We’ve featured ‘guilty pleasure’ reads before in the Readers’ Nook and with summer approaching, now is the perfect time for another installment! Don't be fooled by the nickname, there's nothing to feel guilty about if you like your fictional escapes light, steamy, and a little bit trashy. We’re so pleased to have another new contributor in the Readers’ Nook today, so read on and start planning your vacation (or staycation) reading list.
The Power Trip by Jackie Collins
The Power Trip was one of the best books I have read this year. I waited for its release since reading last year’s Goddess of Vengeance, which I liked but did not feel Ms. Collins was at the top of her game. This review is for all my trailer park friends who, like me, enjoy a bit of trash and a vacation while reading….
Well, ladies and gents (both terms used loosely as always), it is finally here: the new Jackie Collins came out February 12th. I cannot seem to get one particular review out of my head or think of a better quick description:
“Jackie Collins has created a quintessential page-turning adventure of sex, money, and murder that feels like taking a trip away from the winter climes and into the absolute glamour of summertime.” (Casee Marie, reviewer, Literary Inklings blog)
Now really, who in this trailer park wouldn’t want to read it mid-February or anytime of the year, for that matter…
This was a new setting for Ms. Collins. As always we had many glitzy locations but most of the story takes place on a luxurious yacht in the Sea of Cortez. This is new but most welcome. I discovered I, too, enjoy a wonderful yacht ride. This book does not disappoint with the glitz and Hollywood factor. We meet Interesting Hollywood types such as Cliff Baxter, a ringer for George Clooney, a Russian mobster, a model, a movie star, a footballer, a singer, writer, a senator and his perfect wife, and investigative reporters. If that isn’t quite enough for you, she throws in some Somalian pirates and a Mexican drug and arms dealer. As the glitzy and powerful unite for the maiden voyage, we are privy to the power plays aboard, and those coming to join them. Ending in a struggle: who will live? Who will become a hero? Who will end up with all the power? This is a wonderful mid-steamy read that takes you on a wild high sea adventure. This book does bring some heat but, as I said, mid; don’t worry--its fast-paced adventure keeps you flipping pages.
Take the phone off the hook, put your feet up and make yourself a Kraft mac and cheese. Pour a large glass of Kool-aid. Plug in the fan and begin the adventure. You may want to lock the double wide’s door as you won’t want anyone popping in to stop your fun. Go ahead and soak those teeth; you won’t be needing them for a few hours….
Thank you, Jackie, for bringing back the writer we all knew you were…..
More guilty pleasures:
The Explorer's Code by Kitty Pilgrim
Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick
A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare
Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann
Low Pressure by Sandra Brown