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Speedy Rewards (Working Class Series Book 1) by [Erno, Jeff]
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Length: 250 pages Word Wise: Enabled Language: English

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Phil Mitchell pours his heart and soul into his job as manager of Speedy Mart, a local convenience store. He loves his work and he loves his fellow employees, but when it comes to his personal life, Phil is lonely and depressed and still pining for his long-departed ex.

He embarks upon the week from hell where anything that can go wrong does. It begins with a truck crashing into his outdoor sign and only goes downhill from there.

Add an asshole homophobic boss hell bent on seeing him fired and Phil realizes he needs to put into place a plan to save himself and his job.

First step in his plan… do something about his love life.

Meanwhile, Ezra, one of Phil’s team members, is dealing with his own roller coaster ride of a week.

As is Brandon, the local cop…

And Mark, the homophobic boss…

Perhaps, with a little… luck, the next week will be better.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4287 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (5 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XV8O7G6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...this isn't a TV commercial. This is real life..." 17 November 2015
By Rian Durant - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have rarely read a book which I wanted to go back to so much every spare minute or one which had left me feeling so excited at the end. It easily made my top 3 for the year and it will surely remain there.

I adore books which keep your brain alive and "Speedy Rewards" is definitely one of them. The author introduces an impressive bunch of characters from the very first chapter and promises an interesting one-week peek in their lives. All through the book he never breaks this promise, rather surprises us with over-delivery.

Seldom have I read something so lavishly kaleidoscopic showing with a dose of irony and lots of wisdom the complexity and inter-connectivity of life. Life as we know it, life as it can be and is behind every corner you pass on your way to work back home.

None of the characters is perfect but they are all fascinating, each in their own way, even if they are great at being egoism or lack of confidence. Finally, what you want to give all of them is a hug (some a kick in the ass first and then a hug) and wish each one gets their own reward for being who they are.

Bottom line is:"...this isn't a TV commercial. This is real life..." which is one of the things which make "Speedy Rewards" so addictive. It is rewarding indeed to be able to enter the Speedy Mart and get to know all those complex characters and observe the whole range of human emotions. These are not brought to "romantic" extremes but they are the ones which can irritate you or make you smirk or fill you with warmth every day.

This is the first book I read by Jeff Erno and would surely not be the last as he proves to be not only a connoisseur of human character but also an amazing storyteller.

I wish I could give more stars for this one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! 19 June 2015
By musiclover13 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
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.

Wayward Ink Publishing provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging ensemble romance 16 June 2015
By V. Rundell of V's Reads - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is an ensemble cast book, with intersecting points of view centered around the Speedy Mart, a small-town convenience store/gas station in rural Michigan. If you are a fan of LOVE ACTUALLY, the cult-classic CLERKS, or PULP FICTION (sans the murders) you will love this story.

The main character of the entire story is Phil, manager of the Speedy Mart. He is a 35 y/o, out gay man who has worked in retail his whole life. His tenacity and compassion as a boss helps his eclectic team of workers thrive. Among the employees at the Speedy Mart is an aging drag queen, a secret-drinker Wiccan BDSM Domme, a glam boy, and a gruff--former-alcoholic-former-homeless assistant manager. The Monday morning rush at the Speedy Mart is no joke, and it's further complicated when Ezra (the glam boy) is nearly hit by a Coke delivery truck. The driver, Vince, makes a heroic save resulting in minimal property damage, which brings Phil's overbearing and homophobic manager Mark to the scene.

It is now that Phil's professional life begins to unravel. And it isn't helped when Ezra is held up at gunpoint the following day. Mark has an ax to grind with Phil, and it's of a deeply personal nature. His solutions for Phil's store: fire everyone, including Phil, but Mark can't make that happen without some HR documentation, so he turns the screws tight waiting for the Speedy Mart to topple. With the turmoil at work, Phil is unlikely to find respite, but he does--with Humberto, a young, suave Mexican-American handyman.

Meanwhile, having two near-death experiences turns Ezra into a mess. His best friend, Jeremy, is not much help--going through some intense relationship issues with his "open relationship" live-in boyfriend, Vince--the Coke deliveryman.

There are further and deeper connections between the many characters in this story, but they all flow seamlessly via the multiple points of view. I developed such love for this quirky cast, and wanted everyone (excepting Vince) to have an HEA. I was really, really close to getting that wish-come-true. Even Mark was redeemed, and in the sexiest way possible.

Speaking of sexy, I did like the sexytimes. The book likely has more per-capita oral action than I've read before, but there are some rather tender scenes blending in there, too. I really felt emotionally engaged the whole time. Expect to laugh, swoon, shake your head, and wish to punch out a character, or two. *evil-eyes Vince*

I was captivated by the close interactions this "work family" displayed--and how they banded together to support Phil in his professional and personal life. My one complaint? I didn't get to experience the company picnic! These people are a total hoot, and I was sad to turn the final page.
5.0 out of 5 stars A 5 stars read! 30 August 2015
By AIly - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I should start this review with a confession – I really hate to have to deal with a ton of (main) characters, moreover when introduced in few chapters. This is mainly because in such cases I simply can’t commit to more than 3-4 of them, quite often many (M)Cs make the story (a tad) diluted, and since I’m not a person who easily remembers names, I usually end up struggling to make out what is happening to whom.

So, at first, because of the blurb, I was led to think I will face only Phil, Ezra, Mark and Brandon and when I eventually discovered that 6+ more are about to interfere, I barely decided to give it a try. I approached the first two chapters rather reserved but the more I read through them, the more fascinated I became with the book, getting to the point of total obsession.

Frankly, I wasn’t able to read or think about anything else until I finished it and this was the first time I was able to remember all characters and was equally interested in their personal up and downs. Reading the story as a whole was unique and everything was playing out right there, before my eyes, as if I was watching it live - I could feel the atmosphere with my skin, it was so real, and the characters were so genuine with their language and personal streaks.

I’m giving 5 stars to this perfectly recreated bit of reality. It certainly deserves some attention.
4.0 out of 5 stars Speedy ! 27 June 2015
By Marinieves - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a completely different book than what I am used to from Jeff Erno.

The story is based upon the employees of the Speedy Mart and the different challenges they go through while working a job that sometimes they don't feel is that rewarding.

The main character of the story Phil is the sounding board of his employees and sacrifices a lot in order to give them the opportunity to survive their respective efforts.

The book is written based upon the different employees and while the dynamic is interesting, I will have to say I would have like to know more about Phil and his life.

Regardless, it is an important part of the story that the employees are known too.

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