Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Guest Book Review: Anna-Lou Weatherly - Wicked Wives

Reviewed by Elizabeth Mullenger

Playboy Casino owner and serial gambler, Tom Black, leaves a trail of broken hearts behind him wherever he goes. So when he disappears, it’s no surprise that foul-play is suspected.

The finger of suspicion points to three women from his past; Eleanor, the beautiful socialite with a dubious past, Loretta, the fame-seeking gold-digger, and Victoria, the glamorous, bestselling author. 

Bound together by one man and his mayhem, it’s not long before secrets begin to surface, forcing the three women to take the biggest gamble of all. But in the game of love there can only be one winner – and the winner takes it all….

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I was full prepared to not enjoy this book. The blurb had interested me but the quote on the front cover put me right off:
"Sexy, funny and 100% beach read fabulous", followed by "[..]this glamorous tale is perfect for fans of Jackie Collins [..]

Straight away I was worried this was going to be a full on bonkbuster with no story line and bad writing.. I was very wrong!

Yes, it's frivolous, but it is really well written!  Anna-Lou Weatherley's book gives access to that magical world of wealth where wives cure their blues by shopping for dresses I could only dream of, whilst the men charter private jets around the world, no-one sleeps on sheets with fewer then 300-count cotton sheets and everyone drinks, smokes and gambles. Although their world is so different to mine, I didn't feel jealous at all. The insecurities, the lies, the secrets and the stress of 'beating' the other wives?  Exuding glamour at all times, ensuring regular appearances in high society magazines and basically doing everything and anything to be the envy of the other wives? It sounds exhausting!

Weatherley's writing style is very funny, full of witty observations and one-liners that make you laugh out loud.

Things to watch out for:

Heart attacks - these happen a lot in this book, it seems the main way for rich old men to die.

The ending - I was so, so, so disappointed with the epilogue for this book, it seemed to go against the mind-set of the 'Eleanor' character which Weatherley had carefully created throughout the book. I'd love to hear other opinions on this!

Overall I would certainly recommend this book; it's naughty, it's funny and it's so glamorous it should only be published in hardback with an embossed cover!

I'd like to thank Avon for sending me a copy of this book and Elizabeth who blogs at mungleville.com for reviewing it for me.

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