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Book Review & Giveaway: Path of Lucas: The Journey He Endured by Susanne Bellefeuille

24 Aug

Book Title: Path of Lucas: The Journey He Endured

by Susanne Bellefeuille
Category: Adult Fiction, 350 pages
Genre: Fiction, Based on a True Story, Romance, Drama
Publisher: Balboa Press
Release date: December 26, 2015
Tour dates: August 21 to Sept 1, 2017
Content Rating: PG (for words Oh God, damn and there is kissing)

 

Description

Path of Lucas follows Lucas Clarkson who is a simple man, a family man, and a hard working farmer’s son. From a small town in Eastern Ontario, the author, Susanne Bellefeuille, brings us on Lucas’s journey through the trials and tribulations of his life.

Lucas’s path is not as simple as the man he’s portrayed to be. From the days spent working on his dad’s farm to becoming a successful mechanic, with a genuine heart and his incredible strength, Lucas faces many difficult decisions. The choices he makes may be the difference between realizing his dreams and keeping his family together.

Based on true events, this is Susanne Bellefeuille’s first novel.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Path of Lucas is based on a true story which I didn’t realize until the end of the book. I enjoyed the story and the fact that it was based on the story of the author’s father made it even more interesting.

Lucas Clarkson is a hard worker and works for his father on his farm even though he hates the work (although he never complains). He finally gets the chance to go after his dream of being a mechanic but when his parents ask him to come back home because of their finances and circumstances beyond their control, he can’t say no. Although Lucas doesn’t want to return home, he goes back because they’re his family and they need him. Such a good son!

As far as Lucas’s own family, he falls in love with Isabelle, a poor neighbor girl who doesn’t speak English when they meet. Her sister acts as interpreter and they each learn enough of the other’s language to be able to start dating. I found Isabelle’s dedication to her family as inspiring as Lucas’s dedication to his. She didn’t want to marry right away because she had to help support her poor family. When she becomes pregnant, however, they end up marrying sooner than planned.

I liked this book but it would have been so much better if it had been edited. The one thing that really stood out was the dialogue. It seemed stilted and characters said each other’s names several times during one conversation which was distracting.

Path of Lucas has love, tragedy, drama, and family loyalty and tells the story of someone whose path is not the one he chooses, but he makes the best of it and his life is still happy and full of love. This is a good book that could be a great book with some editing and work on making the dialogue sound natural.

 

Meet the Author

 
Susanne Bellefeuille is a sister, mother, grandmother, and an inspirational mentor to many people. Graduating from the social service worker program at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario, Susanne spends countless hours offering her professional aid, guidance, and most importantly, her friendship to people with intellectual disabilities.
 
Susanne’s life changed remarkably after the realization that her desires would require her to complete college and set a better example for her children and grandchildren. From being a high school dropout and a mother at the young age of seventeen, Susanne has journeyed a considerable distance to become the successful person she is today. Her journey is not only to write books but also to help people reach their full potential, as she truly believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to shine in life.
 
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Red-tailed Hawk by Nancy Schoellkopf

17 Apr

When Mariah Easter encounters a large hawk in her urban midtown neighborhood, her father Charlie is concerned. He can see a wild and mystical path opening before his daughter, a path he himself would never be able to resist. The hawk soon reappears: engraved with its twin on a golden thimble that has been an Easter family heirloom for generations. After the thimble is stolen at a funeral reception, Mariah and her mother Samantha set off on a road trip to find it, a journey that will bring healing to the grieving family and change Mariah’s life forever.

Red-tailed Hawk is a coming of age story, the tale of a young woman’s quest to discover the source of her own longing and to understand the mystical legacy of her family.

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I previously read Yellow-billed Magpie and was happily surprised to realize that Red-tailed Hawk has the same characters several years later.

Yellow-billed Magpie was about Samantha’s journey and Red-tailed Hawk is about her daughter Mariah’s journey when she is 17 years old.

Samantha was married to Mariah’s father, Charlie, and when Charlie dies, the family has to learn how to deal with his death. They each have their own way of coping but Mariah ends up on a journey and learns a lot about herself. I don’t like how inconsiderate she is, though, of her mother’s feelings.

The characters are interesting and Nancy Schoellkopf does a good job at portraying them like real people, each with flaws and each with strengths. I especially liked how all of the relationships grew in such a short time while everyone was grieving.

I definitely recommend Red-tailed Hawk if you like women’s fiction with a touch of fantasy. It’s the second book about this family but can easily be read as a stand alone.

 

 

 

 

Author’s Bio:

Nancy Schoellkopf is the author of Yellow-billed Magpie, the first in her Easter Family series. Nancy has been telling stories and writing poems for many lifetimes. It goes without saying that she’d need a second income, so this time around she has happily taught amazing children in special education classes in two urban school districts in Sacramento, California. A full time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of family and friends.

 

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Book Review: Jenna’s Journey by Julie Ryan

17 Sep

Jenna's Journey Front Cover SMTitle: Jenna’s Journey

Author: Julie Ryan

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Mystery

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

About the Book

Leaving town, heading to the Greek Isles without telling husband or friends, is heady medicine for a failing marriage. Seduced by Grecian sun and sky, Jenna innocently buys a bewitching urn that tangles her into the web of a criminal world more sinister than she ever imagined. Romance is always afoot in the Greek Isles and Jenna gets a large helping with the seductive Nikos. Family is important in Greece, and Nikos helps Jenna learn all the richness it brings, and pass it on to the next generation.

Twenty-five years later, Allie takes this same journey, and a little time travel, a big “what if” dream, a fated meeting with a taxi driver and a sprinkle of paranormal intrigue intertwine in a story that spans the lives of a mother and daughter. Twisty as the streets in a Greek island village, full of unexpected characters found on a faraway vacation along with frightening threats from nasty villains, Jenna’s Journey will keep you turning pages far into the night.

Working out a lifetime of secrets, imagining what might have been, eluding nasty antiquities thieves, exploring a new love—how would you have managed? Follow Jenna’s adventure and see how she changed her life in one journey!

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

This is a difficult book to review because it has some really good elements, some not so good, and some I still haven’t decided on.

After 5 years, Jenna decides on the spur of the moment that she needs to get away from her husband, Greg, for a while to think after she realizes that he doesn’t want children. She goes to Greece without telling anyone where she is going, and she has quite an adventure, including romance and being followed by criminals.

I enjoyed the author’s writing style for the most part. I did do some skipping of paragraphs at times when Jenna was thinking about her relationship with Greg. She decided over and over that the best thing would be to leave him. Although that’s actually how many of us come to a decision, going over and over it in our heads, it was a bit too much to read over and over. I enjoyed the descriptions of Greece. They were well done but not over done.

There were some questions left unanswered which I would have liked resolved. There were also some inconsistencies that confused me. I liked that Jenna had a choice to make and we get to see the results of both choices. The end, however, had me flabbergasted. I can’t say that I like how it ended, but because of the end I did think about this book for a couple of days trying to figure out exactly what the author was trying to convey.

 

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About the Author 

Julie Ryan Preferred Author pic 03 600x400 300dpiJulie Ryan’s roots are in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. After a degree in French Language and Literature, wanderlust kicked in and she lived and worked in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. Her spirit enriched, her imagination fired, Julie started a series of mystery romances, thrillers set in the Greek Isles.

Jenna’s Journey is the first novel in Julie Ryan’s Greek Islands Series, a series she did not set out to create but which took on its own life and grew, rich and fascinating. This is the first of three published so far, and now as a newly released edition in the USA from Booktrope, it promises to delight readers looking for the hidden dark sides of dream vacations in the Greek Isles.

A prolific and well-known book review blogger, Julie does her writing and reviewing from rural Gloucestershire, where she lives with her husband, son and dippy cat with half a tail.

Social Media Links for Julie Ryan

Website/blog for the Greek Isles series:   https://thegreekurn.wordpress.com/

Book review websitehttp://www.allthingsbookie.com/

Blog: http://juliesworldofbooks.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julie.ryan.3114

Twitter: @julieryan18

 

Background for the Book 

Jenna’s Journey is the first novel in the Greek Islands Series series. The story was inspired by the time I lived in Greece during the 1980s. Some thirty years later I was looking out of the window of my home in Gloucestershire on a wintry morning, idly wondering how my life would have been different if I’d stayed in Greece. I hadn’t intended to write a novel. Jenna’s Journey started life as a short story and thanks to a timely encounter with a fellow writer who persuaded me to turn it into a novel, it took on a life of its own and became the start of the Greek Island mystery series.

I’ve always been interested in fate or destiny, whatever you wish to call it, and this book is about all the ‘what ifs’ in life. It’s also about grabbing a chance of happiness with both hands when it’s offered – life really is too short!

 

Book Review: Going Home by Emma Lindhagen

17 Aug

24199704Title: Going Home

Author: Emma Lindhagen

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Number of Pages: 60

About the Book

Orryn ran away from home as a young teenager. After years spent trying to forget, she is forced to face the memories she’s been hiding from.
Thea never understood why her sister left. Her childhood was happy and she lives her adult life surrounded by people she loves, but she never stopped wondering.
When the two sisters meet again, a struggle to mend the bond they once shared, and reconcile their differing memories of their childhood, begins.

In a world were blending in is valued above everything else, scars can be a dangerous thing to show. After years of drifting and hiding, Orryn returns to her homeland and must choose between baring her scars and losing her sister a second time.

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Going Home is a novella packed with drama. Even though it is short, I felt like I got to know Orryn pretty well by the end, once I learned her whole story. I’m not sure why she was always paranoid about being noticed by the Wardens (basically the police) and I expected an explanation of that at some point, but it never came.

I wasn’t sure if the story was supposed to be sometime in the future or if it was an alternate universe. There was rationing, at least of alcohol, as well as Wardens who watch for any “deviant” behavior. There wasn’t internet but there was digimail, a replacement for snail mail. It seemed to me that it could have taken place here, in the present, and would have been just as good of a story.

Overall, I did like Going Home with all of its drama and I liked the ending.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Bad Uncle by Gillian Felix

28 Jul

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Who needs enemies when you’ve got family

The stars are aligned in Adriana’s favor, but secrets have a way of exposing themselves just when everything is perfect. As Adriana and Haze’s relationship heads south, Carys is ready to pounce. Will Adriana’s lies drive the man she loves into the arms of another?

 

Meanwhile Zax is finally with his dream girl, but why can’t he get his best friend’s

girl out of his mind? When she turns to him for advice on how to be a better girlfriend,

can he put his selfish desires aside, or will he follow his siblings and take what he

wants despite the consequences?

 

When Kevin’s lifestyle puts innocent L’Wren in danger, his retaliation brings his

ruthless uncle back to Los Angeles and into the lives of his family. In Bad Uncle you’ll

get to know the man who has the power to change the legacy of the Banovic family forever.

 

Suitable for adults 18+

 

My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I have read all of the books in the Family Portrait series and I’ve enjoyed all of them but Bad Uncle is my favorite so far.

I feel like I have really gotten to know the characters. Gillian Felix has done a good job of developing them and their relationships.

Adriana continues to lie to Haze about her age because she’s afraid of losing him and she loves him so much. It’s such a sad situation because she has really settled down because of him but she’s only 15! Even though their relationship is wrong and is based on lies, I found myself not wanting Haze to find out for both their sakes because he loves her just as much as she loves him.

Thankfully, Leighann’s life has settle down since her mom is in an insane asylum. She was so miserable in Perfect Escape that I was happy to see things turn around for her. Surprisingly, she and Adriana have become best friends and they seem to be good for each other.

Zax and Leighann are both in relationships but it is obvious that she still cares about him and he is realizing that he has feelings for her, too. I am thinking that the grass is always greener when it comes to Zax.

Kevin wants to get out of “the business” but he seems to be getting in deeper and deeper. His Uncle Adrian’s appearance surprised me because Adriana had said he’d disappeared and no one knew where he was, but Kevin didn’t seem surprised.

Yes, it’s like a soap opera and I love it. I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I like the way Bad Uncle ended. This book could stand alone but it would be even better if you read the entire series.

 

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Get introduced to the characters in Changes Book 1 FREE on Amazon and everywhere digital books are sold in the US  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EADYMCA. If you are located internationally and would like to review email the author for a digital copy at gillianfelix23@Gmail.com. Books 3 to 5 can be read as standalones.

 

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People are talking about the series

 

These characters will forge a place in your heart and mind as they fall into three categories, the good, the bad and the ones who must straddle the line with great care. – Dii Bylo, Tome Tender Book Reviewer

 

The endless drama is still here and I can’t seem to get enough of it. The plot gets even more complicated and every characters receives even more depth and complexity. Jola, Book reviewer

 

I absolutely loved this story written at a very high standard very talented one not to be overlooked. Highly recommend 5 mind blowing stars! My playlist for this book would be The Killers – Direct Hits 2013. – Nikki, Book reviewer

 

Changes gets an overall rating of 9 on 10 for the excellent storytelling, smart characterization and interesting plot. The story is good enough to be made into a TV series. Ondrilla De, Book reviewer

 

 

Author Bio

 

Gillian Felix was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She grew up watching prime-time soap

operas by Aaron Spelling with her mother. That’s where her obsession with rich, powerful and devious characters were born. After repeatedly seeing Mr. Spelling’s name on the screen night after night, Gillian knew she wanted to be an Aaron Spelling, before she knew that Aaron Spelling was actually a person.

Gillian have been involved in the entertainment industry for over ten years. She is an entrepreneur and advocate for women and children’s rights. She enjoys hiking and volunteering.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Beyond Believing by D.D. Marx

8 May

Beyond Believing

Book Description

 

When Olivia gets news of her best friend Dan’s fatal car accident, her life is shattered. Consumed with grief and struggling to find any meaning or purpose to life, she trudges along with a gaping void in her heart. Finally, when her frustration reaches its peak, Olivia decides to put her trust in the depth of friendship the two of them shared. That trust finally allows him to breakthrough to her, and Dan begins to guide Olivia through the twists and turns of her life, leading to something new and entirely unexpected.

When Olivia exposes a gigantic internal scandal at work, her career implodes. With no job and nowhere to turn, she escapes to Palm Springs for the sympathy and care of her beloved cousin, Garrett. However, with only weeks left before the opening of his newest store, “Gin and Tonic,” Garrett isn’t quite the comfort Olivia had expected. She yet again tries to find her way, and in the process meets someone who begins to fill that void in her heart. She’s never before experienced a love like this; it heals her soul and rekindles her spirit – and just may have been the design of her dearly departed friend all along.

Beyond Believing is a sweet, funny, and romantic story that touches the heart, serves up delicious twists and turns, and shows the reader that there’s no such thing as “coincidence.” Author D.D. Marx regards this book as her “love letter to friendship,” written in memory of her best friend, Dan.

 

My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Beyond Believing is a must read if you enjoy chick lit. It follows Olivia and her close friends from high school through young adulthood. At the same time, across the ocean, it follows Finn and his close friends, and the love of his life. They both have amazing friendships and suffer major losses. Then fate steps in.

The writing of D.D. Marx is easy to follow and this was a quick read. So much happens in this book that it felt like I flew through the pages.

The characters are interesting and likable and I was a little jealous of their friendships throughout the years. Olivia said that she was addicted to friendship but I don’t think it was as much of an addiction as being lucky to have such good friends through the years.

If you like chick lit, I definitely recommend Beyond Believing.

 

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About the Author

 

D.D. MarxD. D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer and blogger, as well as a lover of all things social. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always has a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.

 

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Book Review: My Favorite Second Chance by Rue

10 Mar

Favorite Second Chance_Front_ebooklgTitle: My Favorite Second Chance

Author: Rue

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

Summary

Have you ever wished for a second chance?

The Hutchinson sisters are out of the frying pan and into the fire—just like their mother always threatened!
Gwenn is floating in the dreamy, fragile glow of her new relationship with wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory, when a blast from her past makes a triumphant return. Sure he ran out on her over a decade ago, but can she turn her back on a war hero?
Rachel is on the brink of having everything she ever dreamed of, but that’s not how things work out for Hutchinson girls. Her rock-star girlfriend is leaving for a lengthy tour and something is afoot at the bakery. The righteous hand of her mother, Shirley, can orchestrate tribulations from halfway across town.
The sisters think they can run away from their troubles on a quick trip to the heart of Mexico, when an unexpected phone call shatters that illusion.
Filled with intriguing characters, plenty of steamy romance and lovely plots twists, MY FAVORITE SECOND CHANCE will have you flushed with anticipation, blinking back tears, laughing out loud and cheering for your favorite characters.

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

 My Favorite Second Chance is women’s fiction and is the second book in the Lake Effect Series. I read the first book and was looking forward to reading this one.

The main characters in this series are sisters Rachel and Gwenn. They both have a lot of baggage because of their dysfunctional parents but are supportive of each other. Gwenn has been in several bad relationships and now that she’s in one that she’s content in, her first love, Steven, is back. Suddenly, everything has changed. Rachel is madly in love with her girlfriend, Annie, but they have some major trust issues.

There is so much going on in Gwenn and Rachel’s lives that I wondered what could happen next. They made me laugh and made me cry. It’s a fast read and I was disappointed when it ended. I’m ready for the next book in the series!

About the Author

Rue_2013BW(2)Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

Book Review & Giveaway: Perfect Escape by Gillian Felix

1 Feb

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One person’s perfect escape is another’s perfect hell.

In this coming-of-age story, teen singing sensation Leighann DaCosta tries to find out who she is without her music career. A career that has been part of her life since before the age of ten. When Leighann’s estranged father enters her life, she is caught up in a tug-of-war between both parents. Does she trust the man who abandoned her as a baby, or a mother who is losing her mind? 

When heartthrob Zax Banovic is assigned to tutor Leighann, he provides her with the perfect escape from the madness in her life. Enter Kristin Newman, Zax’s super-hot, sickeningly perfect, tennis-pro girlfriend, who dampens any chance Leighann has with him. 

After the unthinkable happens, Leighann’s world is shattered, causing her to shut everyone out. Unable to cope, Leighann accepts help from her frenemy, but will the help she accept come with a hefty price?

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My Review:

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I’ve read all of the books in the Family Portrait series and I’ve enjoyed them all. Waiting for the next book in this series is like waiting for the the next episode of a soap opera.

The characters and their relationships continue to evolve in Perfect Escape, mostly for the better. The teens, Leighann, Adriana, and Zax, seem to be maturing.

Perfect Escape is mostly about Leighann and her family problems as well as her relationships with Zax, Joel, and her parents. The poor girl, who is a celebrity, has been through so much, mostly because of her mother. Leighann is so sweet and so miserable I just wanted her life to get better.

I liked Perfect Escape but it was so short! I liked the way it ended with things resolved, for now, but you know there’s more to come. There’s enough back story that this book does stand alone but it is so much better if you read the entire series. I’m looking forward to the next book!

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About the Author

7210783Gillian Felix was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She grew up watching night time soap operas by Aaron Spelling with her mother. That’s where her obsession with rich, powerful and devious characters were born. After repeatedly seeing Mr. Spelling’s name on the screen night after night, Gillian knew she wanted to be an Aaron Spelling, before she knew that Aaron Spelling was actually a person. 

Gillian pursued drama in high school although it was not taught as a “serious subject”. When asked what career she wanted to pursue after graduation, she told her guidance counselor that she wanted to be an actress, and was told that acting is not a “real job”.  

 When Gillian moved to the US in 1998, she landed an internship with Spotlight On Theater in New York City, where she learned stage managing, casting and the technical aspect of running a production. Later she branched out into film, and fell in love with the behind the scenes action of film and theatre production. She traded acting and her “real job” for a career in film and theater production. Gillian continued writing novels and scripts but kept them to herself.

 When not writing, Gillian can be found volunteering at the New Mexico Children’s Grief Center or hiking the many mountains that surround New Mexico. Gillian can easily get lost in a parking lot and considers herself directionally challenged. She is always grateful for the people she hikes with, because without them she’d be left roaming the mountains like a lost mountain goat.

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/gillianfx

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Book Review: Behind You by Carly Duncan

22 Sep

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9-21-2014 6-09-05 PMTitle: Behind You
Author: Carly M. Duncan
Pages: 208
Genre: Mystery
Format: Paperback/Audible

Summary:

When a mysterious attack lands Heather in the hospital on the brink of death, her family rushes to her side. Through an inconvenient maze of shadowed memory and family secrets, Heather can trust only herself to discover if her husband, parents, sister or aunt tried to kill her. During the course of their own narratives, each character confesses to their various crimes of passion, envy and ignorance, weaving Heather’s mystery into an untraditional tale about seizing the opportunity to start over.

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Heather is attacked in her own home and she and her family take turns narrating about the events that lead up to the attack.

The character development in this story is very good. As each person speaks, you learn more and more about who they are and why they feel the way they do. This family is pretty screwed up and and each member has their own secrets.

As the story progresses, there are a lot of twists and turns. Nothing is as it appears on the surface.

The one drawback is that I was frequently confused about the timeline of events. Also, I was confused by chapter 1. I am still confused about chapter 1. Despite my confusion, I think anyone who likes dramatic mysteries will enjoy Behind You.

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About the Author

9-21-2014 6-09-39 PMCarly M. Duncan is a television producer by day and a writer whenever there is time. Her first short story was published when she was in high school after a writing group prompted her to begin blogging before it was cool. Carly’s debut novel, Marcie, was released in 2013. Though she’ll forever be a California girl at heart, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two children and beloved Westie.

 

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Book Review: Passion, Power, & Sin Books 1-5 by Mike Wells

7 Sep

17932625Title: Passion, Power, & Sin Books 1-5

Author: Mike Wells

Audio Publication Date: January 2014

Description (from Goodreads):

One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the “perfect” man…and is lured into a game in which she begins to make more money than she ever imagined. Betrayed by her own innocence, she loses all that is dear to her and discovers that she has been mercilessly used. Defeated and broken, but surviving with sheer persistence and ingenuity, Heather emerges from her trying ordeal, determined to punish the ruthless man who destroyed her life. Her thirst for revenge takes her halfway around the globe, to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, where her nemesis secludes himself in obscene wealth that he’s gained from the financial ruin of others. Heather is playing for the highest stakes in a lethal game. Only one man loves her – he’s handsome, confident, and just as determined as she is. Only one man can stop her – a criminal mastermind who is intent on her destruction.

Review

I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

I had listened to Mike Wells’ Lust, Money, and Murder trilogy a few months ago and really enjoyed it so I was excited to listen to this series. His writing reminds me of Sidney Sheldon but with a little more adventure. 

Although these are five separate books, I wouldn’t recommend reading just one or reading them out of order. This is more like 5 books in 1 with each book being a particular part of Heather’s journey.

Mike Wells does a good job of character development, especially of the main character, Heather. That girl really frustrated me at times. I could understand why she did most of the things she did, and she definitely had guts, but there were times I wished someone could talk some sense into her. Wanting revenge is understandable but she could have learned from Gareth. What a guy! He was one of those “too good to be true” guys any woman would want.

Passion, Power, & Sin is full of drama and suspense with a little romance and humor on the side. I definitely recommend it. I was sad to see the series end.

 

 

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