3 out of 4 stars
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Jenny Hits the Jackpot is a romance novel by Lori J. Gordon. Successful thirty-five-year-old Tyler Wells scores something unusual while having some fun at a Las Vegas casino. Some people hit jackpots. Other people win brand new luxury cars. What Tyler wins is a chance to right all his wrongs. A freak accident ends Tyler's wealthy CEO life in the blink of an eye. One minute he's whispering his sudden need for sex into his attractive date Bridgette's ear. Then, suddenly, he finds himself in the presence of Damien, a red-eyed spirit guide who lets him know, quite clearly, that he is dead.
Freshly divorced Jenny Spencer hits more than just one jackpot. She wins one-thousand dollars and a brand new car. A brand new, unnervingly seductive man named Tyler is her third prize. What she doesn't know is that Tyler is actually a dead CEO; however, he's completely visible to anything with eyes. Jenny is not Tyler's first assignment. She is his last. If he can prevent her from doing something terrible to herself in a few days' time, then he will be free from an immutable eternity in the Las Vegas dessert. As Tyler and Jenny spend more and more time together, one problem with Tyler's mission arises; he begins to fall in love with his assignment.
The author shows that she has a neck for stirring things up in this heated, steamy novel about a man's inability to control himself around a woman he finds more than just attractive. There are many characters I loved. The character I hated the most though, was the main character. Tyler Wells might be a guy many people dream of being, but quite frankly, he's a rude fellow. I loved how the author made him out to be this improved, more well-mannered version of his former self. It was like Tyler feared he was being watched and judged by God or something. As soon as he learns what his growing relationship with Jenny is doing to him, the old Tyler comes right back. For this, I tip my hat to the author.
The novel's weakness might be that it lacks more background about Tyler. For instance, the man swears a lot. There is nothing in the novel that sheds light on why Tyler is the way he is. Apart from Tyler's vocabulary, I enjoyed this novel until the very end. It began with a bang, and stayed interesting. I won't say that the writing is excellent, but readers should know that they'll be hooked until they reach the novel's satiating conclusion.
I recommend this to all lovers of romance novels. It is as much a love story as it is about a man who tries to be better than his former self. If you possess the ability to overlook strong language, by all means, read this. It is a wonderful book with a great lesson to teach. I'm taking away one point for the writing itself, which is good, but not great. My rating is 3 out of 4. Lori J. Gordon is also the author of The Lost Night Trilogy and other books she has published with Rebel Ink Press.
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