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Silk [Paperback]

Rupert James
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6 Aug 2009

Money. Sex. Power. Some things are always in fashion…

Christine Fairbrother is a high-powered barrister, the scourge of the divorce courts. Christine has ambitions to become a QC – to “take silk” – after her next big case.

Her talented daughter, Isabelle Cissé, is a design graduate launching herself on the London fashion scene, full of dreams and ambitions – and with a fatal weakness for unsuitable men…

Victoria Crabtree loves fashion almost as much as she loves money. But her position as the mistress of Massimo Rivelli, multi-millionare owner of the House of Rivelli, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of couture fashion, is precarious. Massimo is very married, very Italian and very Catholic. He shows no sign of wanting to divorce his wife and Victoria’s always in danger of being replaced with a younger model. But he’s about to discover just what lengths Victoria will go to in order to survive…

Three women set on a collision course. Their lives and conflicting ambitions become tangled as Christine handles the divorce case that could give Victoria the man she’s wanted for her own for so long – but which could wreck her daughter’s blossoming career at the same time.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; Airport / Ireland / Export ed edition (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091932955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091932954
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,196,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A big sexy hunk of a book that will keep you entertained for hours --Daily Mail

Three controversial women become entwined through money, men and power. Prepare to be swept up in their drama in seconds

'A terrific read. High fashion with heart. I couldn't put it down.' Jo Rees
--Jo Rees

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SILK is a sexy, contemporary blockbuster set in the fashion world - this is LACE for the 21st Century!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish and Sexy 4 Aug 2009
Silk is a rollicking ride of a novel that explores the loves and loses of three dynamic women. This book is deeply pleasurable, wickedly-indulgent and utterly engrossing.

Christine is a fearsome barrister who believes she's moved past any desire for romantic trysts until she meets a handsome personal trainer. When her goal of becoming appointed to the Queen's Counsel and "taking silk" turns out to be more difficult than she anticipated, it's time to dig her nails in and show how determined she really is and make some tough decisions.

Her beautiful daughter Isabelle is an ambitious designer convinced she belongs in the venerable halls of high fashion and that her name will soon be associated with the most famous labels in haute couture. However, romantic entanglements with her sexually-ambiguous business partner Will threaten to trip her up on the way to the top.

Victoria is the mistress of rich greedy Massimo Rivelli. Although she's conscious of how vulnerable she is to being replaced by someone younger and losing the privileged lifestyle Rivelli has introduced her to, her love for him clouds her judgement. But everyone underestimates how determined this glamorous girl really is.

These women are crafty and strong-willed, but not without heart. Silk is full of richly detailed characters and locations, cleverly woven plot lines and contains enough twists and turns to keep you reading it compulsively till the end. James is a talented writer who creates compelling characters that feel immediate and real.

Try reading it while lounging by the pool in your southern French holiday gite while sipping a cool glass of rosé. But, even if you have to read it while on a gloomy commuter train like I did, the luxurious pleasure of Silk will certainly make you feel like you are reading it in a more glamorous location.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Self-indulgence pocket money well spent. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fast paced, pointily observed, engagingly written and a frisky escape from the misery of a post-holiday commute. Lots of well plotted twisty turns and an ending hinting at more to come. A winning card is that while set in a frothy plot, Mr James' characters are recognisable and believable, suggesting he knows the milieux about which he writes fairly closely, and he has a proper insight into his characters' preoccupations. One to keep an eye on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 19 Jun 2012
By Tania
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Filled with twists and turns. Good how the characters all link up. Well written anfd the characters are believable. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars total fun 9 Mar 2012
By cartoon
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loved this book just what a fun trashy read should be , plus not all the women are nice, unlike some of the other books of the genre , the dialogue actually made me laugh at times . And the sex scenes are sexy and dirty . Mind you Rupert does write as james lear too , so that explains it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy sassy and right good read! 8 Oct 2010
By Becky
I loved this big bold ballsy book. Full of fashion glamour and intriguing legal and illegal drama. It was very 1980's with shared lovers, immense riches and all those toyboys. I loved it! very 'Jackie Collins' but quite a bit more london. Brilliant and utterly addictive - perfect for winter evenings or by the beach.
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