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The Stud The sexy, sizzling classic from international bestselling superstar Jackie CollinsLondon,The hottest, hippest, wildest domain of hedonists and pleasureseekers, where swingers swarm the clubs and discos in a highstakes quest to live for the moment At the center of this decadent scene, one man plays all the angles, never missing a chance to score with the beautiful women who desire himand walks the line between ecstasy and overload Now the woman he wants the most knows his numberand may just call his bluff London, 1969, the hottest, hippest domain of hedonists and pleasureseekers, where swingers swarm the clubs and discos in a quest to live for the moment At the centre of this scene, Tony Blake plays the angles, never missing a chance to score with the beautiful women who desire him — and walks the line between ecstasy and overload I’ve known about this book for years (certainly since the film came out) but never thought to read it until now and (since it’s as old as I am) it does feelthan a little dated, though I can imagine it was raunchy for the time And it’s a real product of its time Tony and his friends shag anything that moves (including, strangely, girls who are clearly underage) and whilst several female charactersthan hold their own Fontaine Khaled especially, but also Alexandra, her stepdaughter women don’t tend to come out of it well Told from three viewpoints Tony, the stud of the title and the two Khaled ladies this charts their downwards spiral as the book progresses before each of them, in their own way, comes up trumps in the end Likeable (unlike most of the characters), amusing and occasionally raunchy, this is worth a read. really liked it, hence the four stars a very quick read told from the viewpoint of three different people nicely done, if a bit trivial story some sex and drugs as expected, but nothing very graphic especially liked the stud himself, i could so well understand his feelings and at the same time all he is is such a big prick but that's some men's perception of the world for you (or so i guess, i'm not a man myself).finally a pretty good book that came with a women's mag. I read this as part of a reading challenge and this fulfilled the category of bottom of the to read pile as I got it free with a magazine I had never read a Jackie Collins before and now I can say I'm not going to again I appreciate this was written in the 60s so was probably considered racy at the time but to a modern reader, it really isn't The sexiest scene is just two people looking at each other and waking up together the next morning Told from the point of view of several characters this should have kept my interest but none of them were very excited and had very few redeeming characteristics Not my favorite by far You have to remember this book was written in the late 60's and so back then this was a book full of freaky sex Those things are common now The story itself just wasn't any good for me Too much that just didn't seem to work for the book It's told in the perspective of 3 people if would get happy to read Fontaine's chapters just because she was the only character who seem truly right for the story It could've done without Alexandra's storyline (I liked Alexandra as a character, just not for this book.)It took me 5 days to read and my copy is only 158 pages The only way I finished it was by reminding myself that if I got this book done, I could read something else. The level of hedonistic depavity is unparrelled in this raunchy book of sexual misadventures.Exactly what one expects from this particular author As someone who has enjoyed many of her written efforts can say that Jackie Collins will be missed but her body of work will entertain new readers for many years to come. I was quite disappointed by this novel, having recently finished Chances by Collins and ranking it very highly I felt this novel would have worked better as afleshed out and developed book where we see Tony drag his way through the ranks to become a club owner, really understanding his drive and his emotions Feeling his ambition, lust, love or heartbreak.The narrators were different but because they often recapped the same events I just grew bored And while these voices were different from each other they were very formalized and stereotypical, barely developing throughout. With a range of characters from the mildly unpleasant to utterly repellent, The Stud is a novel completely reflective of it's time and social origins It's fun to read in places and you get a really strong sense of the London Sixties scene, but with endless references to underage girls it makes for pretty grim reading with a postSaville mindset Yuk. I may not have enjoyed this particular book as much as I would normally love a Jackie Collins, but it's getting 5 stars regardless, as JC doesn't deserve anything less. The book was going very well and the story was building nicely, then all of a sudden it was over Felt very rushed at the end and left me feeling unsatisfied.

About the Author: Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins, who had kept her illness secret, said recently that she believed in an afterlife, that she had no regrets and that she had emulated Frank Sinatra in that “I did it my way.”Visit Jackie's website:

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