The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All by John Morris

Title: The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All
Author: John Morris
Publisher: Publish Green
Publication Date: May 2012
Pages: 281

Rating: 4 Stars

Morgan thought his future in Aspen looked bright.  The owner of his duplex passed away, leaving it to him.  He was popular, his business was doing great and he was known for throwing the best parties in town.  Now his new neighbor is suing him for killing her dog when he wasn’t even home at the time.  She’s asking for a million dollars and for the judge to throw him out of town.  At this point he has three options.  He can try to get her to fall in love with him, discover her deep dark secret or win a 2 million dollar golf tournament and pay her off.  He finds himself trying option one while entering option three.  Is he good enough to out play 64 desperate golf playing hustlers?

I had a few problems that jolted me away from the story with this book.  The author at some points in his dialogue would go into script format so if Pamela was speaking to Debbie, you’d see Pamela: “What?” and then Debbie: “It’s true.” She looked at Morgan.  “They got divorced last fall.  She didn’t want you to know.”  From there it would go into a flowing dialogue and I could get lost in it again.  The other major problem I had was that the author constantly reminded the reader that this character looked like this actor or this character looked like this actress.  I think that could have been brought across a lot better than what it was.  Even if it couldn’t have, I don’t think we needed to be reminded of it throughout the whole book.  An example of this can be found when the author is describing Justin:

“Justin was medium height, slim, the same age as Morgan ( say, 40).  Looked remarkably like the film actor Hugh Grant: fair-skinned, the same mussed-up brown hair, the same preppie sweater and slacks, the same dopey I-don’t-get-it look on his clean shaven face.  He seemed Hugh-Grant harmless, too, but in reality he was a Yale Law School grad who specialized in protecting the rich and the famous, the boorish and the badly-behaved”

A few pages after that it continues.

“Justin turned from the window, hands in his pockets, and gave Morgan his best Hugh-Grant I-can’t-believe-I-have-to-tell-you-this frown.”

That said, this book was a riot.  It’s filled with quirky characters and for Morgan it’s just one calamity after another.  I do find it a bit of a stretch that Morgan allowed himself to be treated the way he was by Risa.  Most men would not have put up with that and realistically would have left long before that.  I couldn’t find myself believing that a strong willed almost bratish woman like Risa would allow herself to be bullied into continuing the lawsuit or that she was afraid of her lawyers but once I just accepted that for what it was, it really was an enjoyable read.  Pick it up if you want a few laughs.

Thank you to Nicole at Tribute Books for the review copy.  It in no way influenced my review.

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