Booklist – Drop Dead Beautiful (2007)
Drop Dead Beautiful (2007)
In this big, splashy Hollywood-based novel, Collins resurrects one of her favorite characters, the hard-edged, rich, talented, and beautiful Lucky Santangelo. Lucky, whose pampered Hollywood lifestyle belies her tough background (several members of her family were gunned down in a Mafia-related incident, and Lucky herself took revenge on the killer), is now a high-flying Hollywood player. Tired of the Hollywood scene, she decides to reinvent herself as a Vegas hotel mogul, which puts her and her family in danger when an old enemy of the Santangelos resurfaces and attempts to exact revenge. At the same time, Lucky’s teenage daughter, Max, a younger version of her tough and lovely mother, sneaks off for a weekend away with a man she has met on the Internet. Unluckily for Max, the man turns out to be a crazed ex-actor who was once snubbed by Lucky on an audition. Of course, everything works out for Lucky and family in the end. There are many, many subplots, lots of tangential characters, and loads of steamy sex. Collins’ fans, and fans of the genre, will be clamoring for this one. Hughes, Kathleen
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