Sunday Book Review – No Such Luck by Staci Troilo – #Novella #YoungRomance

My Sunday Book Review is for Staci Troilo’s new short story – No Such Luck. This story is a prequel to an upcoming book Staci is writing. Do you believe in good luck charms? Piper surely does, and ultimately learns her superstition about the red carnation would lead to an awakening.


Seeds of luck usually wither. The rare one grows and blooms.

Piper Seidel has one thing going for her—a red carnation given to her by Tommy Burnett in the tenth grade. It might have dried over the years, but it’s still her good luck charm. Losing it sets her life in a downward spiral, forcing her to return to her hometown where she comes face to face with her high school crush.

The years have been kind to Tommy, who looks better than ever. Unfortunately, Piper is at her worst, continually embarrassing herself whenever he’s around. The only plus? Her long-time friend, Jack Rhodes, still lives in town. Since she last saw him, his legs have grown longer, his biceps thicker, and his shoulders broader. He was always the brother she never had, but now she can’t help noticing him in an unsisterly way. Jack is every bit as caring as he’s ever been—until her bad luck drives him away, maybe forever.

Piper needs a new good luck charm, and fast, before she loses her final chance at happiness.

My 5 Star Review:

This was a sweet short young romance story. Piper’s life isn’t going well, and when she gets fired from her job in Arkansas, decides to head home to Philadelphia for a timeout and figure out what she wants to do next. She’s also pissed that someone packed up her desk for her and threw out her ‘good luck charm’ – or so she thought it was.

Once back at home, Piper discovers her old crush Tommy, and realizes that teenage crushes are sometimes, only that. At the same time, she’s glad to find her old good pal Jack, who may just turn into ‘more than just an old friend’. You’ll have to read this sweet story to find out.

This is a fun holiday read with some good writing and a good lesson or two on luck and love.


47 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – No Such Luck by Staci Troilo – #Novella #YoungRomance

  1. Thanks for a great review, Debby. It sounds fun and a prequel it’s a good way to get to know a new writer and a new series, although Staci’s stories are very popular. Congratulations to the author and good luck. And happy new year as well!

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  2. Great review, Debby, and ah… teenage crushes! I remember having a crush on a boy when I was about 12. I saw him a few years later working in a shop, all pimples and hairy. To my horror he recognised me, but I couldn’t wait to get out of there, lol. x

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  3. Hi Debs, Thank you for a good review. It certainly comes across as a ‘good feel’ read. Do hope the festive season is being kind to you and that 2022 will be a much better year. Thinking of you. Hugs xx.

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  4. I’m sorry I’m so late to this. I’ve been offline for nearly two weeks, enjoying family. This was such a lovely surprise to return to. Thank you for the wonderful review, and thanks to your readers for all the support.

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