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At this point in her career, Jackie Collins is as much a brand as an author. Readers come to her books expecting sex, glamour, and a glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and that's precisely what her newest delivers. Collins introduces a half-dozen couples she scarcely needs to develop as characters a Russian oligarch, his supermodel girlfriend, and a George Clooney doppelganger with his arm-candy-of-the-month are familiar types ripped straight from the pages of People magazine. Yes, they're a shallow, pampered lot, which is what makes them so much fun, though a few, most notably Luca, the gay Latino singing sensation, demonstrate surprising sensitivity. The tenuously connected group gathers for a cruise on a luxury yacht, a pretext that allows for much display of gorgeous bikinied bodies and provides the perfect claustrophobic setting to either bring lovers closer together or drive them apart. To this romantic intrigue, Collins adds a hijacking plot so that the final act reads like an action movie, complete with high-speed boat chases and Somali pirates. Classic Collins at her best. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With some 500 million books sold, blockbuster-queen Collins will add another best-seller to her list of 29 as this hot novel is touted via an enormous national multimedia blitz and author appearances.--Wetli, Patty Copyright 2010 Booklist
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In Collins's latest, five couples are invited aboard Russian billionaire Aleksandr Kasianenko's yacht to celebrate the birthday of his supermodel girlfriend, Bianca. During the week away from it all, Taye Sherwin, a famous, black British footballer and his wife, Ashley, a blonde with paid-for breasts, rekindle their stalled sex life; Sierra, the self-medicated wife of a sleazy U.S. Senator Hammond Patterson Jr., asserts herself against her mercurial beast of a husband; Sierra's former lover Flynn, a renegade journalist, and his stalwart colleague Xuan, "beautiful, strong-minded, and conveniently more into women than men," don't quite fit in; sweet Latin pop sensation Luca Perez learns that his lover, Jeremy, arrogant and money hungry, wants to role-play his fetishes outside their bedroom; and movie star Cliff Baxter begins to think that Lori, his girlfriend-of-the-moment, may be a keeper. After the guests spend days lounging and dining in luxury on the Sea of Cortez, the ship is stormed by pirates, leading to a fantastical denouement. Climbing aboard with this sea of extravagant creatures, whose sexual tastes lie on the fringe of raunchy, is abashedly rousing, and what more could one hope for from Collins? Agent: Morton Janklow, Janklow & Nesbit Associates. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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A famous actor, athlete, journalist, politician, pop star, and their not-so-famous guests receive uber-exclusive invitations to join a supermodel and her Russian billionaire boyfriend on his yacht's maiden voyage for lots of luxurious R&R. Alas, the guests and crew end up in peril owing to a vengeful mobster's unfinished business with the Russian. Verdict Starting with a bang, best-selling author Collins's latest potboiler gives readers a break from winter with a steamy soap opera set on the Sea of Cortez. Like an episode of the cheesy but popular 1970s TV series The Love Boat, there is lots of romantic drama on the tropical waters, but readers familiar with Collins know to expect plenty of X-rated scenes. They also know to expect brief chapters that keep the story moving at a brisk pace, characters that strongly resemble real celebrities, and lots of surprises. Collins more than delivers on all fronts. "Bonkbuster" fans will love it. [See Prepub Alert, 8/16/12.]-Samantha Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.