Today I am taking part in and sharing my review on the blog tour for Ruthless Women by Melanie Blake. This is released on the 18th of February, published by Head of Zeus.
Before I get to my review, I want to let you know that Melanie Blake will be launching Ruthless Women alongside two of TVs leading ladies Coleen Nolan and Beverly Callard who will be spilling the beans on their own personal lives for a digital book launch “Melanie Blake’s Girls Night in
This will take place online on the 19th of February at 6:30pm. Tickets are £10 which also includes a copy of Ruthless Women. How great is that! More information and booking details can be accessed via the following link.
Ruthless Women by Melanie Blake
Release Date: 18th of February 2021
Print Length: 340 pages
Publisher: Head of Zeus
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Ambition can be deadly
Broadcast to millions from its picturesque location off the coast of Jersey, Falcon Bay was once the world’s most popular soap opera. But with ratings at an all-time low, a new network owner, the malevolent Madeline Kane, arrives on the private island determined to do whatever it takes to get the show back to the number 1 slot.
Director Farrah, leading lady Catherine and producer Amanda are the driven, ambitious women who’ve been trying to hold the production together. But thanks to their handsome but corrupt boss, Jake Monroe, Farrah is losing episodes to male colleagues, seventy-year-old Catherine is terrified of losing the public’s adoration, and Amanda is battling her desire for a forbidden affair with a handsome new employee.
As Madeline’s pressure to revive the show intensifies, she unleashes a true battle of the sexes where the women will do anything to stay in the jobs they love and on the island they call home. Can they team up to bring down their rivals? Or will jealousy, betrayal and revenge rip their friendships apart? As the story reaches its shocking climax, one thing is for certain: only the most ruthless woman will survive…
Oh the drama! It’s not just Falcon Bay thats a drama in this story, so are the Iives of the people who create and bring the show to life. Their little world used to be defined by great collaborative professional and loving personal relationships but, the drama kicks into overdrive when there is a change in network ownership and it seems like their passionate and wonderful world is about to be taken away from them. Thank goodness these ladies are there to support each other in you guessed it…a dramatic fashion.
Sex, lies, jealously, deceit and revenge all play a part in this deliciously wicked tale that had me completely hooked and under it’s spell right from the get go. An inside look into the goings on of what happens behind the scenes, which surpasses any scripted episode of the fictitious Falcon Bay.
All the characters have been perfectly created and each play out their role so well. A diverse mix bag of likeable, unlikeable and absolutely abhorrent, make this tale all the more exciting. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, that is made easier at the beginning of the book where the author introduces each player and their role.
Ruthless Women took me back to my days of reading Jackie Collins. It definitely has the same tone and had me wondering like Jackie, if Melanie Blake’s characters are also based on real people. Given her career as a music manager and talent agent before she became a novelist, there is no doubt she would have some pretty juicy tales to tell!
Ruthless Women is an addictive and highly entertaining read that I couldn’t get enough of. Well written, fast paced and completely unputdownable, it will have you furiously flicking the pages long into the night. A new author to me Melanie Blake is now definitely on my radar. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Ruthless Women, which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Melanie Blake and Head of Zeus for my gifted copy of Ruthless Women, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
Ruthless Women Blog Tour
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Thank you to Bei Guo for my spot on the Ruthless Women
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Let’s Get to Know Melanie Blake
At fifteen years old Melanie Blake was told by her high school career advisors that her decision to do work experience at a local record shop was an ‘embarrassment to the school and a clear example that she wouldn’t go far in life or her career’.
They were wrong.
By twenty-one she was working at the BBC’s iconic Top of the Pops show and by twenty-seven she had built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading music and entertainment managers, with her own agency and roster of award-winning artists who had sold more than 100 million records. During this time she also built up an acting agency from scratch which quickly became the most successful independent boutique agency in the UK where she manages clients from some of the biggest internationally syndicated shows in the world including the world’s longest-running soap opera, Coronation Street.
Melanie also represents leading actresses from all of the long-running British continuing dramas including EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks as well as titans of 80’s legacy shows Dynasty and Dallas. Her roster have won Baftas, Emmys and pretty much every best actress award going and Melanie is one of the most successful female agents in the world.
In the UK alone – over 25 million people a week currently tune in to watch the very stars Melanierepresents in their globally syndicated shows.
In 2018 after two decades at the top of her game, Melanie decided to manage a smaller client list and concentrate on her other passion, writing – first as a columnist for a national newspaper, then as a playwright and now as a best-selling novelist.
She still represents a high profile stable of some of the best known faces on British television but is also now enjoying success in her own right as a producer, author and playwright.
Melanie had a difficult start in life, from an underprivileged, lower working class and extremely religious background and certainly wasn’t destined for success….she made her way to the top without any formal education due to sheer determination and dedication to succeed. Melanie is proof if you want to change your life badly enough and are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve success, then you can achieve anything – and she’s just warming up…
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