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Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing Ruthless Women by Melanie Blake. This is due for release on the 18th of February, published by Head of Zeus.

Book Description


On a beautiful private island off the coast of the UK, the cast and crew of glamorous TV show Falcon Bay are at breaking point.

Ratings are falling, and their new boss is inventing ever more dramatic – and impossible – storylines to get Falcon Bay back into the number 1 slot.

Director Farrah, lead actress Catherine and producer Amanda are the passionate, ambitious women holding the show together. With so much at stake, they will stop at nothing to stay in the jobs they love and on the island they call home.

Can these women team up to bring down their rivals? Or will scandal, betrayal and ambition tear them apart?

Oh the drama! It’s not just Falcon Bay thats a drama in this story, so are the Iives of the people who create and bring the show to life. Their little world used to be defined by great collaborative professional and loving personal relationships but, the drama kicks into overdrive when there is a change in network ownership and it seems like their passionate and wonderful world is about to be taken away from them. Thank goodness these ladies are there to support each other in you guessed it…a dramatic fashion.

Sex, lies, jealously, deceit and revenge all play a part in this deliciously wicked tale that had me completely hooked and under it’s spell right from the get go. An inside look into the goings on of what happens behind the scenes, which surpasses any scripted episode of the fictitious Falcon Bay. 

All the characters have been perfectly created and each play out their role so well. A diverse mix bag of likeable, unlikeable and absolutely abhorrent, make this tale all the more exciting. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, that is made easier at the beginning of the book where the author introduces each player and their role.

Ruthless Women took me back to my days of reading Jackie Collins. It definitely has the same tone and had me wondering like Jackie, if Melanie Blake’s characters are also based on real people. Given her career as a music manager and talent agent before she became a novelist, there is no doubt she would have some pretty juicy tales to tell! 

Ruthless Women is an addictive and highly entertaining read that I couldn’t get enough of. Well written, fast paced and completely unputdownable, it will have you furiously flicking the pages long into the night. A new author to me Melanie Blake is now definitely on my radar. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Ruthless Women, which I highly recommend.

Thank you to Melanie Blake and Head of Zeus for my gifted copy of Ruthless Women, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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Ruthless Women Blog Tour

Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about Ruthless Women. Thank you to Head of Zeus for my spot on the blog tour and my gifted copy of the Ebook, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

Let’s Get to Know Melanie Blake

Best-selling author Melanie Blake’s own real life Rags to Bitches story reads like the plot of an outrageous drama…

At fifteen years old Melanie Blake was told by her high school career advisors that her decision to do work experience at a local record shop was an ’embarrassment to the school and a clear example that she wouldn’t go far in life or her career’. They were wrong. By twenty-one she was working at the BBC’s iconic Top of the Pops show and by twenty-seven she had built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading music and entertainment managers, with her own agency and roster of award-winning artists who had sold more than 100 million records.

During this time she also built up an acting agency from scratch which quickly became the most successful independent boutique agency in the UK where she manages clients from some of the biggest internationally syndicated shows in the world.

Her roster have won Baftas, Emmys and pretty much every best actress award going and Melanie is one of the most successful female agents in the world. In the UK alone – over 25 million people a week currently tune in to watch the very stars Melanie represents in their globally syndicated shows. In 2018 after two decades at the top of her game, Melanie decided to manage a smaller client list and concentrate on her other passion, writing – first as a columnist for a national newspaper, then as a playwright and now as a best-selling novelist.

Her first book The Thunder Girls became a Number 1 Best Seller in the summer of 2019 and the play she adapted from the novel broke box office records for a new work at the prestigious Lowry Theatre.

She still represents a high profile stable of some of the best known faces on British television but is also now enjoying success in her own right as a producer, author and playwright.

Ruthless Women is her second novel.

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