Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway: Ruthless Women

By Sara Steven

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 one 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…
(Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

Ooh, boy. From start to finish, Ruthless Women takes you on a drama ride, and you never know if and when you will ever get off of it, or if you even want to! For most of the journey through Falcon Bay’s history, I didn’t know what would happen or what secrets were in store, particularly with Madeline Kane. So much of what drives her is very much shrouded in mystery. 

All of the women are forces to be reckoned with, and in later decades of their life. I really appreciated reading a book that I can relate to, given my own age, and the entire time I read it, I thought, “Women can be so strong and amazing” no matter how old they are. I think there have been more and more examples of that in recent years, but Ruthless Women had that in abundance. 

The synopsis mentions the shocking climax, and it really, really was. I thought for sure it would go in one direction, but what ended up happening had come out of left field and I did NOT see it coming! I loved that so much! It also ended on a little cliffhanger, with what I hope could be a potential continuation that involves Jake and other characters within the story.  

To be honest, I’m not really into soap operas in general, but from start to finish, I was completely engrossed and wanted to see how the story would play out. The experience would appeal to anyone looking for drama, suspenseful situations, and a little bit of danger and spice mixed in from the various steamy scenes that are sprinkled throughout the pages. It was a little bit Desperate Housewives, combined with Sex and the City; a well-deserved five-star read!

Thanks to Kaye Publicity for the book in exchange for an honest review. They have one copy for a lucky reader!

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Anita Yancey said...

My favorite soap opera is General Hospital.

traveler said...

My favorite soap is The Young and the Restless.

Kelley said...

I loved All. Y Children. Thank you.

diannekc said...

The Young and the Restless

Mary C said...

My former manager.

Charlotte Lynn said...

My mom is ruthless. Ruthless in her faith, in her love of family, and in her work ethic. It sometimes drives me crazy but it one of the things I'd love to imitate.

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Mary Preston said...

I have had bosses who were ruthless.

Summer said...

I loved so many of the soaps that have been cancelled, Days Of Our Lives is my current favorite.

Linda Kish said...

My favorite was All My Children. Now I watch General Hospital as it is the last remaining ABC soap.