Monday, November 19, 2012

{Review} The Vanity Game by H. J. Hampson

ASIN #: B0089R3LQG
File Size: 392 KB
Page Count: 242
Copyright: June 7, 2012
Publisher: Blasted Health

Book Summary:
(Taken from Goodreads)

For professional soccer ace Beaumont Alexander, life couldn't be better. He's rich and famous and living a life of A-class luxury in his Essex mansion, The Love Palace, with his beautiful pop-star girlfriend, Krystal McQueen. Idolized and envied all over the planet, he's an international megabrand; seemingly invincible and every bit as vain as you might expect from a man who has the world at his fingertips as well as his feet.

But a celebrity party kickstarts a chain of events that turns his dream lifestyle into a waking nightmare. It begins with too many drugs and an attractive waitress, and leads to an argument with Krystal that doesn't end well. Then a shady cartel steps in and changes his life forever.

Beaumont Alexander is about to discover that substitution is a fate worse than death.

Kathy's Review:

Well, our protagonist, Beaumont Alexander, a famous soccer (football for you non-Americans) player, is a train wreck. From the description, I picture him as David Beckham. Now I am picturing David Beckham naked. Oops - that actually has nothing to do with this book review. Nonetheless, Beaumont is a David Beckham gone horribly wrong. And Beaumont is not a likable guy. He's full of himself, he's a druggie, he does bad things to women, and he generally hates humanity. So why was this such a page turner?

It's interesting to hear the narration of a so-called A-lister, the life they lead, and the people who they call friends. We all glance at the tabloids, the People magazines, to see what the latest gossip is. This is a glimpse into that life, ugly as it may be.

Then there's this whole "body snatcher" thing that happens. I won't give too much away, but it's pretty intriguing to say the least.

So even though I started out really despising Beaumont, I grew to feel bad for him and the trouble he had gotten dragged into. I also really liked how the author tied everything together. Every scene is significant, even though it might not seem so at the time.

A fun, thrilling read - if you read the tabloids, or if you are interested at all in the lives of celebs, then check out The Vanity Game.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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