by Cynthia Chow
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Who hasn’t dreamed of winning the lottery? For Alice Jane “Allie” Harper and Thomas Bennington III though, the prize ticket begins a nightmare of break-ins, assaults, shoot-outs, multiple murders, and kidnappings. Their first meeting was nearly as improbable as picking a winning ticket, occurring only when the part-time Cleveland Public Librarian pulled the blind English Literature professor out of the path of a distracted SUV driver. Tom only purchased the MondoMegaJacket ticket in order to teach his young neighbor Rune the folly of gambling, and the unwanted half-billion-dollar prize is accompanied by equally undesired attention from the media, felons, and the curious. Rune Davis is the first to suffer the dark side of sudden wealth when his mother is attacked, thugs chase him down, and he ends up hiding in foster care.
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As Allie and Tom find themselves in a race to cash in the ticket and hide from murderous thieves, they fall into a bubble of infatuation, lust, and maybe even love. Allie’s lived a monastic life since divorcing her cheating attorney husband and giving up a socialite lifestyle, and she revels in the bliss of a man gifted with a talent for braille. Tom finds himself similarly enchanted with down-to-earth Allie’s quick sense of humor, and he never doubts that their attraction is based on chemistry and not any dollar amount. That’s not true of others around them, as the police warn them that the enormous amount of money—even after taxes —will have no end of the number of those willing to kill for it.
This is an absolute thrill ride of a novel as Allie and Tom dodge the escalating threats caused by the one lottery ticket. What is a relief is that the ticket itself is never a game of keep away, but Allie and Tom who are the actual targets. Despite, or perhaps because of his blindness, Tom is the epitome of the perfect man for Allie: sexy, intelligent, emotionally damaged, and completely disdainful of material wealth that is disrupting his life. Allie herself has no problem “calling in rich” to work, but she is less enamored of the paranoia and sense of danger brought by sudden wealth. The rocketing pace is interspersed with moments of blissful hot romance and absurd humor, ensuring for a continually entertaining read. This debut series is off to a fantastic start, and I can’t help but be intrigued and eager for the next installment of what is certain to be a unique new mystery.
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