Published: 8th November 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Step into Limehouse Wharf, the new, uber-luxury apartment building in Canary Wharf where celebrities who have had ‘work’ done can hole up until they have healed and which is about to see its most glamorous and scandalous Christmas yet. Staying there over the festive period is Melody Down, an actress whose career is in tatters after too much plastic surgery and who has fled LA to get her body and her boyfriend back. But is a ‘well-meaning’ friend about to sabotage all of Melody’s Christmas wishes? Meanwhile, Aniela Fatyga, the nurse in residence, finds herself falling for the unlikely Jon Jordan, an assassin for hire who is also convalescing there. Will her feelings be reciprocated or will their sizzling relationship remain purely physical? And who is he on the run from? And then there’s oligarch Grigor Khalofsky, the owner of Kensington football team, whose legendary Christmas party is about to get a whole lot more exciting when murder, blackmail and scandalous revelations decide to pay a visit along with Santa.
Thank you to Isabel at Simon & Schuster who kindly sent a box full of Rebecca Chance books. I took the ones I hadn’t read yet and at my Mum’s 50th, we auctioned them off and gave the money to Breast Cancer.
The plot opens with Melody: a beautiful actress whose career hasn’t taken the wrong turn. After changing her looks to suit the media, she’s just undergone surgery to remove it all. I instantly liked Melody, there was a certain glow around her, one which made me want to read more about her. She was very charismatic despite having a rubbish time. In Melody’s opening chapter, we also meet the kind hearted nurse Aniela. I love reading about the two women and thought that they got off on the right foot. They had a friendship which made me smile.
Perhaps it’s because this book is set around Christmas that I didn’t enjoy it as much. I couldn’t get into the festive period at all. However, at usual Rebecca didn’t disappoint. She’s the Queen of Bonkbusters and this book is jam packed with sex. What I like the most about Rebecca’s sex sections is that she doesn’t make them disgusting. I didn’t feel uncomfortable when reading them.
Towards the ending, the drama was kicked up a notch and it went off with a bang. For me, personally, it was left a little too late and I felt it was slightly rushed towards the closing pages. Other than that, I did enjoy it but in June, I couldn’t get into the Christmas spirit. Perhaps I’ll reread it over the festive holidays.