Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All by John Morris Blog Tour Book Review

The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All Summary
Morgan thought he had it made.  He owned a cozy if dilapidated house in Aspen’s otherwise-fashionable West End, had lots of friends, a great business, threw the best parties in town.

Then his beautiful-but-aloof neighbor Risa sued him for a million bucks-- for killing her dog.  (Seriously.  And he hadn’t even been there.)  She was asking the judge to throw him out of town, too.  (It’s a local tradition.)

For Morgan, the money didn’t matter.  He didn’t have a nickel to his name.  But he couldn’t imagine not living in Aspen.

His only hope: to win a 2-million dollar golf tournament (held on the sly at the local links) and pay Risa off.

Either that or discover her deep, dark secret and blackmail her.

Until his best friend/lawyer suggested Option #3: “Why don’t you just get her to fall in love with you?”

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Are you ready for a farcical,light-hearted, unrealistic quasi-romance, kind-of mystery story?  I wish to welcome you to a story that will never believe and yet, you might still find it enjoyable.  It will be unlike anything you have ever read, I guarantee it.

First things first.  There is no descriptive sex (although it is implied), and there is a moderate amount of profanity.  I could do with less profanity, I will admit, but neither of these issues spoiled the book for me.  But I would be remiss if I did not point out these issues.

As to the story, I am going to be honest.  I really did not like the story nor did I connect with it. I wanted to take Risa and ring her little neck.  I grew tired of her repeated "needy," it's-all-your-fault attitude.  Of any of the characters, I enjoyed Morgan the best, and I have no idea under the sun why he would waste his time on a little ninny like Risa.  Whatever struggles he experienced in the story were almost deserved in light of his romantic choices.

Romance?  Was there truly any?  In between the lawsuits, fights, and many strange twists and turns, I guess there was some time for romance.  But for my money, I didn't see much.  Risa and Morgan just don't go together.  Morgan and Mandie?  I really don't know.  I think Morgan would have been happier by just renouncing women and going back to filling his life with his motivational speaking commitments.

There are a lot of twists and turns in the book--a wild ride by all counts.  I sometimes got lost in the shuffle, and I was not a fan of the conclusion (did it really end?).  I found that I had more questions at the end of the book than I generally do at the conclusion of the book.

So why did I give this book a three star rating?  I realize I have been rather critical of this book, and I will tell you it will never rank as one of my favorites.  However, it was a quick summer read, and it was entertaining for the most part. I would just about lose interest, and then the author would throw something in that I was not expecting.  And that would keep me reading.

If you are in the mood for some light reading that is completely out of the ordinary, you might give this book a try.  While it was not my cup of tea, I know that there are many kinds of readers out there.  This just may be the books for you!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.  I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.   

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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  1. Ruth, thanks for taking the time to read and review John's book.

  2. Ruth, Thanks for introducing your readers to my book. Hope you have a great summer with lots of great summer reading. John


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