Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop now Shop now

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Format: Paperback|Change
Price:£6.99+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item
Share your thoughts with other customers

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 10 July 2011
An utterly indulgent, fabulously girly read.

I throughly enjoyed this book. Olivia Darling is just as enjoyable as Jackie Collins.

The main characters Cosima, Juliet and Mercy keep you intrigued throughout.

I would definitely recommend this book for a holiday / beach read.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
It's no secret now that Olivia Darling is the pen-name for hugely successful chick-lit author Chrissie Manby, and under this name, she has released 3 bonkbusters, very different to the light rom-coms released under her own name. This particular book was postponed from its release last year, but is back for 2011 with a brand new cover look too, one that suits it far more and is in keeping with the elegant look of Darling's other books. The book promises a lot of scandal, following 3 separate women in their quests to resist temptation and to fulfill their own ambitions, and it ended up being one of those books I didn't want to put down as I wanted to find out what was coming next!

The characters are each very different, and that makes the book quite easy to follow - there's no need to worry about differentiating between the 3 threads as they are clearly very separate. Firstly, we meet Cosima, an Opera diva and a character I didn't initially warm to. I realise she is meant to be a diva and therefore possibly unlikeable, but even as the story progressed and things were revealed about her, it still didn't do enough to make me sympathise with her, instead I found myself wishing against the good things that sometimes happened to her! I did, however, love Juliet. She's far more down to earth and a more believable "real" character than Cosima, but that makes for a good contradiction between the pair and their lives. Yes, Juliet is the typical woman who thinks the married man she is sleeping with will leave his wife for her, and yes it all goes pear shaped, but I love the direction Juliet's story takes from there, it certainly wasn't what I was expecting!

Mercy is definitely my favourite character of the lot. She's a good girl, someone who didn't succeed at school except in music, but is convinced she is never going to achieve her dream of becoming a huge opera star due to her background. The way Darling delves into Mercy's mindset throughout the book was fascinating to read, and you can't help but will Mercy on, desperately hoping she will see past her own discriminations and get to where she wants to be. The male characters in the book are all pretty hideous - a cheat, a completely stuck-up Opera star, a vicious thug and wannabe teen gangster. However, they do make the women look slightly better and offer an edge to the story which makes the book very readable.

The book switches from the sublime at the Opera, travelling around Europe on a "glamourous" Operatic tour with Cosmia, Nolan and co, to London where Julia works at the bank, although this isn't described in too much detail compared the locations of the opera. Mercy again is in London, but a totally opposite side to that which we see Julia in. Darling clearly differentiates between their worlds with her descriptions, and I enjoyed the chopping and changing of the stories. Darling has also clearly done her research into the world of Opera too, describing Tosca in particular with good detail but also some of the musical terms and other associated things. I did find things a little tiresome in parts, such as Cosima being so ungrateful and annoying, Darling's over-the-top descriptions such as the "ocean-wide" beds which were mentioned at least twice and the fact I could see how it would all end despite the twists and turns along the way, but even so it was an enjoyable read.

I don't think this book is quite up there with the likes of Tilly Bagshawe, who for me is queen of the glamourous bonkbuster at the moment, but Darling is definitely getting there with this offering. The book has lots of emotion, passion and plenty of excitement to keep you turning the pages until you reach the end, and I did really enjoy it. Yes, there are going to be things people won't like about it, but for me it was well suited to its genre and read very well. Darling's narrative switches very easily between the three characters, although I would have loved to see more of the lovely Mercy, but overall it was a very entertaining read and one I would definitely recommend to fans of bonkbuster-esque novels!
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 6 June 2011
I'm really enjoying reading Olivia Darling's latest book. The storyline is very exciting, it's based on the lives of three very different women whose stories become interlinked as the book progressed. This book is a perfect read for a lazy weekend or for lying on the beach. It's brilliant.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
Need customer service? Click here