Friday, 10 February 2017

Book Review - Revenge by Nigel May - Blog Tour

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Title: Revenge
Author: Nigel May
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 10th February 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars

If you keep dangerous secrets you’ll pay the ultimate price…

In the South of France, playground of the rich and famous, world renowned chef Dexter Franklin is organising a night to remember. As he opens the doors to his exclusive restaurant for the first time, he’s handpicked a list of guests, as hot and dazzling as the St Tropez sun itself:

Mew Stanton: Fashionable, beautiful and a notorious TV chef, Dexter’s ex-girlfriend has all the ingredients for success. As her books fly off the shelves, a secret from her past is about to surface with explosive consequences. 

Holly Lydon: Ex girlband star who has fallen on hard times. Forced to make ends meet she’s having to sleep her way to the top. Now she’s making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Rosita Velázquez: Brazilian actress extraordinaire and girlfriend of Dexter’s brother, Leland. When she’s in town everybody needs to know about it, but this is one show-stopping entrance she’ll live to regret.

Three women have a past with Dexter and a grudge to bear against him. As fireworks ignite in the jet set capital of Europe, there’s murder on the menu. Who will be served their just desserts?

The sun is setting in the South of France. Pour yourself a glass of champagne and sit back for a read of revenge, regrets and shocking revelations that will have you hooked to the very last page.

I'm always incredibly excited when I see there is a new release from the king of bonkbusters - Nigel May, and I am delighted to say that he has once again conjured up a story of intrigue, murder and mayhem, not forgetting plenty of bonking! 

As I have come to expect from books of this sort, there is a fantastic variety of locations that the book is set in, all over the globe, but with the majority of the unfolding story taking place in St. Tropez, France. This is a town that has always said glitz and glamour to me, and Revenge really did it justice, in showing off this playground for the rich and famous. 

Dexter Franklin has invited a group of very exclusive guests to his new restaurant launch, who he is very keen to wine and dine. They are a rather mixed bag of people who you are introduced to chapter by chapter at the start of the book, as you see how they react to their invitations. 

What kept me hooked was trying to work out just why these people had been invited, especially as their previous interactions with Dexter, or each other start to become revealed. 

The guests are Mew Stanton, who is a former girlfriend of Dexter, Holly Lydon a former band mate of Mew's, Rosita Velazquez the relatively unknown Brazilian actress, Leland, Dexter's brother who he doesn't have the best of relationships with and DC a food critic who slated Dexter at a previous restaurant launch. 

Well that is as much information as I'm willing to reveal about the characters, as it is far more fun to read the book and discover just how each of them has had overlaps or known each other in the past, and the flashback scenes fill you in on all sorts of past information, that is exciting and allows further puzzle pieces to slot into place. 

Amongst the cast of characters, some that I liked a lot more than others, there is plenty of partner swapping, salacious details, rivalries, and a couple of the more secondary characters, such as Olivia, Mew and Dexter's publisher, although in the background a lot, still had quite a big personality too. 

One of the things I loved seeing was that a few characters from Nigel May's previous books popped up, which is a something that fans of his will notice. Always nice to see a familiar name, as it shows he is always writing about the same fictional world. 

Revenge is a fabulous look into the showbiz world of the rich and famous, that had me intrigued and kept me guessing the entire time. I could tell the whole book was building up to something, and as it approached I was more and more excited as to what I would learn, and all I'll say is you won't be disappointed by the last quarter of the book when everything kicks off big time. Before that it is a story where the focus on the various characters changes regularly and kept things fresh, while you try and work out who you have sympathy with, and which characters you really dislike. 

With plenty of devious plot twists and surprises to be revealed, along with plenty of hot and steamy sex, and a whole world of locations, plus characters that are interlocked in ways you may not be able to imagine, Revenge is a fabulous bonkbuster, and one I enjoyed immensely. 

Thank you so much to Bookouture and Netgalley for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

About Nigel May

Nigel May is a true all-rounder in the media world, working as a TV presenter, author, journalist and craft personality. He has written two glam-fiction books, Trinity and Addicted, as well as featuring in Sunlounger – a chart-topping anthology of short stories.

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