English author Jackie Collins has written 29 novels. Her latest, “The Power Trip,” was released in the US just a couple of weeks ago and it is already in the New York Times Bestseller list.
“The Power Trip” gathers a dozen very famous people for a celebration trip on a yacht. Much about the characters will remind you of the VIPs of the real world – men who cheat and find their way back into good graces with the help of an enormous diamond ring, women who can afford to buy anything nature may have denied them, and so forth.
Like the upstairs-downstairs storyline that Downton Abbey has made so popular, the crew of the vessel includes a rainbow of personalities and personal goals that significantly affect the development of the opulent vacation.
Collins has become known for including steamy love scenes in her stories. “The Power Trip” is no exception. When asked how her scenes compare to the much talked about “Fifty Shades of Grey,” she answers: “My women kick ass. They don’t get their asses kicked.”
This is because Collins’ female characters are expected to fulfill a long list of requirements. “They must be strong, beautiful, savvy, in control of their lives, yet vulnerable enough to be able to fall in love with the right guy,” she adds.
“The Power Trip” is a page turner informed by contemporary events as serious as the piracy in Somalia and filled with a multicultural group of characters that includes from a Russian billionaire to a Latin, much-ala Ricky Martin, singing sensation.
It ends without forcing happy endings and intelligently enough to let you dream up a few developments of your own.