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Posted December 22, 2013
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.
Posted November 8, 2012
Flaws don't keep this from being a fun read!
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.
Posted October 3, 2012
Did I enjoy this book: I did not enjoy this book which is unfortunate because the premise seemed promising. Then, I started reading it and ... UGH. The whole book was just too unbelievable and ridiculous.
The main plot is totally unbelievable once you get into the story. There is no way this lawsuit would get that far for many, many reasons. Also, Morgan's lawyer should not be practicing law...at the very least, he should have referred him to a more qualified attorney. Furthermore, Risa's attorneys are not allowed to force a client to continue with a lawsuit if said client decides to withdraw her complaint. The lawyer has to do what the client wants with regards to pursuing a case. End of story.
Another question that kept coming to my mind: Why was Morgan paying for all of the repairs to her side of the house??? She is the owner, not him. He is not the landlord. She should be paying. He is such a sucker. And the romance was very contrived. I did not want these two characters together by any stretch of the imagination.
I wish the characters would have been described in more detail besides constantly mentioning what actor or actress they most resembled. One or two references to a celebrity would have been fine to seal the image...but all of the name-dropping was annoying. And the ending...why the cliffhanger???
Would I recommend it: No, I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Will I read it again: No, I will not.
Posted August 1, 2012
AMorgan loves living Aspen. He could never dream of living anywhere else.
He inherits a dilapidated duplex when his landlord dies and to be able to stay there and fix it up a little he has to sell half. This brings the lovely Risa into his life, and her little yapping dog too.
Morgan a self appointed life coach who uses golf to bring out the best in people travels a lot. When he arrives home after one of his trips Risa informs him her dog is missing. No one is more surprised than Morgan when the dog is found dead in the backyard. Risa blames him and sets in motion a million dollar lawsuit against Morgan for killing her prized pup.
Morgan turns to his friend a lawyer who tells him he doesn't have a chance of winning the suit. He doesn't have that kind of money so he comes up with three options:
1. To win in a winner take all golf tournament.
2. Discover a secret about Risa and blackmail her.
3. Make Risa fall in love with him.
The plot is a little far-fetched. Morgan's friend is a terrible lawyer, Risa is a bit out there and Morgan lives a crazy life. Luke seems to be the only sane one in the bunch even his hair-brained helicopter ideas end up coming in handy.
All that being said this is quite a funny read.
No man's life should be full of this much drama. All the people in his life look like movie stars or swimsuit models. Ex-girlfriends, a garage band, parties for what seemed like the entire town keep Morgan pretty busy. Add to that his job of flying around the U.S. trying turn rich grumpy men into something they aren't using a few common sense rules and a round of golf you start to see how his life has reached this point.
For the life of me I couldn't figure how why Morgan even liked Risa. She treated him just awful, had mood swings that could break your neck and he always had to watch for flying objects.
Then we come to this Winner Take All Golf Tournament. I can't reveal much without spoiling the story but the ending to me was pretty expected but it did have its moments of hilarity.
Golfers will get a kick out of this story. Anyone looking for a little stress relief will find this book easy to escape into for awhile for the humor of it all.
Posted July 29, 2012
Want a book to laugh your way through? This is it! The Aspen 2 Million……is one of the most amusing stories I think I’ve ever read – and that’s saying something. Morgan, God bless Him (and, believe He needs to!) has been accused of several very bad things by his next-door-neighbor, Risa. Let’s see: He killed her dog (well, not really); he set her house on fire (nope!), he made the roof on her side of the Chalet Sepp collapse (not even close). The sum total of the list is that she is suing him for a load of money he really doesn’t have. Thus his participation in the Aspen 2 Million…… golf tournament.
Morgan’s best buddy and lawyer Justin convinces him he will lose and lose badly if he fights the charges, bogus though they may be. Morgan has three choices: Make Risa fall in love with him; blackmail her with one of her deep-dark secrets; become an over-night millionaire. None of these are likely to happen so Morgan, self-help guru that he is, decides he needs major improvement in his golf game – and quick.
Add to this his 2 ex-girlfriends, Risa’s psychotic cousin Robbie 62 other golfers in the tourney and the fact that somehow Morgan and Risa actually have kind of fallen in love. Not that anyone cares at this point. Except Morgan and Risa who starts screaming at him anytime he brings up dropping the lawsuit.
This book is hysterical! Buy it for yourself and a gift or two for beach reading friends. Yep. It’s THAT good!
Posted July 17, 2012
The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All by John Morris is a book about a man, Morgan who has this lovely neighbor Risa, and she has a dog. Something happens to this dog and Morgan is to blame and no matter what he does or says he can't seem to convince her he had nothing to do with it. But the odds are stacked against him and Risa has decided to sue. To come up with the money that he hopes to pay to Risa because he feels he will lose the lawsuit, he signs up to win a 2 million dollar jackpot in a secret golf tournament. Since he does a lot of golfing he feels that he will not have a problem winning this money because he considers himself a good golfer.
This story is filled with some very quirky characters, mostly women, his lawyer and the organizer of the golf tournament to name a few. I know nothing about golf and have no desire to learn but I did find this book funny. I could not figure out why Morgan would stand for being sued for an ungodly amount of money for something he may not have done. even though Morgan found himself in love with Risa, I really didn't care for her character, very shallow I think. That is alright though as this kept the story moving along. I did enjoy the story, made for a fun read with lots of humor. If you like a story about golf and skiing in Aspen then this one is for you.
Posted June 22, 2012
This book felt like it was never going to end. I know the story is fiction but it could of been a bit more believable.
I am surprised that the lawsuit went as far as it did. Early on in the book we find out who really killed the dog.
The lawsuit is so far fetched its hard to take it seriously.
I found it hard to accept the romance of Morgan and Risa. Seriously? Morgan wants to be with the woman suing him? I know that he was trying to get him to fall in love with him to drop the law suit. The minute he found that was not an option he should of walked away.
The character of Risa is a handful. She loves to blame everyone else for things that go wrong never stopping to ask what the truth is. She loves to play the victim.
I also think the author could of described what the characters looked like with more description of her own, instead of saying what celebrity they look like.
I found the end more enjoyable than the plot of the story.
Posted May 21, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this very amusing tale of one notable and very likeable happy-go-not so lucky "Aspenite", who finds himself embroiled in mind and word games with a cast of characters, including ex-girlfriends who can't stay away from him, friends for whom he serves as "guru" and pseudo golf coach, and a beautiful neighbor who sues him for something he didn't do, but...(I do not want to say more about the plot.) Suffice to say, you'll have no trouble visualizing what the characters look like. Nook this book and be entertained.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.