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Publisher's Summary

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 level-headed 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 both become 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.

©2012 Tip "T.I." Harris with David Ritz (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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Five Stars!

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I loved this whole series. Great entertaining story. The ending what I was what I was hoping for. This is a must listen. I hope there is one more book.

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  • Chandra
  • Chesterfield, VA, United States
  • 01-01-13

I prayed it would get better!

Would you try another book from Tip "T.I." Harris and David Ritz and/or Prentice Onayemi?

Okay second time is suppose to be a charm and I thought it has to be better...NOT ...I just felt myself praying it would end soon and hating the fact I have to end a book once I start.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not The Sequel to this book or anything read by this narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of Prentice Onayemi’s performances?

Not

What character would you cut from Trouble & Triumph?

Ummm...hard to stay with bad plot

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  • Sheldon
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • 10-12-12

Strong Chacters and great narration

If you could sum up Trouble & Triumph in three words, what would they be?

Hard to put down

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

Nothing<br/>Slim is the " Man"

Which scene was your favorite?

Last --lead into the wedding at Slims old home

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

The Power of Beauty

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Great story!!!

TI KNOWS how to rap AND write!! I highly recommend this Part 1- Power And Beauty book before this one. Time to check out if there is a part 3!!

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good story

Enjoyable story, wondering if there is a book three. The narration does well with the different characters.

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TRASH TRASH TRASH

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book was a total waste very unhappy and want my money back.

What do you think your next listen will be?

NOTHING related to this book very disappointed

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was the best thing this book had going

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

NOT IN THE LEAST

Any additional comments?

Better luck next time this was a total miss for me

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It leaves you hanging.....

This book leaves you wanting more.... Excellent follow up to the first novel. I can't wait to find out what happens at the end.

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The first book was better

i struggled to stay interested in this book. It was ok, the first one was way better.

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what happened to the ending?

Narration was good. Storyline was just ok. With as much time that was spent in character development in the two books, I expected more closure with each character. Who were the people killed in the end? Beauty's sister? Her husband? Power's fiance? Her parents? And what about Slim and his issues? Since Judy is broke, what does she do? The fashion empire? So many questions should've been answered. There's not enough of a plot remaining to drag out another book. All of the loose ends should be tied up with an epilogue. I'm frustrated

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Daamn it

Love the story but felt like the ending could be better. Should be more to it or even a third book.