Losing You

Romance - Contemporary
24 Pages
Reviewed on 01/14/2016
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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

Alexis and Lucas are the perfect couple. Their love is what every person dreams of. But Alexis finds herself in a rut, unable to fully commit to the permanence of the happily ever after. In an attempt to establish a more financially secure future, or maybe because she just wants to toy with the “what if”, Alexis lays her cards (literally) on the table in a high stakes poker game. She is not a loser. She never loses at cards. Until she does. The couple’s entire savings is depleted within minutes and Alexis suddenly realizes the grave error she has committed. With unexpected guidance from a complete stranger and the kind words of a friendly bartender, Alexis is reminded of the many reasons why life without Lucas would be unbearable.

In her short story Losing You, author PJ Haynie compresses an entire novel into a few short pages. Haynie’s vivid descriptions bring the reader face-to-face with the realities of what we do in the name of love and self-preservation. Losing You reeks of human emotion with which the reader will certainly relate. Her sentence structure is perfectly in tune with the brief story, creating a sense of novel proportions. Normally not a devotee of short stories, this reader was drawn into the very real circumstances of a relationship on the edge of break up. I felt like I was standing beside Alexis as she jumped from possible disaster to making the right decisions. I really, really enjoyed it. I hope the author will think about extending the story.