ARC Review: Lucky Match by Raquel Riley

After one date, I realized that would never be enough…

Lucky Maguire

I started Lucky Match, a dating service, as an enjoyable way to earn some extra cash. That’s how I ended up on a date with my super hot Economics Professor.

Here’s my three step plan to seduce my teacher:

Convince Hayes to fake date me.

Inform him that we were never fake dating; it was always real.

Make him fall in love with me.

How many dates will it take for Hayes to realize I’m his lucky match?

Hayes Brantley

After my divorce, I decided it’s time for a change. After missing being with a man for the past twelve years of my loveless marriage, I’m finally free to make up for lost time.

I called Lucky Match to hookup with someone who looks like the sexy student I can’t stop fantasizing about. I had no idea I’d end up with the real deal.

Is a second chance at love worth risking my career and another broken heart?

Lucky Match is a gay male escort romance with an HEA. This sweet heat, teacher/student story includes college roommates, meddling brothers, fake dating, a wise aunt full of Irish wisdom, an epic karaoke battle, and a pride parade.

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My thoughts

I have to say this right away because it makes me so happy: Raquel Riley practices safe sex and I am beyond happy about it.

Raquel Riley gives us a sweet, funny, age-gap romance that made my heart swoon a bit. I will say that there is some extreme homophobia in this story. I know the caution makes it sound light, but yeah no. Anyone who takes a beating because they are gay, and the beating is described in the book, gets a 5 out of 5 for homophobia. This is not the only incident of homophobia either, but it is the most violent. So beware.

“My Aunt Sadie always said, ‘never scald your lips on another man’s porridge.’ I was pretty sure she didn’t mean swallowing a stranger’s cum, specifically, but if the shoe fits, why not wear it.

(Loc. 130)

Let’s get back to all that is light and happy in the story. Lucky is…(sigh) a young Dom who listens to heart and damns anything that gets in his way…including the trepidation of his professor. There is no coercion, but Hayes knows what he likes too and Lucky’s take charge and take care of attitude is exactly what he wants. 

This is a story about discovering who you are and taking a chance on yourself to see if you can make it happen. I love Hayes’ journey. I actually googled his challenge to see what all of the tasks were to make myself do the same journey. I know I wouldn’t get a “Lucky” in the end, but I would be more me which is exactly what happened with Hayes.

Not only do we get two hot guys falling in love, but Lucky has some interesting family and roommates. I love Aunt Sadie’s sayings. His brother is a freaking hoot and I hope I can see where his romance is heading. The roomies are heart-breaking and fabulous all at the same time. The only person that Hayes brings to the table that I like so far is his brother Hudson. I love their relationship.

“But, full disclosure: In my mind, you’re going to thank me very properly.”

I blushed like a schoolboy caught cheating on a test. I’d be thanking him very properly in my mind too.

(Loc. 807)

I mentioned this out of the gate and I will say it again: safe sex belongs in romance. Riley has Lucky get tested and share his results with Hayes. There is open communication about safe sex and I applaud Riley for this conversation. Then there is Hayes’ first time having penetration with Lucky, and I slammed this in another review, and applaud Riley’s description in Lucky Match. This is what first-time penetration with a partner such as Hayes should be like for anyone having anal sex. Kudos to Riley…I’m a little bit in love with you. Thank you for promoting safety and fun for partners.

“I wanted to adopt him and collar him with ID tags that said, “If lost and found, return to Lucky Maguire.”

(Loc 899)

There is so much to get a kick-out of in Lucky Match that I cannot wait for the next book in the series which comes out in June. Sign me up for the Hearts For Hire series because it is all about heart.

“May good luck be with you and wherever you go, and your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.”

(Loc. 1800)

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: March 17th 2022

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Series: Hearts For Hire #1; Settings: WA, U.S.


SC: Gay

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