Friday, February 7, 2014

Fast Money by Colleen Helme

Fast Money: A Shelby Nichols Adventure

by Colleen Helme

Narrated by Wendy Tremont King


A trip to the mall gives Shelby the shock of her life when she finds an extra five million dollars in the bank account Uncle Joey set up for her. She thought he was out of her life for good, but with this fast money, she's not so sure. Now she must decide if she will tell her husband the truth that she can still read people's minds. Including his. How will he feel when he finds out she lied to him?

When the Mexican Police tell her that Uncle Joey's been kidnapped and look to her for the ransom, she knows she's in big trouble. As if that isn't enough the police detective she worked with needs her help to solve a case, and she unwittingly becomes a witness to murder. In her fight to stay alive, she finds that everyone wants a piece of the money, and just how far they will go to get it can be a matter of life and death. She just hopes it's not hers.

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My Review

Shelby :). Colleen Helme created Shelby just to tell the world that we  had enough of James Bond and now it was the turn for the women to pick up the gun! 

Fast money starts where Carrots stops. The fluidity with which it picks up, makes me forget that I have read Carrots sometime ago. Shelby does not want anyone to know that her mind reading ability is back. But fate had other plans for her. After all, if you have a gift of this magnitude surely you cannot hide it. 

A pair of expensive boots makes her look into the account Uncle Joey had set up for her. This starts the adventure again. An adventure worth 5,000,243 and 75c. This amount was lying in her account and she has no idea where it has come from. Chris as usual is surprised at her powers coming back. I love the way, Chris is supportive of her ability. Even if he doesn’t like a, he’s supports till the very end. But he is worried too. The drug lords behind her and  the law enforcement is suspicious of her motives. They think that she is connected to Uncle Joey. They even are hidden bugs in their house. And Chris was getting a bit fed up of living a life in tenterhooks. 

The adventure starts with Shelby hearing the thoughts of a serial killer. This has her going through hell and she almost died had it not been for ‘yours truly’ :) saving her. But where is uncle Joey in all this drama. Is he missing? Or killed? Kidnapped a simply the brains behind all this? Well, that can only be revealed after you listen to this book. 

Listen? Are you guys wandering now that if I have lost my senses?:) No Dearies’s, I didn’t listen to this wonderful read for dear Colleen was generous enough to give me a copy of this. Thank you Colleen for introducing me to this world of audible books. I listen to this spoke even while driving and it does not require constant streaming. So wow! Did I enjoy this experience. You betcha!! 

Now coming back to the story. Great story. Great characters. Shelby, Uncle Joey, Chris (love the confidence this guy has as a hobby), all of them hold up their end to catch a reader’s attention. But if you take your attention away even for a minute, the story is stormed with different characters. The fast pace of this novel keeps my attention glued to the read. Ramos is back! (I have a secret wish to see him in love with Shelby. What a bloody home breaker I am. Sorry Chris!) The FBI agents, the drug lords all come together to keep the fast pace of the read. This is  from a person who has an ASD (attention span deficiency) it is like a meditation to keep my attention focused. Shelby is no more a woman doubting the ability like she did in Carrots. 



Two points which made me take away a star are: 

1. Too many characters in fast money. Maybe as a book, I would have found it easier to follow, but in an audible format all the characters led to a bit of confusion at certain places. 

2. Ramos….. (I want more!!)

About The Author

About the Author

 A long career as a wife and mother while juggling several part-time jobs gave Colleen the ambition to dream of being a published author, where she could put her imagination to good use. Now instead of making up stories to tell her children, she writes books they love to read. Hopefully you will too. She is the author of three romantic fantasy novels, Songbird, Flame of Destiny and The Relic. Her Shelby Nichols Adventures include Carrots, Fast Money, Lie or Die, Secrets That Kill, and Trapped By Revenge coming soon!

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At February 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM , Blogger Colleen Helme said...

Thanks for the review Rubina!!

At February 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Rubina Ramesh said...

You are welcome Colleen :)


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