Lust, Money & Murder – Cailin’s Review

Lust by Mike Wells
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first part of a novel divided into three parts. The story doesn’t end at the end of the book. I can deal with that as a selling technique, but I’d rather review the whole novel. This first section had one major flaw. A good portion of the middle of the book was taken up with the back story of the heroine. Not all or even most of a character’s back story is needed in the book itself. In the mind of the author yes, but not in the book itself. That’s true in this case. The beginning of the book focusing on the traumatic events that lead Elaine to join the Secret Service was good reading. I didn’t really need to read about Elaine’s life as she works her way through school and Secret Service training. Her first posting could have also been edited out. Finally we get to the action of the novel and just as it’s getting good it ends. ::::sigh::::

I sigh, because the book when it’s going is really excellent reading. It’s the kind of reading that you have to jostle my arm to get my attention because I’m engrossed. Now I have to decide if I’m going to buy the rest of the book or not. The $5.99 price tag probably will keep from doing it, since this book contained stuff I didn’t find essential, I’m wondering how long the book within the extraneous stuff really is.

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