Monday, 20 October 2014

Audio Book Review: Passion Power & Sin (Books 1 - 5) by Mike Wells

Series: Passion, Power & Sin
Publication Date: 07 November 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Author via Audible
Audio or Book: Audio Book
Length: 20 hours 55 Mins

Narrator: Karin Allers



Overview:

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.






Previous reviews:

Lust, Money & Murder
The Drive-By Wife


Narrator: 4/5
Karin has a great voice. She is easy to listen to and acts out the various characters brilliantly. In the beginning I thought the transitions were sometimes a bit rough but as the story progressed it evened out. She is versatile and her accents are perfect. 

My Review:

Mike Wells opens the book with a good hook - I definitely think he is the king of hooks. There is a reason people say his books are 'unputdownable.' 


Initially I wanted to review Passion, Power & Sin book by book but I caught up in the story that I lost track of where one book began and where the next book started. It was just that good! 

Characters & Story line: 5/5

Mike has a way of creating really fantastic characters. They arewell-rounded, interesting and easy to connect with. 

Heather - I liked her from the start! She is smart, humble and able to be badass when she needs to be. Heather is your main protagonist and is in a bit of a pickle when along comes an email that seems too good to be true and trust me I think it is!!  Sometimes Most times I really wanted to smack some sense into Heather, I was cringing as I listened - it just gets worse and worse and just when you think Heather can't get herself into anymore trouble... something happens! Heather grows as a character throughout this series. She has a beautiful heart and is just awesome.

Percy & Nicole - Percy is such a great side character! I just had to put this in here. Percy is Heather's best friend and Nicole is a friend she makes on one of her insane adventures! I loved these too so much they deserved a mention. 

Enzo - I loved Enzo to pieces when he came along in the story. I think you meet him in about book 4 and he just crept into my heart. I wanted to protect him just as much as Heather did. And then came a huge twist that I just did not see coming! Wow - it broke my heart in so many ways that I cannot explain without giving anything away! 

Gareth - Gareth is the perfect match for Heather. He is sweet, caring, brave and just a really nice guy. Let's just say that the entire book I was praying good things would happen for them!

Ricciardo Meyer - *Sigh* I really hated Ricciardo. I did feel sorry for him at one point but he is too full of nastiness for it to last long. He is a brilliant villain that just gets under your skin. Ricciardo makes some brilliant points in the story but has no humanity. 


Plot, Pace: 5/5  

The plot was easy to get into and the pace was good. This was one of those audio books I just could not wait to continue listening too. The story flowed smoothly and Mike keeps you on your toes. He throws in curve balls and twists that had me wondering how Heather was ever going to make it through to the end.  

Cover talk: 4/5

Initially the cover didn't draw me too much but now after the exciting adventure with Heather I can appreciate it that much more!

Final Thoughts: 

I didn't think Mike could top Lust, money and Murder - which is one of my favourite audio books ever. Passion Power & Sin is equally on par in my opinion. 

Definitely 'unputdownable'!!

My Rating:




Author Bio:
Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of over 20 "unputdownable" thriller and suspense novels, including Lust, Money & Murder and Passion, Power & Sin. He is also known for his young adult books, such as The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and Wild Child, which are used by English teachers in high schools and colleges worldwide. Formerly a screenwriter, Wells has a fast-paced, cinematic writing style. His work is often compared to that of the late Sidney Sheldon, with strong and inspiring female heroes, tightly-written scenes, engaging action/dialogue, and numerous plot twists. He currently lives in Europe and teaches part-time in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.

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12 comments:

  1. Hi! You have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Congrats! Check it out: http://thenoveltyoflife.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

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    1. Thank you Kathy :) I'll check it out!

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  2. It's great when an author succeeds in grabbing you right from the beginning; I'm going to pop over to Amazon to see if the first chapters are available for preview to discover this opening hook you speak of. I'm not diggin' your thoughts on Ricciardo mind you, but 5/6 characters is still pretty darned good!

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    1. I am sure it is :) book 1 is for free on Amazon! Yip Riccardio is a bad man. Guess he has to fill the villain shoes and he does a good job :)

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  3. Isn't it awesome when an author keeps writing amazing books and somehow gets even better? I'm ao glad you enjoyed this book so much, the characters sound wonderful, even I'd like to meet that hideous villain. Awesome review, Chené! ;)

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    1. I totally agree that it is awesome :) The characters are all awesome in their own ways! Thanks Melissa.

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  4. Awesome! GOD can my wish list get any bigger? Yes it can...LOL I love when the author grabs you right from get go. I never heard of this narrator or the Author. I'm glad she did a good job with the narration.
    This sound like a great find, thank you :)

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    1. Ha ha I know that feeling.... And the answer is always Yes!!! So happy I could add to the list *tee hee*

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  5. Great characters is what does it for me. This sounds awesome.

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    1. I agree. It has to have a balance though between interesting characters and interesting plot...

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  6. A story that starts out with a hook? Oh hum now I'm curious. The characters sound very enjoyable as well.

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    1. Yes Mike is the king of hooks. He always starts it off with a great scene and setting!

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