Reaching for the stars…in more ways than one
If you’ve never read a Victoria Fox novel before you are seriously missing out! They are always extremely well crafted, with in-depth storylines, well rounded characters and more action and saucy shenanigans than you can shake a stick at! Wicked Ambition is Fox’s third novel and tells the tale of three hot Hollywood stars, their climb to the top, and the forces battling to bring them back down.
- Robin Ryder is a strong, fiercely independent young Londoner, having succeeded against all the odds after being left in a park bin as a baby to becoming one of the biggest music superstars on the planet. However, not everyone is a fan of her rise to fame and ghosts of her life-that-could-have-been look set to destroy.
- Kristin White is America’s squeaky clean pop machine – her and boyband heart-throb Scotty Valentine are the Britney and Justin of their day. However, at least one of them is lying about how they feel. And secrets never stay secret for long.
- Turquoise da Luca has conquered the charts and now looks set to conquer the movie industry too. But can she conquer the demons from her past life as an exploited, abandoned girl, forced into prostitution and implicated in a terrible crime?
Fox writes all three women extremely well. They are everything you want a heroine of a bonkbuster to be – strong, independent, witty, intelligent and most importantly, likeable. Kristin’s naivety is slightly infuriating at times as you scream at her to recognise the obvious, however I suppose this all adds to the engagement with the book. This did mean however that I enjoyed Wicked Ambition slightly less than Fox’s previous novel Temptation Island, which kept me on my toes and guessing at every turn.
As well as writing excellent women, Fox also writes wonderful men (very important in a good bonkbuster!). The character of Leon Sway is one every reader will fall for – strong, dependable, charming and undeniably sexy! Jax Jackson, his track rival is that classic nightmare we all know and love – ridiculously good looking, but awfully arrogant and self centred! His attitude however does provide many laughs across the pages of the book, and again channels great reader engagement, as we laugh at his ridiculousness along with the other characters. Cosmo Angel is Wicked Ambition’s evil entity and Fox writes him in a wonderfully dark way, so that he really does make your skin crawl as you read about his villainous acts and way he treats Turquoise throughout.
I always enjoy Victoria Fox’s novels as they always go the extra mile, working a lot harder than the classic, simple straightforward plot of “girl meets guy, has lots of detailed sex, encounters an obstacle then ends up happily ever after”. Wicked Ambition is a twisting, turning rollercoaster journey with the lives of the characters crossing paths and intermingling throughout, as well as providing lots of sub plots too.
The competitive rivalry between athletes Leon Sway and Jax Jackson is a compelling side story which rides alongside the events of the three leading ladies. This, and the mystery of who shot Leon’s brother, also acts to give us a further insight into the character of the swoonsome Sway! The relationships between Scotty and his manager Fenton, and Kristin, her sister Bunny and mother Ramona also holds a mirror up to the darker side of being in the public eye – battling people’s perceptions and preconceptions, and how life in the lime light can take its toll.
The indepth plot makes Wicked Ambition a real treat to read, and sets it apart from many other bonkbusters. The sex scenes also sizzle, and one in particular will forever make me think twice about buying gelato from an Italian street stand ever again! The front cover boasts the book is “600 pages of sin”, and it’s not wrong! particularly with the presence of depraved actor Cosmo Angel.
I’d def recommend a read of Wicked Ambition. It’s perfect for summer time and an exciting look into the lives of the rich and famous.
Have you read any of Victoria Fox’s novels?
xx emsypickle xx
Here’s the official blurb:
Some will do anything for fame. Others will stop at nothing to bring the famous down
Three superstars. Three sensational secrets. Three deadly games.
For Robin, Kristin and Turquoise, the spotlight burns brightly. But ambition always comes at a price…and the devil is waiting to claim his dues.
Realty TV crowned Robin the people’s queen, but a dangerous past lurks poisonously in the shadows… Only something truly singful could shake child-star Kristin of her angelic reputation. Turquoise’s mega-star facade masks a sordid secret – an expose would blow the lid off hollywood!
Vengeance is waiting, the atmosphere is heady with sin, this year, fame is a murderous word.
It’s a long way to plummet fron the glittenring heights of stardom…
Who will fall first?