Review: More Than Money by Allison Michaels

January 04, 2017

More Than Money by Allison Michaels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Standalone - Found in Chicago #1
Release: November 7, 2016
Length: 320 pages

Ryan McMillan believes hard work and perseverance are the keys to success, not games of chance. When he receives an instant lottery ticket, he never expects to win a dime, much less walk away with the grand prize.

Collette Russo is no stranger to hardship. Loss has taught her valuable lessons in grace and modesty, traits Ryan can’t help but notice on the winner’s cruise. Collette is the only other passenger not obsessed with material things and their mutual humility sparks an attraction neither of them anticipates.

As good fortune continues to favor Ryan, his relationship with Collette turns into a romance filled with affection and laughter, and his career begins to take off. Yet when his loyalty is tested, an old friendship turns sour.

Ryan chalks it up to greed and arrogance, and finds comfort in Collette’s experience with both. But an unthinkable event reveals that nothing is as simple as it seems. Envy and greed threaten to ruin everything.

Has Ryan’s luck finally run out? Can he take back control? Will Collette stand by him in the aftermath?

Only time will tell if love is worth more than money.

* Due to adult language and sexual content, this book is intended for readers 18 and over.

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My Review

This book touched me in ways I didn't expect. I really hope it does the same for you! More Than Money was a story about two people suddenly blessed with material wealth but were already rich in many ways. What happens when people win the lottery? Hopefully more people will follow Ryan and Collette's example.

I absolutely fell in love with these characters. Ryan and Collette meet on the winners' cruise and their connection was electrified and instantaneous. Their banter was hilarious and had me laughing many times throughout their story. I even loved Les and Neil (Collette's brothers) and I'm hoping they'll get their own stories some day *wink* The dynamic between the characters was realistic and also something to be envied. And there was so much love! Ryan fit himself seamlessly in their lives that it was hard to remember at times that their relationship was still pretty new. I guess that's just what happens when everything clicks.

Well-written. Well-developed plot and characters. Even the flashback chapters were phenomenal and added great depth to the backstory of the characters. This story was about life, pain, family, friends, hopes and dreams, blessings, and love. So much freaking love. The world really does need more Ryans!!

An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review

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