Rack’em UP is a simple fun tale with relatable characters who find themselves quite suddenly in unrelatable circumstances. Jake Jacobs is understandable as a down on himself talent in the sport of billiards, someone who readers can identify with as he focuses too much on what he lacks and not what he has. This leads him through a number of bad breaks, both on and off the table. Hayden, likewise is a character that is relatable, a girl who is dedicated to helping her man, no matter what the consequences.
When a cursed object is discovered and then promptly used and found not only to work but to work exceptionally well, Hayden lets her own obsession with helping Jake overrule normal behavior. The trick in the story is that the cursed object, a medieval torture rack is actually a character to itself, holding some mystery and power that overtakes all the characters as the story proceeds. The stretching and growing continues, until finally like a rubber band, everything snaps and Hayden finds herself looking down on a new life, one where Jake is now dedicated to her as much as she was dedicated to him.