wonderful future she has in this business with these books and I can't wait for the next book. I understand that I got lucky this time and it will be a while before the next book is out, but I can't help but hope that we get to see more of Drew and Jack or maybe Levi finds himself a nice man to support him through all of his family drama! I know we'll see more of the wonderful friends we've made along this journey, and that's what it's been, a wonderfully emotional and insightful journey, full of rollercoaster ups and downs that make your heart race and tears fall, it makes you feel like you really know these boys and their partners, friends, co-workers and families. They are real people to me, which is the best compliment I feel I can give Ms. Riley. Your characters feel like friends <3

  • Pjm12
    2018-12-13 00:22

    I totally agree with this review, so I just want to add a couple of other points.- Riley makes excellent use of Seattle's weather to reflect the confusing and conflicting issues Aiden is dealing with. It was lovely.- The disconcerting social issue of abuse against men is dealt with most profoundly in all of the Seattle books. Riley wants it be acknowledged and shows us what positive steps can be taken to help people. It also challenges readers to fight pre-conceived stereotyoes about not seeing men as victims. Strong stuff.- Joel is the glue in all these narratives. He is but a minor character (so far), and yet his actions and generous soul speak loudly through all 3 books. - Marcus is a wonder, and his turn in the spotlight allows us to see Ben - not as a person gone, but as he would have been living and loving loudly and passionately.

  • MLE
    2018-12-15 05:49

    I really loved this book mostly because Aiden is one of my favorite characters. I understood his prickly, and defensive personality. I understood why Joel and Marco upset him, and I understood why he felt he had to do what he did. Ok, maybe the reason I liked him so much is that we have many of the same personality traits, and having someone push me in the way Joel does Aiden would have gotten the same reaction out of me. It was nice to see Aiden's growth over the course of the story, and I really enjoyed the relationship with Marco. It felt like a natural, but hard won progression. I also liked how BOTH characters learned to love and respect each other.

  • Kristina Sanchez
    2018-11-24 01:26

    I knew I was saving the five for something. I could not be more enamored of Aiden and Marco.I think the slow revelation of the hole Aiden had dug himself was masterfully plotted. A true look into the psyche of so many.Marco was beautiful inside and out. And hilarious.Looking forward to reading more about Drew and Jack and Levi in the future. Hoping for some cop and librarian loving. Unf.As always, my biggest complaint is: NEEDS MORE MORGAN.

  • Rhys Ford
    2018-12-09 00:32

    I liked Aiden and Marco's story a lot. I thought Riley's dealing with the aftermath of a parent's death to be particularly well written and Marco's European sensibilities shone through everything he did for Aiden.Their relationship was a good buildup and ultimately, knitted together into a tight give-take. Con Riley consistently delivers a good story, dealing with both loss and resurrection of spirit. Lots of intimate scenes and exploration.Seriously a good read.

  • Rick
    2018-12-04 23:50

    Aiden's Luck is by far the BEST of the series. The series continues to get better. Con Riley is an excellent story teller!!!! I can't wait for the next book - I want more of Aiden and Marco!!!!!!

  • K.C. Beaumont
    2018-12-13 22:38

    One of the things I love about Con Riley's Seattle Stories series is that you don't need to read the books in sequence to fully enjoy them. Each installment stands firmly on its own. My having read the entire series to date might make one question how I can say that since I know the whole story and could quite possibly fill in any blanks with what I know of earlier installments. Yes, I have read the first three books—but I actually read Aiden's story first. I got to pre-read Aiden's Luck before it was submitted for publication (and we won't get into how jealous I was that the quality of her rough draft was leagues above that of second and third drafts of my own work. It's almost absurd, really). There was enough backstory included to appreciate the supporting characters and how they fit into Aiden's life, and it was effortlessly woven throughout the narrative instead of info-dumped right up front. THANK YOU, CON! THANK. YOU. Even better? The supporting characters make you want to go through the author's backlist to find out if one of your favorites has their own story. (Intrigued by Theo? Get yourself a box of Kleenex and pick up a copy of After Ben!)Adoption is a complex, emotional issue and one that is handled in Aiden's Luck so very well. The author really captures the experience of an adopted person's need to belong, the need for stability, and the keen instinct of self-preservation. This is really evident with Evan and how he's always physically labeled everything (and how his adoptive father has supported this is so very touching!), and how Aiden struggles under the unbearable weight of keeping things at status quo after David's passing. And how does one reconcile the sense of abandonment from one's birth parents with the love and compassion of an adopted family? Especially when that person's heritage is a complete mystery?Aiden is a ridiculously strong man who doesn't realize that sharing his burdens with others doesn't diminish that strength. He has completely shouldered the responsibility of provider after David Daly passed away, and has given no thought to how he misses out on things he'd ordinarily be able to have: a new vehicle, new phone, a vacation, etc. His only concern is keeping his family together after such a terrible loss. While his intentions are misguided, believing it his sole obligation to support his family instead of accepting help that is there, he's much stronger than most could hope to be. A lesser person would have walked away from everything.Like Aiden, Marco is also a family man. He loves fiercely and he is so utterly devoted to the people he cares about. True enough, Aiden isn't technically his family (but as Aiden has already proven, blood is simply part of one's genetic makeup, and a surname but a label). Despite this, Marco does everything in his power to make Aiden see that he is cherished and treasured—his tesoro. He lavishes him with homemade meals, offers of help, and his undivided attention. It's so very easy to fall head over heels for him—even more so when Aiden finally sees him as more than just an annoying "pocket Italian", and more for the adoring, headstrong man he truly is.Aiden's Luck's supporting characters are so endearing. I'm crazy about Aiden's brother, Evan, and Evan's meddling boyfriend Joel. Peter's father, Paul, and how he works hard to do right by his son—illustrated by his extensive and continuous carpentry work around Peter's house—is especially sweet. Jack, the librarian, is hysterical, and Marco's entire family is so very warm and delightful—even when Marco's brothers get lazy.Aiden's story is one of heartbreak, determination, and love… and one that will definitely make the reader reinterpret their understanding of the word "luck." Like Con Riley's first two Seattle Stories installments, Aiden's Luck is a five-star read, and I highly recommend it to everyone.

  • Kaje Harper
    2018-11-29 23:50

    Perhaps one of the strongest human instincts is the desire to protect the people you love, from harm of all kinds. Aiden has been taking care of his mother and younger, adopted brother, ever since his father's death. He's protected them from the knowledge of his father's feet of clay, and from finding out that the money that should have supported them all was long gone. He puts all his time and energy into shielding the two people he cares for from stress of all kinds, running his own business into the ground to support them, and keeping any awareness of his sexuality, or in fact his brother Evan's, from his mother. Doing this means half-truths, lies of omission, and sometimes flat out lying. He's dead broke, trying to keep his mother's standard of living up where his father would have wanted it, paying for his brother's college. He has so much energy invested in both the money-earning and the ongoing facade that he has nothing left for his own life. And he's going a bit crazy, because Marco, who is brother-in-law to a friend, and the very image of the man he once had a crush on, is staying in the same house. And talking to him. And cooking for him. And generally not leaving him ALONE! When he finds that a trusted employee is behind the money irregularities in his store, and one more burden falls on him, his life begins to come apart at the seams. He tries as hard as he can to keep juggling all those balls in the air, but as they begin to fall, he's stunned to realize that Marco is there with him. Not catching them, but telling him that maybe it's time he let a few of them fall. Which, of course, is not what Aiden wants to hear...This book begins slowly, with more background on the various characters than it perhaps needs, even to stand alone. (It's the series third, but could stand pretty well.) About a third of the way in it began to grab me as this author's books can. Marco is funny and sweet and over the top, but adorable with it and more rounded than he first seems. Aiden is a mess, a man whose well-meaning, frantic efforts to keep life going without the slightest added pain for his family have stretched him to the breaking point. I read the second half of this book straight through.