Saturday, 6 February 2010

Review – Windfall - Jenna Byrnes

 

Title:  Windfall

Author: Jenna Byrnes

Publisher: Silver Publishing 

Main Characters: Misty and Derek

Misty Stanton is rudely awakened by a yank to her hair and the sound of a gun being cocked in her ear. Her boyfriend, Benny, apparently hit a windfall at the craps table the previous day. Instead of applying it to his gambling debt, he took off with the money. Now the casino owner has sent his number one henchman to bring back Benny and the money . . . or in his place, Misty.
Derek Richmond is vicious and threatens violence. When he and Misty get trapped in the elevator on their way out, his tough-guy persona melts into a claustrophobic puddle. She finds him amusing and as time goes on, arousing. Who cares if the elevator ever gets fixed? (m/f, contemporary)

 

   

The Review

Waking up to the sound of a gun being cocked at your head is probably not everyone's worst nightmare but Misty takes it as par for the course and rolls with the punches.

Misty Stanton is a long way from home trying to make it big, but all she ends up doing is end up in a job going nowhere and a loser boyfriend who is now the cause of her current dilemma. Owing money and missing as usual – the henchman has come a calling and he means business – that is until he gets to the elevator.

Misty finds herself stuck in an elevator with the claustrophobic henchman sent to sort out his bosses money worries but once the elevator doors closes Derek Richmond breaks through the tough guy persona and makes an appearance…

I’ll not go any further because at 23 pages there's hardly much I can say beyond that, that wont give it all away. This is clearly a change of pace for Ms. Byrnes. Not that I didn’t always like her heroes or heroines  – but I am predisposed to a rougher sort of person, the one that's at the bottom of life and at a point that nothing really surprises them anymore…

And I think this is one of the reasons I perk up at reading this book – it’s not pretty, and I don't think it was meant to be. It has high levels of unrealism to it and the “ hope burn-eth bright”  moment was too rush.

But the characters I like – they lived, they interact they had a directness about them that is down right scary and I kinda like the arm chair shrink situation that was happening in the elevator as well. The fact that WINDFALL is just a moment in a henchman's day that happens to be the point of a change somehow made it a show, and for Misty it was perhaps the end of the beginning and hopefully something better will come from it all.

There is a nice bit of tension in WINDFALL and despite the minimal page count Ms. Byrnes added her trademark sarcastic humour to the plot.   

This set up of harsh scenes with even more street wise characters is a step I like for Ms. Byrnes – it feels different and as short as it was, there is possibility and it would be good to see where Derek and Misty go from there.   

 

15 Speak To Me:

Chris on 6 February 2010 at 16:47 said...

Weird, I seem to be encountering a lot of elevator-related stories recently!

Jenna Byrnes on 6 February 2010 at 20:42 said...

Hey EH,

Thanks for reading this one and giving it a go. Not sure my husband appreciates my 'trademark sarcastic humour' but I enjoy it, LOL

Have a great weekend!

Blodeuedd on 6 February 2010 at 20:55 said...

Wow that is short, I really should read novellas when I am in a hurry

Hagelrat on 7 February 2010 at 09:24 said...

Sounds like a nice bit of fun, good review.

ErotRomReader (Janna) on 7 February 2010 at 16:59 said...

I like the premise of this one, it sounds like a fun, quick read. I usually like Ms. Byrnes writing and I'm curious about the sarcastic humor!

Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:50 said...

@Chris...

I thought that as well - the only thing that was missing was elevator music...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:51 said...

@Jenna..

You are welcome - I think he would miss that black humour if it was missing...

Congrats on the release...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:52 said...

@Blodeuedd...

Sometimes the short ones are all you need - not right for the mood..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:53 said...

@Hagelrat..

This was just a moment in time....

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:54 said...

@Janna...

Be prepared - it will be over before you realise...

and you may want a little more to be honest....

E.H>

ErotRomReader (Janna) on 7 February 2010 at 21:11 said...

Lol, thanks for the warning :)

Donna [F.D. Ramblings] on 8 February 2010 at 02:24 said...

Looks like the 23 pages add up to some very intense reading. :)

Erotic Horizon on 8 February 2010 at 11:11 said...

@Janna..

Anytime Hon..


@Donna

I thought so - it was a mood read - so it hit the spot...

E.H>

Jude Mason on 8 February 2010 at 21:17 said...

E.H., and Jenna,

Nice review. It's got to be difficult reviewing something this short. So much happens in such a short time. And you can't give too much away!!!

Wonderful!

Hugs

Erotic Horizon on 9 February 2010 at 16:15 said...

@Jude..

When it's short like that, it is but this is so different from what I am used to - so I had to give a shout out...

E.H>