I often think that chicklit is a bit like a fast-food burger meal : wherever you are in the world and whichever restaurant chain you're in, you pretty much know what's going to be dished up but it's strangely satisfying !
Bad Angels ticks all the right boxes and does exactly what it says on the tin (or in this case, on the front cover). Whatever breed of romance you like, you'll find it here : sappy romantic heterosexual with boy/girl-next-door type characters, full-on heterosexual with eye-popping sex scenes, burgeoning homosexual relationship between two men, a S&M cougar dominatrix and her toyboy lover, and a troupe of escort girls who provide anything and everything else you could possibly think of ! Add in a smattering of celebs, footballers and WAGs, hitmen, powerful Russian oligarchs and their ruthless trophy wives and you've got all the makings of an entertaining, if not particularly memorable, work of chicklit.
The characters are entertaining and appealing - either because you can identify with them or love to hate them - but they are not particularly believable because they are too one-dimensional. The plot is action-packed (and not just of the sexual kind !) but fairly predictable and lacking in realism.
It's very festive, taking place between Christmas and New Year, so it would be great as a Christmas gift or Secret Santa gift for any fans of chicklit. The sex scenes are very graphic though, so make sure you don't accidentally give it to your great aunt Mabel or your boss !
star rating : 4/5