Rebecca Chance novels are my guilty pleasure. They are 100% filth, but are well written and have a storyline. They also look like semi respectable chick-lit novels. Whenever anyone tells me they liked 50 Shades of Shite I tell them to pick up a Rebecca Chance novel instead. Gah.
From the blurb:
After decades in the spotlight as an Oscar-winning film star and famous beauty, Vivienne Winter is one of the most recognizable women on the planet. When she decides to auction her multimillion dollar jewellery collection for charity, there’s no shortage of people eager to buy a piece of her incredible history.
Young, ambitious Christine Smith is a jewellery expert working for a centuries-old auction house. But in a world of aristocratic snobs, her working-class origins are holding her back. She’s desperate to secure the sale of Vivienne Winter’s gem collection: it’s set to be the biggest auction since Elizabeth Taylor’s. However, meeting the Hollywood star is just the first hurdle Christine has to jump.
Vivienne’s handsome, spoilt and sexy playboy grandson Angel is the heir to her fortune. The anger and resentment he feels towards his grandmother for selling what he’d counted on as one day being his inheritance sets in motion a series of events with deadly consequences.
Angel is totally unscrupulous, and no one will emerge from his plotting unscathed. For it seems that family secrets cut sharper than diamonds . . .
This story focuses on 3 characters: Vivienne Winter, movie star, legend, seriously selfish old lady, her grandson Angel, who is a spoilt, entitled sexy layabout, and Christine, a working class ex-foster kid and Gemmologist (sorry if that’s spelt incorrectly ), who has her eye on Vivienne’s jewels.
We see flashbacks to when Vivienne was a young woman, in love with Randon Cliffe, the man she married twice and the breakdown of her relationship with her daughter Pearl, who tragically died.
Vivienne forced Pearl to give up custody of her son Angel, as Pearl’s way of life was not exactly compatible with being a mother. Vivienne swore she would do a better job of raising Angel than Pearl, but ultimately made the same mistakes again.
Angel is self-obsessed, sexually disturbed, sees all people as objects and thinks of his grandmother’s wealth as his own. When Angel finds out that Vivienne plans to auction off her jewels (A.K.A. his inheritance) he comes up with a devious plan to inveigle himself back into her life and refresh his own finances.
Christine is a rather naive, ambitious young woman who wants to get ahead in a career populated with members of the upper classes. She discovers that Vivienne plans to auction her jewels and follows her to Sweden to pitch her ideas for the sale. When she gets there she becomes drawn into the Winter’s way of living, and a situation that may lead to her death.
This was an okay read, I normally give her books 4 or 5 stars, as for what they are, they are enjoyable and well written, but I only gave this book 3/5 stars. As I already mentioned, it’s a Rebecca Chance novel so it’s full of explicit sex scenes; however this book had a few scenes where consent was an issue, yet the sex was written in pretty much the same way as all the others. It felt a bit rapey.
Also, the word ironically was used incorrectly twice, one example: “Ironically, like the Chateau Sainte-Beuve, it was a last chance saloon for the spoilt children of celebrities and aristocrats…”
I’m pretty sure that should be coincidentally.
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