Todd R. Baker
**I received a free digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
I'll say this, it's difficult to put down. It's incredibly fast past, at times too fast to follow what is going on. That doesn't really fit with how lengthy it also seems to be.
I'd call it Dude Lit, like the opposite of chick lit. It's entirely from Luke's perspective. He's a decent guy who makes poor decisions. He gambled his family's money on an internet idea that didn't pan out. In the resulting spiral, he lost his marriage. And while he tries to get back on top, he's still saddled with some bad luck and poor people skills. You can't help but notice how he doesn't treat people that great, and he feels like he deserves more than he gets. And this is while he's not the a**hole.
Then something very It's a Wonderful Life happens and Luke finds himself living a parallel life. You see all the same people, but he's even more of a self centered twat. He's willing to do anything, step on anyone to get what he wants. And he wants money and power. He marries the same girl, has the same boy, but his treatment of them both is completely different. There is nothing even remotely endearing about this guy.
To be honest, there wasn't much to like about the first version, either. Except he had empathy for the women in his life and he loves his son more than anything.
Not the best writing, kind of hard to follow a lot of the time. But it keeps moving, quickly and I just had to read it all the way through, even when I truly hated Luke. Trust me, you will hate him.