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Ruthless Women by Melanie Blake – Review

Genre: Thriller
Published: March 2021
Publisher: Head Of Zeus
Pages: 455
My Rating: 🦋🦋🦋🦋/5

“Being ruthless paid off. She’d seen that time and time again.”

Melanie Blake, Ruthless Women

Set on a beautiful private island, Falcon Bay was once the world’s most popular soap opera, but ratings have been at an all-time low. Now a new network owner, Madeline Kane has taken over and is determined to do whatever it takes to get it back to the number one slot. Producer Amanda, director Farrah and leading lady Catherine who has been a star on the show for almost 40 years have been doing their best to keep things moving. But with the new ownership, dynamics change and the pressure is on. Each woman has to prove herself and show that they are willing to do. Not only for themselves, but to make sure that the show goes on. Jealousy, betrayal and revenge threaten their friendship and at the end of the day the most ruthless women will survive.

Are you a fan of drama? I am! No, not in real life ✋🏼 just in books 😄 If you do enjoy reading books with lots of drama and dramatic characters then look no further!

Ruthless Women is not just the book title, but it describes the female protagonists in this story to a T! Honestly, I could not put this down and needed to see what was going to happen next.

“She was aligning herself with the power on the set. And that was exactly how the boys’ club survived, because amazing women didn’t stick together, which allowed men to keep the power.”

Now yes, it can be a bit overly dramatic at times. But I think this is a perfect holiday or beach read. You would think in the male dominated industry they work in, that the women would stick together and have each other’s backs. But unfortunately it’s not always this way and they end up fighting for themselves in order to get ahead.

It’s not just the on-screen drama, but drama in the lives of the cast and crew that keeps you coming back for more. The male protagonist Jake who is also Amanda’s husband, is an absolutely horrible and shocking individual. I ended up hating him from the beginning and I’m sure you will too.

I would like to say that his character is overdone, but I’ve met people who are just like him. It feels like the characters were in a soap opera themselves even when they were not filming.

Some characters you will hate straight off the bat like Jake and others will have you loving and hating them just to love them again at the end. One other thing I must mention is that there are some very steamy scenes in this book 🔥, so it’s definitely aimed for an adult audience.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced book filled with lots of drama, feisty, strong-willed and definitely Ruthless female protagonists then this one is for you!

Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

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