Bad Angels - Rebecca Chance (2012)

Step into a world of quiet luxury where everything operates like a sleek machine but has a turbulent underside that threatens to blow everything apart in an instant. The story is set in the Limestone Wharf, a luxury hideaway for the rich and the famous, and a place that festers with secrets and scandal. All the apartments are connected to the Four Seasons Hotel next door and the waiters access the homes through a custom-built tunnel that connects the hotel's kitchens to the elevators. From the lithographs that hang over the white leather sofas to the view of the Pan Peninsula from the endless windows, to the high-end designer fittings elsewhere, it is a place of pure luxury where only the very rich and very famous stay, each for reasons of their own. The protagonists of the story have their own agenda too. Melody Dale is there after her Hollywood career crashed and she had too much plastic surgery. Aniela, the nurse looking after her, is falling for a mysterious man covered with bruises, while Grigor, the Russian oligarch with his unique idiosyncrasies, blazes a path of his own. Why are they there? Will they accomplish their tasks and recover from their personal griefs? As with all of Rebecca Chance's novels, she keeps you guessing and there is never a dull moment. There is blackmail, scandal and a front-row view into the other side of the lives of the very wealthy. A must-read if you like a steamy blockbuster, with plenty of twists and turns and non-stop excitement all the way. (AC)

Rebecca Chance is releasing a Christmas novel this year entitled Bad Angels. The summary says: "Step into Limehouse Wharf, the new, uber-luxury apartment building in Canary Wharf where celebrities who have had 'work' done can hole up until they have healed and which is about to see its most glamorous and scandalous Christmas yet. Staying there over the festive period is Melody Down, an actress whose career is in tatters after too much plastic surgery and who has fled LA to get her body and her boyfriend back. But is a 'well-meaning' friend about to sabotage all of Melody's Christmas wishes? Meanwhile, Aniela Fatyga, the nurse in residence, finds herself falling for the unlikely Jon Jordan, an assassin for hire who is also convalescing there. Will her feelings be reciprocated or will their sizzling relationship remain purely physical? And who is he on the run from? And then there's oligarch Grigor Khalofsky, the owner of Kensington football team, whose legendary Christmas party is about to get a whole lot more exciting when murder, blackmail and scandalous revelations decide to pay a visit along with Santa."

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