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  1. Kat's Review of Mile High by Rebecca Chance

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    Synopsis: First class is about to get dangerous . . . Pure Air's new LuxeLiner is flying from London to LA - its inaugural journey - with a first-class cabin packed with A List celebrities. As the feuding crew compete to impress their famous passengers, the handsome pilot tries to win the attention of a pretty young stewardess.

    But one VIP singer is battling something seriously sinister: watching her every step is a very determined stalker, someone who will go to any lengths to get the star to satisfy their desires. At thirty thousand feet there is nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide . . .

    Kat’s Rating: 3/5

    Kat’s Review: Okay first of all I am a HUIGE RC fan, and normally I end up waxing lyrical about her new stuff but this one for me was nowhere near as good as her other stuff. The first thing that struck me was the fact that the cover is completely different from her other covers. I have to say I’m not a huge fan of the new style and absolutely loved the ‘Shoe’ style covers in the older books. This latest release is mainly set around Pure Air’s new Luxe Liner which is flying a bunch of celebrities over to ‘La La Land’ (Los Angeles for those that were wondering). Initially we meet Catalina who appears to be star of the show and is certainly an A plus celebrity. With worldwide fans and a stalker to boot she seems to be much in demand. She was actually quite likeable as a character.

    The additional characters in play featured in and out of the story but Catalina was the star of the show. The major plot featured Catalina’s ‘stalker’ and to be honest it had that real old fashioned murder mystery feel to it, so much so that at some point in the book I had in my own mind accused every character of being guilty. This is certainly a Chance book and there are some very funny moments and especially bitchy characters, but like I said it felt like something was missing.

    It certainly kept me entertained, but over the last few books she has produced maybe I have set the bar too high and expect a 5 star book EVERY time I read one. This certainly isn’t a bad book, but if I’m bring completely honest there was that certain something missing so it just ends up sitting in the middle of the road. Not awful by any stretch, but the last of her books I read Killer Queens was SO good that nothing comes anywhere close to it at the moment!

  2. Kat's Top Ten Romance & Other Fiction Books from 2013

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    I have read a lot of great books this last year, but I sifted through and picked my favourite ten. They aren't in any order (that's just TOO hard a job), but if you haven't read them then I would highly recommend them. 

     Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Jill Mansell

    Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Swetshop of Dreams - Jenny Colgan

    Calling Mrs Christmas - Carole Matthews

    Killer Queens - Rebecca Chance

    Younger, Thinner, Blonder - Sue Watson

    Necessary Lies - Diane Chamberlain

    About A Girl - Lindsey Kelk

    Me and Mr Jones - Lucy Diamond

    The Longest Holiday - Paige Toon

    Not Without You - Harriet Evans


             

  3. Kat's Review of Killer Queens by Rebecca Chance

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    Rebecca Chance Killer QueensMy Rating: 5/5

    Synopsis: "Every little girl grows up dreaming of finding a prince - but what is the fairy tale turns into a right royal nightmare?

    Lori is a beautiful, blonde, all-American athlete. When the charismatic ruler of a small, filthy rich European state asks for her hand, she thinks she's snagged Prince Charming. But she soon realizes that all that glitters is not gold...

    Belinda was once the most recognized and loved princess in the world. Forced to stage her own death, she lives incognito abroad with her adoring royal lover. Now, she is determined to return to England to see her son Hugo wed, even if it means risking her own life.

    Chloe, Prince Hugo's fiancée, is the archetypical English rose. But it's a long road to becoming a princess, even when you're dating the heir to the throne. Perhaps the fairy-tale ending isn't all it was cracked up to be...

    Killer queens, scheming kings, murder plots and lashings of steamy sex - find out what REALLY goes on behind closed palace doors."

    My Review: Just a matter of a few days ago, England’s future King was born in the United Kingdom. Maybe this, with a combination of Rebecca Chance’s skill as an author makes this in my opinion the best book she has written to date. With the title Killer Queen’s the royalty theme comes as no big surprise. Lori, Belinda and Chloe are the main characters set in RC’s latest ‘Bonkbuster’. Now I must warn you, that if you are a touch sensitive about swearing or sex then maybe turn away now and try one of my other reviews. Sadly with a Rebecca Chance novel, some opinions are hard to make without one or both of the above.

    Belinda was the most loved princess in the world, but was forced to stage her own death and live abroad with her lover having no contact with her children. Lori is an American Olympic winner and falls for the charms of Joachim meaning she is set to be the next queen of Herzoslovakia. Lastly, there is Chloe who is Prince Hugo’s fiancé and learning quickly what it takes to become a princess. Chloe and Lori were wonderful characters who I really liked from the start; however Belinda comes into play at a more sedate pace, later on in the book. The story itself grabbed my attention from around chapter 2 and pretty much didn’t let me go until the very last page.

    From the get-go there is an abundance of sex, not just your average “the lights were dimmed as they made love” kind of sex; but the “his hard cock was inside her” kind of sex. In addition, we see every type of scandal possible it seems, secret weddings, runaway brides, illicit affairs and death plots to name a few. For once I really don’t want to go over the storyline, if you want that just read the synopsis. What I will tell you is that Killer Queens is by far the best book Chance has produced. I read it in 2 straight sittings and it had me laughing, gasping in shock, and (at times) blushing like a teenager (hey, you try reading some of the sex scenes in this book, with commuters reading over your shoulder!).

    I felt like I was watching a royal version of Big Brother whilst reading this and found that I just couldn’t stop reading. I have read all but one of Rebecca Chance’s books and am certainly not the shy retiring type. What I will say is that one particular sexual preference in the book has me thinking “what the fuck” and then heartily laughing my arse off. All I can say is that I will not feel the same about banana’s for a few weeks after reading this! The story had so much going on that I was flipping wildly between wanting to read more about one character, to wishing I was reading about another, I just couldn’t get enough of it.

    Killer Queens is everything a good Bonkbuster should be, and more! There is plenty of scandal, sex, glamour and a good dose of drama. It’s an absolute must read and no holiday suitcase is complete without a copy of this. If you haven’t already got your copy, I suggest you get your pre order in now! Bloody brilliant :-)

  4. Kat's Review of Bad Angels by Rebecca Chance

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    Rebecca Chance Bad AngelsMy Rating: 5/5

    The only way I can describe Rebecca Chance books is that they are similar to her covers with the glitzy shoes on them. Imagine being online shopping and seeing a sexy new pair of shoes that you just HAVE to have, you go through the excitement of waiting for them to be delivered, and then the first time you wear them is sheer joy, sexiness and glamour all rolled into one! I feel the same way about a gorgeous pair of shoes as I do Rebecca Chance books. Sorry for that but I just HAD to describe them as there are sometimes no other words to get across the way a book makes the reader feel!

    Her latest offering Bad Angels is by far her naughtiest and is certainly a brilliant read. The first thing I must point out is that this book DOES contain scenes of (very) graphic sex. It doesn't bother me in the slightest but if it's not your bag, then please don't buy it and then complain about it! Rebecca Chance is the Jackie Collins of the current book world in my eyes. She does it all, glamour, sex and celebrities. It's all complete and utter escapism and these sorts of books I just love.

    This latest offering introduces us to the first two main characters. Melody Down is an actress who has slightly lost her way after falling for what Hollywood had to offer. After too much plastic surgery she comes back to England to have her original plastic surgery corrected and is recovering in Limehouse Wharf. Also in residence at Limehouse is Jon Jordan, an assassin for hire who is also convalescing. The glue that moulds these two together is the in-house nurse Aniela Fatyga. Melody was an easy character to get right into; slightly overwhelmed with the mistakes she has made you can't help but feel a little sorry for her as she tries to correct her past mistakes. Jon is another kettle of fish and is very cautious of all those around him. Rebecca Chance's very vivid description of Jon Jordan is something else though, and for anybody else who reads this book he will no doubt be a hunk of the highest kind (phew...as I wipe my brow).

    The no-nonsense nurse Aniela is a funny character who is actually my favourite. She is a woman that isn't traditionally pretty but has that something about her. I loved the fact that we get to see how these three meet and get to know each other very early on. The other characters are Andy the concierge for the building who I loved from the get go and the Russian oligarch Grigor Khalofsky who lives in the building. So much happens in this storyline that I was alternating between blushing and laughing and found myself reading it in just under a day and a half. There are no hidden meanings to this story; it's just a brilliant `Bonkbuster' at its best!

    I can honestly say that this is one of my favourites from Rebecca Chance so far. It did have me hiding my book whilst I commuted on the train (for the incredibly raunchy scenes anyway), but it also had me hook line and sinker in terms of not wanting to put it down. It has everything I love in a book like this. Lots of glamour, lots of celebrities acting inappropriately and bucket loads of sex. What more can I say, the perfect Bonkbuster that I suggest you pick up from your nearest book shop ASAP.

  5. Kat's Review of Killer Heels by Rebecca Chance

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    Rebecca Chance Killer HeelsMy Rating: 5/5

    Well, well! For all of those out there gushing about Fifty Shades do yourself a favour and pick up a Rebecca Chance book. Not only has she been writing since 2009 but there are countless other female authors out there that have been producing some of the best Bonkbuster's around for years. All the hype around Fifty Shades kind of irritated me if I'm honest. As a person who reads in excess of 100 books a year, I don't understand the sudden hype around a book that is essentially a certain `type' of book that has been done countless times by many other successful authors already out there. Rebecca Chance is one such lady!

    I have read two of her books written under her pseudonym (her real name is actually Lauren Henderson) and when I realised I had an early copy of her new one I was so excited it was laughable. As I jumped on the tube early one morning loftily holding my book up for all and sundry to see, I was bitterly disappointed that the carriage was full of builders and not ONE of them was remotely interested. How dare they?! Not remotely put off I delved into her latest release Killer Heels. If her cover doesn't catch your eye I would be surprised. With its almost kinky looking spiked heel on the front it was just shouting to me to pick it up and read it, so read it I did!

    As usual with any Chance book we are introduced to lead characters that wouldn't look out of place on a Dynasty set. Coco Raeburn and Victoria Glossop along with Jacob Dupleix make up the main core characters. Coco is just an ordinary girl from Luton who is shot to the top of the corporate ladder as she snags a job working as Victoria's assistant at a top UK fashion magazine. The characters immediately grabbed my attention, as we see the lengths that they will go to in an industry that is rife with eating disorders, scandal and power plays. I instantly loved the `Ice Queen' Victoria and was willing Coco along too. When the big boss Jacob gets thrown into the mix things start to get very interesting. In addition to those three there are numerous other characters that are both very readable and also integral to the story.

    I was shocked to realise that at the end of day one I had covered almost half the book and forced myself to slow down. I didn't want to miss a page of this incredibly racy, raunchy and very gripping book. There is drama at nearly every page as we see almost every nightmare scenario played out and the bitching and gossiping that goes hand in hand with the industry make things even more volatile. I felt like I was stuck in the middle of one of the most dramatic TV scenes at one point. Don't get me wrong, if you are looking for an intellectual and morally correct book you may want to look elsewhere. But, if you want something that is exciting, glitzy and deliciously naughty then this has it all.

    I can honestly say that some of the sex scenes in this book had me blushing to the tips of my ears but made it no less enjoyable (I am certainly no prude, that's for sure!). It made me wonder why people were gushing about Fifty Shades when authors like Rebecca Chance are producing books like this one. By far the BEST book she has written and one that I demolished in record time. It had all the right ingredients and is one that her fans most definitely won't want to miss! Highly Recommended!

  6. Kat's Review of Bad Girls by Rebecca Chance

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    My Rating: 4/5

    I read Rebecca Chance’s (AKA Lauren Henderson’s) first book Diva’s amd really enjoyed it. After my to read list got a little bit out of hand, I finally got around to reading her second book Bad Girls. In this book we meet four people who are all on the dangerously rock road to addiction. The Supermodel Amber Peters has a pill addiction which is ruining her, Lap-dancer Skye Ellwood makes her way to rehab under very strange circumstances,  along with the A List Movie star Joe Jeffrey’s; and lastly there is Petal Gold who is famous for being the daughter of her rock legend father.

    The four of them collide in very different manners and they all end up spending 30 days in Cascabel Clinic. Now reading the synopsis didn’t exactly send sparks flying, but I actually think it hasn’t lent any favour to the story at all. The story is actually a lot more interesting and as a reader we spend the first half of the book getting to know everybody before they even end up at Cascabel.

    The four characters all have very different lives and to be honest I liked all of them with the exception of Petal Gold. I spent the entire book wanting to give the spoiled little rich kid a slap around the chops! By the time they all reach rehab, the story has picked up considerable pace although for some people this type of book may not be for you. The reason for this is the amount of sex, sexual references and general sauciness of this kind of book. It’s certainly a no-holds barred kind of book and even though it doesn’t bother me in the slightest it may not be everybody’s cup of tea!

    Nearing the end, I realised that I liked the way the book was going, I though the ending was good too and wrapped things up nicely for me. Reading her second book, it reminded me why I had this on my ‘to read’ list. Rebecca Chance’s books are the perfect read for people who want the sheer escapism of a scandalously raunchy book. This to me is a great combination of what makes a good bonkbuster and I would certainly recommend it. I dropped one star purely because I disliked one character so much! I am hoping that (third time lucky) when I read the next book Bad Sisters, I may actually like all of the characters!

  7. Kat's Review of Divas by Rebecca Chance

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    Rebecca Chance DivasMy Rating: 4/5

    Well as her debut novel I had set my sights low (sad as that may seem). Unfortunately there is so much competition in this field it seems like there is more and more of the same tired types of chick lit out there. Having said that, the main reason I read this type of genre is the sheer escapism element. The whole point of reading this type of book is to lose yourself in the unrealistic and hope for a happy outcome.

    As soon as you start reading this it becomes clear very soon that the characters are most definitely rich and spoilt. Lola is the spoilt `princess' daughter who is given everything and does not a thing all day every day apart from spend her fathers money. You have Evie who is the mistress, put up in the smartest flat with lots of credit cards in tap, and finally the wife Carin, who is all about the money and wants anybody connected to money she could have, out of the picture.

    The characters are fantastic because they are all so catty and hell bent on getting their own way. Although Lola and Evie are both greedy in their own way as well as being spoilt as the book progresses you begin to like them more and more as they realise the pitfalls of their own situations. Carin the wife was an absolute bi*ch and a character that you will love to hate. She truly is an awful woman. In addition to the women there are a whole host of male characters that appear in the book and their roles dramatically change over the course of the story.

    The story itself was well thought out and most definitely further over the line for the unrealistic nature than I would normally go for, but somehow it worked incredibly well. There were quite a lot of twists and plot surprises along the way which made for an interesting read too.

    My only criticism was that for some reason I found it hard to connect with one of the main lead male characters. It wasn't a major issue but kind of bugged me that I couldn't see the good in him all that much. Be warned, if you are not a fan of graphic sex in books then you may want to give this a wide berth. I think lately a lot of the chick lit books seem to be getting that little bit raunchier, and the authors certainly aren't shy!

    Overall, I think that this is an awesome debut for Rebecca Chance (aka Lauren Henderson) and think that I will definitely be getting the next book she has released to add to my `to read list' rather soon.