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 novel, like the previous Rebecca Chance novel I read is very inconsistent. Perhaps those that like a whirlwind of no structure novels would like this type of writing. However when it comes to my reading I enjoy an enticing plot, along with consistency, a happy story, followed by an ‘oh no, what are we gonna do now?’ and a change and grow in development of characters type novel.
Some scenes were not entirely relevant as it did not add up in this novel. I don’t mind steamy romances, however this wasn’t advertised as such, and you just felt that these scenes were gratuitous and were just a cheap way to pad out a story that wasn’t thrilling or mysterious.
They met in rehab – but some of them had rather more therapy than they bargained for. Supermodel Amber Peters should have the world at her feet. But her secret addiction has led her down a dangerous path. Lap dancer Skye Ellwood is desperate to get out of the life she’s living, but has no idea how – until a client makes her an unusual proposition. Following an ultimatum from his fiance, A-list movie star Joe Jeffreys is finally heading to rehab to sort out his sex addiction – and save his squeaky-clean image. Spoiled daughter of a legendary rock god, Petal Gold is convinced she’s a huge star in waiting, and she’ll trample on anyone she thinks is standing in her way. Passion, jealousy, betrayal, revenge and scandal: during their tumultuous thirty days at Cascabel clinic, the lives of Amber, Skye, Joe and Petal will be transformed forever. But for one of them, the stakes could not be higher – or more dangerous.
The book starts off with Amber in a precarious situation, being held by a strange person and she’s clearly been drugged. Then the book suddenly flies to another time when Amber was modelling and dating men, which I found annoying as it wasn’t consistent. The book then alternates between who the story follows, whether it’s Amber, Joe, Petal or Skye. Some would say this is refreshing as it does alternate between completely different but similar lives. I thought the book would move to rehab quite quickly however it took around a third of the way until that happened, but I didn’t mind at all.
It gives a good background to all the characters because of the alternative chapters however I still do not feel any care towards them. I appreciate how all of the characters had their different reasons for entering rehab because that gives different point of views to the story and certainly made that part of the book more interesting. I could not quite get into this due to its writing style. Especially given the nature of this novel I felt it didn’t have enough depth.
There was another interlude in the middle about Amber’s mystery drugging that carried on the mystery element of the book which again had me thinking because of other things I had read. The book moves on a satisfactory level, there are lots of twists and turns along the way that keep you hooked on getting to the end and the pace made the consistency more confusing. *warning* for those as there are some pretty graphic sex scenes in the book, a couple of them actually so if that isn’t your thing be warned!
2/5 stars from me.