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Fashion designer Thérèse D’Alesandro has recently moved into Westhead Manor with daughter Felicia and stepson Marco. Joining forces with neighbour Ella Benedict, she is about to open a bridal boutique at Ella’s exclusive wedding venue Lawns at Little Court.
Managing his father’s European restaurant chain, Marco has both the looks and charm to guarantee him any woman. Any woman, that is, except the one he wants: Ella’s niece Charlotte. Marco knows he should walk away as not only is she the most exasperating female he has ever encountered she’s currently in a relationship with rock star Christian Rosetti. But the chemistry between them is undeniable and sensing trouble brewing between Charlotte and the egotistical singer he is prepared to wait.
Charlotte’s cousin Lucy has discovered Christian’s guilty secrets – ones he has been keeping safely hidden from everyone. Determined to cause mischief and at the same time settle her own score with the arrogant star, she sets in motion a chain of events which eventually brings Marco and Charlotte together.
Thérèse’s husband Gianlucca has invited the granddaughter of an old friend to stay as a house guest while he undergoes heart surgery. Rossana Caravello is due to inherit the one of Italy’s premier vineyards on her twenty-first birthday in September. Aware this would make an excellent addition to her husband’s international business portfolio, Thérèse plots to push the young heiress and her stepson together. Rossana is already besotted with Marco, but if the plan is to have any chance of success first she needs to get rid of Charlotte…
Please note Wicked Game was previously published under the title The Other Side of Morning.
Many moons ago, when I was about 16-21, my best friend and I used to love reading Jackie Collins novels. We’d sit for hours and read them on holidays or outside in the garden and then we’d discuss and swap books. For some reason I stopped reading Jackie Collins novels (bear with me…) and moved onto different genres but I have such happy memories of them.
Wicked Game brought back those memories!
Set in England and packed full of wealthy, glamourous characters I have struggled to classify this book into a particular genre. It’s a romance, family drama, saga, mild thriller all rolled into one and has a big and lively cast of likable and totally despicable characters. In short, we have the girl next door, the handsome hunk, the bad boy, the jealous one, the devious bitch and the innocent one. At first I was a bit wary of the sheer volume of main characters in the book when I read the introduction. Ms Lambert had included an overview of who is who. I was worrying for nothing though as I found the storyline easy-going and the characters fell into place naturally.
Several storylines held my interest throughout this book and I enjoyed the mix of thriller, romance and was desperate to see where each character’s story led. I was reminded of Jackie Collins’s novels as often the story telling would move around the lives of various characters, usually accumulating in a cross over of loves, lives and tragedy before the ending.
The only thing that left me frustrated was the amount of times people fell for the villain’s lies, despite the fact that she’d been caught previously.
I recommend this book to fans of Jackie Collins and Danielle Steel and glamourous romance novels. It’s a great, easy-going read with likable characters, and manysub plots to hold your interest.
About the Author
Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She is the author of seven novels. The first five collectively known as the Little Court Series are saga/romances set in West Somerset. For book number six she ‘moved’ over the border into South Devon. Summer Moved On became the first of two linked contemporary romances. The second, Watercolours in the Rain was published in October 2016. In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her eighth novel, The Boys of Summer, set in North Cornwall will be published in 2019 under their Ruby imprint. Jo is currently working on another coastal romance, this time set in South Cornwall.
When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and rock music and she often takes the odd photograph or two.