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Reviewed by Ashleigh
Author: Rebecca Chance
Publisher & Pages: Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster), 453 pages
Blurb: Stunning good looks, a gorgeous fiancé, a limitless trust fund: London’s leading It Girl, Lola Fitzgerald, leads a charmed life, a pampered princess whose rich father funds her every whim.
Evie Lopez is just as beautiful, but she’s had to work her own way up life’s greasy pole – literally. Now she’s hooked herself and indulgent sugar daddy, Evie has abandoned her pole-dancing career, swapping New York’s seedy strip bars for a luxury Manhattan penthouse.
But Lola and Evie are on a collision course with their nemesis. When Lola’s father falls into a coma, her ruthless stepmother Carin seizes control of the purse strings – and cuts off her spoiled stepdaughter without a penny. Then Carin evicts Evie, her husband’s mistress, from her fabulous love-nest and adds insult to injury by stealing her diamonds.
It’s riches to rags overnight. Although they loathe one another on sight, Lola and Evie must team up if they are to defeat their common enemy: Carin, the Ice Queen. Let the battle commence.
Highlight: Evie was a real badass character.
Caution: Lola was a spoiled princess and very unlikable.
Highlight: It was great to see two people from vastly different backgrounds work together for justice.
Caution: I did get a bit bored of Lola and her life. I wanted more Evie.
Review: We start with Lola Fitzgerald on her hen’s night, enjoying drugs and a male stripper with her friends. She’s constantly musing about how gorgeous she is, and she’s looking down on everyone who doesn’t have money or isn’t young and pretty like her. Unfortunately, we all know the importance of a good first impression. This isn’t what we have of Lola and the less than favorable impression sticks throughout the novel.
Evie Lopez on the other hand, has a great first impression. Sure, she’s an ex-stripper who is currently mistress to a guy with lots of money, but we also find out that her Sugar Daddy is a pervert and that she works hard to keep her extravagant lifestyle. We find out that she grew up in a one bedroom flat in what could be considered slums or the ghetto, with a mother who favored Evie’s little sister. Evie has worked hard and demeaning jobs to get where she is, and she’s a vastly more likeable character than Lola Fitzgerald, her Sugar Daddy’s daughter.
Oh, did I mention that Lola and Evie look almost exactly alike?
Yeah, gross. But this serves a purpose, as later in the novel, Lola and Evie sort of switch places. Lola has been accused of killing her father and had to surrender her passports. Evie gets a passport and Lola flees the country to find the one man who could stop her from going to prison, but probably won’t. So while Lola is swanning off to Italy, Evie must stay in New York and pretend to be Lola. I found myself thinking, this won’t work, and I was right. The police catch on and during the trial, Lola ends up in prison for skipping bail. Nice one, rich girl.
One thing you should definitely know before you pick up this book is the amount of sex it contains. Not quite as much as Fifty Shades of Grey, but still, there’s a bit. Lola is constantly getting it on with her fiancé’s older brother (oh, after they break up because the fiancé is gay and overdoses). And Evie, well, she has her lover, Lawrence, who prefers something more tantric, and Benny (he’s dead, by the way). She doesn’t actually have sex with Benny in the story, but she often refers to it and usually mentions Benny’s “needle dick.”
All in all, this was a fun and entertaining read, unless Lola was the character we were focusing on. Which was most of the book. So ok, this book wasn’t that great in hindsight. But while I was reading it, it was quirky and had its own charm, so I suppose if you want a moderate length book with little to remember afterwards, apart from all the sex, then sure, this book is for you!
Oh, and beware of the constant drug use, by the way. Yeah. Perhaps if you’re under 18 you should stay away from this novel.
Star Rating: 3½ Stars
Available in: Paperback, eBook