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Trouble & Triumph: A Novel of Power & Beauty Hardcover – September 18, 2012

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Book 2 of 2 in the Power & Beauty Series

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Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist, music producer, and actor T.I. and his bestselling celebrity collaborator, David Ritz, continue the explosive story of Power and Beauty that began in the street-lit epic Power & Beauty.

When his mother, Charlotte, was killed, Paul “Power” Clay and his closest friend, Tanya “Beauty” Long, fell under the spell of a savvy and ruthless Atlanta businessman named Slim, who promised to protect them.

Wise beyond her years, Beauty always knew that the only person she could rely on was herself. It didn’t take long for the levelheaded young woman to recognize the simmering violence beneath Slim’s street charm. But getting away from him wasn’t easy, and it came at a heartbreaking price: turning her back on Power. Escaping to the glamorous catwalks of the Big Apple, she’s worked her breathtaking good looks and quick wit to build a thriving fashion business. Despite her success, she’s still haunted by the pain of leaving Power behind. Money and new men cannot erase the memory of the true love she denied.

To Power, Slim’s world held everything he thought he wanted: women, wealth, power, authority. He discovered too late that Slim Simmons isn’t just a businessman—he’s a ruthless killer who will turn on anyone he thinks is getting in his way. He is the monster who murdered Charlotte. Now, he controls the fate of her only son.

But neither Slim nor Power count on Beauty. Like Slim, she is a master who will manipulate, seduce, and sacrifice to get what she wants. She’s never let anything stop her from fulfilling her desires, and she will broker a dangerous bargain to save the only man she’s ever loved. But is saving Power worth sacrificing herself—body and soul? Will his youthful ambitions lead him to redemption—or deeper into the darkness? Will they bothbecome everything they swore they’d never be?

A tale of gangstas and sistas, money masters and politicians, that moves across the globe from Paris to New York, Atlanta to Tokyo, the Caribbean to California, Trouble & Triumph is a hip-hop mash-up of loyalty, betrayal, revenge, desire, greed, family, politics, and absolution—and of two unforgettable young star-crossed lovers from the streets who will risk everything for their dreams . . . and for each other.

About the Author

Tip "T.I." Harris is a Grammy Award-winning rapper, film and music producer, actor, and writer. He is the founder and co-chief executive officer of Grand Hustle Records, and he launched his film company, Grand Hustle Films, in 2007. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife.



David Ritz is the author of the acclaimed novels The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn and Blue Notes Under a Green Felt Hat. He is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Book of the Year Award. He's also co-written the memoirs of many celebrities.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062067680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062067685
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time reading it I was ready for the demise of Slim. It seems as if the book was well written until the end. I felt like they rushed the end rather than going step by step about what was going on or creating it to be more of a thriller rather than how it was written. Needless to say it's a good book and a good sequel but I'm unsure of whether there will be a 3rd book or if this was the end.
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While I thoroughly enjoyed Power and Beauty, I actually liked this book better. I loved that there were so many different stories going on at the same time and they were all connected sensibly. I appreciated that there were none of the extensive clothing descriptions that were in Power and Beauty. They took away from the story. I also think the writing was better in this novel. There were twists and turns that I did not see coming. My only problem with this book was that there were several typos. It really distracted my attention from the story. Better editing needs to be done for future literary ventures. Overall, I loved it!
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This was a nice sequel and a good book it keeps you guessing about what was going to happen next. The book picks up where it left off with Power getting kidnapped and Beauty watching it all happen. Beauty strikes a deal with Kato to save Power "If you get your people to save him I will marry you". Slim was still Slim in this book even though Irv helped him to a moment of clarity and he became "normal". But was short lived though the craziness came back and he went back to being the old him. You are I introduced to new characters and you find out what happen to Judy in this book. I liked the book but my only vice is the ending though I'm not sure if it will be a 3rd book because of the ending. It was like this is kinda the conclusion of the series but then due to what happen at the wedding, and Slim not getting what was owed to him I feel the ending was rushed. I'm rating this book a 3.5 because of the unsure ending and all the questions that this book left me with.
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An excellent view into two lives that will be forever intertwined. Exciting, gripping and well written for the urban lifestyle portrayed. I hope there's a book three! Have to see how the 'Slim' situation will ultimately be resolved. His kind of crazy won't let Power and Beauty go.
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You HAVE TO read Power & Beauty first. You just have to because it will allow you to DESERVE Trouble & Triumph. This was an excellent surprise. I don't really know what I was expecting with the first book but it quickly grabbed my mind and took me on a roller coaster ride because both books offered a carrot on stick kind of excitement.
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T.I. is the best rapper in the game right now, and I've been his fan since the underground mixtapes... I love his talent and the fresh flow... His name on the product so I had to buy it, now I will read it and enjoy his book!!!
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I loved the first book and this book...except for the ending! The ending seemed rushed...still a wonderful book! I will definitely keep reading books by Ritz and Tip! There has to be more...it can‘t end here.
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I don't know where to begin with this book. The first book Power and Beauty was such a surprisingly good read that my expectations for the sequel were very high, but to my amazement my expectations were immediately dashed in the the first chapter. I wasn't even finished with the first chapter and knew this one was a dud! It was all over the place, the way the stories were being summed up was blotchy and haphazard to say the least. It seemed very rushed and not outlined well at all. This book could've been written so much better and this was a perfect opportunity for TI to show that the first book was not good by happenstance. But what was put out this time was a bunch of unfulfilled story lines and the end was just a mess!! I can't express my disappointment in this sequel enough. If you haven't read Trouble & Triumph yet, let me strongly encourage you to not waste your time with this one!
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