Title: Winner Takes It All Author: Poohbear-29
Source: Magnificent Seven (TV) Character(s): Chris Larabee
Rating: T Genre(s): Humor
Chapter(s): 1 Status: Complete
Author’s Synopsis: The boys have a bet as to who will get the lady on Valentine’s Day.
Welcome Readers, we’re drawing closer to the day of lovers and singles-awareness. Who’s ready? I know I’m not. However, I am ready with another review for a Valentine’s Day fan fic. I can at least check this item off. *Check*
Ladies and gentlemen, I am your reviewing host, the Fan Fic Reviewer; here to review the good, the bad, and those that should never exist in fan fiction. I took a chance on this story because I saw the source as “Magnificent Seven” and thought, “I saw the latest movie; I enjoyed the movie so this should be interesting.” Well, it was interesting and made me aware that there was a “Magnificent Seven” TV show.
Before I begin explaining what the story is about and giving my review, I want to take the time to explain who the characters from the TV series are so that we are all on the same page. Chris Larabee is the leader of the group. Vin Tanner is an ex-bounty hunter in the series and in the story he’s one of the three guys trying to get the Lady. J.D. Dunne is the youngest member and a young Eastern amateur (a true fish out of water in the west), and in this story he’s the group’s tech expert. Then there’s the group’s resident womanizer, Buck Wilmington – he’s obviously the second guy who’s in on the bet. Josiah Sanchez is the Preacher from the series and while he makes an appearance in the story, he’s not a major player. Ezra Standish is the group’s con man and gambler, and the third person in the bet. Finally, there’s Nathan Jackson who is the second in command and former slave – he’s just the second in command in this story.
Now that we’re all on the same page with the characters of this story, let’s proceed to my synopsis and review.
The author’s synopsis is accurate in that the story is about several of the guys placing a bet to make the new secretary their valentine on Valentine’s Day. However, a few bits of context information is left out. This is an AU (alternate universe / author’s universe) story that takes place in 2012. The Magnificent Seven is a private law enforcement agency working outside the local PD who just got a new secretary (Miss Kate Donovan) who’s turning heads. Three of the Magnificent Seven (Wilmington, Standish, and Tanner) decide to start a bet – winner takes all – over who will get Ms. Donovan as their Valentine’s Day date. Meanwhile, their boss – Chris Larabee – has been receiving poetic messages from a secret admirer.
The build up to the secret admirer’s reveal is pretty good. It’s obvious to the Reader who the secret admirer is (the story doesn’t try to hide it), but the other characters are kept in the dark until the end. The poems are hooky and I don’t just mean “rose are red, violets are blue” but…here’s one of the poems:
Hair of gold,
Eyes so green,
The cutest tush,
I’ve ever seen.
Not written by a character with the skills of Shakespeare, but they certainly convey the writer’s interest in starting a relationship with Chris. Like I said, it’s a good build up to the admirer’s reveal because the poems don’t give the writer’s identity away and they appear in spots where Chris will come across them. It’s cute.
Then there’s the three men vying for Ms. Donovan’s presence on Valentine’s Day. These men truly believe in the saying “All’s fair in love and war.” The methods Wilmington, Standish, and Tanner use to try and woe Miss Donovan and sabotage each other range from the ridiculous to the “how did he manage that?” One guy sends his rival’s edible arrangement and card to a widowed cleaning woman who is about 2 decades older. Another recruits a married, pregnant woman from his apartment complex who shares the same last name as a rival to come in and pose as the rival’s wife. It’s entertaining to see how these three men try to woe their prey, sabotage each other, and regain what ground they lose.
There’s nothing inherently bad with the story. It’s entertaining, it keeps a focused plot, and wraps up everything at the end. I think the only bad thing is that when I read the story I was not familiar with the characters, their names and histories. I feel that if I had been a bit more familiar with the characters before reading the story, it would’ve made more sense and would’ve been more entertaining. This is not a fault of the story, so I can’t really hold it against the story. I am obviously not the target audience.
Now, comes the true question, would I recommend this story? I think it’s a fun Valentine’s Day story but I think fans of the Magnificent Seven TV show — people familiar with the characters and the fandom — would enjoy the story more. It’s easy enough to understand for the uninitiated but there is a sense of “you should be a fan to fully enjoy.” So, while I would recommend the story for anyone, I recommend it more if Readers are a fan of the Magnificent Seven TV series.
Stars: 7.5 / 10