Title: The Bank Job
Author: Lisa Worrall
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: Short Story (42 pages)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Aunt Lynn
One Sentence Review: A nice little read with a twist and hawt vault antechamber smexxin.
Bank teller Riley Summers isn’t sure how his life turned into the very thing he swore he’d never let himself become: stuck in a dead-end nine-to-five job in his small, boring hometown. The only bright spot is his new lover, Jesse. But that’s before a sinfully handsome bank robber shows up at his teller’s window, offering Riley all the excitement he could possibly ask for.
Riley hates his job as a teller at the local bank in the small town where he grew up, and wishes for change and some excitement that is lacking in his life. He promised himself that he’d never turn into his father, and well, he did, and he’s not sure how that happened. Things are looking up some, though; he met is current lover, Jesse, at a small acting group a few months before and has managed to hold onto Jesse and keep his interest. A routine day turns anything but when a bank robber singles him out to help with his heist, and soon he gets his wish.
I generally liked this short read. I got a good feel of how unhappy and bored Riley is, that his life hasn’t turned out how he thought it would and how much he wants a change. I think because of the length of the story and what really is going on, we learn very little about the other characters, including Seth, the bank robber, who is the character we spend the second-most amount of time. The single smexxin scene is pretty steamy and adds an element of dangerous titillation to the story. I suspected two possible things about the plot, and one of them turned out to be correct, which didn’t spoil it for me.
A few minor niggles:
Firstly, it’s told mostly from Riley’s third-person perspective, though Seth has a POV, as do a few other minor characters. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that the transitions were clearly-enough delineated, so one para we were in one character’s head, and the next we were in another, treating us to, at times, head-hopping.
Secondly, I do have a question about something, but unfortunately to bring it up would be to include a major spoiler, so I won’t.
A fine, short read. Recommended to readers of the genre.