Sunday, November 11, 2012

The William S Club by Riley Banks


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Seven years ago, Charlotte Burke changed her name and fled Australia, swearing never to return. Now in London, working as a journalist for The Daily Telegraph, Charlotte has put her old life behind her; a life scarred by memories of her mother’s suicide and her father’s criminal past. Charlotte’s past crashes into her present when she is invited on a Harvey Incorporated press trip.

Damon Harvey has not spoken to his grandfather in years. When his grandfather contacts him out of the blue to head up a press trip for a group of handpicked journalists, Damon is automatically suspicious. The William S Club - the derogative term given to the secretive clique his grandfather created – never does anything without ulterior motives. Charlotte’s instant hatred of him, brought on by the mention of his family name, increases Damon’s sense of unease and makes him determined to find out what his family are up to.

In Sydney, Paul Baker has been released from prison with one aim in mind - to rebuild a relationship with his estranged daughter. When Paul speaks with his daughter’s boss, he discovers she is a guest of William Harvey, a man with a secret he has already killed to protect. But Paul’s attempts to find his daughter are hampered when he becomes the prime suspect in a new murder.

Despite her initial reaction to Damon Harvey, Charlotte soon finds herself falling for the handsome heir but when her friends start dying, she wonders if she was too quick to trust. Has she been sleeping with the enemy or is Damon just another victim in his family’s vicious game?

The arrival of Damon’s charming twin brother ups the ante. Will Charlotte survive or will she become the latest victim of The William S Club?

The William S Club is a suspenseful thriller with a great mystery all surrounded by enough romance, sex and action to wrap this book up as one of the better ones I have read this year.

Charlotte has had a hard time in life between being there when her mother died and her father is arrested to living in foster care with the press hounding her about her dad, that once she is old enough to be on her own she takes the name Charlotte Burke and tries to never look back. The William S club wont allow that to happen and arrange an entire press trip to get her where they want her.

Damon Harvey is the younger son by only a couple minutes but that makes all the difference in the world. While His twin is ushered into the family's secrets and dirty dealings as part of the William S club Damon is left to help hold him and his sisters together as a family after his mothers death.

With Charlotte and Damon as the main characters and enough secondary characters that you almost need a play book the story is fast paced and while the mysteries and secrets come out slowly they are explored from every angle. The story is one of murders, greed and blackmail as well as wild sex and even some love thrown in you find yourself drawn in and taken on a wild ride.

I love a good mystery/thriller and this did not disappoint, I also love a good steamy romance and The William S Club delivers on that front as well. We get in depth in the minds and personalities of all of the characters and while the author can sometimes be a bit verbose in her narrative the plot and the characters grab you and don't let go.
I enjoyed The William S Club a great deal and can't wait to see what Riley Banks comes out with next.

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About the Author:
Riley Banks write sexy contemporary novels a la Jackie Collins and Sidney Sheldon.

Her background is in journalism, which shows through in the fast-paced action of her novels.

Having spent more than a decade living the pampered life of the expatriate wife overseas, Riley has plenty of rich experiences to colour her books and has created larger than life characters you love or love to hate.

With plenty of raunchy sex, passion, scandals, drama, corruption, affairs, murders, glamor, suspense, love, heartache, secrets, betrayals, big money, power and exotic locations, there is more than enough for fans of many different genres.

The William S Club is Riley's debut novel but she has two more books on the way.
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