Bad Brides by Rebecca Chance

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“Good brides promise to obey. Bad brides wouldn’t dream of it…

Milly Gamble is an up-and-coming actress, and the perfect English flower child. At 23, she’s always been cast as the innocent heroine. But looks can deceive. Calculating and fiercely ambitious, Milly is determined to be the most famous star in England. And how better to achieve her goal than by dating Tarquin Ormond, lead singer of the biggest folk band of the moment? Tarquin is madly in love with Milly; Milly is only in love with herself.

Brianna Jade is an all-American pageant girl. The daughter of Tamra Maloney, a stunning billionairess, Brianna is a sweet, pretty girl who is more than happy to go along with her mother’s ambitious plans for her. Now Tamra’s brought her to the UK and hooked her up with an Earl. He has a crumbling stately home and needs a rich wife to help restore it to its former glory. Tamra is as ambitious and determined as Brianna is sweet and innocent – is this more a case of mother-in-law-zilla than bridezilla?

Both Milly and Brianna’s upcoming weddings will be huge, lavish events that garner national press. But with the cover of the biggest magazine in the country to be won, things are about to get very dirty…”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank ed pr for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I’ve enjoyed previous books by this author (reviews here) so I was looking forward to getting stuck in to this one.

The character introductions at the beginning of the book gave me a very clear impression of what their personalities were like. The two sets of couples and the people who surrounded them were all very interesting although for some reason I found myself more drawn to Brianna Jade and Edmund. I could tell early on that it was going to be an eventful read and boy was I right!

The appearance of characters from Rebecca’s previous books gave Bad Brides a familiar edge, I always enjoy catching up with old characters because it makes me feel like I’m meeting up with old friends. Out of all the new characters, it was Abel the pig farmer who piqued my interest the most. He was a quiet, mysterious type who I just wanted to know more about.

There was also a darker side to the storyline involving bribery, lies and manipulation. This was something that I particularly enjoyed because it surprised me, I gasped out loud in shock on quite a few of these darker occasions.

Certain twists towards the end hinted at the direction in which the storyline was headed and by the time I got to the last few chapters I had a fairly good idea how things were going to turn out.

As always with books from this author, there were some very steamy moments and scenes involving drug use so if this is likely to offend you then it probably isn’t a book for you.

Bad Brides is full of glamorous characters and naughtiness, a classic Rebecca Chance book!

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Killer Queens – Rebecca Chance

Killer Queens

“Every little girl grows up dreaming of finding a prince – but what is the fairy tale turns into a right royal nightmare?

Lori is a beautiful, blonde, all-American athlete. When the charismatic ruler of a small, filthy rich European state asks for her hand, she thinks she’s snagged Prince Charming. But she soon realizes that all that glitters is not gold…

Belinda was once the most recognized and loved princess in the world. Forced to stage her own death, she lives incognito abroad with her adoring royal lover. Now, she is determined to return to England to see her son Hugo wed, even if it means risking her own life.

Chloe, Prince Hugo’s fiancée, is the archetypical English rose. But it’s a long road to becoming a princess, even when you’re dating the heir to the throne. Perhaps the fairy-tale ending isn’t all it was cracked up to be…

Killer queens, scheming kings, murder plots and lashings of steamy sex – find out what REALLY goes on behind closed palace doors.”

Firstly I’d like to thank ed pr for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I love books by this author (reviews here) so I couldn’t wait to see where I would be taken this time!

I was quickly pulled into the crazy world of royalty; each of the Princesses/Queens brought something different to the storyline and captured my interest with their dramas.  Belinda’s story began by taking me back twenty years with the fascinating tale of how she faked her own death.  I was interested to see how events in the present day would affect her.  I had a variety of reactions with Lori, one minute I felt sorry for her and the next irritated by her actions – I just had to yell at the book a couple of times when I thought she should have made better choices.  Chloe was my favourite character along with her best friend Lauren, they made such a fantastic comedy duo.  There was a hilarious moment involving the two friends that had me giggling uncontrollably – just look out for the scene where they watch some CCTV footage (I will say no more)!

Certain characters strongly reminded me of our own royal family and I couldn’t help but picture them as I read the book.  My imagination was teased with thoughts of royalty and their lavish lives but I was also shown the less glamorous side – some of the dramatic twists were simply shocking!  There was a particular twist towards the end that I just hadn’t seen coming, I loved it!

As always with this author’s books there was plenty of sexual scenes and strong language so if you are likely to be offended by this then it may not be a book for you.  I thought that these scenes were well written and none of them felt out-of-place so in my opinion they were an important part of the storyline.  I will just say though that I don’t think I’ll ever look at a banana in quite the same way again :D.

This was a fun and feisty read with plenty of action to keep you hooked, a classic Rebecca Chance sizzler!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in North London, Rebecca Chance read English Literature at Cambridge and wrote for various newspapers and music magazines before moving to Tuscany to learn Italian and to focus on writing books.  After eight years in Italy, she moved to Manhattan, where her experience of the New York dating scene inspired her non-fiction dating book Jane Austin’s Guide to Dating, which was featured on the Richard and Judy Book Club and published under the name Lauren Henderson.

Now back in the UK, Rebecca lives in London with her husband and has quickly made the bonkbuster genre her own, bringing the genre ‘bang’ up to date and, reflecting the trials and tribulations of both women and men, gay and straight, as she hones in on the outsized dreams and desires that we all covet.  Rebecca Chance’s bestselling novels include Divas, Bad SistersBad Girls, Killer Heels and Bad Angels.

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Killer Queens was published by Simon & Schuster on 8th August 2013, it can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

Bad Angels – Rebecca Chance

Bad Angels

“Limehouse Wharf is the new, uber-luxury apartment building in Canary Wharf where celebrities who’ve had ‘work’ done hole up until they have healed.  It’s Christmas, and Melody Dale, an actress whose career is in tatters after ill-advised plastic surgery has fled LA to get her body, and her boyfriend, back.  But a ‘well-meaning’ friend might be about to sabotage all of her Christmas plans…

Meanwhile, Aniela Fatyga, the nurse in residence, finds herself falling for the unlikely Jon Jordan, an assassin for hire who is also convalescing there.  Will their sizzling relationship become something more?  And who is he on the run from? And then there’s the oligarch, Grigor Khalovsky, the owner of Kensington football team, whose legendary Christmas party is about to get a whole lot more exciting as scandals. blackmail and murder are exposed.

It’s going to be a Christmas like no other.”

Firstly I’d like to thank Sophie at ed pr for sending me this paperback book to read and give an honest review.  I was really looking forward to getting stuck in after reading and enjoying Bad Girls and Killer Heels (review here) by the same author.  I love the distinctive covers on books by Rebecca Chance but this is my particular favourite as the heels are very similar to a pair I have in my own shoe collection.

Set over the Christmas period, I quickly fell into the storyline.  The characters were all appealing which made me want to know more about them – Melody seemed very lost and lonely and after reading about her life I instantly cared about her welfare, I just wanted things to go as she had planned.  Aniela was fab, she was a straight-talker who ended up being one of my favourite characters, her reaction to Jon was very amusing and I found myself hooked on their relationship throughout the whole book. Grigor’s obsession with Christmas was brilliant, he regularly made me smile with his festive singing and Christmassy decorating.

Something else I really enjoyed were the inner thoughts – I always like to know what a character is thinking and what isn’t being said so this was a perfect addition for me.  The book gave an interesting insight into the sleazier side of acting/football and the fascinating yet dangerous world of an assassin, the author successfully mixed all of these different scenes together and made it feel normal!  The gathering on Christmas day was a good example of this, I loved seeing how everyone’s lives began to intertwine.

The ending was really fast-paced and action-packed, it made my heart beat faster as I pictured the exciting scene unfolding before me and I wondered if it would finish in the way I hoped it would.

This bonkbuster is not for the faint-hearted, it contains in-depth sexual scenes of all kinds including gay sex, this is something that I haven’t come across in many of the books that I’ve read but it was all well written and just added to the overall effect of the book.  The author tackled many difficult subjects with ease and I was pulled into this dark yet glamorous world as though I had always been there.

This is an alternative Christmas read with a dark and sexual edge, perfect for fans of the increasingly popular erotica genre.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in North London, Rebecca Chance read English Literature at Cambridge and wrote for various newspapers and music magazines before moving to Tuscany to learn Italian and to focus on writing books.  After eight years in Italy, she moved to Manhattan, where her experience of the New York dating scene inspired her non-fiction dating book Jane Austin’s Guide to Dating, which was featured on the Richard and Judy Book Club and published under the name Lauren Henderson.

Now back in the UK, Rebecca lives in London with her husband and has quickly made the bonkbuster genre her own, bringing the genre ‘bang’ up to date and, reflecting the trials and tribulations of both women and men, gay and straight, as she hones in on the outsized dreams and desires that we all covet.  Rebecca Chance’s bestselling novels include Divas, Bad Sisters, Bad Girls and Killer Heels.

You can visit Rebecca’s website for more information.

Bad Angels was published by Simon & Schuster on the 8th November 2012, it can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

Killer Heels – Rebecca Chance

“From the boardroom to the bedroom, the catwalk to the gutter, it’s the survival of the fittest to stay on top…

From the suburbs of Luton to the avenues of Manhattan, starry-eyed fashionista Coco Raeburn has worked her way up the ladder.  She’ll do anything to get her own editorship at a top fashion magazine – even if it means starving herself half to death.

Her idol is ruthless boss Victoria Glossop, editor at top fashion magazine Style.  She has her own ambitions and nothing will come between her and her goal – at least not until an enigmatic stranger comes into her life and thaws the ice queen in the most wicked ways possible.

Svengali Jacob Dupleix, media magnate and owner of Style, is one of the most powerful men in New York and London.  But is the glittering empire he has built about to collapse due to a dangerous liaison…?”

Before I started blogging I read and enjoyed Bad Girls by Rebecca Chance so when I saw her latest book on the shelves of my local supermarket I just couldn’t resist buying it.

It was clear right from the start that Coco/Jodie had problems, I thought that she was a character who I wouldn’t be able to warm to at all but I was pleasantly surprised to find that she was actually quite likeable and ended up being my favourite character.  I really enjoyed following her progression throughout the book, even though there were times when I wanted to reach into the book and shake her for being so silly!

Victoria was a powerful and ruthless woman who stood her ground in the glamorous and cut-throat world of fashion and magazine publishing.  I was rather confused by her relationship with her husband to begin with but as I read further it all started to make more sense.  I had very mixed feelings about Jacob, one minute I would quite like him and the next minute I would seriously dislike him.  Even after I had finished the book I still couldn’t decide how I really felt about him.

The story switches from then and now with four years in between, I found myself trying to predict what might have happened within those years to end up as they were in the now.  I didn’t seem to be very good at predicting though and there were quite a few surprises along the way that literally had me gasping in shock.

There were a few rather steamy sex scenes and some swearing, which I felt were perfectly appropriate for the story but if this would offend you then Killer Heels might not be a book for you.

Towards the end I did feel that it went on a bit and I began to lose interest, that was until I got to a certain part that was very tense, dramatic and completely gripping – I just had to know what would happen!

What appeals to me about this kind of book is that the glitz and glamour is so far from my own life and that is what fiction is all about for me.  It’s fun to feel a part of a different world for the time you are reading but I often find that it makes me appreciate what I’ve got in the real world, particularly with this book because I could never be a fashionista or work in the magazine world, I would hate to live like that!

This is a glamorous and sexual book with lots of twists and turns.

Killer Heels can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Rebecca Chance visit her website here.