Thank you so much to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of Winner Takes All! I thought the premise of this book was super interesting, because people are always thinking about what they would do if they win the lottery and the benefits of it, but no one ever thinks about any of the consequences and I really liked that aspect of this book (along with the romance, of course).
Winner Takes All 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
“Great story-telling of the most romantic kind.”—Brenda Jackson, New York Times bestselling author
“A warm-hearted story and a clever plot reflecting current issues with sensitivity, warmth, and wisdom.”—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Jean Travis has the job of announcing the latest lottery winner on TV and is stunned to find that Patrick Bennett, her teenage crush, is the top mega winner. They haven’t seen each other in years, and Patrick is thrilled to renew their acquaintance. Jean, not so much. After all, a lot has changed since they used to study together and Jean worked so hard to hide her feelings. Now that he’s won so much money, Patrick faces a whole new world of demands from family, friends, coworkers, strangers. The only person he knows for sure he can trust, is Jean…
“Romantic, tender, emotional, and compelling.”—RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author
I really liked how Jean and Patrick got together again after high school, so this was kind of like a second chance romance novel. That aspect was super cute. And as I stated before, I really liked how some of the negatives of winning the lottery were explored, like people coming out of the woodwork looking for money and becoming a target for con artists. One of the things that I didn’t really like about this book was that there seemed to be a lot of ideas and threads that the author started/created for us to follow and they weren’t all fully followed or they were fleshed out in a way that seemed kind of half assed- while it didn’t really impact the HEA/love story between our main characters, it did sometimes give me a little bit of whiplash because we seemed to just go from thing to thing pretty quickly. I did think that this was a really great first book in a series- it really set up the whole “Millionaires Club” charity pretty well and I assume that’s the thread that’s going to tie the rest of the books within the series together. Overall, I thought it was a fun and cute romance novel that I definitely enjoyed reading!