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4.0 out of 5 stars trashy - in a good way, 28 Dec. 2012
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Friends and Rivals is an extremely light read. The book is set in contemporary Britain and LA. The two main characters Jack and Ivan have been friends for years and set up a music management company together. Things are to change as the friends fall out and become rivals in business in the oh-so seedy world of the music business, the ideal setting for a dodgy sex scene or 30 and for a series of vacuous but attractive characters to thrive. There's Kendall the rising female star, and Eva a young woman plucked from obscurity through an X-Factoralike show as well as a host of handsome male characters to counter them and on the fringes of them all, Cat, the slightly older woman who has been Ivan's wife for years, happy to turn a blind eye to his philandering whilst conjuring up domestic bliss - this is modern day Jackie Collins fare which is unashamedly trashy and at times downright cheesy.

All that said, somehow the author manages to pull it off with this book. It's not realistic at all in the main - I'm not even sure that it's supposed to be really, despite being peppered with references to real 'celebrities", the rise and fall of the characters here all seems a bit simplistic and to a greater or lesser degree all the characters are cliches. Kat has a house filled with lavendar scented sheets and all the racier characters are off drinking Kristal and wearing designer clobber. There's a lot of sex, most of it good sex and no one, bar Kat of course does any housework or seems to be bogged down by the mundane as they are just too busy being young/gorgeous/famous or all three. There's absolutely no need whatsover to think about the plot of this book or, indeed to analyse it in any way at all as the characters veer from one boozy party to another and move on from one sexual encounter to another. As long as you read this expecting to be entertained rather than educated that's absolutely fine by me - it's pure escapism, nothing more and nothing less.

So despite myself really I enjoyed the book for what it was - I thought the ending of it was a bit too neat really and wasn't sure some of the characters quite got what they deserved but it was a way to fill a few hours. I can't say that the story or the characters stayed with me in all honesty after the last page was turned - but it's just not that kind of book. "Friends and Rivals" was disposable, fun literature in 464 pages, nothing more and nothing less
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