• Chosen for Power

  • Women of Power Series, Volume 1
  • By: Kathleen Brooks
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (502 ratings)

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Chosen for Power

By: Kathleen Brooks
Narrated by: Amy McFadden
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Somebody is out to destroy Elle Simpson and everything she's worked hard to build. As the CEO of a corporate conglomerate, Elle is used to fighting off challengers. However this new threat comes at a time when she finally lets her guard down to meet Prince Charming. And it's unlike anything she's been up against before.

Drake Charles' work on mobile technology has made him a wealthy, powerful man. But he quickly sheds the fame and publicity for a more private life, which earns him the label of a man of mystery. Drake adds to that mystery every year when he hosts a masquerade ball for charity. It's also his best chance to find the one thing he really wants: true love.

Having met behind masks of anonymity, Elle and Drake enjoy a whirlwind night of romance that leaves them both wanting more. But Elle must question everything and everyone as she battles to save her life and career. Can Elle trust Drake to help get her life back, or will she lose everything?

©2014 Laurens Publishing (P)2015 Laurens Publishing

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This could be the start of a good series

I enjoyed the simplicity of Kathleen Brooks Bluegrass series. She created engaging characters. She continues with Women of Power. But I was hoping for a little more. The female lead falls oh so fast and the romance is rushed. But I am hoping that book 2 is better. I enjoy the premise of woman taking the lead.
I am not a fan of how Amy McFadden narrates this story. She is just okay and sometimes the female voices a whiny. Steamy not so much.

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finally

a book with a power couple who respect each other and don't try to see who can dominate the other. FINALLY.

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Celebrating Women

Ms. Brooks likes and respects the female gender - not common in recent popular romantic fiction. Thankfully, Ms. Books creates competent, caring and engrossing characters, many over the age of 30. Absolutely no passive, stupid FSOG type bimbos too dumb to live and too boring to care what happens to her.

I particularly liked how Elle chose to learn self defense, after being assaulted by an ex-boyfriend, rather than expect some man to provide protection. Although Elle was the CEO of her family's company, she worked hard, was considerate to employees, devoted to her family and volunteered with charities.

While I am not a huge fan of the instant romance theme, Elle and Drake genuinely liked and respected each other. And I just loved Elle's extended family and friends!

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Where does Chosen for Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Better than some, not as good as others.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The story start as Cinderella then moves into a business takeover and identity theft. A more plausible romance or getting immediately into the intrigue with the romance as background would have made more sense.

Have you listened to any of Amy McFadden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I like Amy McFadden except when she does a Booklyn accent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It didn't grab me initially.

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What?

Maybe it’s just me, but I felt lost 80% of the time while reading this book.
There was no real plot or point to the story. I had a hard time with the timelines. Will not continue with the series.

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Chosen for Power

I like women with power. This book is a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed every minute of it. Family, friends and business made this a favorite.

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Would've Preferred A. Different Narrator

Amy McFadden makes me cringe sometimes with the voices she does but I really enjoyed the story. I'm not sure how a female narrator can do female voices so badly. she does okay when she's doing the main character but when she tries to do different voices it'll just make you cringe. So if you can get past her narration you'll enjoy this book. I thought the story was great and I plan to listen to the rest too. Hopefully she'll be better for the next books

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A decent story. Entertaining enough.

This was an entertaining story. I liked the heroine, Elle, she was a strong business woman. I liked Drake too but would have liked to know more about him, he seemed to be behind the scenes more than with Elle in this story. Not sure I liked the I Love You the day after their one night stand, a bit much to me. The relationship seemed to forced. The chemistry was somewhat there. I think I liked the story of Elle and her business more than the "love story" part of this book. There was a couple of mildly written sex scenes, very mild.

There was lots of dialogue throughout the entire book which was great, I like lots of dialogue.

As for the narration, I like Amy McFadden she does a decent job, everyone has their own distinct voice, and she does try to make the men sound like men. She reads with emotion and that is good too.

I got this free on amazon and 1.99 audible whispersync so it was definitely a good deal!

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a awesome story

What did you love best about Chosen for Power?

That woman finally at equal at home and in the workplace.

What did you like best about this story?

That families do stay together, their not all fighting and jealous of each other like so many really are.

Which character – as performed by Amy McFadden – was your favorite?

Hard to say, they were all great, but I guess her husband she got the Cinderella dream instead of shoe it was cell phone.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I just want to see my kids married and grand children too.

Any additional comments?

It was a very inspiring story for women, and it was a comedy to

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Wonderful..

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Love, love, loved this book. The story was simply fabulous, as were the characters. Drake and Elle were such a dynamic couple. Not once were either of them wishy-washy or weak or wimpy. One of the best power couples I’ve ever read about. And, wow, they met at a masquerade party and fell in love immediately. It was just awesome.
Loved her family: Reid, Bree, Allegra, and Mom. Absolutely loved Shirley, that woman was sure lovable and crazy. Loved Jessica (great secretary) and Mary (after a while.)
I loved how she took over Titan. That was sooo funny. Those asinine old men.
And, finally, the bad guys found out that weren’t much when they went up against Drake and Elle. They got their butts kicked, that’s for sure.

As for the narrator. Amy McFadden is always great. Her men all sound pretty much the same but at least they sound like men, sexy men, too. And she reads with emotion: whispering, crying, laughing, whatever is called for, she does. Love her.

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