26. The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All

Book Reviews / Monday, July 23rd, 2012

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The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All by John Morris for Tribute Books

Morgan thought he had it made after inheriting his roommate Sepp’s house.  It’s in the fashionable West End neighborhood of Aspen, but is a dilapidated money pit.  Morgan has lots of friends, loves to play golf and has a great job.  He also happens to throw some of the best parties in town.  All goes well until Risa buys the other half of the house and his and her troubles begin.  When Risa’s “yappy” pooch, a bichon frise called Tyson goes missing, she blames Morgan for killing her dog and intends to sue him for a million dollars.  He feels he has only two options: 1. win a 2 million dollar unofficial golf tournament to pay off Risa or 2.  find out her deep dark secret and blackmail her to stop the suit.  He thought those were his only solutions until Justin, his best friend and lawyer, suggests option: 3. get her to fall in love with him.

I must be honest I was intrigued by the story line of this book.  I thought it would be comical and entertaining to read, but in fact I was a little distracted by the many events that took place.  The story became a little too complex, not to mention it is highly unlikely that someone would be sued for one million dollars for killing someone’s dog, even in the US.  I also found the writing style a bit repetitive.  There were too many hyphenated phrases and it lacked real descriptions of the characters.  The author just used names of famous people instead of describing what the characters looked like.  Honestly, I had to go and google them to see who they were.  (I guess I’ve been living in France too long.)  Risa was one of the most annoying characters in the book.  She was definitely diva gone mad.  I also couldn’t figure out how or when they started to have a romance because it happened so quickly and out of nowhere, which was totally unbelievable.  As for the good parts, there were some very hilarious scenes that made me laugh out loud.  I liked reading about the town of Aspen and loved some of the crazy characters in this book too.  It is what kept me reading.  John Morris has potential but it would have been better if he drew up a better plan for his story and didn’t distract the reader with too many minor characters and subplots.  You can’t put all the interesting characters you develop in the same story.  Save some of them for your next book.  I rate this book two and a half stars.  I didn’t rate it very much but I think you should check it out for its crazy story and its comical ambiance.  There were scenes that I could even see being put into a film.  Happy reading…..

John Morris’ Bio:

John Morris lives in Aspen, Colorado, with his loving wife and two wonderful children.  Having worked many of the same cowboy / construction / bartender / ski-patrol jobs as his fictional counterpart Morgan, he can vouch for how easy it is for a good-looking guy to get in trouble there.
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eBook price: $6.99
Pages: 281
Release: May 10, 2012
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