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Same old same old
on 27 September 2002
I thought A Kept Woman was dreadful and marked the beginning of a decline in the standards of Louise Bagshawe's writing. After Venus Envy I was looking forward to another good read of the same calibre as her first four books but was left sorely disappointed with this effort; so much so that I nearly didn't buy When She Was Bad which was a marked improvement.
The most common theme throughout Louise Bagshawes's novels are two girls - one from high society and one from the wrong side of the tracks who invariably start off not knowing eachother then meeting making deadly enemies of eachother to then discovering they can both help eachother and become friends. There is always a sexy hero (normally American) and a slimy villain (normally English) who provide catalysts throughout the book for the heroine(s)' growth and development. I find this formula has become increasingly boring and tiring as Louise Bagshawe tends to use it throughout and merely adjusts the backdrop against which the story is set. Rarely does the hero drive a clapped out old banger with no tax or the heroine shop for her make-up in Boots. They are all Prada clad with perfect Christian Dior pouts and live a lifestyle very few of us will ever get the chance to experience. I feel it is about time Louise Bagshawe took a different approach and gave her readers something fresh and exciting.
Diana Foxton was not a likeable or believable character, her two dimensioned personality and complete lack of knowledge of the real world was annoying in the extreme while Michael Cicero merely came across as a male chauvanist who took pleasure in making her squirm.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone and unfortunately will not be reading Louise Bagshawe again.