Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Review: "The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky" by Summer Heacock @TLCBookTours

The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock
Date Finished: July 5, 2017
Date Published: July 25, 2017
ISBN: 9780778330851
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
Highly Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: Stories about self-discovery, books that feature female friendships, humorous novels

Having sex wasn't a big priority while Kat Carmichael's successful cupcake shop was taking off. But when she realizes that it's been nearly two years since she and her boyfriend, Ryan, have been intimate, she makes a pact to break her dry spell-and cure her vaginismus, a muscular condition that can make sex physically impossible.

Out of guilt, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, so that he can see other people while she attempts to fix the issue on her own. She throws herself into physical therapy, but soon discovers her solo mission is more complicated than she anticipated. Fortunately, Ben Cleary, the shop's best (looking) customer, is also a physical therapist, and volunteers to help out.

As time goes on, however, the boundaries Ben and Kat have set between friendship and love quickly become blurred, leaving her more confused than ever about what to hang on to and what to let go.

My Thoughts:
First, a confession: I decided to read this book more out of curiosity than out of interest.  I found the premise to be potentially problematic and I wasn't sure how it could respectively handled in what was sold to me as a "great beach read."

Here's the deal: I read this book in one day.  I can't even remember the last time I did that.  It helped that we were on vacation with other relatives who could occupy my kids while I hid out in a lawn chair with this book.  Still, I could have split my reading time among other books, but it is this one that caught my attention and kept it.

My concerns about this book, while valid, did not come to fruition.  Honestly, I can't think of any other book that talks about these health issues that so many women face.  I'm not sure many people even know what this is, but Heacock expertly explains it through narrative, instead of just giving her readers a medical lesson.

Kat is a fantastic character--she's wholly realistic in that she's likable, and yet still has glaring flaws.  She's the sort of person I would like to have as a friend--usually.  And, those times when she isn't a person I'd like to know in real life, her fictional characters call her on her behavior.  A common problem I find in books that feature a "group of girlfriends" is that the friends tend to all sort of blur together.  That is not the case here.  Each of Kat's friends have a distinct personality and I can tell that Heacock had backstories in mind for each of them.

It is important to note that this is not a romance, because the romantic element in the story is predictable.  However, I'm fine with that.  The real story is Kat and her experience and the romantic element is a tool in that experience.  Even though I knew where the story would end, I was still fascinated with how Heacock would get us there.

Finally, just a small aside.  I get from the subject of this book that it might seem that this would be a, what I would call, a spicy read.  If that is not your thing, please do not pass over this book.  Admittedly, the story isn't chaste, but it is not a sexually graphic book and the intimate scenes are written with great and not-overly descriptive respect.

It's exceedingly rare that I spend a day reading one book and, when it happens, I want everyone to know about it.  This is one of those cases.  Even if you don't have an entire day to devote to this book, it is definitely one you will want to savor and enjoy.

About the Author:
Summer Heacock is an author of contemporary women’s fiction and prances through life like a Disney cartoon that says the “F” word a lot. She lives in a teeny Indiana town, where she’s a stay-at-home-mom to two scampy tots, wife to an amazingly understanding husband, herder of a rescue critter menagerie and collector of life-size celebrity cardboard cutouts. When not writing or hoarding jellybeans, she’s a member of the Midwest Writers planning committee and a cohost of PubTalkTV.

She can be found at and on Twitter as @Fizzygrrl. The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky is her debut novel.

I received an electronic copy of a book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

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