Beginner's Luck (Chance of a Lifetime #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Chance of a Lifetime series.



This whip-smart, witty, and romantic novel is the first in a trilogy about three friends who impulsively buy a lottery ticket, and never suspect the many ways their lives will change—or that for each of them, love will be the biggest win of all . . .

Kit Averin is anything but a gambler. A scientist with a quiet, steady job at a university, Kit’s focus has always been maintaining the acceptable status quo. A sudden windfall doesn’t change that, with one exception: the fixer-upper she plans to buy, her first and only real home. It’s more than enough to keep her busy, until an unsettlingly handsome, charming, and determined corporate recruiter shows up in her lab—and manages to work his way into her heart . . .

Ben Tucker is surprised to find that the scientist he wants for his company’s engineering division is a young woman—and a beautiful, sharp-witted one at that. Talking her into a big-money corporate position is harder than he expects, but he’s willing to put in the time, especially when sticking around for the summer gives him a chance to reconnect with his dad. But the longer he stays, the more questions he has about his own future—and who might be in it.

What begins as a chilly rebuff soon heats up into an attraction neither Kit nor Ben can deny—and finding themselves lucky in love might just be priceless . . .

About the Author

Kate Clayborn is the critically acclaimed author of contemporary romance novels. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Bookpage, and more. By day she works in education, and by night (and sometimes, by very early morning) she writes contemporary romances about smart, strong, modern heroines who face the world alongside true friends and complicated families. She resides in Virginia with her husband and their dog. She can be found online at

Praise For…

Praise for Kate Clayborn’s Chance of a Lifetime Trilogy
"What if you and your two best friends all went in together on a winning lottery ticket? The romance between Kit, a no-nonsense scientist who dreams of her first real home, and Ben, a recruiter and builder (I promise, it works) is emotional and real. Plus, I adored Kit’s strong relationship with her two best friends. —O, the Oprah Magazine on Beginner’s Luck

"Clayborn’s characters are bright and nuanced, her dialogue quick and clever, and the world she builds warm and welcoming." The Washington Post, Best Romances of the Year for Luck of the Draw
“Once you take the leap of faith into fake fiancée land, you get a warm and lively romance.” —The New York Times Book Review on Luck of the Draw
“Hilarious and moving and sexy, with a focus on strong female friendship, guilt that’s hard to let go of, and one of the most realistic, and ultimately romantic, fake fiancé setups I’ve ever read.” —Buzzfeed on Luck of the Draw
“Aiden and Zoe's eventual bonding feels earned.”—Refinery29on Luck of the Draw

“Clayborn’s characters in this story are intelligent and subtle, with quick and smart dialogues, in a world that is warm and welcoming.” —The Frisky on Luck of the Draw
“[Zoe and Aiden] are intriguing and relevant characters that drive this layered and memorable love story, and Kate Clayborn delivers a smart, sexy and sublime enemies-to-lovers romance with Luck of the Draw.” — on Luck of the Draw
“Clayborn is a thoughtful, talented writer with a gift for complex characters and individual arcs…The complexity of the relationship that slowly builds between the two is breathtaking…An incredible achievement.” —Bookpage on Best of Luck
“Luck of the Draw and Best of Luck were both absolutely stunning. Both drew me in and I loved every moment of reading them. Kate writes flawed characters who remain flawed after they’ve found love.” Smexy Books on Kate Clayborn’s “Chance of a Lifetime” series

Product Details
ISBN: 9781496739391
ISBN-10: 1496739396
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: November 28th, 2023
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Chance of a Lifetime