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Jackson Power. A name like the man himself: aggressive, ambitious, bullish. The prodigal son, heir to millions, built his own Manhattan real estate empire and revels in seeing his moniker -- Power! -- on glittering skyscrapers around the city that never sleeps. Beneath his desk in the towering Power headquarters, Jacks has a stack of newspapers and photographs of himself,...more
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published June 1st 2007)
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Mommalovesbaby
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Sara Poole
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
Sydna
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
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...more
Sophie
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
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!
Elixxir
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?
Caroline
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.
Laureen Cutrona
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.
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....
Leslie
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...more
Jen
so much ick that I barely got past page 50.
Denise
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...more
Sandie
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...more
Liz
Aug 15, 2009 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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...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
Westy
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...more
Rebecca
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
Damona
I loved this book. I simply can't help myself. I thought it was just the right amount of zany and madcap, and just the right amount of pathos and emotions. It was exactly what I wanted to read just now.
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
Sally
This is a trashy romp and perfect for what I needed to read when I read it. The end, however, left me feeling completely like the book stopped, but didn't finish. No conclusions anywhere. After a delightful romp, that was disappointing.
Rachel Swords
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
Melissa
Could have been a better plot, and could have had more character development but it served its purpose as an entertaining read. I liked it.
Connie Pollock
Eh, kind of a cheap Jackie Collins book.
Jennifer
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
Mary (BookHounds)
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
Donna
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&r.
Hilary
"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.
Kimberly
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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