Diana Verity thinks she is set for life when she marries Ernie Foxton in Louise Bagshawe's A Kept Woman. She is a beautiful society girl who doesn't want to concern herself with anything more taxing than the contents of the latest Prada collection or the best place in town to get a leg wax or manicure. Ernie, on the other hand, is an East End boy made good, and what he lacks in charm and social graces, he more than makes up for with a healthy bank balance.
Together they move to New York to start their married life together: Diana busies herself with throwing lavish parties, becoming the most glittering jewel on the Manhattan social circuit, while Ernie finds his own pleasure--sacking swathes of people from their jobs at Blakeley's, the publishing house he has recently taken over. Never happier than when plotting a business rival's downfall, Ernie finds a suitable target in Michael Cicero, a handsome native New Yorker who has single-handedly built up his own small children's publishing company from scratch. The reader wonders whether Michael will realise Ernie's business dealings are less than scrupulous in time and whether Diana will remain content in her loveless but lucrative marriage.
Packed with passion, society parties and platinum card shopping sprees, fans of Louise Bagshawe will no doubt enjoy this tale of love, lust and boardroom intrigue. --Emily Lowson [via]