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Jackpot! [Kindle Edition]

Jackie Pilossoph
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If your mother offered you 8 million dollars to have a baby, would you do it?

Jamie Jacobson doesn't have a lot of faith in love, except when it comes to her Jimmy Choo shoes. Her brother Danny has two loves; his barely existent acting career and his ability to pick up women. But life is about to take a wild turn for these two dysfunctional but lovable siblings now that their mother has just won the lottery.

Frankie, a longtime widow has wanted grandchildren for years. Now she's prepared to pay cash for them. When Frankie presents her son and daughter each with a contract promising $8 million dollars if he or she can produce a child in the next twelve months (DNA tested, of course), Jamie and Danny each begin a frantic search for a person to help them reproduce.

Come along on their desperate, outrageous and hilarious journeys where fake seductions, ovulation kits and a tarot-card reader are replacing condoms, the pill and fun, meaningless hook-ups. They hit a couple big bumps in the road that have nothing to do with their lack of diaper changing experience, but a lot to do with their hearts.

Now they face the choice of their lives. Give in to love? Or go for the JACKPOT?

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About the Author

Jackie Pilossoph is also the author of the novels, HOOK, LINE AND SINK HIM and FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE. A graduate from Boston University with a Masters degree in Communication, Jackie currently writes for various magazines, has a weekly newspaper column and is working on another novel. She lives with her family in Chicago. To learn more:

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  • File Size: 653 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005J7M5SO
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a prize! August 9, 2011
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This story was entertaining, engaging, moving and a great read!! Characters were well thought out and truly fun to hang out with as they attempt to secure their own personal Jackpot. I loved this author's first book, (Hook, Line & Sink Him), and it looks like she's hit the jackpot again!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure fun and enjoyment January 3, 2012
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Jackpot is one of the most fun books and fastest reads I have experienced in a long time. I started reading it on an airplane on my way to Mexico and couldn't put it down for the entire trip. I found myself laughing out loud at parts. The story is light without being fluffy and deals with issues of human nature in a humorous, yet realistic, way. Each time I put the book down, I couldn't wait to open it up again and when I was finished I wanted more. This is the second book I have read by this author, and I can't wait for her next one.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loved JACKPOT! January 8, 2012
There is a immense level of skill involved when writing a book that is both funny and thought provoking at the same time, I have to say that Pilossoph did it in perfect unison in her second novel JACKPOT!. The question is this: Could you produce a child to get $8 million dollars? Well, that is just what Jamie and Danny Jacobson had to consider when their mother, Frankie, presented the question after she won big on the lottery. JACKPOT! will make you laugh, think and hope that love can actually conquer all. It has depth and humor wrapped into an original story that keeps you turning pages. I was told once by an author that a reader must truly relate to the characters in a book in order to completely appreciate a story. I have to say that statement has resonated with me. All the books that I have loved have had compelling and captivating characters. JACKPOT! is one of those exceptional books! I look forward to reading Pilossoph's other book HOOK, LINE AND SINK HIM and hope this fascinating talent continues to write spectacular books for years to come.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Selfish, Self-Centered Characters September 1, 2012
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Jackpot! By Jackie Pilossoph

Considering that, this novel has some of the most selfish and self-centered characters that I have ever read, this book did eventually turn into an engaging and interesting read. The characters did eventually grow, and they did finally become likable. And they even did get a happily ever after.

So how would you react if your mother won the lotto and offered you an 8 million dollar bribe to have a baby?
And you had to have this child or adopt this child, in the next year? A lot of people would think that nah they would/couldn't do it and then I'm sure there are some of us that might be tempted, especially those that are already in a long term relationship, right?

Well you may have more integrity than this brother and sister team does since they fail to tell their partners of this stipulation of their mothers. So naturally, once the partners find out that they have been being used, trouble falls like rain from a storm cloud.

I really disliked the mother for doing this to her kids...and yes, you do find out much later in the book that there was a valid reason for her to be so pushy, but I felt it still was too manipulative.

This book did have its comedic high points, but not as many as I had hoped for. The descriptions of the Chicago area are wonderful and I felt as if I were there.

It was not a bad book, but I think it would make a better movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very believable; unlikable characters. August 28, 2012
By Selena
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I absolutely could not stand the meddling mother in this story, but that aside this book is an okay read. A quick read for entertainment if you're bored and want a couple of laughs. Typically I do not dislike a book simply because it has some unrealistic things/events/characters in it, but I could not get past some of the ridiculous parts of this book. The author tends to go off on tangents, for example - without spoiling anything - the author gives us a diatribe of a pretzel shop owner's background and history, and I fully expected the character to have a much more important role in the story after the litany of information we were given, but he does not. A couple of pages of completely useless information - so you can skip that part and you will miss nothing. Also, and this drove me crazy, the author does this repeatedly: "I wanted to say 'insert thought here' but instead I simply said 'insert words here.'" This was done more times than I cared for. Like I said this is an okay story. Nothing great, very forgettable, will appeal to anyone who likes fluff and quick reads. Deleted from my Kindle immediately after I finished it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, fun read July 1, 2012
By Ann
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I appreciate that the characters grow during this novel, and that family heals. The premise is outrageous but the author pulls it off. The kids should have developed an appreciation for their mother a lot sooner, so they loose marks for that. The mother who seems so manipulative should have known better.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad I couldn't force myself to finish it. January 10, 2013
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I love reading. In all of 2012 I've read 110 books. Most of them romance, it's just my favourite genre right now, so I grabbed this one because it looked like it had lots of good reviews. Now I honestly don't see how it managed to rate so high!

The main 2 characters were unlikable as well as their nosy mom who can't mind her own business.

I saw everyone as being selfish. The mom for trying to bribe her own kids. Her kids, for trying to trick people to have a baby in time. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DIDN'T SEE TROUBLE COMING FROM A MILE AWAY?!!?

I'm kind of guessing at this point because I returned it before the predictable crash and burn.
It just annoyed me too much so I wasn't able to finish it. I made it more than half-way through but enough was enough.

So many reviews talk about how funny the book is. It's about as funny as an armpit fart. If you want a funny romance try the Neighbor From Hell series.

Meh, maybe I'm biased with my own mom bugging me to have a kid. But if she ever won the lottery and bribed me to give birth, I'd lose all respect. Kinda like I lost it for Amazon reviews! Next time I'm checking Goodreads first.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick, easy read
This was a quick, easy read. Some editing errors that I was able to look over.
Published 1 month ago by Gayle N Trautman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Only a mother could love this story!
Published 2 months ago by Vonda Owens
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
i did not enjoy. Plot was terrible.
Published 2 months ago by M.W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was a very good cute book, that makes you think what if I won a lottery
Published 2 months ago by Megan
4.0 out of 5 stars Think Rock Hudson and Doris Day
When reading this funny, lighthearted book I kept thinking "movie". It's a very predictable romantic comedy. The characters are delightful and wacky. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn Marino
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in AGES!!
This was a truly amazing book, and the storyline had me glued to my seat. I laughed, I cried, and I didn't put it down until I was done! A must-read!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the quirky characters and how they were developed
This was a hilarious read! Yet also thought provoking. I loved the quirky characters and how they were developed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
I enjoyed this book, it was different to the type of books I usually read.

This book is about a mother (Frankie) who won the lottery. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stace
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackpot
Adorable warm fun story with a Jewish accent. An easy read. I look forward to reading more of Jackie Pilossoph`s stories.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Light read
This is a cute story about love. The busy lives of Jamie and Danny left little time for relationships. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Lopardo
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More About the Author

Jackie Pilossoph is the author of her divorce novel, DIVORCED GIRL SMILING, as well as her divorce novel, FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE (published in 2012) and romantic comedies, JACKPOT! (published in 2011) and HOOK, LINE AND SINK HIM (published in 2010).

Pilossoph is the creator of her divorce blog, DIVORCED GIRL SMILING (, an inspirational, smart and funny site that aims to help men and women through divorce. Successful from the very beginning, the blog has led Pilossoph to a spot as a regular Huffington Post divorce blogger, as well as to television appearances on many news shows, including the Steve Harvey show.

Pilossoph, who holds a Masters degree in communication from Boston University is also a business features reporter and weekly columnist for Sun-Times Media local publications. She lives with her family in Chicago. Oh, and she's divorced!

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