Book Review: Killer Queens by Rebecca Chance
August 7, 2013 7 Comments
From the back of the book: “Lori is a beautiful, blonde, all-American athlete. When the charismatic ruler of a small, filthy rich European state asks for her hand, she thinks she’s snagged Prince Charming. But she soon realizes that all that glitters is not gold…
Belinda was once the most recognized and loved princess in the world. Forced to stage her own death, she lives incognito abroad with her adoring royal lover. Now, she is determined to return to England to see her son Hugo wed, even if it means risking her own life.
Chloe, Prince Hugo’s fiancée, is the archetypical English rose. But it’s a long road to becoming a princess, even when you’re dating the heir to the throne. Perhaps the fairy-tale ending isn’t all it was cracked up to be…
Killer queens, scheming kings, murder plots and lashings of steamy sex – find out what REALLY goes on behind closed palace doors…”
Killer Queens: What I thought
I was sceptical at first, as I’m not into kings and queens and princesses and riches and all that. But this turned out to be a fun read. Two women, one English and one American, will be marrying into royalty within the same year. Chloe is a commoner, a girl with an office job who happens to meet the heir to the British throne, Hugo, and they fall in love. Five years later, they decide to get married and prepare for the big day.
Belinda is Hugo’s mother, who faked her own death and has been living in Morocco with her Middle Eastern boyfriend. She hasn’t seen Hugo and her daughter Sophie for twenty years, but now with the wedding coming up, she wants to see what Hugo’s fiancée is like and get to better know her children. She’s also noticed something fishy about the impending wedding of Lori, an American athlete, who is to marry King Joachim of Herzoslovakia. (Yes, that’s a bad name for a made-up country if there ever was one!)
The book is full of intrigues, hopes and doubts, and quite a bit of sex, too. The story is set out well, and slowly leads to a conclusion that suits everyone involved. An easy, fast read, but confidently written, never over the top. I loved following the preparations (and weddings) of these would-be queens and the dead princess who comes to the rescue.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Number of pages: 500
First published: 2013 (August)
I got this: from Simon & Schuster UK publishers for review
Genre: contemporary fiction