Jackie Collins – Queen of Hollywood Glamour

I was very sad to hear of the death of Jackie Collins yesterday. As a teenager of the eighties Jackie’s books were a revelation to me. They took me, a totally un-glamorous girl growing up in Nottingham just that bit closer to the bright lights of Hollywood. In her novels there were strong ladies that got what they wanted, both in business and in bed. I may not have been in the same league as Lucky Santangelo but I could learn a few things from her!

Here are a selection of her fabulous novels that are available to read from Leeds Libraries, including her latest book, the Santangelos. We also have a number of her novels available to read as ebooks.

The StudThe Stud

At a club like Hobo, there’s no such thing as an impossible fantasy. It’s the nightspot where the beautiful people hang out: people like Tony Blake, our host and guide, people like Fontaine Khaled, jet-setting beauty with a weakness for men, and people like Alexandra, Fontaine’s nubile stepdaughter.

The BitchThe Bitch

She’s a woman who’s never short of a man. They call her the bitch. Fontaine Khaled has an Arab millionaire among her yesterdays and hard-gambling Nico for all her tomorrows. Which only leaves the problem of choosing a man for today. From London to Las Vegas, Hollywood to Athens, Fontaine is the one who calls the shots.

The SantangelosThe Santangelos

A vicious hit, a vengeful enemy, a drug addled Colombian club owner and a sex crazed Italian family – the ever powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with them all. Meanwhile Max – her teenage daughter – is becoming the ‘It’ girl in Europe’s modelling world. And her Kennedyesque son, Bobby, is being set up for a murder he didn’t commit. But Lucky can deal. Always strong and unpredictable, with her husband Lennie by her side, she lives up to the family motto – never mess with a Santangelo. Lucky rules – the Santangelos always come out on top.


Moving in the fast lane from Las Vegas to New York, Beverly Hills to a Greek island paradise, ‘Lucky’ takes up where ‘Chances’ left off. Winning is all that matters – and luck has nothing to do with it.

The Love KillersThe Love Killers

Beth, Lara and Rio, three women with a common cause and vengeance in their hearts. They’re out to avenge a murder and they’ll got to any lengths. Their targets are the heirs of the Bassalino crime family.

Hollywood WivesHollywood Wives

They lunch at Ma Maison and the Bistro on salads and hot gossip. Dressed by St. Laurent and Galanos, they dine at the latest restaurants on the rise and fall of one another’s fortunes. They are the Hollywood wives, a privileged breed of women whose ticket to ride is a famous husband

The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell

The third wifeHave you tried Lisa JewellShe’s a Sunday Times bestselling novelist whose first book sold the most copies as a debut novel in 1999 (Ralph’s Party), and her other titles include One-Hit Wonder, and three which have stacks of 5 star ratings from Leeds readers- After the party,  31 Dream Street and The Truth About Melody Browne 

The Third Wife is an ideal summer read and if you like it, there’s lots more titles to go at.

Maya is the third wife of a serial husband who in the early hours of an April morning, stumbles into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident? Or suicide? Her grief-stricken husband, Adrian, is determined to find out. Maya had a job she enjoyed; she had friends. They’d been in love. She even got on with his two previous wives and their children. In fact, they’d all been one big happy family. But before long Adrian starts to identify the dark cracks in his perfect life. Because everyone has secrets. And secrets have consequences. Some of which can be devastating.

The plot unfolds to reveal a complicated family situation: the baggage of two previous marriages, children and the emotional carnage left by a man who keeps walking away from the family unit. In keeping with her other novels, slowly but surely the layers start unravelling, as all sorts of dark things happen behind closed doors.



















Summer Holiday reads to savour #LeedsReadsRecommends

Little merciesA brilliant selection of summer holiday reads Click on the link to see the complete list – they have just arrived in a library near you.  We’ve bought some back catalogue titles and new ones so that you can go on holiday with an ideal companion!  

For tasters (lots more on the full list) try Heather Gudenkauf  – a New York  Times and USA Today Bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden . The little Beach Street bakeryLittle Mercies is totally gripping

Sit back and enjoy Jenny Colgan’s The Little Beach Street Bakery. Lose yourself in this lovely story of baking bread and romance set in Cornwall,

Or have you read Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks’ Love Lies about our heroine Fern glaring 30 in the face and feeling fed-up.

Love liesA chance meeting with Scottie Taylor, the UK’s sexiest pop star, and it’s love at first sight. When he proposes in front of a sell-out crowd at Wembley Stadium, there’s only one answer! Fern is living the celebrity dream in LA but is it all happening too fast?

 Most of these authors have written more titles if you get hooked. Don’t forget the full list is summer holiday reads. Enjoy!



Want a distraction from Wimbledon, the World Cup?

Two weddings and a babyThese are in libraries this week and would be great for a sit in the garden with a glass of wine.

Bailey, Scarlett – Two weddings and a baby – Tamsyn has it all – apartment in Paris, a job at the best design agency, hot boyfriend – albeit a secret one. Back to her quiet hometown to celebrate her brother’s wedding, there’s the discovery of a mystery plus the impossible task of rustling up a wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses in only a few days. And there’s Jed Edwards, the attractive priest she keeps running into. Suddenly Poldore is looking a lot more appealing than her glam life in Paris.Can she risk it all on someone she just met?

 Bell, Anna – Don’t tell the boss  – When newlywed Penny turns her hand to some casual wedding planning, she only wants to help other women afford the big day of their dreams. But taming bridezillas turns out to be a full-time occupation, and what began as a hobby becomes a personal and professional nightmare. Soon Penny is struggling to keep her day job and prevent her own marriage from collapsing under the strain. Tired, stressed and knee-deep in ivory satin, is Penny’s life and livelihood hanging by a thread?

Haran, Maeve – The time of their lives – Each month best friends Claudia, Sal, Ella and Laura meet for drinks, celebrating 45 years of friendship. They know each other and their lives inside out. Their ambitions, careers, husbands, lovers, children, hopes, fears, the paths taken and not taken. Outside of the supportive world of their friendships, they find their lives are far from what they expected – the generation that wanted to change the world didn t bargain on getting old  

Stimson, Tess – An open marriage

Carry You by Beth Thomas @BethThomas68

Carry you

Chicklit novel of the week is Carry You by Beth Thomas 

Perfect for fans of Jo Jo Moyes and Marian Keyes, it’s Beth Thomas’s debut novel and the book is dedicated to Beth’s Mum, whom she lost to breast cancer some years ago.

The heroine Daisy Macintyre is 28 and spends most of her days inside having DVD marathons, mostly Hugh Grant, with a packet of Jaffa Cakes for company. What’s wrong with being in your pyjamas on a Saturday afternoon? Daisy’s life is hardly a whirlwind of boys and parties because her life stopped when she lost someone very dear to her. Since then she’s been in a black hole that she can’t pull herself out of.

Abby, Daisy’s best friend, is determined that Daisy will pull herself back from the brink of despair and decides that both of them will do the Moonwalk. A fundraising walk of 26 miles through London in the evening, and so begins Abby’s quest to get Daisy back into the land of the living. Daisy’s life is about to take an unexpected turn ….

New this week – Love stories and chick lit

 image-medium (88)Beaton, M C The banishment Beautiful, proud Isabella Beverley had only one passion in life – her magnificent family home, Mannerling. Isabella has difficulty finding a husband, and when she finally finds the right man, she is forced to choose between happiness and Mannerling

Beaton, M CThe deception The Beverley girls are determined to regain Mannerling, and their hopes lie with the son of the owner, Harry Devers. When he has an accident, he’s forced to recuperate in the girls new house. He and Rachel become engaged, but she soon has second thoughts

Beaton, M CThe intrigue Isabella, the eldest Beverley daughter, is married and living in Ireland. The family’s expectations now fall on 19-year-old Jessica. She must marry well enough to retrieve the family fortune and regain the home gambled away by their father

Carlino, ReneeSweet thing – League graduate, a classically trained pianist, and the beloved daughter of a sensible mother and offbeat father. Yet Mia has been stalling since graduation, torn between putting her business degree to use and exploring music, her true love. When her father unexpectedly dies, she decides to pick up the threads of his life while she figures out her own. Uprooting herself from Ann Arbor to New York City, Mia takes over her father’s cafe, a treasured neighbourhood institution that plays host to undiscovered musicians and artists. She’s denied herself the thrilling and unpredictable life of a musician, but a chance encounter with Will, a sweet, gorgeous, and charming guitarist, offers her a glimpse of what could be

Duffy, MariaThe letter chicklit – Ellie seems to have it all – a loving and secure home, wonderful friends and a great job as a chef in a Dublin hotel. She’s also about to marry Matt, the most gorgeous man on the planet. But despite her outward appearance of a glowing bride-to-be, Ellie is battling with some demons. Then four weeks before her wedding, just before Ellie leaves for her hen party in New York, she finds a letter that changes everything

Ellmann, LucyMimi l – Christmas Eve in Manhattan. Harrison Hanafan, noted plastic surgeon, falls down. ‘Ya can’t sit there all day, buddy, looking up people’s skirts!’ chides a weird girl. She then conjures the miracle of a taxi. Later he collides once more with the woman, Mimi, who bursts into his life with all her curves and chaos

Helprin, Mark  A New York’s winter’s tale – One night in New York, a city under siege by snow, Peter Lake attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between this Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. It is a love so powerful that Peter will be driven to stop time and bring back the dead

Lynn, J  – Be with me love storySelf published sensation now with Harper Collins:  love, lust and longing

McCabe, Kate Spanish letter Sandy Devine knows exactly who she is – owner of a successful business and one half of Dublin’s most talked-about couple. But all is not perfect – her mother has late-stage Alzheimer’s, and a newspaper has just published photos of her boyfriend, Sam, with another woman. While sorting through her mother’s belongings, Sandy finds an old letter stamped ‘Returned: address unknown.’ The letter was sent by her mother to Alessandro Rodriguez, who Sandy is shocked to discover is her biological father. Then, Sam comes back into her life, and joins her as she travels to Spain to try to trace Alessandro

Reus, KatieTargeted paranormal romance – Former Marine sniper and current NSA agent Jack Stone has a new face to go with his new identity. But he still has the same tortured memories – which include the woman he let get away years ago, when they were teenagers. Now his new assignment in Miami will put him so close to the woman he’s never been able to forget. He could reach out and touch her – if only she weren’t under suspicion

Ryan, PatriciaWindswept romance/thriller Emily Harrington sets off on a romantic trip to the Caribbean without her delayed fiance, but soon meets an array of fascinating characters and finds friendship and tranquillity – until one of them is murdered

Ziepe, LauraMade in Essex chick lit She’s happily settled with her gorgeous boyfriend Sam and the bikini business she’s set up with her best friend Kelly is going from strength to strength. You could say that Jade’s life is almost too good to be true – at least that’s what her old acquaintance Adele thinks and Adele is sick of Jade getting all the attention. But Adele’s not too worried – she has a secret – a powerful secret – one that could pull Sam and Jade apart and destroy everything that Jade has worked so hard for. With friendships and relationships falling apart, just how far will Adele go to get what she wants?

What’s your favourite? Top picks 2013 chick lit, ‘lurve’, historical and hot

image-medium (3)Remember if it’s not here, it hasn’t been rated 5 star this year by our readers in Leeds. Top picks in Chick Lit, ‘Lurve’, Historical and Hot.Hope it helps with some author/title suggestions.


  1. The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines
  2. Never too far by Abbi Glines
  3. Knight’s Game by CC Gibbs
  4. Eighty Days White by Vina Jackson
  5. Fifty Shades of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Chick Lit

  1. Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews
  2. Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
  3. Puppy Love by Frauke Scheunemann
  4. Love and Sleepless Nights by Nick Spalding
  5. Love from both sides by Nick Spalding
  6. Is this Love by Sue Moorcroft
  7. Recipe for Love by Katie Fforde
  8. The love of a lifetime by Mary Fitzgerald
  9. Good Husband Material by Trisha Ashley
  10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  11. Save the Date by Allie Spence
  12. Two for Joy by Helen Chandler
  13. Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood
  14. Me and Mr. Jones by Lucy Diamond
  15. From what I remember – Stacy Kramer
  16. Getting over Garett Delaney by Abby MacDonald


  1. Until the end of time by Danielle Steel
  2. The edge of never by J A RedmerskI
  3. The Affair by Gill Paul
  4. An Unforgettable Lady by J R Ward
  5. The Paradise Guesthouse by Ellen Sussmann


  1. The Arrangement by Mary Balogh
  2. Sir Philip’s folly by M C Beaton
  3. Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt
  4. The Lady most Willing by Julia Quinn
  5. The World is a Wedding by Wendy Jones
  6. Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt
  7. The Miser of Mayfair by M C Beaton
  8. I’ll get by by Janet Woods
  9. Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole