Lust, Money & Murder - Book 1, Lust - A Female Secret Agent Takes on an International Criminal

Lust, Money & Murder - Book 1, Lust - A Female Secret Agent Takes on an International Criminal

by Mike Wells

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Readers of Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steel, James Patterson and Nora Roberts will enjoy this fast-paced international thriller. 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 vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy. In the end, will Elaine find the love and happiness she truly seeks...or will she turn to a life of obscene wealth, power and corruption?


"Revenge, determination and love fuel this thoroughly enjoyable fast paced thriller." – Samuel's Book Reviews.

"You will be hooked! Not since Sidney Sheldon has a male author captured a woman's perspective so well. it has it all — intrigue, love and realism." – Kathleen Bursaw "bookster"

"Good book for those who like a little mystery, a little intrigue, a little romance and an average person as a heroine. I couldn't put this book down. The tone was light and easy going, story well written and easy to follow. Counterfeiting details seem to be well researched, without being boring and technical." – Christine, at Goodreads

"A fun filled rollercoaster Love, revenge, danger, and pride propel the reader through this excellent novel. The protagonist, Elaine, grows throughout this entire story and at each stage the reader can relate to what she experiences. Fantastic read!" – Theresa Fitzgerald, Book Reviewer

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161221501
Publisher: Mike Wells
Publication date: 12/21/2018
Series: Lust, Money & Murder , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 7,217
File size: 344 KB

About the Author

Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of more than 25 "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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Lust, Money & Murder: Book 1, Lust - A Female Secret Agent Takes on an International Criminal 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is only one story that needs all 3 books to finish the story. It is interesting and keeps moving. I do dislike having to buy 3 books to get one story. This is very deceptive and therefore gets a one star rating!
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
This is another series book, which ends in medias res, leaving the reader yearning for more, and yet, it’s such a good read, long enough to give the feel of a full length novel, that it didn’t bother me too much when it abruptly ended. While I would much rather prefer a full-length novel to multiple shorts, Wells has actually put all three together for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, for only $4.99, and in my opinion, that’s a steal, especially as the storyline and writing is so well done. But, if you want to check out the first portion of the series before committing to buy, it’s currently free on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel right now, which is where I obtained my copy for review. The main portion of the story follows Elaine Brogan as she naively finds herself and her father the victim of a counterfeiting scandal, leaving her destitute and alone. Resolved to join the Secret Service and take down the man who destroyed her life, Elaine throws herself into her studies and works diligently in hopes of revenge. The story moves very swiftly, and Elaine soon finds herself working for Nick LaGrange in Bulgaria as he attempts to shut down the counterfeit ring taking Europe by storm. Of course, things aren’t always what they seem, and while Elaine is indeed amazing at her job, she soon finds herself in a difficult situation, having to choose carefully between love and ethics. I really enjoyed this story, save that it ended right in the middle of a climax within the story. Wells is a very good writer and his story kept me captivated from start to finish. While there were more references to sex than I would have liked there to have been, they weren’t overly erotic, which is good, although I really don’t see the point of adding detailed sex into the mix of a really good story anyway. But, that aside, the characterization and story were very well done, and I am eager to read the rest of the series, which, like I stated before, is available, complete, on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel and, in my opinion, is worth it. Four stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very fast paced story - sucks you in and you can't stop reading. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Mike Wells is an author to watch - he is great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book draws you into the story from the very first page to the very last page. Excellent writing! A must read - you will not want to miss out on the other two books in the series. I read this book and could not put it down, i went on to read all the books by Mike Wells and have not been disappointed!
Torrenstp More than 1 year ago
From the moment I started reading this book I could barely put it down! I loved it. Elaine is the main character and she is out to avenge her father's death. She joins the secret service in order to track down the culprit. She takes you on a journey of survival and strenght. Brilliantly written, uputdownable, I could imagine seeing this story on the big screen... If your reading this review I urge you to put this book at the top of your must read list - a fantastic book!
RochelleRosesandThorns More than 1 year ago
I received this book in return for an honest review. Beware what you ask for. Lust, Book One of Lust, Money and Murder is approximately 106 pages long, and is the first book in a trilogy. Elaine Brogan was an engaging character and the subject of counterfeiting was either well-researched or one with which Mr. Wells was very familiar from his day-job. The book was fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat, but there were continuity and grammar issues, info dumps and point-of-view jumps that I found very off-putting and distracting. I know what free-lance editors cost, but they make the difference between a polished, professional book, and the kind of amateurish presentation that gives independent publishing a bad name. Finally, these pieces should not have been published as a series. Three hundred pages is not a long book. Most of the big publishers won’t look at a manuscript of fewer than a hundred thousand words and that runs about three hundred pages. When writing a series, each book should be able to stand on its own. Look at Patterson’s Alex Cross books or Clancy’s Jack Ryan books, any of the Kellerman’s series (Jonathan, Faye or their son Jesse’s), or Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden Files. You can pick up any one of those books and they stand on their own. You can read one or all in each series. Yes, The Hunt for Red October made me want to see more of Jack Ryan. Storm Front made me want more of Harry Dresden. But each book had a beginning, middle and end. Lust does not have an end. It just stops at the beginning of Money. That makes me crazy and makes me feel manipulated. It’s not like this book would have been a couple thousand pages and needed to be split into manageable pieces like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (which was originally written as one book, but was split in three by the publisher). If you still want to read this book, buy the bundle and read the trilogy as one book. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck with only part of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This doesn't have a conclusion so shouldn't be considered a book. I agree that this is quite deceptive and should be listed as a sample of the entire package.
PatrickBaur More than 1 year ago
When it comes to book reviews, I tend to find no credibility in a review when the poster is Anonymous. If you have a critique, do share it and your pen name too. When I critique a book, I find it more beneficial to be extremely detailed than to "yell fire in a crowded movie theater" as the old saying goes and then close the review. In essence, is it necessary to attempt to bring a person down to your level? That's one voracious readers opinion In reading Book 1, I found it exciting and vivid from the first paragraph until the end. I specifically enjoyed the strong personality the Author gave to Elaine - he also let us in on her trials and tribulations that make her who she is. One last note on reviews, the Author does write in series form and I myself do not feel cheated that I have to read Books 2 & 3. It keeps me excited to see how it all ends. Great job Mike and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cliff hanger non ending!
WriteGuy53 More than 1 year ago
Although the writing is solid, the story failed in many ways. The reader is promised a story of revenge, but the whole premise of that revenge is questionable. The protagonist's father commits suicide, but we as readers never see any real development of the father as a character, and the suicide appears simply as a gimmick to move the main character along. Then, half way into the story, that story line is squelched when the heroine finds out the target of her revenge has died. But again, we're simply TOLD that, not shown it. The rest of the book is a new story, different from the main story promised in the beginning, and there's nothing there. It's dull, lacks tension, lacks interesting character development, has more telling than showing and, as stated in my headline, was very disappointing.
sadsack More than 1 year ago
Would have given a better rating but just completed the 2nd book and very disappointed. Wouldh ave been better to charge for the first book and have more substance int he 2nd. Don't want to take a hancge on the 3rd! I agree with the comment about beware of having to buy 3 books to complete one story. Really don't want to get into the habit of encouraging these authors who become too confident!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very fast read Was not happy that i had to buy two more books to see how it all turned out, but i still recommend it! Hope to see more from author!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can "picture" everything happening just as he writes it----but then it just "ends" leaving you to wonder "what's going to happen NEXT.?.?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good, fast read BUT I have to buy another book or 2 to finish the story??? This book was only 100 pages...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was worth reading, however, it seemed to be over before it began. I'm going to try book two. I hope it has a little more content.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Book exchanged for an honest review~ Elaine Brogan always had visual talent to spot the differences in pictures at a young age. She continued to blossom as you grew which made her father Patrick very proud. At the tender age of sixteen learned how cruel life is through a modeling scam. Elaine was proud of herself for getting the money back but the chain of events that occurred next would scar her for life. Her father Patrick arrested for counterfeiting and stolen equipment lead to his death. Elaine vowed to destroy the man that caused her so much pain. Elaine is determined to prove herself by becoming Secret Service Agent in counterfeiting department. Will Elaine attain her dream? Find out in Lust. This new to me author really crafted a wonderful story. The story was well written, action packed, and hints of psychology as well. The characters were flawed, real, down to earth, raw, and compelling too. I look forward to reading more of this author's work in the future.
Colleen08 More than 1 year ago
I have never read a series before, and I was really surprised when the story ended mid-climax! I guess I didn't pay much attention to the cover upon download as I received it free. I think I kind of enjoy this style of writing, it is like watching an epi of your favorite TV show and held in agony until the next week's epi is shown (save for Netflix, they don't break our hearts so!). I have to say, I absolutely love the writing and the characters. I was immediately pulled in and found myself not able to put the book down. For 100 pages, it is a pretty quick read, but long enough to feel like you are getting productive in a novel. I'll admit, I will be purchasing the next books in the series, as I have to know what happened now that I've invested my time in it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok fast but too short
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This "book" is not a book at all, just a long sampler trying to get you hooked into buying TWO more short books to get the complete story in what should be one book. It is not a stand alone plot and there is no conclusion. The story line is thin with little action. There is a mildly interesting romance, but it, like the entire story, drags along with little development then takes a huge inexplicable leap. Don't get suckered. Skip this one. JB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lust, Money, & Murder: Book 1 is a pleasing thriller with a fast-paced storyline incorporating a touch of romance. I was hooked from the beginning and plan to keep on reading the subsequent books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I will read the rest of this set and many more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great job Mike Wells has done! Excellent quick read. Mind blowing and full of suspense. LOL to Mr. R! Hoping for NIck and Elaine.
TheBookieMonster More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be quick paced but engaging. The writing is clear and concise. Author Mike Wells manages to put a lot of story into a short novella without making you feel as if depth is lacking. Elaine’s father was a hard working man who wanted to give her the world but he was by no means perfect. This tale is always at its darkest when expressing the actions which her father thought were necessary. This was a poor man who wanted to give his daughter an expensive education and basically did this by whatever means necessary. One frustrating aspect of the story is Elaine’s naivete, especially as it relates to her father’s actions. When the story begins and starts to develop the reader almost expects the main character to be a streetwise, no nonsense girl. But, she remains innocent and naïve into her college years. This characteristic results in her ending up in a compromising position. And this is where her life begins to unravel. Ultimately, this story is about a young girl who is taken advantage of, has a tragic loss, and then perseveres. When Elaine reaches adulthood and heads off to college the reader becomes more in tune with her personality through a series of fumbling sexual encounters. We have our first laugh out loud moment when she shares her experience with her roommate. After college Elaine is selected to become a Secret Service agent and we follow her on her difficult journey through their rigorous academy. There is a hint that we may now see some action when she has to take a martial arts exam however the action in that scenario is anti-climactic. I would say that my one complaint about the story is the lack of action. I can say from personal experience that the life of a law enforcement officer is much more mundane in real life then portrayed in the movies or on TV. But, since this novella is a fictionalized version of what law enforcement officers do I was hoping for some edge of your seat thrills. Her first assignment goes horribly wrong and she is transferred to Bulgaria where things heat up. It’s on this assignment that she really gets to do her job and show off her talents. This is also where she meets a fellow Secret Service Agent named Nick who she proceeds to fall madly in love with.  I did enjoy this story overall. Elaine is a smart girl who you come to care about. Her journey is easy to relate to and you want to know what will happen to her in the future.