Free On KU

Free On KU

Free On KU

Free On KU

Free On KU
Free On KU

Captain of Industry by Karin Kallmaker


There are certain tropes that stand the test of time like second (or even third) chances and closeted actresses caught between who they are and who they are expected to be.

Drop dead gorgeous, award winning albeit notorious actress has a dramatic fall and an epic wardrobe malfunction in public at a huge party and into the arms of the host, a tech and business whizkid, Suzanne Mason. This was almost exactly how the two women has first met twenty years back. 

At twenty, Jennifer Lamont had made up her mind that she's going to be a leading light of Hollywood. While Tinsel Town is still a ways away, the sizzling, stunning young lady is making quite a place for herself in the world of modelling. Jennifer is dedicated to her goal and sincerely attend acting, dancing and other assorted classes to make sure her skills are finely honed for her inevitable career. One of her gigs is to wear a designer's clothes and appear with him at parties. So, on one such regular work evening, Jennifer finds herself at a party hosted by one Suzanne Mason, a computer wunderkid who's already made millions in her twenties and is on an upward trajectory. The straight-so-far Jennifer is drawn into Suzanne's charismatic orbit and they get deeply involved. But at that point in time, the twain were not to be. 

Twenty years, two intense and dramatic stints together later, it seems that the twain. who obviously nurture deep feelings for each other, are destined to remain star-crossed and keep passing by each other like ships in the night. The biggest point of contention between them has always been Jennifer's chosen career and her refusal to jeopardise that by stepping out of the closet. Suzanne being in a field where ultimately work trumps over personal lives and more is forgiven, refuses to understand, empathise with or even offer any sort of support to Jennifer.

But many things can change with time and lead one to their destiny. 

We love – absolutely love (in all caps) – the way Jennifer Lamont has been written. She is ruthlessly ambitious and remorselessly uses people and unapologetic about her choices and actions. At the same time she is brutally honest about who she is and faces herself without flinching. She brilliantly epitomises both possible interpretations of the Bard’s (Shakespeare’s) famous line ‘To thine own self, be true’ – she is true to who she has chosen to be and she doesn’t lie to herself about who she is. We love that Kallmaker doesn’t make ambition a dirty thing and creates a winsome person in La Lamont who doesn’t sacrifice her ambition and still remains a deeply feeling person.

Despite her relentless climb, Jennifer’s core remains vulnerable. At no point does she seem hard. She manages to be honest, pragmatic and even funny. (In fact, the only thing that bothered us was the success came to her after a long, arduous period). She makes her choices and faces the consequences without once becoming self-pitying or pitiful. (In fact, she is so likeable that we wished she didn’t have any sort of negativity visiting her). 

Jennifer’s hotness jumps off the pace and you can practically see her sizzle and stun. She has so much charisma that she eclipses everyone else. That is everyone, except her relationship with Suzanne Mason.  

The relationship between the two leading ladies is another triumph in this book. The chemistry is undeniable and huge but what we were fascinated by was the connection between the two.

Admittedly, their meetings are very, very few but the conversations between them establish an ease and a special depth in their relationship. So much so that the insta-attraction and very fast love between them almost doesn’t register as such.

We also liked the fact that both, Jennifer and Suzanne, do not exactly fulfil all of each other’s emotional needs and wants (which is very realistic) but they fill all the needs and wants (physical and emotional) that really matter.  While we can wax further eloquent about Jennifer and the book, suffice to say that we thoroughly enjoyed this one and unhesitatingly recommend it. 

PS: Overlook the references to dated technology – this one is about love, not technology.


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