Thursday, 17 October 2013

Killer Queens by Rebecca Chance

I had my first experience of Rebecca Chance in January when I reviewed Killer Heels. There are several of her other novels on my to read list, but Killer Queens is the latest addition and I couldn't wait to read it.

We meet three women, each introduced into a royal family in different circumstances, but not all ends up leading the fairytale lifestyle everyone imagines them. 

American athlete Lori falls for the charming ruler of a super rich European tax-haven. They have a whirlwind romance but she begins to wonder if it may just be too good to be true. 

Belinda was one of the world’s most iconic princesses but she is forced to stage her own death and abandon her children to stay alive. But with the announcement of her son, Prince Hugo’s wedding, she risks coming out of hiding to celebrate the big day. 

Chloe, Prince Hugo’s fiancée, is a normal, down to earth girl, whose romance with the future King of England has propelled her into the limelight. As the wedding day looms, she begins to doubt her place amongst the royals and her role as future Queen. 

All the women are quite different, but as their stories interlink, there are many similarities too and you feel more for all of them. You can easily draw parallels between Chloe and Hugo of Killer Queens, to real life royals the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge William and Kate. Their story is very reminiscent of the royal wedding which took place last year. Last year also saw Great Britain host the Olympics, which is also mentioned in the book. 2012 was quite a joyous, celebratory year and this story encapsulated those feelings well but with added sugar and spice. 

Lori’s story reminded me a little of The Princess Diaries (more movie with Anne Hathaway than the book by Meg Cabot), in the sense that she moves to a little-known European principality, where she must learn the language, the history and the culture. The main difference between them being the steamy sex scenes! 

Rebecca Chance has such a natural flow to her writing that draws you in with the promise of smut and scandal but keeps you engaged with the drama and interweaving plot lines. I love how her stories have lots of descriptions of exotic and exciting locations. 

Sexy and stylish, Killer Queens is an indulgent, cheeky read that fans of this genre will love. If you've yet to read a Rebecca Chance novel, I urge you to try this one. Not only will you enjoy it, but you will never look at a banana the same way again!

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