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Jacks Power: The prodigal son, heir to millions, built his own Manhattan real estate empire and revels in seeing his moniker on glittering skyscrapers around the city. Here’s a man who always loved to see his name in ink. Until now.Cynthia Hunsaker Power: The epitome of elegance and society, the former prima ballerina met a struggling painter, fell in love, and only late ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Gallery Books (first published June 1st 2007)
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Sara Poole
Aug 10, 2009 Sara Poole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do I feel guilty for enjoying this frothy read when I could have been reading for research, aka work? Of course I do and that’s part of the fun. If anyone told me back when that I’d enjoy a fictionalized reprise of the interminable Trump Divorce (the first one), I’d have backed out of the room and run like hell. Imagine my surprise to discover that guilty pleasure is mostly just pleasure. Make no mistake, that’s thanks to Grazer’s skill in making the story zip along and the characters come alive ...more
Elixxir
Aug 11, 2009 Elixxir rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't poorly written, it didn't make me want to gauge out my eyes or yank hair out in fistfuls. But it also didn't have a single original thought, character or plot twist. I may just be burnt out on the genre but I could cry from The Boredom. Does chick lit and/or trashy fiction have nothing new to offer anymore?
Sydna M.
Jun 19, 2009 Sydna M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Her writing style annoys me. The style is merely a continuous stream of conversation back and forth, which is short, choppy, and irritating to read. This book, much like her other one I think, would make a better movie. Just not motivated to finish it.
Ghira
May 30, 2012 Ghira rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I like a good beach read, but this book did not measure up to those meager standards!

I felt cheated reading about the Jackson Power character. Why? Because it seemed the author gathered tabloid articles from the 80s/90s/TMZ about Donald Trump, changed the name to Jackson Power in MS Word, and fashioned a story around these press clippings.

Secondly, Jacks' admin spoke in "pidgen" english and was a Jamacian stereotype. ARGH - I think this pissed me off the most about this book! I mean really, how
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Sophie
Mar 01, 2014 Sophie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
This is a guilty-pleasure read. It was amusing to see the rich and famous messing up their lives so completely. None of the characters was particularly likeable--although I sympathized with Cynthia the most--but the book was certainly never boring. And all the great Zorba quotes ("When everything goes wrong, what a joy to test your soul and see if it has endurance and courage!") made me want to read Zorba the Greek.
Jessi
Nov 17, 2009 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
I grabbed this on my way out of town (because the cover was sparkly), and it beat my expectations! I thought her first book was decent (Starter Wife) but the show wasn't great, so I didn't have high hopes for this one. It proved me wrong, and kept me turning the pages. Cute characters, good storyline that didn't have me in a lull in the middle of it. A nice quick read!
Caroline
Apr 05, 2010 Caroline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read her stuff before and never liked it so I dont know why I thought this one would be different. Her writing is kind of stilted and doesn't flow smoothly, which throws me off when I get into a rhytmn. I was looking for some good brain candy reading and this wasn't it. Ugh. And now I'm mad at myself for even finishing it.
Cathy
I just can't seem to get into any of Ms Grazer's books:( What do you like about that I'm missing? I saw that it's getting re-released as another title, Fairytale Ending later this year....
Laureen
Aug 06, 2009 Laureen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this book could have done the job without the constant f-bombs. I'm no prude, but come on. These weren't socialites, they were truckers. Other than that, pretty predictable.
Jen
Sep 17, 2009 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
so much ick that I barely got past page 50.
Jyoti Singh
Queen Takes King
(Review: Book by Gigi Levangie Grazer)



“Queen Takes King”, with a title like that, you expect a thrilling and fast paced battle between the sexes. Alas, this book has failed on so many levels.

This one was also my unplanned venture into reading a book without any prior knowledge. Sometimes I like to randomly pick a book and look for anything interesting in it. This time it was the cover page and title of the book that did the trick. Whoever has said “Don't judge a book by its cover
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Sandie
Jul 16, 2009 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters and circumstances in Gigi Levangie Grazer's latest book QUEEN TAKES KING", could have been taken directly from the pages of your favorite supermarket tabloid.......or perhaps The New York Post's PAGE SIX.

Jackson "Jacks" Power wants a divorce from Cynthia, his wife of 25 years, in order to marry Lara, a potential "trophy wife". Jacks, being Jacks, doesn't want to face the possibility of losing his tri-plex at 740 Park Avenue in the divorce so he devises a plan to ensure he retains
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Denise
Sep 25, 2009 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing new here. The title pretty much explains the entire plot of the book. I was hoping for a new twist to the old "War of the Roses" story, but there's not a character or a subplot that is refreshing or originial. You've already read this book under another title.

The Power couple, Jacks and Cynthia are stereotypes and caricatures of the rich and famous who think that money and looks can buy anything and that youth lasts forever. Their answer when the divorce battle begins -- get what they w
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Liz
Jul 08, 2009 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone fighting a divorce
Recommended to Liz by: goodreads
What happens when "the People's Billionaire" cheats on his wife one two many times and is caught by the press prior to their 25th anniversary party...The Queen decides on divorce! Cynthia (ex-ballerina) ever the society just had enough and finds out who she really is, whom she lost long ago. She decides to drag out the divorce for a year or two to make her husband suffer. Jacks decides to hire a lonely bartender at $100,000 to seduce his ex-wife to be into a faster divorce. His hire comes up wit ...more
Westy
Jan 21, 2010 Westy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I read two other books while trying to finish this thing it must be because this book was BORING! It drags on about two main characters that are so full of themselves. I can't tell if she actually wants you to feel sorry for Jacks Powers the most powerful man in NY and his cheating that lead him to his one true love who holds his heart. Or his soon to be ex wife Cynthia the beautiful former ballerina who is just dull and boring.
I wasn't turning the pages to see what happens next I was trying
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Rebecca
Jul 22, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Why do I keep picking up books from this author? For chick-lit, she totally pisses me off. This book was essentially about a man and a women who are divorcing because he cheated on her and she found out on their 25th wedding anniversary. She doesn't give up easily, even though it's his money. He tries to set her up to "cheat" on him with some bar tender, but his gay daughter ends up falling for him. Also, the women he has cheated on his wife with drops him like the second the media finds out bec ...more
Nora Winslow
Sometimes you need something quick, easy and doesn't require you to think. That is this book. Overall, I enjoyed it because that is what I was in the mood for. However, it is uneven. Some parts seemed to be a cut above the average chick-lit. Cynthia is a more complicated heroine than many other chick-lit heroines. I related and sympathized with her. On the other hand, I could have gone with less Jackson Power-I get it, he's incredibly self-absorbed. Vivi and Goldie are so flat, they might as wel ...more
Rachel Swords
Dec 22, 2012 Rachel Swords rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is screaming for a movie or tv film, and not in a good way. The characters are all cardboard cut-outs: Jackson Power is a caricature of Donald Trump and a clueless idiot; Cynthia fills the bitchy, fem-Nazi wife; their daughter is a lesbian, but there's nothing interesting about her in the slightest. Add in a mistress who doesn't seem like much of a mistress, and a reluctant gigolo, and you've got this book. The events that occur throughout the book are ridiculous and stupid, as are the ...more
Elizabeth
Am I the only one that really felt like I was reading an Olivia Goldsmith, specifically "Marrying Mom"? It wasn't a bad book, but after a book like "Man Eater" where the charachters were drawn with life and vigor, I guess I expected more. This seemed, I don't know, flat and forced. NYC seems like Candace Bushnell's territory- she always writes a love letter to the city, whereas this felt like it was plopped in with no identifiable neighborhood feel. I think she has a stronger attachment and love ...more
Leslie
Jul 05, 2014 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So you loved Maneater and Starter Wife and you think hey it's Gigi. Well think again. This book is set in New York, starring the Powers (think Trumps). It is reminiscent of reading Vanity Fair back in the 80's when NY was happening and Cornelia Guest was a deb.

I can't explain why but it is harder to get interested in the marital breakdown of an Uber rich NYC couple verses an Uber rich LA couple. Maybe it is because the lifestyles in LA seem so superficial and silly while in NYC they seem depres
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Mary (BookHounds)
Jul 18, 2009 Mary (BookHounds) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
This is the perfect book to sit in the shade and read this summer. Juicy NYC rich elite lifestyle tidbits are mixed in with a nice rich character for a change. Queen Takes King was such a nice change of pace that stories are now geared toward older chick lit lovers like me. I thought a lot of the plot seemed to reflect the Trump divorce but maybe that is because I am on the west coast and don't hear much about the high profile divorce cases that go on there. I am sure there is a lot of dirt to g ...more
Janette Ramos
This was a story of what happens when two rich people decide to get a divorce. Jacks and Cynthia Power have been married for 25 years when Cynthia decides to get a divorce. This book was good with a lot of funny moments. Mainly from the supporting characters. I liked all the characters and that's rare for me. The pace of the book was steady, and towards the end sped up making the book enjoyable. I liked the ending. I also liked the fact that I didn't predict the ending. The score I would give th ...more
Jennifer
Jun 01, 2009 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrible. I mean, I didn't have high expectations for it or anything, but I am actually embarrassed that I: a) bought it and b) read the entire thing. The characters are one-dimensional, the plot lines are completely unbelievable, and the timing of a book about the trials and tribulations about over-the-top rich people in Manhattan couldn't have been more off. If you're looking for some fluffy reading for the summer, I'd suggest that you skip this one and pick up "Commencement" or ...more
Donna
Feb 01, 2010 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about a light read! I did not like this book much. I tend to like books where I can learn something and it did not happen with this read...believe me not worth the time to pick up. I finished because I put too much time into it to stop and no other reason! The ending was terrible. Overall, the characters and plot was not developed...2 dimensional at best...The only time this book may be good is if you are on vaca and want something to read that requires no thought process so you can get r&a ...more
Tiina
May 02, 2013 Tiina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything about the exterior of this book cried "light-weight chick lit" and even the beginning of it seemed in line. However, as the story progressed, the characters and their actions turned out not completely stereotype, which came as a nice surprise.

This was almost like a subtle parody of a chick book. I'm not sure though that it was. But this was an easy read and it stood out from the crowd.
Mandy
Aug 30, 2011 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now having read 2 of her books, this woman has a knack for writing exactly what I want to read while I am sitting on the beach, or on the front porch at the beach house. Not sure if would give this book 4 stars at any other time, but I give Gigi credit for writing perfect vacation literature. Just intelligent enough to make me feel like I am retaining some of my brain cells while reading such delicious drama.
Hilary
Jul 27, 2009 Hilary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
"Remember who you are, where you came from, and why you're here. You are the embodiment of not only your childhood dreams but the dreams of so many others, including people in the audience. Respect that. Respect yourselves, not just tonight, but for the rest of your lives....And for GOd's sake, remember to have fun. Celebrate. It's all over before you know it. And tis is your night. No one can take that from you."

Caissa is the goddess of chess.
Kate
Jun 16, 2009 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit
This is the same author who wrote The Starter Wife (made into a miniseries with Debra Messing) and also co-wrote Stepmom (the movie with Julia Roberts & Susan Sarandon). I didn't expect a lot from this one other than it being a quick read and a fun book that could have been taken from the pages a tabloid or page six. It was what I expected, and maybe even a little better. I read it in two days and enjoyed it.
Kimberly
Jun 22, 2009 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
When I started this book I was very interested to see how this story would play out, however I never could relate to, or care about the characters. I wondered why the author brought up certain story lines that never really went anywhere. I finished reading this book hoping that the end would somehow make me glad I had decided to finish the story, however it didn't. Upon finishing this story I just felt underwhelmed and bored.
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Gigi Levangie Grazer is the author of three prior novels, including The After Wife and the New York Times bestseller The Starter Wife, which was adapted as a miniseries for USA Network.

She is a coauthor of the screenplay for Stepmom and has written for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and other publications. Levangie lives in Los Angeles with her two children and one miniature dachsund.
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