Friday 21 December 2012
Review:: Bad Angels by Rebecca Chance
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Review by: Catriona
Wharf where celebrities who have had 'work' done can hole up until they have healed and which is about to see its most glamorous and scandalous Christmas yet.Staying there over the festive period is Melody Down, an actress whose career is in tatters after too much plastic surgery and who has fled LA to get her body and her boyfriend back. But is a 'well-meaning' friend about to sabotage all of Melody's Christmas wishes?
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 her feelings be reciprocated or will their sizzling relationship remain purely physical? And who is he on the run from?
And then there's oligarch Grigor Khalofsky, the owner of Kensington football team, whose legendary Christmas party is about to get a whole lot more exciting when murder, blackmail and scandalous revelations decide to pay a visit along with Santa.
A festive tale with a difference…
I was lucky enough to be given Rebecca Chance’s new festive novel at the Simon and Schuster bloomer’s event that I attended back in October, so when December rolled around I thought I would give it a go! Having not read any of Chance’s other novels, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had been told that they were definitely on the racy side, and I was not let down on that front, but what I wasn’t prepared for was the intricate storyline. The plot of this book could be compared to a Hollywood movie. The twists and turns that go on, and the seemingly unbelievable things that the characters get themselves into are just phenomenal. I have no idea where she got some of her ideas from, but it is definitely one of the most exciting and original storylines that I have encountered in a long time!
I do have to admit that I found the book a little slow to get started. It is a hefty 516 pages, and I didn’t find myself gripped until around about page 200, however, once I got to grips with all the different storylines that were going on and warmed to some of the characters, I really began to enjoy the plot, and HAD to keep turning pages in order to find out what was going to happen. The descriptions of the events and the settings are really in-depth, and that is something I really enjoy as a reader, and as for the sex scenes, they too were well described, and didn’t feel smutty or tasteless, but realistic and completely believable!
The book is written with each character getting their own chapter, and that chapter describing events that went on from that characters point of view, which, I think, always makes for a slightly quicker read as each chapter is not overly long. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book, although I did find that there was one character I didn’t like, so tended to skim their chapters occasionally to move on to one of the other residents of ‘Limehouse Wharf’. Overall I would say that this book has something for everyone, crime, sex, plastic surgery and of course, a touch of romance! I would definitely consider reading more of Rebecca Chance’s novels in the future.