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Queen Takes King

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,334 ratings  ·  166 reviews
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 19th 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published June 1st 2007)
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Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
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?
Sara Poole
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 Marshall
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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.
Nov 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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!
Apr 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
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.
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....
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
so much ick that I barely got past page 50.
Jenny Serrano-Grygiel
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was meh. Predictable and boring.
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not my kind of book.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Mildly interesting...imagine "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" files for divorce.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not good. Didn’t care about any of the characters. The last two books I’ve read by this author haven’t been good, so I won’t be reading any more of her books.
Barbara Cryer
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
K. I liked cynthia and Vivienne.
Colleen Ann
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
An easy read, husband cheats on wife, gets caught, time for a divorce.
Jyoti Singh
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this one but it felt so forced and certain characters were really one dimensional, like daughter Vivi, lesbian &! She could have been a much greater attribute to the story. The ending was just abysmal.
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Jul 08, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Jan 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 Vickery
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Mary (BookHounds)
Jul 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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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.