The Probability of Violet and Lukeby Jessica Sorensen (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: The Coincidence #4
Published by Indie Published on May 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Luke Price and Violet Hayes haven’t seen each other in a couple of months, not since they discovered Luke’s mother’s connection to Violet’s parent’s murders. But when Luke gets into some gambling trouble with the wrong people, destiny decides to throw the two of them together and they head out to Vegas to try and settle Luke’s debt.
As Violet spends time with Luke, she becomes torn on whether she should be with him. She definitely can’t deny that her life is better when she’s with Luke and she starts to wonder if going back to Preston was a mistake.
Things seem to be going well as Violet opens up more to Luke, but then she gets a call from the detective, not only to give an update on Mira Price and the case, but to give information about some threatening texts she’s been getting. The information is not only shocking, but makes Violet question what kind of people her parents really were and whether she’ll be able to trust anyone ever again.
I’ve really enjoyed Jessica Sorensen’s books so far, especially The Coincidence series. I have the next books available preordered for my kindle, and I eagerly dug into book #4, the second one focusing on Luke and Violet. This one picks up a few months after the previous book left off, and Violet and Luke haven’t seen each other. Even though they’d finally let each other in and found a measure of happiness together, it was fleeting. Luke is connected to someone that might have murdered Violet’s parents, and it’s a good idea for her to not be around him anymore–for legal reasons as well as for her heart.
Luke returns to his hard drinking and gambling ways while Violet returns to her drug dealing foster father. When Luke winds up owing some bigger time players major money when he cheats at a card game, losing his cool when Violet shows up to deal for her foster dad, the two of them make a run for it when things go south. Needing to make some serious cash, Violet and Luke head to Las Vegas where they can crash with Luke’s Uncle and cousin. His uncle has an in to some good money card games, so hopefully Luke can win enough to pay off the men back home.
The character growth for both Luke and Violet is excellent in this installment. Violet is finally realizing that she has other people that she can count on, that care for her and are there for her no matter what she needs. Luke finally realizes that he really does need a relationship with his father, especially since his mother is so messed up. Together, Luke and Violet realize that maybe they shouldn’t stay away from each other. Things can be better when they help each other through difficult times.
I give The Probability of Violet and Luke a 3.5 out of 5. Even though the character development is great, the actual time frame and much of the events of this book are short. This makes this feel like a filler book, and I think that more could have been done to flesh things out better. Not much progress is made in the short 200 pages in the murder investigation of Violet’s parents or her mysterious text message stalker until the very end. This was a really fast read and I did enjoy it, and I do plan on reading the next installment to see if they get their happily ever after.