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23 September 2013

Review: 'Killer Queens' by Rebecca Chance (2013)

Every little girl grows up dreaming of finding a prince - but what if the fairy tale turns into a right royal nightmare?

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.

Rebecca Chance is a name I’ve come across a lot the past couple of weeks. On the 1st of August, her latest novel ‘Killer Queens’ was released and on my Twitter timeline I noticed how incredibly excited everyone was about this new novel, and they couldn’t wait to get their hands on a copy. I was not familiar with Rebecca Chance’s ‘bonkbusters’, but all the excitement and the blurb of ‘Killer Queens’ convinced me that I needed to read this one as well. Thanks to the lovely Sophie I received a review copy, and with a glass of lemonade, I sat down, ready to step into the world of Rebecca Chance’s ‘bonkbusters’...

‘Killer Queens’ focuses on the royalty of Europe and zooms in on three different women: Chloe is just your average English girl, except for the fact that she is engaged to Hugo, the prince and future king of the United Kingdom. Chloe’s love for Hugo is deep and real, but there are lots of people ready to make her life difficult, including her future sister-in-law Sophie. Lori is an American Olympic medal winner who is about to marry King Joachim of Herzoslovakia, after a few short but intense weeks of dating. Lori is convinced she is in love with her future husband, but something seems to be off and she can’t quite figure out what it is. Is she really willing to give up everything for this marriage? And then there’s Belinda, who married and divorced Prince Oliver of the United Kingdom (Hugo’s father), before she tragically died in a skiing accident numerous years ago. She was trapped in an unhappy marriage and was willing to do anything to see her children grow up happily, including staging her own death. But now, circumstances are forcing her to return to England and to uncover her big secret. These three women have the promise of a true fairy tale in common, the question is: what happens when they find out what goes on behind the closed doors of the castle...?

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been in love with anything that has to do with royalty, castles, gorgeous gowns, princesses, fairy tales... So, it’s not strange that the blurb of ‘Killer Queens’ immediately made me want to add the book to my to-read list. After reading it, there’s only one thing I can say: WOW. ‘Killer Queens’ is a brilliant and addictive read with three great storylines at its core. I loved Chloe, Lori and Belinda, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen to them. The novel includes a fabulous mix of characters, from evil stepmothers to hilarious best friends that made me laugh out loud, and it is great how everything is connected to each other one way or another.

The novel includes some very steamy, full-on sex scenes; it’s not called a bonkbuster for nothing! While some of these scenes might have been a bit too saucy for my personal liking (I will never look at a banana in the same way), they are well-written and did not change the fact that this novel is not just sex; there’s a real story behind all of it, which I really enjoyed. If you decide to pick up ‘Killer Queens’, which I hope you will, make sure to have enough free time ahead of you, because it is a highly addictive read which you will not want to put down. ‘Killer Queens’ is an outrageously sexy, glamorous fairytale for grown-ups, which gives you a sneak-peak into the world of royalty and what goes on behind those palace walls.  


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