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Lady Boss - Jackie Collins
Member Name: Larachristina
Lady Boss - Jackie Collins
Advantages: Highly entertaining, easy to get through, fast paced, exciting storyline.
Disadvantages: A bit frothy, a bit unrealistic, but ah well.
Jackie Collins novels, for me, are like literary meditation.
It doesnt take a lot of effort or concentration to read them, and afterward, you feel vaguely soothed.
A Bit of background.
Jackie Collins is an English writer, born in 1937. She is the younger sister of "Dynasty" star Joan Collins.
Jackie Collins has published 26 novels (if I have counted properly), and each have spent time on the New York Times bestseller list.
"Lady Boss"(1990) is Jackie Collins third book about Lucky Santangelo, (the previous two novels are "Chances"-1981, and "Lucky"-1985).
"Lady boss" is followed by more Lucky Santangelo books.
"Vendetta:Luckys revenge"-1996, "Dangerous Kiss"-1999, and "Drop dead beautiful"-2007.
Who is Lucky Santangelo?
Lucky Santangelo is the daughter of mobster Gino Santangelo.
Her Mother was murdered when she was young, and for most of her childhood, she had a fraught relationship with her then distant Father.
Lucky is fiesty, independant and bold, determined to make her mark on a male dominated world.
Give us the gossip on "Lady Boss" (plotline)
Lucky, who has been successful in the hotel business, wants to branch out. She has her heart set on taking over the famous "Panther" film studios, esspecially since her actor husband Lennie Golden is tied down to a frustrating deal with the badly run studio.
Lucky makes a deal with the studios owner, recluse Abe Panther. His studio is being run by his daughters husbands, and he is unhappy with the situation.
He agrees with Lucky that if she works for the studios, undercover, for six weeks, and reports back to Abe, then she can buy the studio.
There are catches though. She has to work there in disguise, and she cant tell her husband, who becomes more and more frustrated with his wifes secrecy.
What was good?
I love the character of Lucky. She truly is a ballbreaker. A fantastic strong independant woman, esspecially considering the book was written 18 years ago.
Although I have read the pevious books, I dont think this is essential to enjoy "Lady Boss". The backstory is well explained, and history is prefectly clear.
Along with the Lucky storyline, there are several other subplots, and plenty of other interesting characters to keep you involved in the story.
The writing is pacy, witty and funny. The characters are well written and interesting, and the storyline is well thought out and fast paced.
As usual, there is lots and lots of sex and violence, which is wonderful if you want to be entertained.
What was bad?
As usual in the Jackie Collins books, all the characters are beautiful, unless they have a sever character flaw.
I dont have a problem with pretty people, but it does become incredibly unrealistic.
This isnt the most thought provoking of books. Once its read, thats it. It doesnt really give you any space to ponder or think.
Its rather like a hollywood blockbuster, aimed at women, in book form. Light, frothy and exciting, but mostly devoid of realism or intellectual stimulation.
I buy and read Jackie Collins books to chill out. They are perfect for a quick holiday read, and are always entirely satisfying, provided you dont expect too much from them.
I enjoy the fact that the female characters and mostly strong, and that Lucky always overcomes any adversity, regardless of what it is.
She is truly a heroine, and completely holds her own with the men in the book.
I suggest buying this for a holiday, or an easy book before bed.
I also suggest it if you have read any other novels about Lucky Santangelo.
Even if you havent, pick this one up. It isnt hard to follow, and its entirely enjoyable.
"Lady Boss" can be bought from here, for £5.49.
Summary: A fantastic holiday read, if you like your bonkbusters.