Title: Loose Change (Petit Morts #15)
Author: Sean Kennedy
Length: 12,635 words (47 pdf pages)
Publisher: JCP Books
Genre: contemporary paranormal
If there’s one thing you can always count on, it’s change. But the shift in Chance’s job description is one change he could have done without. It’s an ill-fitting role, and his displaced colleague is just as much in the dark as to its purpose as he is.
Chance finds matchmaking particularly irksome from his lonely post behind the counter of Sweets to the Sweet. From Belfast to Auckland, Bruges to Los Angeles, he works his magic, hoping that sooner rather than later his own fate may be fulfilled.
Thus far, Chance’s only reward for a job well done is more of the same. Since he’s had enough with going through the motions, he decides it’s time to make a big splash. Will management take notice?
I’m very interested to see what everyone else thinks about this story. I really liked it, finding its different take on things rather unique. However, it’s far from your typical Petit Mort story and as such some readers may not enjoy it as much.
In many ways this story is a bridge between the standard stories where Chance facilitates love and the developing story arc between Chance and Hunter. Much of the story is taken from Chance’s point of view and it is here that all the pretense is stripped away and we see the real Chance. He’s frustrated by his existence and growing increasingly impatient about being dumped in various locations by the will of the gods, or whoever it is that determines where he goes next. He also longs for some permanence in his relationship with Hunter. This is all shown though a series of vignettes of snatches of conversation with Hunter mixed in with short scenes where Chance brings his ‘Ones’ together. At first these short scenes were surprising, especially as there’s a curious mix of present and past tense used, mostly effectively. After a while, once I realised that this story was going to be a bit different, I settled into the narrative.
The tone of this story is also quite dark and bittersweet in places. The first part of the story, which is focused on Chance’s feelings for Hunter and some of the people he meets in his shop, contained some scenes where things don’t always go right, where Chance’s unique abilities leave him able to see the future but unable to help. I liked how we see some compassion, and even confusion in Chance during this first part, as so often he comes over as smug and all knowing. It was good to see that he wasn’t always so self-assured.
About half way through the story Chance’s frustrations come to a head and he does something which spreads his power far and wide. For me this was the most fascinating part of the book, as we are blown into the city of Los Angeles, picking up various snippets of newly formed relationships. This part left me with a smile on my face, and even a tear in my eye at how romantic this was. The author cleverly managed to create whole stories out of a few paragraphs during each snippet, before we are blown onto the next and showed a breadth of storytelling whilst always keeping the focus on Chance.
Any criticisms of the story come from the unusual style. It was a bit choppy, and at first I couldn’t see where the story was headed. It came together though into a cohesive narrative which managed to give Chance and Hunter’s story some forward thrust whilst also retaining the essentially romantic nature of the series as a whole. The Chance/Hunter story gains a lot of momentum in this book and I’m very curious to see the consequences Chance’s actions in the remaining two books of the series.