Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review: Speedy Rewards by Jeff Erno

Phil Mitchell manages a gas station/convenience store for a living. He's very good at his job and receives a lot of satisfaction knowing that he's providing a great service to the customers who visit Speedy Mart. However, a string of random incidents, pressure from his homophobic boss, worrying about his employees and trying to determine if he should give the hot, flirtatious customer a chance, means his job anything but boring.

For the most part, I really enjoyed this story. It was a little difficult for me to get into the story initially because there were so many characters, and readers have the daunting task of learning about each of them. I commend Jeff Erno for being able to keep everyone straight (no pun intended...because very few of them are), yet weave all of their stories together. The book didn't really start to pick up until approximately halfway through, but once it did I had to hold on to my seat!

Phil was a great character and I loved seeing the development of his relationship with Humberto. Ezra, Phil's employee, was another character I really liked. I found his particularly story fascinating, especially his relationship with his best friend, Justin. In trying to effectively tell everyone's story, I felt that some storylines didn't get enough attention. The Ezra/Justin storyline captivated me, but also broke my heart. I wanted to know more about Justin, the good-hearted lamb who always seemed to get kicked in the teeth emotionally, and more of his backstory with Ezra.

All in all, this is a solid book. It would be nice to see more of Phil, Humberto, Ezra and Justin in the future and I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

Buy links
Wayward Ink Publishing | Amazon

Wayward Ink Publishing provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

~ M

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