464 pages, 8.3 × 6.37 × 1.28 in
July 6, 2012
St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312570287
ISBN - 13: 9780312570286
About the Book
Two sisters--one as strong and sparkling as the other is delicate and wounded--from a charismatic, ambitious, and wealthy English family struggle to keep an unseen force from bringing them both down.
Read from the Book
BOOK ONELOS ANGELES, 1996EmilyIt was 10.30 a.m. and Emily lay naked on the lilo, using her mother’s favourite suede coat as a towel, and let the gentle breeze waft her around the infinity pool. In one hand she held a pint glass of chilled Baileys. Her first to-do on arrival at the mansion had been to order Quintin to freeze three icecube trays of her favourite drink, because there was nothing worse than a warm Baileys or a dilute Baileys. She drew on her fifth Silk Cut Light of the day, and gazed at the foreverblue sky of LA.Everything: perfect.She liked the world upside down, especially when it was so prettily fringed by those pink and red flowers that smothered any suggestion of ugliness – wall, pole, fence and, possibly, person – in the Hollywood Hills. She liked that there were invisible teams slaving night and day to keep all she saw gorgeous. She liked the quiet. The only noise was the buzz of helicopters, either the paparazzi harassing stars or privately owned by the stars themselves. She liked that it was summer and that Mummy had complied with the annual lie that Emily ‘work’ as an intern at the Beverly Grand.It was lucky that Mummy adored Emily more in theory than in person, and seized on any chance to put oceans between them. Mummy wasn’t interested in people under eighteen. By the time Emily was old enough to come to her attention, it would be too late.To Mummy, this was just another one of Emily’s LA jaunts, where she could drink and smoke and do coke and tras
From the Publisher
Walk-in closet full of designer everything? Check. Private Caribbean island? Check. Connection to the aristocracy? Working on it. Cunning, malicious stalker? Double check.
Welcome to the world of the Kents, a charismatic, ambitious, and fabulously wealthy English family with two sisters – one as strong and sparkling as the other is delicate and wounded – who must somehow put their differences aside to keep an unknown enemy from bringing them down. Wild and beautiful Emily Kent has had the world laid at her feet by her ruthless mother and billionaire father – but it's not enough. Gifted with her mother's to-die-for looks, her father's hard-scrabble business sense, and both of her parents' lust for control, Emily is determined to make her own luck by seducing the only man she’s ever wanted, a man who can make her dreams of attaining the heights of old-money English society come true. By contrast, Emily's step-sister, Claudia, is a fragile soul—her mother died when she was five, leaving her to the unkind reign of step-mother Innocence. In an uncharacteristic burst of rebellion, Claudia trades her gilded lifestyle for an ordinary flat and daytime job where she meets the man of her dreams… or so she imagines.
But, Emily and Claudia are caught up in a desperate situation that may be beyond their control. As for their father, disgraced tycoon Jack Kent, and his wife Innocence, they are too obsessed with the fight for supremacy over their vast empire to see that a mighty and sinister opponent is plotting to ruin them all.
About the Author
Anna Maxted is the internationally bestselling author of Getting Over It, Running in Heels, Behaving Like Adults, Being Committed, and A Tale of Two Sisters. She lives in London with her husband and their three sons.
"A rip-roaring tale... the flow is smart, crisp and riveting." --Publishers Weekly
"A clever take on decadence and deceit." --Complete Woman
“Readers will find themselves engrossed in the torrid tale.” --Booklist
“The writing is fast-paced and the plot engrossing… Maxted hits her writing groove.” –Library Journal