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'Not once had Terry ever been hauled in by old bill. He was sure the filth was aware of him, as he had his fingers stuck in many pies, but he was a background man and that's the way he liked it. He made sure that he kept well away from the dodgy motors, the thieves and the yards...'

Terry - the lucky villain with a heart of gold - is riding for a fall. Michelle - the wife h
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Preface Publishing (first published July 3rd 2008)
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Elaine
Aug 01, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars



Billie Jo is the adored only child of wealthy villain, Terry, and Michelle, the drunken wife he hates. Knowing how much Billie Jo dreads her parents’ fights, Terry imagines that she’ll understand when he tells her he is going to leave Michelle to marry his pregnant secretary.

But fate is about to deal a terrible hand and change everything in a way Terry has not planned at all, leaving Billie Jo’s protected world in tatters.

Set in a world of villains and chancers, Kimberley Chamber’s brilli
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Francesca
Sep 18, 2015 Francesca rated it it was amazing
Loved it! As soon as I got hooked it was a page turner. I will read more by this writer.
Zoe
Apr 28, 2015 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of Martina Cole and Jessie Keane - this is for you. This features the usual cliche characters you find in all the "underworld" books and had a simple approach to the writing. Due to the writing style, I found it very easy to get through this despite it being predictable.

If you're sensitive to bad language and sexual violence, I'd avoid this but these sort of books are all about being shocking and brutal in the descriptions. The storyline wasnt overly riveting but I certainly enj
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Aileen
Apr 11, 2011 Aileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the usual characters, the drunken mum, idolising father, princess daughter, no-good boyfriend with the diamond best mate and the villains in the background, set in the Essex towns. This was actually a very good read. I could feel sympathy with the main character and really wanted things to work out for her in the end. I'm not sure if there is a follow-up, the story did end tidily, but there is scope for another one. I'll have to investigate.
Saoirse Sterling
Struggled to get past the second chapter. Full of clichés and the worst dialogue I think I've ever come across. Usually a quick read like this would be no problem and I'd get through it within a couple of hours, but this is just detritus of the highest order. For someone who can say "cunt" easily the main character really gets his middle-class boots on when he alone. "A poxy night" indeed.
Sun Shiny
It was an ok read. Very corny, but a good read nevertheless. I just wish I've read it sooner, because I think I'd be more able to empathize with the main character. What I did love about the book, though, is that it had some plot twists which I didn't see coming, so that was refreshing. The characters were very, very archetypal and there wasn't much diversity in their character, but as I previously said the plot really makes up for it. So for whoever's sitting at the airport, waiting for their f ...more
Lainy
Sep 18, 2012 Lainy rated it really liked it
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Billie Jo is the adored only child of wealthy villain, Terry, and Michelle, the drunken wife he hates. Knowing how much Billie Jo dreads her parents’ fights, Terry imagines that she’ll understand when he tells her he is going to leave Michelle to marry his pregnant secretary.

But fate is about to deal a terrible hand and change everything in a way Terry has not planned at all, leaving Billie Jo’s protected world in tatters.

Set in a world of villa
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Shockingly I only picked up my first Kimberley Chambers book at the end of last month. Since then I have gone and brought her first two books and devoured them both. The Betrayer was Kimberley's 3rd book and was a first class read. Her second book published Born Evil I loved but it wasn't a patch on The Betrayer. Seeing as Billie Jo was her debut novel I knew I would enjoy it but figured it wouldn't be as good as her more recent stuff. It is obvious to me whilst reading her books that her writin ...more
Joy Lawson
It was ok, nothing too spectacular. There are no breath taking moments or bits that you didn't see coming. Its more like an episode of Eastenders. I don't quite know what it means on the front cover when it says "an east end villian", the guy does a few dodgy deals, far from what I would call a villian. There is a moment when one of the characters talks back and insults his big boss, in a skullduggery world, the boss would have offed him for speaking to him like that! I don't think Martina Cole ...more
Jackie Lyall
Mar 06, 2016 Jackie Lyall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another great read

Kimberley has done it again
Totally believable characters and another brilliant read
I come from Romford and recognize all the places Kimberley talks about
janet mitchell
Apr 13, 2016 janet mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Biillie Jo.

I really enjoy Kimberley Chambers books and as I hadn't got round to this one I started reading. Couldn't put it down. A great read.
Miss Dizzy Read
Not sure what happened to this book, I usually love her books but this was a cheese fest and some parts were very convenient and predictable, did enjoy it but nowhere near as good as her others.
Grace
Jul 23, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a good book and a decent story. I believe it as the first book ever written by the author. I thought that it was a little bit predictable in parts. I have previously read other books by this author which I felt were better written but this was a good debut novel.
Shelley
Mar 17, 2016 Shelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down

Love every minute of it ,what a good read from start to finish I didn't want it end, loved it xxx
Tammi Ashbee
Mar 15, 2015 Tammi Ashbee rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Kimberley Chambers you can write !!
Kelly
Jan 06, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, it flowed well with interesting characters & kept me wanting to read on & on which I did & finished it in a day and a half.
Chambers writing is similar to Martina Coles however Chambers adds humour in to the story but I think Cole has the edge with better endings as this is the one thing that I think let this book down.
After following Billie Jo's turmoils & troubles the quick happy ending was disappointing but I did really enjoy the rest of the book and
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Lesley Broadhead
an ok read readers of marina cole will like this book
Angela
May 02, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic read from Kimberely chambers lots of real life and funny moments . A blinder if a book . 5 stars from me
Jue
May 13, 2014 Jue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As per usual another very easy read from Kimberley.
Gemma
Aug 07, 2013 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Look forward to reading the next one.
Louise
Sep 16, 2012 Louise added it
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brilliant couldn't put it down , on to the next.
Jenny Mcnab
Apr 25, 2013 Jenny Mcnab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Well done kc, another great read,
Mel
Loved it similar t to Martina Cole
Tanya
Jul 05, 2013 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read but a bit predictable
Kirsty
May 11, 2012 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Couldn't put it down.
Maureen Walsh
Jul 11, 2013 Maureen Walsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, couldn't put it down
Louise Brice
Jan 12, 2014 Louise Brice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down
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