Power Games

By: May Sage
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Yesterday, he had it all: a beautiful woman at his side, more money than he knew what to do with, and a real shot at the Oval Office. Today, he's a murderer. Yesterday, she was America's sweetheart: the wholesome first daughter of a beloved former president, a rising star without so much as a whisper of a scandal attached to her name. Today, she's an accomplice.

Vanessa doesn't know why these words flew out of her mouth when Charles is accused of murdering his wife in cold blood, but she's said them, and she isn't taking them back.

"He was with me all night."

Power Games is unsuitable for sensitive listeners.

©2018 May sage (P)2018 May Sage

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Caution: Not Steamy! It's oh so hot!

Power Games by May Sage was wonderfully hot. Hot enough to keep yourself warm this holidays! Of course, true love does exist, we just really have to wait for the right person to bring out that passion.

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Nice. Just wow!

I really loved. I have only read one other book from this author and it was a little bdsm, so I didn’t know what to expect. Reviewing authors other titles in the audible library, I was skeptical, but I like these narrators, the summary was up my ally, so I gave it a shot. No regrets. It was political, suspenseful, charming, sexy, and had a few twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. The way it was going I thought for sure we were headed for a ...to be continued, but to my delight was wrapped up in a nice HEA bow and some LOL humor. Narration was top notch per usual from these two narrators. I highly recommend.

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OK STORY.. GREAT DUET NARRATION OF EACH CHAPTER

This was my first from author May Sage.. it wasn’t what I expected and it turned out to be very different from my normal listen. It’s a very very slow build.. for seven years, Charles and Vanessa resisted the pull of their chemistry because Charles was married and had obligations. But, even though his marriage to a cheating lying manipulative wife is toxic, Charles doesn’t ended it for various reasons throughout the storyline. So, for seven years (and most of the book) these two ‘friend zoned’ each other even though they’d both fallen in undeclared love with each other.. until the night everything changes. Then the power games begin. There’s statements within silences, lies within bluffs, secrets and manipulations all making it a chessboard of moves with one goal.. The Whitehouse. But there’s also a murder to solve, a murderer to uncover and a snake in the grass to flush out.

So yes, this is very different from my usual listen where the alpha hero becomes possessive, single-minded and focusses on how he can get his girl.. instead Charles knows he can never have Vanessa, doesn’t try and focuses on his wife, his career and other things. There’s not much romance until near the end.. it’s just harmless banter, a close friendship by texts, email or phone calls and occasionally innocent rendezvous when they’re both in the same State. In the end they do heat up a few scenes but Vanessa keeps her vow to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Even though I didn’t love this book, the dual POV Duet narration where each keeps to their own gender’s voices by Sebastian and Virginia is what kept my interest, made conversations flow naturally and, for me, is what made this an enjoyable listen.

Worth a credit? Probably.. but I’m on the fence with this one for my own tastes regarding romance/storyline. It’s a well-written political journey, it’s a story of never crossing boundaries, it’s a whodunit in wicked world of enemies posing as friends and family, it’s a tale of manipulation and masterful moves and then it’s a epilogue of HEA’s.

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Fantastic Narration!

This book was far from what I had expected when I read the blurb. I personally do not think the blurb fully described the book appropriately. I have loved the previous 2 May Sage audios that I have listened to and had assumed I would this one as well. I'm not saying the book is bad in anyway, just not something I would usually go with. It was far more political than I had anticipated and I felt there were too many details that had been left out and caused me to be very confused through too much of the book.

The narration was amazing. I loved the duet style that Sebastian York and Virginia Rose did!

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Power Games. A hit right out the park.

If this is the author's first try then, please, keep 'am coming. one suggestion-keep the narrators, they were great!

JR


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Standalone Story - possibility of a follow-up

Standalone Story with the possibility of a follow-up.

Vanessa McNamara is the daughter of the beloved President of the United States. Charles Grant is a war hero who heads up Jacobs Enterprises, an organization that flips failing businesses. Nessie is determined to save herself for a husband, but Charles tempts her more than anyone ever has before. She falls for him the moment she sees him. Charles's marriage to Izzy is in name only, and he reluctantly takes lovers outside of their marriage. As the years go by, Charles and Vanessa strike up a friendship that turns into an obsession. When Charles is suspected of Izzy's murder, Vanessa immediately covers for him.

If you're looking for a romance that takes time to mature and a mystery that isn't as obvious as it seems, this is the book for you!

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Very powerful

Author is new to me but I liked her writing style. I liked that the two gets to know one any another before anything happens. As for both narrators, I can listen to Sebastian all day and night. Virginia is new to me but she does her part very well.

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A power read!

Today, he's a murderer. Yesterday, she was America's sweetheart: the wholesome first daughter of a beloved former president, a rising star without so much as a whisper of a scandal attached to her name. Today, she's an accomplice.

What a read! Marvelous. Gorgeous. Breathtaking. This book was everything!

Loved every second of this deliciousness. The author really knows how to write a book, capture your attention and take your breath away.

The narrators were perfect. Amazingly perfect. Perfection. Like, that is all I can say because wow. They blew my mind!

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A great political romance / thriller

This is my first audible book by May Sage and I can say , it will not be my last .
The story line kept me wanting to listen to the book straight through .The book has everything in it from love , scandal , and suspense . A great political thriller . The narrators Sebastian York and Virginia Rose did an amazing job ! Like how they narrated the book together . The audible book really felt more like a movie then a book .
I give the book 5 stars .

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Great narration

The performance was excellent and what you'd expect from Sebastian York and Virginia Rose. But the story itself felt a bit drawn out even tough this book is just a little over 6 hours. This might have been because the story spans over several years.

But my main gripe with this book is that it didn't go in deep enough. There was just a lot of telling, and as the reader I was just an outside observer. The narrative did not draw me in or gave me the feels. A lot of the initial action was off the page and told in the narrative. So as the reader/listener it left me on the outside of the story.

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  • Leigh UK
  • 03-15-19

Absolutely Wicked!

Loved this story line, I was dying to know what happened next without feeling thriller-level stress. A perfect blend.

Loved the lead characters. May Sage's leading ladies always have a bit of sauce and strong spine. Vanessa was no different though the extent of her spine actually surprised me at times. A really good surprise! Charles was just lovable. I love that he was the naive one of the two and still he managed to be all manly. Great balance.

Loved the extended length of this book too. I love May Sage but her books are often so short. This one is longer than her usual and even more enjoyable as I have more time to fall in love with the characters and become part of their world.
Please write more in this world!

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  • brisy
  • 03-02-19

This forbidden love was worth the credit

Its definitely a slow burn with a lot of drama. Feels like I read a series rather than a standalone. That was a nice change. I will say had the hea part been longer it would have been more gratifying but you can't have everything and this book came close. The narration was spot on and couldn't have been any better in my opinion

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  • Sunday Barnaby
  • 02-09-19

What a wonderful exciting new book!

Power Games by May Sage
Narrated by Sebastian York and Virginia Rose
Five Stars
This is the first book I have listened to by May Sage, but definitely won’t be the last. Power Games is a fast paced political love story, where you can never decide who is telling the truth. I loved how it kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen until the very end. Sebastian and Virginia really brought the characters to life and their voice blended well together. This whole reading/listening experience was a delight. I’m looking forward to listening/reading to more of Ms. Sage’s books in the future.

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  • tenisha
  • 02-07-19

Great Listen

Charles is happy in his loveless marriage until he meets Vanessa. She is everything his wife is not and what he thinks he wants. They keep in contact and don't want to cross the lines. That is until his wife is murdered and Vanessa lies to save him. This book is full of political games and suspense. Great story. Great Narration.

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  • Nicola J Hardy
  • 01-29-19

a good listen

not normally into political reads but this was a good story, the characters were great and well written and the narration was perfect, I felt the story got more interesting towards the end, but without the back story at the start it wouldn't have made any sense so it's worth it in the long run
really enjoyed it in audio and would recommend listening to it

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  • Tasha Barefield
  • 01-27-19

Exciting story with excellent narration

This was a story of two halves for me, the first half was a bit slow and I got upset with Charles for not being more decisive about his awful relationship with his wife. I felt for Vanessa so much and it was painful listening to them meeting up over the years and knowing she was saving herself. I also felt I was waiting in the first half for the big 'something' to happen, I think it would have been better if this had been a bit earlier in the story as I would have like more of the 'after' story. I loved Charles and Vanessa once this happened and the way they got it together and Charles trusted Vanessa even after everything. The last hour was brilliant and this is what I would like more of if there's another book which I would love and definitely buy as I want to hear more about these characters and this world! The narration was amazing and added so much to the story and the angst of the characters.

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  • Msl Loves Audio
  • 01-24-19

thoroughly enjoyable.

I enjoyed listening to this book. Sebastian York and Virginia Rose really made it work for me. I have not read/listened to anything by this author before. But I am looking forward to more from her. I liked Vanessa and Charles, and enjoyed immersing myself into their world for a little bit.

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  • Clare Keating
  • 01-21-19

A great political thriller

This story is nothing like I thought it was gonna be I thought it would be more about the murder of Charles wife but it was so much more than that. I felt sad that Charles and his wife had such a bad marriage but did nothing to solve the problems they were so bad for each other. So when Charles meets Vanessa you could feel the sparks. It was a shame and a waste of time that it took them so long to do something about their situation but I could understand that running for president any scandal can be used against you. This had so much great story telling even being from the UK I did not get lost with all the US politics. It had plenty of twists and turns and kept me very entertained.

The narration was fantastic loved the duet style my first with Sebastian York and him and Virginia Rose did a great job keeping the story flowing.

I hope the next book comes out soon and I enjoyed this one so much and need more.x

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  • Keisha
  • 01-15-19

Suspenseful romance

This book is a rollercoaster ride of longing, romance, political games and suspense. Although there were several times I just wanted to shake and strangle these characters, I thought this was a good story. The dual narration really added to my enjoyment of the book. The narrators did an awesome job with these characters.

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  • Estella Blessed
  • 01-08-19

Loved it!

Yesterday, he had it all, a beautiful woman at his side, more money than he knew what to do with, and a real shot at the Oval Office.
Today, he's a murderer.

Yesterday, she was America's sweetheart; the wholesome first daughter of a beloved former president, a rising star without so much as a whisper of a scandal attached to her name.
Today, she's an accomplice.

Vanessa doesn't know why these words flew out of her mouth when Charles is accused of murdering his wife in cold blood, but she's said them, and she isn't taking them back.

"He was with me all night."

So that book has been a emotional roller coaster that I would not change for anything in the world. This book is not typical. It was well written and I loved these characters. This book was totally yummy! Love It! This was my first book by May Sage but it definitely won't be my last.

Sebastian York and Virginia Rose did an outstanding job of bringing this book to life for me!

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  • Maureen
  • 12-27-18

Good Story

Storyline had potential, albeit quite repetitious. Good narrator voices, but didnt like the ‘chip in’ style of story telling.
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