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Secrets of the Elusive Lover - Book 1: The Personal Journal of a Playboy [Kindle Edition]

Mike Wells
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Book Description

Every woman knows an Adam. He's a "player," the type who professes true love, but with eyes that never stop wandering. He always has the perfect excuse when you find that long strand of blonde hair stuck to his collar, and fidgets whenever you get near his computer. Adam can't fool Bethany, who, despite her better judgment, falls head over heels him. Bethany is far more intelligent and strong-willed than Adam bargains for, and he finds himself smitten, too. Hilarious at times and poignant at others, Secrets of the Elusive Lover explores the age old challenge of obtaining the unattainable man, and the paradoxical issues surrounding monogamous relationships. As you turn the pages faster and faster to see if Adam and Bethany will ultimately get together, you will find this book another truly 'unputdownable' Mike Wells read.

Excerpts from various reader reviews:

5 STARS! Bethany is a sweet character and honestly I think she deserves better than Adam but I’m not sure. I liked the ending!!! Very original writing, I must say.

5 STARS! I have met a guy just like this Adam and it was nice to see the man get what was coming! Yum-yum. This book was good, really! I would highly recommend this one if you like messy relationship stories about guys and gals.

5 STARS! Read this in one long sitting. Awesome! I would love to read a sequel to this—please write one, Mike! I want more Adam and Bethany.


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From the Belle Epoque Book Blog, Review by Emma Hunneyball

The premise is simple enough, guy likes to play the field, but is seemingly unable to password-protect his computer.   The protagonist, Adam, is a man to both love and hate. Smooth, affluent and charming his attitude towards his "roster" girls, and his cynical pick-up routine initially made me despise him; but his honesty and "I am what I am" philosophy was both engaging and endearing.   Bethany, Adam's love interest, is the voice of convention. She falls in love with Adam and tries to persuade him to adopt a life of monogamy. Bethany's main concern is that she not appear "judgmental". Adam tries to show her that being judgmental is a natural part of being human, but this minor difference foreshadows much greater divisions to come. In the first half of the book Mike depicts Bethany as someone who is extremely beautiful and intelligent, a paragon of female beauty. In the second half he deconstructs that image, showing Bethany to be as flawed as many of the characters she tries-and fails- not to judge.
All in all, a wonderful, funny, challenging exploration of the rules of romantic relationships.  I loved this book, 5/5

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Publisher: For Readers of Paulo Coelho, H.M. Ward, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, Bella Andre, Charlotte Stein Publishing Co. (January 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005233YB2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,837 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Okay, I'll admit it publicly - I'm a fan of Mike Wells' writing. Regardless of the genre, his prose is clever, creative, and fresh.

Secrets of the Elusive Lover features 38-year old Adam who hides his own insecurities while probing the insecurities of attractive young co-eds of the college town in which he lives. All goes well for Adam - and his Roster - until one day.

Well, girls, haven't we all known at least ONE Adam in our lives? That wealthy, older, lover who drives a luxury car and amazes us with his kitchen *and* bedroom skills? Now he's exposed - read the thoughts, motivations, and comeuppance of this archtype Lover - as only Wells can construct.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed December 4, 2011
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I gave this book a shot because it was free and had pretty decent reviews. My biggest complaint about this book is the length, and, ironically, it's also the biggest blessing as well. It's a novella, not a full length book, and it just ends in the middle of a conversation. I have no problem with cliffhanger endings (I actually prefer them for books in a series), but this was ridiculous. I wouldn't read the second book even if it was free also. I found the main character to be completely unlikable at the end. I'm pretty open-minded about characters and have a healthy respect that every person is different. However, I didn't care for Adam very much about mid-way in...then, the ending came and I completely lost all respect for him.

I wouldn't recommend this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of the Rlusive Lover - Book 1 November 29, 2011
By Reilly
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Not a bad book. Different/interesting concept, but then it just ends...nothing is resolved and you are left totally unsatisfied. You can purchase book 2, for $4+. If it was a great book maybe, but it is not worth my money. If the author would have 'given' a full story in book one, then maybe I would purchase book 2. Now I feel required to buy book 2 to see how the story ends. No thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Elusive Lover, hmm June 2, 2013
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I really wanted to like this story, but I found the main character distasteful and just couldn't make myself finish the book. I will try other books by this author, but this one didn't do a thing for me. To each their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry didn't like it :-( May 24, 2012
By Laura
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Hmm...What to say about Secrets of the Elusive Lover(book 1). Let me start with the writing was good but I did not like the story. If your looking for a romance this is not it, the main character Adam is a dog. The story ended and I personally did not want to find out where it went from there. Sorry this was not my cup of tea.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! August 6, 2011
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I'm becoming a fan of Mr. Wells. His stories are engaging, and the plot is original. Each time, I cannot put it down. I want more!!! Great job!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't like Adam! January 3, 2012
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I think Adam is a sleaze and he doesn't deserve to have a happy ending, especially with a sweet girl like Bethany. I also detest cliff-hangers! I certainly wouldn't pay $4.99 plus tax to find out how Adam learned, after hurting dozens of girls through his selfishness, that a real, committed relationship is what he really wants. I am old enough to be Adam's mother and I would be ashamed to have a son like him and I'm very glad that neither of my daughters ran into someone like him. Even though the first book is free, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCITING May 12, 2014
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Mike Wells is a prolific writer who knows how to draw his audience in with ease. I have adult ADD and if I'm not interested in a book within a few pages I toss it aside. I've never had that happen with any of Mike's books and Secrets of the Elusive Lover is no exception. From the get go Mike holds you in the palm of his hands and takes you on an exciting thrill ride. Like a roller coaster with twists and turns, Secrets, holds on to you so tightly that you never want to put it down. A definite 5 star journey.

So, buy the book. Buy all Mike's books and sit down because you're in for the journey of a lifetime!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this book - every woman knows a player like Adam...
Although Adam is a sly jackal- that I would love to kick - with my size 4 boots - straight to Egypt, I found his pickup lines different than those average `wolves' - scraping the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Flamingcrystal
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets Indeed!
Book 1 of Secrets of the Elusive Lover by Mike Wells is a quick, easy read which I finished in under an hour. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sandra@readsandreviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to Gossip About
Great Read! Kept me at the edge of my seat and wanting more! Can't wait for the next segment. I LOVED IT!
Published 7 months ago by Chayan Mistique Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars Book one of two books to buy.
Have to buy book 2 if you want the end of the story. I think Mike Wells could have told the whole story in one book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jean Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very engaging!
I was thrilled to find another author whose books I look forward to. Mike Wells never disappoints, his books are fast-paced and fun to read! You won't want to put it down!
Published 13 months ago by A. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Love on the run
This book takes a good hard look at a man who cannot commit to love. He uses women for his own satisfaction avoiding at all costs their feelings in these relationships. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jjspina
5.0 out of 5 stars My Ideal Lover
I took a quiz on the author's blog and met the character Adam when he rated out as my ideal lover. I had to laugh out loud on reading the ebook's first page. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jude Fenton
3.0 out of 5 stars Spicy
Lots of sexual action and very descriptive dialogue....but still pretty good. Just not really my style of a book. That's all
Published 17 months ago by Madison Lynn Sheldon
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
It's okay. I liked it, but not enough to interest me in purchasing the next book. I really was hoping for more.
Published 19 months ago by Tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning
First you love him then you hate him. Ladies, think about the men you surround your sex with, what looks good may not always be good for ya
Published 21 months ago by Fran
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More About the Author

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.

Please follow Mike's blog at:

http://mikewellsblog.blogspot.com/

Connect with Mike on Twitter and Facebook:

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