GAMES by Vera Cowie

GAMES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another sordid sizzler about the super-rich from Cowie (The Rich and Mighty), this one depicting the British aristocracy in combination with the Mayflower set. . . Julia Carey, 26 and gorgeous, meets Brad Bradford, 34 and gorgeous, at a party. Though she's ""had"" no man since her divorce years back, she succumbs quickly to the scion of one of the world's most magnificent families, and soon is helplessly in love. Cleverly she pretends indifference; the game pays off, and soon Brad is back to claim her--over his mother's dead body, practically. Mother (Lady Hester) is back in Boston, an American-married British peer who first crippled, then slept with, her own father, and has similar plans for Brad. When Brad returns home--married!--Lady Hester is determined to destroy his wife. Julia's profession (interior design) is her downfall as Lady Hester launches her in business, then viciously cuts her down. Divorced after mother-in-law fakes adultery charges, Julia is pregnant with Jenny, of whom Brad knows nothing. He marries Caroline, the woman he's jilted for Julia, handpicked by mother. Ultimately, he drives Caro to murder and drink, while Julia becomes wildly successful in her career. When Brad and Julia remeet in Hollywood, he a reformed ""swinger,"" she introduces him to his daughter. Upon Jenny's kidnap, Brad lambasts his mother, leading to Lady Hester's croaking demise and Brad's salvation. Patiently, Julia waits for him to finish analysis where he's expurgating the horrors of mother. . . Silly. Salacious. But, while utterly unbelievable, providing solid entertainment of the sleazy sort.

Pub Date: April 4th, 1986
Publisher: Doubleday