Review: Power Play by Danielle Steel + Giveaway

Title: Power Play
Author: Danielle Steel
Acquired: Target
Published: 01.27.15
Pages: 448

My Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0


 In Northern California two successful CEOs are both indispensable to their growing companies’ futures. Both are brilliant at the power game. But the difference between them is huge. One is a man, the other a woman. In this riveting novel, Danielle Steel explores what that means as she takes readers into the rarefied world of those at the pinnacle of international business and reveals the irrevocable choices they make, what drives them, and how others perceive them. The heady drug of power impacts everything they do.


Even though Harvard-educated Fiona Carson has proven herself under fire as CEO of National Technology Advancement, a multibillion-dollar high-tech company based in Palo Alto, California, she still has to meet the challenges of her world every day. Devoted single mother, world-class strategist, and tough negotiator, Fiona weighs every move she makes, and reserves any personal time for her children. Isolation and constant pressure are givens for her as a woman in a man’s world.

Miles away in Marin County, Marshall Weston basks in the fruits of his achievements. At his side is his wife, Liz, the perfect corporate spouse, who has gladly sacrificed her own law career to raise their three children and support Marshall at every step. Smooth, shrewd, and irreproachable, Marshall is a model chief executive, and the power he wields only enhances his charisma and is his drug of choice. And to maintain his position, he harbors secrets that could destroy his life at any moment. His world is one of high risks.

Like many women in her position, Fiona has sacrificed her personal life for her career, while Marshall dances dangerously close to the edge and flirts with scandal every day. Both must face their own demons, and fight off those who are jealous of their success. Their lives as CEOs of major companies come at a high price. And just how high a price are they willing to pay? Who are they willing to sacrifice to stay on top? Those they love, or themselves?

Danielle Steel’s gripping, emotionally layered novel explores the seductive and damaging nature of power. Success and greed, trust and deception, love and loss—all come to a head in this compelling drama of family, careers, infidelity, and the sacrifices some people make to hold on to power . . . or to let it go.

My Review: 

I thought I knew what I was getting when I picked up this book. I was in the mood for a sexy CEO that exuded power and dominance. Maybe I was looking for another Christian Grey. When I briefly read through the synopsis and saw that there was also a female CEO involved too, I was like YES this is going to be amazing. Unfortunately what I got was nowhere near what I wanted. Partially it was probably my fault, as I did not read the synopsis as well as I should have. I won't really go into the synopsis as the one above is very thorough. (Probably why didn't read it, in it's entirety).

This book is more about 2 families, (well technically three, but spoiler alert, so I won't go there).
Even though I really enjoyed the family storylines I was bothered by the two main characters story lines as they were stereotypical and had no real plot.

What I meant in stereotypical is how each CEO's personal lives are displayed. Fiona, the female CEO had a failed marriage and had to put her love life on on the back burner because she had to put her company and her children first. Whereas Marshall, the male CEO had the happy marriage and carried on with extramarital affair, because he could get away with it. Fiona had to keep sacrificing everything, whereas Marshall would get exactly what he wanted, whenever he wanted.

However that being said, I did find the family stories enjoyable and kept reading. Granted I was shaking my head at certain places of the book, I did still keep reading on curious to see where the story would go. And I was happy with the ending for the most part. I would have liked to seen one aspect of  it end differently to have earned a higher rating from me.

With that being said. This was my first Danielle Steel book, Are they any of her books that you would recommend me picking up? She had a large body of work and I am sure there must be some gems in there. Recommend away!

As this is a book that I will probably never re-read it up for grabs for one of my readers! So enter away!

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