Retro Reading: Hollywood Husbands by Jackie Collins
After the international success of Hollywood Wives, how could Jackie Collins out do herself? Why write about the husbands of that little town in California.
Hollywood Husbands isn't an earth shattering event, it's just that this time, the men are the focus of the book. And of course, there's an underlying mystery that you'll need to solve. So, really, it's kind of the same except there's more testosterone in this second installment.
As the story begins, there are two major events going on in February 1986. There's a wedding and a funeral on the same day and of course the players change their outfits for both.
Collins then takes us back to April 1985 for lunch at the Polo Lounge where we meet television talk show host Jack Python and his best friends: Howard Soloman, the head of Orpheus Studios and Mannon Cable, America's favorite heartthrob and stud.
While they realize the pressures in which they're under, they decide that they need to get away for a weekend to Las Vegas for a boy's trip. The only problem is trying to find the time.
Jack is in a relationship with two time Academy Award winner Clarissa Browning (who never strays) while Howard and Mannon are married. Howard is on his fourth marriage (and his drug habit begins to get out of control) while Mannon is trying to figure out how he can get out of his second marriage because he's still in love with his first wife Whitney.
Along the way, we meet Jack's famous sister, Silver Anderson, who found fame at an early age and dumped her family for fortune (along with her daughter Heaven) and marries hustler Wes Money in a quickie ceremony. The two know that deep down they're not compatible, but hey, it's Hollywood!
Whether it's a quick romp in Las Vegas or in a seedy motel, Collins knows her stuff and at some point, you really do find yourself not being able to put the book down. It may start off a little slow, but before you realize it, you're up half the night and if you do fall asleep, you'll find yourself reading before your first cup of coffee.
Since the book takes place primarily in 1985, it brought back many memories of that year for me and although very dated, it's a great time capsule for the '80's.
There was talk of a mini-series but it never came to fruition which is a shame since this would have been another cheese fest for ratings.