Bestselling author and agent to the stars Melanie Blake is claiming the return of the bonkbuster with her new novel Ruthless Women.
Having just watched Bridgerton, she may have just been pipped at the post, however, Blake’s newest offering claims to be more shocking than Jackie Collins, sexier than 50 Shades, and with more riding than Jilly Cooper.
Moreover, Ruthless Women is due to launch 18 February and is being touted as the perfect antidote to lockdown, a high octane escapist binge-read that will “have you up all night!”
Acquired in a six-figure deal, Ruthless Women is publisher Head of Zeus’ lead fiction title for 2021 and follows the success of Blake’s bestselling debut novel The Thunder Girls.
Huge marketing campaign
With a huge marketing campaign and support from all the main UK supermarkets, Ruthless Women is expected to do well when it is launched next month.
Blake is to UK TV what Jackie Collins was to Hollywood, both using insider industry knowledge to write authentic stories. Few writers can pull off the bonkbuster genre successfully and readers are yet to decide if Blake is one of them.
One thing is for sure, her industry experience and knowledge will almost certainly mean the characters and scenarios are based on real life events.
This alone could be enough to have us playing a guessing game of who’s who!
Blake’s own rags to riches story of pulling herself out of an early life of poverty and homelessness as a teen through sheer grit and determination to become one of the UK’s most successful talent agents reads like the plot of an outrageous novel itself.
Just like Jackie Collins, Blake’s books are about showing that women are more than equal to men, and about exposing the double standards that women face in the worlds of entertainment, politics and finance – something that Blake has been doing all her life and continues to expose in Ruthless Women.
Ruthless Women plot
Blake’s latest novel takes readers on a wild ride behind the scenes of beloved TV drama Falcon Bay, beamed globally to millions three days a week from its picturesque location in the Channel Islands.
But even in this beautiful coastal spot, tensions swirl. Once one of the world’s most popular soap operas, but now with ratings and syndication at an all-time low, the production has been sold to an American business woman, the beautiful and malevolent Madeline Kane.
The new network owner arrives on the tiny island just off Jersey determined to do whatever it takes to get the show back to number one.
Writer Farrah, star Catherine and producer Amanda are the driven, ambitious women who keep the show on the road.
But Farrah is losing episodes to the network’s lead male rival, Catherine is terrified of the public falling out of love with her and Amanda’s evil husband Jake, vice president of the network, is plotting to get his own wife kicked off the show.
As the dawn of a new era begins, cast and crew turn against each other with loyalty, decency, and trust, replaced by scandal, betrayal, and an outrageous ambition to survive.
In a true battle of the sexes, these women will do anything to stay on top. But can they team up to bring down their male rivals? Or will jealousy, betrayal and revenge tear their long held friendships apart?
As the story reaches a climax so shocking readers will be talking about it for decades, one thing is certain: only the most ruthless woman will survive…
Woman & Home: ‘Glitz, glamour and ambition – it’s all there! A truly addictive page-turner. Melanie Blake’s Ruthless Women is the binge read we all need right now.’
Daily Mirror: ‘A twist so shocking, you’ll be talking about it for years…This is the book of 2021′
Sunday Mirror: ‘A glamorous, revenge-filled thriller that will have you hooked.’
Woman’s Own: ‘The bonkbuster is back with a bang! Ruthless Women is the read of 2021’
Daily Express: ‘Shocking, sexy and utterly unputdownable.’
Heat: ‘Everything Fifty Shades should have been.’