As a huge fan of Sydney Sheldon’s writing, I have missed his departure from this earth. Master of the Game was one of the “Master’s” best books. Now, a new author has taken up where the fantastic Mr. Sheldon left off, and brings us this new (equally fantastic story) that takes us back into the powerful and greedy family known as the Blackwell clan.
Lexi Templeton is born into the Blackwell lineage and is being groomed to take over the entire million-dollar corporation that her family owns called, Kruger-Bent, Ltd. This corporation was begun hundreds of years ago, started by a diamond thief and built into one of the most powerful empires in the world. Lexi has a bit of competition for the CEO job, however – her cousin Max. Max is the offspring of Eve – a horrific woman who hated her sister (Lexi’s mother) and couldn’t wait to put her in the grave. She believes that with all the pain and agony she’s had to put up with in her lifetime (including having her own ”crazy” plastic-surgeon husband scar her face beyond repair) that her offspring is the child who should be granted the whole Blackwell kingdom.
From the first page that deals with the burial of the Blackwell matriarch in 1984, to the last page that focuses on the huge rivalry and an attempted arrest between Max and Lexi, there are storylines galore embedded in every magical page. With each chapter the author gives us a brother who goes from drug addict to saint; a father who wants to “off” his children because he blames them for his wife dying; an evil woman who will do anything and everything to bury her relations and rise to the top to get what she so richly deserves; and, the age old tried and true storytelling of power-hungry and money-grubbing people. Tilly Bagshawe should pat herself on the back for doing the “Master” proud.
Full of the late master's trademark elements—remarkable characters, dazzling plotting, and a page-turning narrative style—this sizzling sequel vividly captures the master's voice and irresistible magic. Vintage Sheldon, Mistress of the Game will enthrall loyal fans and introduce his enduring brand to legions more.