Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1) by Michelle Madow

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.
The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1) Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Netgalley.)
The three Diamond sisters – 17-year-old Peyton, 16-year-old Courtney, and 15-year-old Savannah are about to get a shock. Their mother is checking into a mental health hospital for help with her drinking problem, and they are going to live with their father, a man they haven’t seen in 15 years.

When the girls discover who their father is though, they’re in for another shock, because their father is Adrian Diamond, casino and hotel owner in Vegas, and the girls will be living in a penthouse apartment at their father’s hotel.
Why haven’t the Diamond sisters seen their father in 15 years? Are all the boys in Vegas good looking? And should they really irritate the Queen Bee Madison before they’ve even been properly introduced?                           

This started out good, but I was a little disappointed that it was pretty much all about the romance.

I think I liked Savannah the most out of the three sisters, Courtney and Peyton were both a lot more stubborn and opinionated than Savannah, and their reaction to their father and his money wasn’t all that accepting. Savannah on the other hand seized the moment, and the black Amex her father gave to her, and went shopping – a girl after my own heart. Imagine shopping with an unlimited credit card; just think how many books you could buy!

Anyway, I liked the storyline at the beginning in this, and I was also quite impressed by the reasons for why their father hadn’t seen them for 15 years. I liked the little twists and surprises, but the romance kind-of put me off a bit.

I know that 3 new girls in a penthouse suite are going to attract attention, and fair enough they might get some attention from the other teenage males in the building, but there just wasn’t enough sizzle for me. I thought that this book would maybe be a bit more ruthless, I expected there to be a bit of a bad vibe between the sisters and the queen bee, but while Madison wasn’t happy about the sisters, her little plans to annoy them were that – little, and not all that exciting unfortunately. I expected more pranks, more backstabbing, and more boyfriend stealing, and while a certain bet did make things a little more interesting, it still wasn’t really addictive reading.

There were also some oddities about the romance in this book, there was the aforementioned bet, there were two relationship with people who were off-bounds, and also a bit of a love triangle concerning one of the eligible males. I just didn’t really love any of the boys in this book though. They all seemed to have their own agenda’s, and Courtney and Peyton both seemed determined to fall in love with people that their father said they were not to even flirt with. I think if maybe the romance had been a bit more engaging that I wouldn’t have minded that this book lacked in other areas, but I just didn’t really feel anything for any of the love interests, apart from Oliver, and only because I thought he was a bit of an ass.

I was also surprised that this whole story took place in a short period of time, and at the start of the summer. I think the fact that they weren’t at school maybe decreased the number of opportunities for the popular girls to get at the Diamond sisters, as we only really had the one queen bee at the hotel for them to annoy.
The ending was okay, and it seemed that Madison might have been cooking up a new plan at the end so we were left with a bit of a cliff-hanger. It will be interesting to see where this goes, and if Madison’s new plan, and maybe even the girls going to school makes things a bit more interesting.
Overall; okay story, but I wish it wasn’t all about the romance.
7 out of 10.


  1. For me its all or nothing. Passing on this one. Like you I thought the premise a good idea. I hope they come up with something new and try again. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

  2. Well, I am still excited about this one. Thanks for sharing.