Money, Money, Money! Rolling in the Deep!

Posted January 6, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Money, Money, Money! Rolling in the Deep!Rolling in the Deep by Rebecca Rogers Maher
Series: Lopez Brothers #1
Published by Loveswept on November 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 180
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-half-stars
four-flames

Holly Ward is stretched to the breaking point, raising her young son alone and working long hours for minimum wage at a local superstore. Sure, she’s noticed the new guy with the easy grin and warm brown eyes, but she’s learned the hard way that relationships aren’t worth the pain. Still, when he invites her to split a lottery ticket, she figures a little innocent fun couldn’t hurt. The last thing she expects is to score big, which is exactly what happens . . . in more ways than one.

From the moment he meets Holly, Ray Lopez is drawn to her quiet dignity and openhearted beauty. And when they hit the jackpot together, he’s thrilled that the single mom can give her kid a better life. The only problem is the chaos surrounding them: lawyers and reporters swarming, friends and family angling to get their cut. In all the chaos, Ray discovers an oasis of calm and passion in Holly. But with the stakes higher than ever, winning her trust could cost him everything.

 

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Holly Ward is a divorced, single mother of an eight-year old boy and she’s struggling to make ends meet. She works at a superstore and meets newcomer Ray Lopez. It’s obvious he’s attracted to her and when he invites her to kick in a dollar to buy a Powerball ticket, she thinks, “Why not?” What happens next is surreal.

 

What I really enjoyed about this story is the realistic exploration of the crazy emotional turmoil that lottery winners experience after their lives literally change overnight. There were so many aspects of that situation I’d never considered, which I found provocative and compelling. Of the two characters, I found Ray to be the most authentic as suddenly he was forced to seek purpose to a life in which he previously was going through the motions.

 

Holly’s ex-husband was not only emotionally abusive during their marriage but continued through their shared custody arrangement post divorce. While much of her behavior was consistent with that of an abused woman, I found it impossible to connect with her as she was so bland. There was little about her that I could latch onto to root for and that made the romance lackluster. It was difficult to understand what anyone, let alone Ray, found interesting about Holly. She loved her son but not enough to fight for him?

 

This was an interesting story that I would have enjoyed more if Holly had been crafted with more dimensions. But, the challenges presented regarding the lottery made this a more than worthwhile reading experience. It made me question whether I’d really want that kind of chaos in my life, despite the financial boon. Now that surprised me!

About Rebecca Rogers Maher

Rebecca Rogers Maher writes realistic stories that push the boundaries of contemporary romance—uniting the genre’s love scenes and happy endings with the crisp, layered prose of literary fiction. In past lives, she’s been a teenage metalhead, a cleaner of lab rat cages, a community organizer and an urban schoolteacher. Her recent work includes The Bridge, Hurricane Lily, Snowbound with a Stranger and forthcoming novels from Loveswept and Brain Mill Press.

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