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REVIEW: Lucky Number Four by Amanda Jason

Lucky Number Four by Amanda Jason

Dear Ms. Jason:

I don’t really know how to grade this. It’s clearly the wishiest wish fulfullment type of story and so I understand why it is appealing. It contains possibly the most Mary Sue character I’ve ever read. The heroine is a young woman who finds herself in need of an apartment because her two roommates just got married and are having headboard banging, wall rattling sex every night. She answers an ad and finds herself at the poshest warehouse loft ever. (If my review is filled with superlatives as it relates to the story it is merely a reflection of the presentation of the writing itself because one supermodel hot after the heroine is not sufficient).

Inside are three male supermodels in need of a roommate. Pandora Ann Phillips runs off because she isn’t model roommate material. The three pursue her. Not only do they pursue her but by bribing her roommates into moving into another posh warehouse loft, Dora is left homeless so she is forced (eye roll) to move in with the three models.

Pandora spends the entire book telling herself she’s not good enough for these three models and so she spends the book running away from them and they are constantly pursuing her. All three of them. The three models follow her everywhere. To her job, where she is studying, to her parents’ house and even when she is jogging. It’s as if the three of them are just one person which I thought might actually happen at one point because this is supposed to have a paranormal aspect.

But alas, no, the paranormal aspect is that Dora is an empath but given she couldn’t read the emotions of anyone around her, I’m not sure why this was even included. Her mother as a psychic was also a lame attempt at something although I wasn’t sure what. All she did was give vague messages to Dora that someone (and unfortunately it was neither Backpack or Map) had a warning for her.

I guess the subterfuge was necessary because the suspense of the story is determining which guy loves her and who Pandora loves back.  At the end of every chapter there is a one paragraph snippet from one of the three that love her. These…these were so awful.

She forgave us. How can she not see how beautiful she is? I couldn’t take my eyes off her, and I have no idea what movie we watched. I finally told the others of my feelings, and they told me if I hurt her, I’ll regret it. They assume she’ll want to go out with me, but I’m not so sure. I think she still feels we’re these carefree, jet-setting guys who don’t really feel. Boy, is she wrong. God, I sound like a woman. Now to get up the nerve to approach her. Maybe I’ll wait until her exams are over. Yeah, if I can wait that long. Those lips are calling me again …

 There’s a pregnancy, unrequited love, and tragic accidents. The males that she lives with have one distinguishable feature–they are models.  It’s how she constantly refers to them as which makes me believe that she could be living with three Fatheads and she’d have the same reaction to them. 

I finished the book so I could review it and some crazy what the fuck did I just read happens at the end. I don’t really know why this is on the Amazon bestseller list other than it is 99c. But it took me almost a week to read it. As one goodreads reviewer put it, this was the longest short book ever. F

Best regards,


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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Kristi
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 11:03:30

    I couldn’t even finish. It drove me crazy! It sounded like it was going to be adorable too.

  2. LauraB
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 11:23:49

    Sounds like One Direction fan fiction.

  3. Kierney Scott
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 12:00:58

    what?! No spoilers? What is the crazy stuff that goes down at the end? Now i am tempted to read it.

  4. Anne
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 12:39:44

    So glad it wasn’t just me. I felt it started with an okay premise, but then it all went rapidly downhill from the point where they also invited her friends to move into the building, and the “mystery” crush…

  5. Jamie Beck
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 13:48:59

    This isn’t at all the type of book I’d ever pick up, but I love reading your reviews anyway. This one had me laughing out loud, and I needed that today. Thanks!

  6. JJPP
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 13:49:25

    Wow, props to you for getting through this… I could barely make it through that excerpt. Literally, I was hiding behind my hands and peeking out from between my fingers to read it. That’s some of the most cringe-worthy, delusional, Mary Sue fantasy ever.

  7. Sirius
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 14:52:15

    That sounds really awful, but review was very funny, thank you.

  8. cleo
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 15:09:54

    @LauraB: LOL

  9. Lia
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 16:25:07

    Tell us what the crazy stuff at the end is, pretty please? :-) it does sound a lot like fanfic, I had similar dreams about Take That pursuing me, and then at the end Robbie and I would sail into the sunset and have our HEA of babies, Grammy Awards and Vanity Fair covers. Oh well, if it’s only 99c I might just pick it up for the heck of it ;-)

  10. Darlynne
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 16:27:14

    Backpack or Map Bwahahahaha.

  11. cleo
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 16:29:23

    @Lia: My best friend when I was 15 had a similar fantasy about Duran Duran (and I just dated myself).

  12. Jane
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 16:37:53

    The ending is

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    Dora finally believes one of the supermodels loves her. She goes to a shoot with him. He’s kissed by another model. Beautiful model puts her hands on Drew’s chest. Dora gets upset. Runs away. Discovers she’s pregnant. Gets a call from Drew. They should talk. Next scene Drew is in a terrible car accident. Drew is in a soap opera coma. He wakes up after she sobs meaningless drivel while he is comatose. Wakes up. Love. HEA. I think he gives up modeling because she is just so jealous.

  13. pamelia
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 18:05:14

    Sheesh! I keep getting flashbacks from Zoolander what with all the “really good looking” male models cohabitating in a loft. Please tell me there was a gasoline pump fight in the book! Please!!?

  14. Kaetrin
    Feb 10, 2014 @ 20:13:58

    @Jane: That ending is full of LOLs. And not in a good way.

  15. Bam
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 08:46:53

    Did “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” by 1D play in your head the whole time in a loop while you were reading this?

    Phone tried to auto correct “beautiful” into “Batgirl”

  16. Jane
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 08:56:08

    @Bam: You know, it never occurred to me that this is 1D fan fiction. I guess it was. Does that make Drew Harry because Harry is the one every one wants, right?

  17. Bam
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 09:09:19

    @Jane is he? I wouldn’t notice cause I’m a Liam fan. Just kidding. I only know Harry because Taylor Swift wrote “I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In… Trouble trouble trouble” about him

  18. LauraB
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 11:12:47

    Well actually a lot of 1D fanfiction “ships” Harry and Liam. Having a teen gives me a window into this underworld.
    Thank you for the ear worm. :)

  19. cleo
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 12:44:42

    @LauraB: “Having a teen gives me a window into this underworld.” I nearly spewed my tea on my keyboard. LOL

  20. Cher Cher
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 04:42:00


    Also, let’s not forget the other horrible cheesy part of the ending…

    one of the models is gay.

    Who could’ve guessed (sarcasm implied)……

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