After decades in the spotlight as an Oscar-winning film star and famous beauty, Vivienne Winter is one of the most recognizable women on the planet. When she decides to auction her multimillion dollar jewellery collection for charity, there's no shortage of people eager to buy a piece of her incredible history.Young, ambitious Christine Smith is a jewellery expert working for a centuries-old auction house. But in a world of aristocratic snobs, her working-class origins are holding her back. She's desperate to secure the sale of Vivienne Winter's gem collection: it's set to be the biggest auction since Elizabeth Taylor's. However, meeting the Hollywood star is just the first hurdle Christine has to jump.Vivienne's handsome, spoilt and sexy playboy grandson Angel is the heir to her fortune. The anger and resentment he feels towards his grandmother for selling what he'd counted on as one day being his inheritance sets in motion a series of events with deadly consequences. Angel is totally unscrupulous, and no one will emerge from his plotting unscathed. For it seems that family secrets cut sharper than diamonds . . .
Killer Diamonds by Rebecca Chance was published by Pan Macmillan in paperback on 1 August 2016.
I'm a fan of Rebecca Chance. Her books cheer me. Her stories are racy, sexy, full of fun, bursting with the most colourful of characters and always have a great plot.
Killer Diamonds is the perfect title for this story. Set in the world of high-end goods, champagne, pills, high fashion and of course diamonds ... and the killer? Well, the prologue provides that!
Rebecca Chance begins her story with a cliff-hanger prologue that nags away at the reader's conscience all the way through the book. The prologue happens in the present day and then the story goes back to the 60s and follows the life and career of young actress Vivienne Winter.
Beautiful, talented and spoilt. Vivienne has the life that many people dream of. Adored and pampered, she's the darling of the time and men fall at her feet.
Vivienne makes huge mistakes in life, and the biggest are those connected to her daughter Pearl and her grandson Angel. And, so, we come to Angel. With a beauty that matches his name, with blond hair, violet eyes and a sleek body, he has the world at his feet. However, Angel's beauty is definitely only skin-deep. He's a damaged man, he's cruel and greedy and totally selfish, and the women in his life are the ones who suffer most.
Christine Smith, who is desperate to represent Vivienne when she sells her world-famous jewellery collection falls foul of both Vivienne and Angel. There's hardly a decent person amongst this cast!
Rebecca Chance is a wonderful storyteller. She's known for her racy sex scenes and Killer Diamonds certainly has these. The sex is explicit at times, but definitely in context and in fact, really exposes just how depraved and self-centred some of these characters are.
Killer Diamonds is an absolute sizzler. Great plot, amazing characters, lots of steam and passion. Exactly what we've come to expect from Rebecca Chance, and just what we love her for!
My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy of Killer Diamonds for review.
Born in North London, Rebecca Chance read English Literature are Cambridge and wrote for various newspapers and music magazines before moving to Tuscany to learn Italian and to focus on writing books.
After eight years in Italy, she moved to Manhattan, where her experience of the New York dating scene inspired her non-fiction dating book Jane Austen's Guide to Dating, which was published under the name Lauren Henderson, and was optioned as a feature film.
As Rebecca Chance, she has written the Sunday Times bestsellers Divas, Bad Girls, Bad Sisters, Killer Heels, Bad Angels, Killer Queens, Bad Brides and Mile High.
Rebecca also writes for many major publications, including the Telegraph, the Guardian, Cosmopolitan and Grazia.
She lives in London with her husband and her interests include cocktail-drinking, men's gymnastics and the Real Housewives series.
Visit Rebecca online at www.rebeccachanceauthor.com
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