Whatever they don't have, they want — and whatever these women want, they get. Once, they lived in the shadows of their famous husbands. Now, Hollywood wives will stop at nothing for their chance in the spotlight. Today, there are no limits to their passions — or their excesses. Today, there are all new rules to the power game. And as megastar Lissa Roman is a...
Whatever they don't have, they want — and whatever these women want, they get. Once, they lived in the shadows of their famous husbands. Now, Hollywood wives will stop at nothing for their chance in the spotlight. Today, there are no limits to their passions — or their excesses. Today, there are all new rules to the power game. And as megastar Lissa Roman is about to discover, the game itself can exact a deadly price.
From Publishers Weekly
In the star-studded publishing cosmos of gossipy fiction, Collins orbits securely between the likes of Dominick Dunne and Danielle Steel. Overlooking the pulpy prose, cardboard characters and soap opera melodrama, her legions of eager faithful will not be disappointed with this newest trendy fable detailing the sleazy sex habits of Hollywood's nouveau riche and infamous. Riding the crest of fame, ageless Hollywood superstar Lissa Roman is fed up with her fourth husband's cheating and has decided to throw him out. Still up for at least one more romance, Lissa gets the hots for the studly PI she hires to evict her slimy spouse. Meanwhile, her gorgeous 19-year-old daughter, Nicci Stone (whose Spanish gigolo father was Lissa's second hubby) is engaged to Evan Richter, the serious-minded half of a team of upstart film writer-producer twin brothers. But like mother, like daughter: why settle for the first guy? Nicci develops a libidinous yen for her fianc's twin. Lost in the mists of lust and expensive living, Nicci fails to notice a suspicious car tracking her every move. Her stalker is murderous ex-con Eric Vernon, who sets in motion his plan to kidnap and ransom Nicci the same night Lissa is scheduled to appear at the opening of a glitzy new Vegas hotel and casino for a record $3 million. All this is set against assorted minor subplots featuring Lissa and Nicci's glamorous inner circles their friends' catty chatter serves as chorus to the central dramedy. With fashions provided by Rodeo Drive and catering by Mister Chow's, this is Collins at her ultra-celeb, super-accessorized, bestselling best. Agent, Morton Janklow. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections.
Those who have read a Jackie Collins novel know the guilty pleasure of wasting time on plots that are as thin as some Hollywood actresses. The characters lack any recognizable dimension, too. Still, like a good comic book, this "next generation" sequel to Hollywood Wives makes readers turn the pages. For those who don't remember, or never knew, the last generation was strictly wives--women whose money and power came solely through their rich Hollywood husbands. Now at least some of these women are making it on their own. Lissa Roman is a megastar who is about to become an ex-wife once she finds her layabout husband cheating. B-actress Taylor Singer has married a much-beloved, Oscar-winning producer-director, which is what she wants to be. Nicci Stone is Lissa's 19-year-old daughter. She's engaged but to the wrong movie-making brother. As in most of Collins' books, episodic happenings and lots of backstory are tied together by an overriding plot propelled by a bad guy. In this case, it's a lowlife who's out to kidnap Nicci. It's a good thing Collins' books are so forgettable; otherwise, readers might have the sneaking suspicion they've read all this before. On the other hand, nothing screams "summer reading" like a novel with these three words somewhere on the spine: Hollywood, Wives, and Collins.
Jackie Collins is the author of twenty-three New York Times bestselling novels. From Hollywood Wives to Lady Boss, from Lethal Seduction to Hollywood Divorces, Jackie Collins has chronicled the lives of the rich and famous with "devastating accuracy" (Los Angeles Times). She lives in Beverly Hills.