Review: The Aspen 2 Million Winner-Take-All – John Morris
Living in Aspen, Colorado was everyone’s dream. Surrounded by snow, you can ski to your heart’s content whenever you feel like it and you don’t need to worry about anyone else but yourself. For Morgan Somerville, Aspen was everything he could imagine and more. He was content with living his life in Chalet Sepp, his now permanent residence, oblivious to the world around him.
When the building’s owner dies unexpectedly and leaves him everything he ever owned, Morgan can’t count his lucky stars enough. In his mind, he’ll be able to make something out of the run-down shack he can now call his own. Fixing up the place as best as he can, he decides to sell off half of it in hopes of making a tidy profit from the sale. Yet never once did he imagine the consequences of his doing so.
Risa Wentworth was beautiful and captured his attention from the moment Morgan set eyes on her. The thought of having her as a neighbor was quite enticing and he couldn’t help but wonder what having her as a girlfriend would be like. His dreams, unfortunately, are dashed from the moment Risa’s dog dies so unexpectedly.
The kicker of it all – he didn’t have a hand in that little fiasco. Risa, on the other hand, refuses to believe him. So much so, that she decides to take him for all he’s got. In her eyes, one million dollars will cover the extent of the damages he’s inflicted upon her. Unfortunately, that’s a tidy sum Morgan doesn’t have. Convincing her of this fact, on the other hand, is easier said than done.
When things go from bad to worse, Morgan realizes he’ll need to come up with a plausible idea in order to keep Risa at bay. But how? When one of his friends suggests he take part in a winner-takes-all golf tournament, he ponders the possibility of winning such an event. Surely, it can’t hurt, right? Coming up with the money is going to take some doing, but Morgan is pretty sure he can do it. Sadly, his plans don’t exactly work out the way he wants them to.
This was a very intriguing book. Filled with a slew of characters, once the action starts it keeps on rolling. Granted, there are a good many twists and turns that keep you guessing, but it does provide a little comic relief with every turn of the page. The book does need a little bit of editing done for a couple minor punctuation spots I caught, here and there, but it’s definitely entertaining, to say the least.
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?”
About The Author:
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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