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26.10.2011

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Gripping and brilliant story

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Author

Jessica Ruston's debut novel Luxury was published in 2009 by Headline Review. This first book was named Debut of the Year 2009 in the Elle Magazine Literary Awards.

While Jessica was studying for a BSc in Psychology she was a freelance writer and editor. Since her debut novel was launched in 2009, she has released her second novel To Touch The Stars. She has also written some screenplays and writes a weekly fiction serial called Come For Dinner which is published in a number of magazines.

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Sexy, smart New Yorker Logan Barnes knew how to take what he wanted to get where he wanted to be. But you can’t win the girl, make the money and live the high life without picking up enemies along the way...

There’s only one enemy who matters, and that’s the friend Logan betrayed years ago – Nicolo Flores. He got mad, but better still he got even, waiting in the wings to pull the plug on Logan and see his fortunes come crashing down.

Now Logan’s back, in London with a perfect wife, perfect family, and the perfect jewel to crown his rebuilt hotel empire: a stunning island getaway for the truly über-rich. Nicolo’s crazy to find a way to crush him again – but with gambling, addiction, sex and scandal all knocking on the Barnes’ family door, maybe they’ll destroy themselves before he even has a chance to...

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I had read really good reviews of this book on Amazon which is what made e get it for my Kindle. It took me a while to get round to it, buy boy am I glad I did. Very early on we meet the three men that feature in this story; there is Logan, Johnny and Nicolo. However at the beginning of the story we see them all as men and Logan is now married to Nicolo’s first love Maryanne. All three of them are extremely successful and the only fly in the ointment is the fact that Nicolo and Logan are now sworn enemies. Jessica Ruston the transports us back to the past and how the three men met as boys. It is done in such a way that the pieces are fitted together at the right time and not too quickly.

The story itself is quite intricate and at the beginning we are taken through the different layers affecting all of the people involved. The book centres heavily on the down side to being rich and having it all which made a refreshing change. Not only that but the core of it all is two men’s need for revenge and rivalry. The characters themselves, whether it be the three guys, Maryanne or Logan’s children are all seriously flawed and as the book continues you get to see just how much actions affect them all.

I found myself over halfway through in the first sitting, but sadly had to wait until the next day to carry on. I didn’t necessarily like all the characters, but they were written in such a way that you understood why they were going down the path they chose. The cover certainly doesn’t do this book justice and finishing it with a big self satisfied sigh, I couldn’t wait to read the second one.

I loved this book and although people may write it off as women’s fluffy fiction, they couldn’t be further from the truth. This was an absolutely brilliant book that I couldn’t put down. Lots of suspense and a gripping storyline means I will be looking forward to Jessica Ruston’s second book To Touch the Stars. If you are a fan of authors such as Tasmina Perry, then this is the author for you to try!

Book

Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Headline Review (15 Oct 2009)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0755348524
ISBN-13: 978-0755348527

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Deesrev 07.11.2011 02:16

Smashing review of this compelling read xXxXx

MrBrightside1987 06.11.2011 01:24

Great review :) x

Jake_Speed 04.11.2011 23:14

Excellent concise book review

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Sexy, smart New Yorker Logan Barnes knew how to take what he wanted to get where he wanted to be. But you can't win...

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Type Fiction
Genre Modern Fiction

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