Brad Vance is with us today and talks about his book The Worst Bad Luck. If you wish to see the dollar signs and see how money can affect people then check out his guest blog and review! He will also be giving away ten copies of his book to ten lucky winners!!
A Word from The Author
Thanks so much for your interest in “The Worst Best Luck,” and best of luck in the e-book giveaway! I couldn’t have had better timing on this story, which was my own good fortune in all this. Halfway through writing the book, I thought maybe I’d gone too far with the story of Peter Rabe, whose life changes forever when he’s the only winner of an insanely huge $700,000,000 lottery jackpot. Then, the American MegaMillions jackpot started to approach that figure. For a while I was sure I’d have to bump Peter’s fortune up even higher, so that it was still the “biggest jackpot ever,” but the MegaMillions paid out at a mere $600,000,000. So while truth is stranger than fiction sometimes, I still managed to stay stranger!
How did this story come about? I’m working hard at my writing career, with the goal of making enough money to do this full time. And I’m loving what I do, as well, really loving it and really excited about the possibility of it becoming my “only job” instead of my “second job.” So, I was thinking about the lottery one night and suddenly realized that, for the first time in my life, I didn’t want to win it. Winning that much money, which once seemed like the Golden Ticket out of dayjobbery into a life of endless carefree joy, would now “ruin everything,” as Peter says in the book when he wins.
The day he buys the winning ticket, Peter meets Matt Kensington, the love of his life, a man who’s thrown over his own chance to climb the corporate ladder to do what he loves: work on cars, fix things, touch things that are real, not just shuffle paper all day. In short, the kind of guy who’s not going to date a Real Housewife, not going to be interested in someone whose whole day is all about shopping and nothing else. So I had to figure out what Peter would do with all that money. I had to figure out, what would I do? I started to imagine a character who had to find his way in the world after he’d had “the worst best luck” you could imagine.
And then I started visualizing Matt Kensington. What kind of guy would I look for as a soulmate, who could you trust not to be out for the gold? What would be his priorities, what would his life, his spirit, look like? I’d read Matthew Crawford’s “Shop Class as Soulcraft” a few years back, and named “Matt” as a hat tip to Mr. Crawford. His book was partly about how we force everyone into the same mold, how everyone’s expected to go to college and work in an office to be considered successful, how the elites look down on people who work with their hands. But then we complain because there are no clever mechanics, no repairmen who aren’t deadbeats, nothing’s made in America anymore, even though we discourage bright kids from going into trades, or learning physical skills – skills like being a mechanic, that often pay more than drudging in an office, skills that can’t be outsourced to another country the way office work can! I wanted to create a character who was forced into that mold, and rebelled, who walked away from the path that was set out for him and found his own way.
I was also looking back on my own life when I wrote Cody Burrell, the abusive ex-boyfriend who returns to Peter’s life after he’s won the lottery, but, strangely enough, before he’s gone public with the news. I know that type all too well, the “evil genius” whose great gift is to find your weaknesses and pull those threads until you unravel. Giving Peter what he needed to fight back, to defeat those attacks, was my way of exorcising the “Codys” of my past.
I hope you enjoy this book, and thanks so much for your time! If you like the book, please leave a review at Amazon, Goodreads, etc. – it means so much to a book’s success!
Title: The Worst Best Luck
Author: Brad Vance
Published: 4th January 2014
Genre: M/M (contemporary)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Peter Rabe’s luck is about to change. Taking a co-worker’s car into the shop nets him a desperately needed $100 tip…and the attentions of Matt Kensington, master mechanic. Peter can’t believe that someone as hot as Matt could be interested in the young man his tormentors used to call “Peter Rabbit.” But, incredibly enough, he is. And when the Quadrillions lottery jackpot is up to $700,000,000, wouldn’t it be crazy of Peter not to buy a ticket on his lucky day?
Matt doesn’t think much of money, having grown up on New York’s Upper East Side in the lap of luxury. He’d walked away from the professional drudgery his Harvard degree had qualified him for, to become a mechanic, to touch things that were real, to fix things that were broken. And a hot shy guy like Peter is another machine Matt wants to believe he can fix.
But when Peter finds out he’s won the lottery, it almost feels like his luck has run out. Especially when Cody Burrell, his emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend, mysteriously re-enters his life just before he cashes the ticket and reveals his good fortune to the world...
Peter must wrestle with the pressures of wealth on someone who’s grown up poor, the pressure of fame that comes with so much instant fortune, and most of all, with his own demons, the demons that Cody knows all too well how to manipulate.
Money is the root of all evil, or is it? Well, this is the dilemma that Peter has to face when he wins the lottery jackpot! After reading this book I’m not really sure whether winning all that money is a blessing or not.
Peter has a mundane office job in an advertising agency and although he has worked hard to get there, like everyone else he is caught in the rat race with no way out. His colleague Kyle asks him to take his care in for repair and on the way he decides to buy a lottery ticket on the way. Well, he soon forgets about it, thinking what are the chances and when he meets Matt the mechanic then the lottery ticket is soon forgotten. Matt and Peter find an immediate attraction and for me one of the quickest pick up lines ever, but I did like it.
“You know what you’re doing Friday night?”
“Um, not yet.” Hanging out with Katie, he thought. Same as always, probably binge viewing some TV.
“Yeah, you do.” Matt said, his eyes telling Peter something, something deep, something….crazy and wrong, because what they were saying was, I like you, I want you.
“You’re going out with me.” Matt said, just like you’d say, you’re going to work today.
Peter laughed. “I’m going out with you?”
“Okay!” They stood there, laughing, Matt in pleasure and Peter in shock. Peter could hardly, could not, believe his luck.
So Peter gets lucky twice in one day and oh my, what a great chat up line. However, Peter not believing his luck is due to him being not confident and second guessing himself all the time due to the abusive relationship that he was in before. This started when he was a young guy, being the only child of a single mother and poor. His mother died of cancer and he nursed her all the way through to the end. His Aunt was no help, until eventually they get help from the social services in the form of Millie. So Peter doesn’t have to go in a home Millie takes him into her home and treats him like a son. One day on the way back from college he meets Cody, the most beautifully gorgeous guy anyone could expect to fall in love with. In reality Cody is an evil user and con artist and Peter embarks on a relationship that only uses him. When Peter refuses to help him anymore, financially and otherwise he dumps Peter like a hot brick. This needed a lot of strength from Peter and to be honest I ended up hating Cody with a passion at this stage. Beauty is only skin deep? Well, this is certainly the case with Cody. An evil, mean and abusive con-artist hiding behind a beautiful physical façade. However, before he takes off leaves spy ware on Peter’s phone. I ask myself how could anyone not see through this Cody, but on the other hand Peter was vulnerable, young and impressionable, exactly the right kind of prey for such an evil person.
As for Peter well we also find out that he comes from money. In actually fact his family has lots of money. However, it wasn’t really a happy childhood as his parents only concern was programming his future career and not listening to what he really wanted to do. So although he had everything he could ever wish for materialistically, emotionally he was devoid of the natural love and attention one would expect from parents. When they go out, Peter picks up on this that behind this façade of a Mechanic there is an highly intelligent, well educated person, that has been to Harvard and everything. So why become a mechanic, well Peter is only following the dream he has always wanted to do and that was to work with his hands.
This is what I really like about Brad’s stories, apart from the seriously hot sex, is the socio-political agenda and differences in the characters. Peter ~ poor background, worked his way up, but loved by his mum, only getting the basic treatment for her cancer and Matt ~ rich family, had his future all planned out by his parents, money enough, but no love at home and rebels in the end to do what he wants. This makes for a great balance and contrast in the MCs.
They go out and find they have a great infinity for each other and Peter can’t believe his luck in finding a caring and loving boyfriend, complete contrast to his previous relationship with Cody. However, Peter’s whole world is about to go pear shaped and change forever when he realises he has one the lottery. First the shock, then the fear followed by the denial. Peter goes through a whole gamut of feelings which I think would be totally realistic upon realising you don’t have to worry about money for the rest of your life. Something impossible to get your head around coming from a background of having no money. His first fear is that Matt will reject him and he will lose him. Peter tells Matt, but then puts the relationship on hold himself until he gets his head around the whole situation. Matt, oh dear patient Matt, gives him the time necessary. Peter’s life takes off at an incredible rate of knots after cashing in the lottery ticket and becoming public property for the press. Thank goodness for Katie, his best friend’s father is a lawyer and takes his case on board and looks after and manages things for him.
Everything seems to be going well until out of the blue Cody turns up on the scene again asking for money. Well, all I wanted to do was to slap Peter for being so weak and polish Cody’s face for Peter. I have never hated a character with more vengeance in my life. Again Peter finds it next to impossible to say no and I think this came from a big amount of naivety and wanting to see the good in everyone. But some people just don’t have any good in them and Peter is still fighting with his internal feelings and confidence.
Well, Cody scams his way back into Peter’s life until Matt takes him away from it all. Swept away to a deserted island courtesy of Matt’s friend whose family is loaded! Matt calls the old tie network together and discover that Cody knows about Peter’s win due to the spyware they discover he put on his phone. However, Matt has to wait for the correct moment to tell him.
When they get back Cody goes completely nuts and ends up doing something that puts Peters life in danger. I’m not going to elaborate more here, but I couldn’t put the book down. It was like reading a face paced thriller. Exciting and thinking OMG how is he going to get out of this.
This book was a great read and if I’m really honest with myself wish it could have been a little longer by padding it out more and making the whole story a little more in depth with more substance regards to the relationship between Peter and Matt, also the whole lottery affair and Cody’s criminal intent. I just felt it was over a little too quickly. However this is only my own personal feeling and quite possibly me being greedy for more as the book definitely captured my imagination. Brad provides us with a great story, intriguing plot line, hot MM sex, great characters and a very enjoyable read.
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