It’s our second chance. A sign we are supposed to be together.
I was twelve when I survived the accident that killed my parents. Fourteen when I survived the devil. And sixteen, when I survived a heartbreak of the worst kind.
But in my twenty-three years, Blake Weston might just be the first thing I won’t survive.
Marissa didn’t follow me. It was most likely she had pieced together our story after Blake’s song. How could she not? It was as if he had weaved our entire relationship into his lyrics. I could feel his sixteen-year-old self singing every line to my sixteen-year-old self. Although, I was pretty certain the sixteen-year-old Blake I’d known then had no clue how to play the guitar.After washing the tearstains from my face, I brushed my teeth. It was still early, but I couldn’t face going back out there, so I changed into my shorts and tank top and climbed into bed. Sleep would be impossible, but at least here, I was safe.
Most people felt lonely in solitude, but I welcomed the silence. I embraced it even. Something about the quiet, the knowledge no one else was around, comforted me. I knew it made me different. I didn’t need a shrink to tell me that, but it didn’t change the fact that I found sanctuary in being alone.
I lay there not really allowing myself to think. Thinking was dangerous; it led to remembering, and my memories were stained with pain and hurt and the kinds of things that made most people’s nightmares look like a walk in the park. Instead, I tracked the uneven cabin ceiling. My eyes followed the planes of the wood from one end to the other and back again until they grew heavy.
A knock on the door startled me sending my already restless heart into overdrive and I rubbed at my eyes.
“Hello?” I called out hoping to hear Marissa’s voice, but I knew it wasn’t her. She wouldn’t have knocked; she would have barged right in and demanded answers.
“Penny, it’s me.”
I squeezed my eyes shut, but my mind betrayed me as an image of Blake’s face filled my head.
Forcing myself to sit up, I swung my legs over the edge of the bed. He wasn’t going away. Blake—our connection—was something I was going to have to deal with sooner or later, and from Blake’s admissions over the last few days, it seemed that he was making the decision for me.
My legs were like lead as I walked to the door. It swung open and Blake stood there looking at me with such reverence in his eyes I almost crumpled. Maybe I did crumple because, before my head had time to process what was happening, I was in Blake’s arms, and he was holding on to me like he needed me to breathe.
“I’ve missed you so much. I’ve tried to stay away, to give you space, but I can’t. I can’t spend another day feeling like you might slip through my fingers again.”
One of Blake’s hands buried itself in my hair and cradled my head holding me to him. My face pressed up against the collar of his hoodie, and I breathed him in. He smelled familiar, like damp grass and fresh air, of a time when things were less complicated, and my heart ached for us. At that moment, we weren’t two strangers reunited by chance; we were sixteen-year-old Blake and Penny.
Rating: 4.75 Groupie Stars
Lucky Penny is a story about love, loss and second chances. I love second chance love stories and Luck Penny lived up to all my expectations. This book was well written and the story pulled at my heart and emotions.
Penny and Blake met in the foster care system. She was his lucky Penny and he was her light in the dark. Their bond was about survival, friendship and first love. Penny had survived several losses in her short life but losing Blake seemed to be the one loss she couldn’t overcome. After Blake left Penny became very closed off and didn’t let anyone close to her heart again. This was her way of protecting herself from the pain. She still thought about Blake and the memories with him is what helped her get through. Seven years later, she signed up to volunteer at a summer camp for foster children; this was supposed to be her fresh start. A chance to help the foster children better their lives and a chance for her to spend the summer in a beautiful setting. What she wasn’t planning on was seeing Blake at Camp Chance. She thought she was over the loss of him but when she sees him the feelings come rushing back. Will this be their second chance at a life together?
This was a great read, I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. Lucky Penny was an awesome second chance love story. This story had all the feels that I love in a story. It tugged at my heart and had me crying and smiling all in the same chapter. I felt everything these two went through. The kids at the camp added to the emotional aspect of this story. I struggled with them through the hard times and cheered them on during the good times. I was sad to see this book come to an end but I cannot wait to read more from LA Cotton!