Secrets of the Elusive Lover: The Private Journal of a Playboy - Book 1

Secrets of the Elusive Lover: The Private Journal of a Playboy - Book 1

by Mike Wells

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Secrets of the Elusive Lover: The Private Journal of a Playboy - Book 1 by Mike Wells

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011319846
Publisher: Mike Wells
Publication date: 05/22/2011
Series: Secrets of the Elusive Lover , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 230,359
File size: 164 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

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Secrets of the Elusive Lover: The Private Journal of a Playboy - Book 1 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
EmilyHillNovelist More than 1 year ago
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.
slrmp1964 More than 1 year ago
Great Reading. I have read all 3 of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He strings a lot of girls around & thinks that is perfectly all right!!
readsandreviews More than 1 year ago
At 70 pages, Book 1 of Secrets of the Elusive Lover by Mike Wells is a quick, easy read which I finished in under an hour. Wells’ writing style is clean and crisp and I found Elusive Lover a well-written short story with snappy dialogue and fascinating astrology information. Wells is a prolific author with fifteen books under his belt, all highly regarded among his readers. This one is no different. We meet the anti-hero, Adam, lying in wait for his next “mark” as the book begins. Independently wealthy (sort of), Adam spends his days honing his new age skills of Tarot Card reading and astrological chart interpretation. When he’s not perfecting these skills, he’s using them to pick-up women, ideally between the age of 18 and 24. His latest conquest in the making in Bethany, a nineteen year-old college student half his age. Certainly the intent of the author, Adam is completely unlikable. At best he’s a misogynist, at his worst he’s downright creepy. He seems to have no remorse for the deceitfully despicable ways he uses to lure women into his bed and keep them there until he tires of them. The lengths he goes to in order to keep the women a secret from each other is borderline sociopathic (including a laminated pocket list of steps to clean the house of one woman’s presence before another enters his lair). Eventually we learn that Adam was dumped by three different women. He sees these rejections and the “forced” monogamy that accompanied the relationships as excuse for his current lifestyle. Bethany unwillingly falls into Adam’s web of deceit after a well-planned meeting in the local bookstore. Wells does a fantastic job of capturing the essence of a fairly typical undergrad. His depictions of her roommate struggles, time spent studying, and her insecurities focused on not fitting in were so reminiscent of my own college days that I could easily visualize who Bethany was and fell in love with her as easily as I came to detest Adam. Adam seemingly recognizes her worth as well as she unwittingly sets off a path of self-destruction in Adam as he finds himself caring for her. There is a promise of intense character growth from Adam, which unfortunately the reader won’t see unless they purchase the Book 1 & 2 compilation of Secrets of the Elusive Lover. As Book 1 was a freebie, this shouldn’t be much of a hardship for anyone interested in Adam and Bethany’s story.
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Book just stopped aburptly like they do in samples but author claimed it was juat the end of book one. Im not buying "book two"