Lust, Money & Murder - Books 1, 2 & 3

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Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine fights her way into the Secret Service, determined to punish the man responsible. Join Elaine on a dangerous, romantic journey that takes her halfway around the globe and into the hands of the most ruthless counterfeiter in the world. More

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About Mike Wells

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 has taught in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.

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Review by: Lynn Hallbrooks on Dec. 10, 2013 :
After reading the first book, Lust, I felt compelled to read more thus I purchased the complete set here on Smashwords. I wasn't disappointed.

Elaine Brogan's father tried to protect her from reality. But reality found a way to ruin her family and toss her into the fray. Her intelligence and beauty get her only so far.

In some ways the character, Elaine, is portrayed as naive and a person who doesn't catch on as quickly as I would have thought she should have. Maybe deep down she knew but didn't want to believe what was happening to her. Either way the vulnerability plays a vital role in moving the story forward. Overall I loved the trilogy.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Diane Furniss on April 24, 2012 :
Great book I couldn't put it down, there was none of the over the top details that are really not nessersary. Just a great read, I will be reading more of Mike wells books.
Lust, Money and Murder was a great find.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Marcia Lapang on Feb. 27, 2012 :
Thrilling and captivating. Couldn't put the book down. I felt I was part of the dram, was completely drawn in from the first word!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Natalie Lundsteen on April 01, 2011 :
Definitely enjoyed this and read it almost straight through. It's rare for a novel to keep me captivated - this one did, and it has the perfect mix of entertainment (high fashion! glamorous settings!) and adventure. I'd absolutely recommend this for a vacation read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lyudmila Kobylniak on March 27, 2011 :
I enjoyed reading the book tremendously. The plot is catching, the characters are realistic, the author's research and knowledge on a subject is very thorough. When I started reading the novel, I couldn't stop until I finished it. I BELIEVED the story,and there are not many books I can say the same about. There is everything in it - love, hatred, betrayal, despair, revenge... you name it. My only critique I have is about the ending. Although it's great, I thought it was a little bit predictable. I KNEW that Nick was alive, no doubt about it. For me it seemed like the author got a little tired of the novel and wanted to finish it quickly. On my opinion, he could have added some twist to the end. But anyway, what a great movie could be made out of it!! Way to go, Mike! I will be impatiently waiting for your next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lee Remington on March 25, 2011 :
It’s been a long time since I enjoyed a book so much! It was like watching a great film, the settings are brought to life, the people act realistically, the dialogue is clever and quick. Yes, it is partially about the convincing descriptions, but it is also about the pacing of the plot. The plot moves ahead quickly and you kind of need to engage your brain to keep up with it. Or I had to, anyway. I found it challenging to predict how the characters are going to deal with yet another life-or-death situation. But what really makes the novel stay with you is that fantastic ending!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lyuba on March 25, 2011 :
I’ve almost worn out the ‘next page’ button on my Kindle reading In God We Trust. I was so excited that sometimes my fingers would press the button to go ahead while my eyes were still reading. I was not available to this world while I was reading In God We Trust. I was there, I was with the characters. It was me running away from the Russian mafia and it was me flirting with a handsome Italian. There weren’t any long descriptions or boring explanations but excitement and impatience. If you are looking for a book to relax and to forget your troubles for a while, I recommend to give this novel a try.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Farsheed Ferdowsi on March 24, 2011 :
I’m a slow reader but I finished “In God we Trust” in record time. The story grabbed me by the throat from the first page and didn’t let go until the exciting finish. Along the way I felt as if I were on an international journey of discovery. The author, Mike Wells, is skilled at brining his characters to life. They seem real; especially the heroin: Elaine. Towards the end I found myself rooting for her as I flipped the pages electronically. The meticulous pen portraits of exotic scenes in Sofia, Moscow and Milan, were most satisfying. “In God we Trust” is an entertaining novel and I recommend it without any reservations. I can’t wait for Mike Wells’ next creation.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anna Pravotorova on March 20, 2011 :
My husband started to read ‘In God We Trust’ on his Kindle and he was enjoying it during the holiday we took a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was a ‘man’s book’ about money-making secrets and catching criminals. But I ran out of stuff to read, so I gave it a try. My husband had to finish the novel on his i-phone. From the first pages of the prologue I knew that I would love it.

The novel opened with a beautiful but unexpectedly shocking scene. I was intrigued to find out how the book would go on. The writer did a fantastic job changing the settings and the modes so that the novel kept up a quick pace without losing the plot line. Just like the prologue, the rest of the book was packed with surprises. I often felt that I should have seen it coming, but I never did. Often, when I read thrillers, I find the action scenes confusing and unrealistic, but ‘In God We Trust’ the action scenes were based on the character’s quick wit, not muscle. I also appreciated life-like descriptions of beautiful people, clothes, places, scenery, but somehow it did not slow things down but moved them ahead.

My husband questions some of the facts about money-printing, but I don’t care, I’ve had a fabulous holiday with 'In God We Trust'and I still dream abut that Prada dress!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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