Lonely and broke, Cleveland divorce-survivor Allie Harper believes all her problems would be solved if she could find a nice, smart, hot guy and enough money to get her car fixed. The hot guy arrives first: he’s in a crosswalk clutching a bag of groceries while a blonde in a Hummer is learning hard on her horn, sending the man’s groceries and white cane flying. How has this woman missed that fact that the man is blind? From the curb, an outraged Allie jumps to his rescue, rebagging the groceries as well. The money is in the bag. Literally- Thomas Bennington III, for that’s who the handsome guy proves to be, has bought a MondoMegaJackpot ticket along with canned tomatoes. Allie takes him home and turns his groceries into dinner for two. Later that night, Tom hears the numbers announced. He’s won. And he’s less than thrilled. PhD Tom had gambled on the odds of losing (175 million to one) to prove a point to Rune, a kid from the projects he’s befriended, that only losers buy lottery tickets. Instead, Rune, who’d helped pick the Mondo numbers, will share Tom’s jackpot. Allie and Tom grasp two things: one, they’re hot for each other, and two, the ticket is a hot target, and now so are they. Every scheming weasel in Cleveland will be after Tom’s millions. $550 of them. Yes, once the Mondo ball drops, it’s game on with killers and kidnappers as players. Allie and Tom need to get smarter about the threats all around them. On the run from one fancy hotel refuge to another and from one danger moment to the next, with only Allie s feisty landlady, Margo, and a couple of Cleveland cops for back-up, Allie and Tom evolve a strategy. First, turn in the ticket and claim the jackpot. Second, set up accounts to manage the millions. Third, stay alive to the end of the week…if they can. Too Lucky to Live debuts a talented writer in Annie Hogsett and a couple in Allie and Tom, a modern Nick and Nora Charles, who can power a compelling, amusing series with an excellent future.
“He loved books. I loved books. He loved poetry. I loved poetry. I liked to write. He liked to read.”
This book starts off with the promise of a good romantic story but it quickly turns into a suspenseful ride that will keep you on your toes.
When Alice Jane Harper encounters the charming Thomas Bennington III, she is completely and utterly oblivious to what she’s setting herself up against. After winning the Jackpot; a ticket which Thomas bought in the hope of proving a point to a little kid named Rune. The 10-years-old-boy who genuinely believes he could win the jackpot by carefully picking up the good numbers even though the odds of winning are around one-hundred-seventy-five million to one! With that much money in hand, danger is now lurking in the horizon and before they know it, Allie and Thomas found themselves running for their lives. Will they get out of this life-threatening-chase alive?
I quite enjoyed the turbulent ride along with the gripping mixture of suspense and mystery. The characters’ development is definitely praiseworthy and now I’m genuinely looking forward to the T&A Agency with one of those logos “We don’t just solve mysteries & fight crimes, we also help people find things and if you have a question, we’ll have the answer”. In a nutshell, this book needs a sequel!
I would recommend this mystery to everyone seeking to embark on a thrilling race, not only against time but against all odds.
I would like to thank NetGalley, Poisoned Pen Press, and Annie Hogsett for sending me an ARC Copy of this amazing book!
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