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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Jailbird's Jackpot by PJ Colando is a fascinating and gripping story of pain and the quest for revenge, but there are also very interesting details in the story. Amy Breeden just won a mega-million-dollar lottery a few hours after her release from prison. But her thoughts are not on investing her money. In spite of what her parole officer and others advise her to do, her mind is fixed on one thing: “I shall exact revenge on a madman, who skipped the premises and set me up for the fall. Travis Castro is a dead man.” She wants to track Travis Castro, the dealer who’d stolen her crop and allowed her capture when the law swept in; a handsome, ambitious, and semi-considerate man. The question is: Can she get her revenge without destroying herself?
This story explores the dark, tempting side of human nature. What would you do if you were in a position of power and faced the person who had made you suffer in jail for years? That is the question this story answers, and PJ Colando does a wonderful job of exploring relationships, personal interests, and the power of money — especially how it can be blinding! The story has psychological and emotional depth. The characters are rock solid, elaborately developed, and genuinely flawed. From a former crime boss, a brother who’s never been there, a surrogate mother, and many others, the reader is introduced to sophisticated characters. The writing is gorgeous and the point of view of the protagonist dominates the narrative. The Jailbird's Jackpot is a well-crafted novel with great potential to entertain readers who enjoy different genres.