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My first Nora Roberts noveltruly a milestone.In Who s Afraid of Happy Endings there s a clip of Nora Roberts describing an encounter with a woman who, upon learning Roberts identity, said Oh, you write that smut Nora s response No, I do not write smut What the hell is wrong with you My instant response was to think Lady, lighten up how can you write romance and still be that easily offended My response now, after reading one of her novels, isyeah, she s still too easily offe My first Nora Roberts noveltruly a milestone.In Who s Afraid of Happy Endings there s a clip of Nora Roberts describing an encounter with a woman who, upon learning Roberts identity, said Oh, you write that smut Nora s response No, I do not write smut What the hell is wrong with you My instant response was to think Lady, lighten up how can you write romance and still be that easily offended My response now, after reading one of her novels, isyeah, she s still too easily offended, but she really doesn t write smut After reading Genuine Lies I m not convinced she even writes romance, at least not in the sense that I attribute to the term Sure, there is a love story in the novel, but it seemed peripheral to the description of the life of an arrogant, beautiful, ambitious, high profile woman in a glitzy, high profile world In this way, it reminded me of books I ve read by Judith Krantz In my opinion, Genuine Lies is reallyof a bildungroman than an actual romance, since it focuseson the development of the woman than on the relationship itself Maybe it could be considered a kind of feminist, empowered romance, in that it is truly all about the woman.That being said, it was a good book It was very well written The plot was tight and intricate The characters were okay Well, they might have been a little flat In fact, the weird thing about Genuine Lies is that it is so good, and yet so flat Something about it seems ready made, mass produced, and this is a criticism of Roberts books that I ve heard before I just finished it, and the major emotion I m feeling is indifference January 2020 Five stars for Julia and Paul and Brandon One star for truly uneven writing Averages out to three, which feels right for a book I skim when I reread and by skim, of course I mean skip to the Paul and Julia parts I have no idea why they re so compelling, or how they re so different than Emma and Michael, except to say that Nora Roberts can really, really write when she wants to.February 2016 This was over wayyyyy too fast It s plotted crazily, in that messy way that turns January 2020 Five stars for Julia and Paul and Brandon One star for truly uneven writing Averages out to three, which feels right for a book I skim when I reread and by skim, of course I mean skip to the Paul and Julia parts I have no idea why they re so compelling, or how they re so different than Emma and Michael, except to say that Nora Roberts can really, really write when she wants to.February 2016 This was over wayyyyy too fast It s plotted crazily, in that messy way that turns out to be simple, and the beginning Hollywood glamour thing goes away when the trial starts, so the book feels uneven And then it just ends But Paul and Julia are great, and so is Brandon Scandal, secrets, danger, and murder become tangled realities of biographer Julia Summers life when she takes the job of helping Eve Benedict, a Hollywood legend and its reigning Queen write her biography memoir Eve intends to use the book to shed her secrets and secrets of those who have been in her life through the years, secrets many want to remain in the shadows, undisturbed.Eve s stepson and the son of her heart Paul Winthrop isn t so sure the book is such a good idea, and he is suspici Scandal, secrets, danger, and murder become tangled realities of biographer Julia Summers life when she takes the job of helping Eve Benedict, a Hollywood legend and its reigning Queen write her biography memoir Eve intends to use the book to shed her secrets and secrets of those who have been in her life through the years, secrets many want to remain in the shadows, undisturbed.Eve s stepson and the son of her heart Paul Winthrop isn t so sure the book is such a good idea, and he is suspicious of Julia, but he also finds himself entranced by the complex and beguiling woman she is The romance is a strand in the overall tale, but not the primary one I enjoyed Julia s 10 year old son Brandon and his interactions with Paul Brandon s biological father may be an ace lawyer, but he is no dad.I guessed very early on that one secret Eve was holding was that view spoiler Julia was the child she had secretly given up for adoption hide spoiler Eve s housekeeper was one character that annoyed me a fair bit, and Eve s nephew Drake was a spoilt and ungrateful worm.A littledepth would have been nice, the ending felt a little rushed I ll re read this at some point in the coming years, but it s not a Nora Roberts book I will vividly remember view spoiler Dubious consent, abortion is referred to and rape is described and referenced a memory being recalled hide spoiler 99p on27th July 2019 Book Description New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves scandal, celebrity secrets, and murder into an explosive novel of Hollywood almost too wicked not to be true the story of a legendary actress who knows too much and the woman she s chosen to reveal it all.Eve Benedict is the kind of subject who could make any biographer s career Last of the movie goddesses, she has two Oscars, four ex husbands, and a legion of lovers, both famous and infamous Now she is ready to write a Book Description New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves scandal, celebrity secrets, and murder into an explosive novel of Hollywood almost too wicked not to be true the story of a legendary actress who knows too much and the woman she s chosen to reveal it all.Eve Benedict is the kind of subject who could make any biographer s career Last of the movie goddesses, she has two Oscars, four ex husbands, and a legion of lovers, both famous and infamous Now she is ready to write a tell all memoir that has even Hollywood s richest and most powerful worried.Julia Summers never dreamed of being chosen to tell Eve s story But even if it means transplanting herself and her ten year old son from their quiet life in Connecticut to the withering limelight of Beverly Hills, it s an opportunity too great to pass up But Julia never imagined how far someone would go to keep Eve Benedict s book from being published until she discovers just how dark Eve s secrets are And the one man Julia hopes she can trust Eve s stepson, Paul Winthrop may have the most to gain if his stepmother s story is never told and if Julia s life ends before she can write a word of the truth.I absolutely loved Genuine Lies Nora Roberts is for me, the greatest contemporary romance writers ever I have never been disappointed with any of her many books and believe me I have read a huge amount Her stories are exciting, interesting and varied, filled with unforgettable characters that stay with you forever and incredible fabulous alpha males with soul and strong, beautiful and gutsy heroines, and of course there s romance, love and great HEA s.I have read this book so many times in fact I still have the copy I bought when it was first published in 1991 yes 1st edition Now you might call me NR possessed after all, this book is a bit yellowed by time but still going.with a nice little plastic cover to protect it.does that make me a NR lover Yes, it does and I am.a lifelong fan I am But, back to the story of a Eve Benedict, the famous queen and movie goddess of Hollywood who hires Julia Summers to write her biography and her adopted son, Paul Winthrop, who plays an incredibly important part in both these women s lives.There have been so many reviews written in the last 20 years on this book, so I am just going to write my feelings after my umpteenth read Although written over 20 years ago with a few dated references such as the clothing descriptions, the story still remains as fresh and new today I absolutely loved Eve Her love for life, her kindness, her loyalty, her sexiness here s a woman in her late sixties who still has the power not only because of her beauty but because of who she is inside to seduce a gorgeous man half her age Knowing exactly who she was, able to admit her mistakes Her love for a man she could never be together with really pulled my heartstrings Despite the pain and sadness she had experienced in her life, she did not become a bitter person with regrets I understood, in the end, why she felt it so important to write her memoirs In a way I felt the sadness in this life she had, after having all that money, fame, power, men, suddenly so alone in a way The romance between Julia Paul Winthrop, two people you cannot help but like so much is sweet, tender and so sensual Paul may be an alpha male without the whole macho thing he s persuasive, sexy, gorgeous, romantic, funny and does not ever give up on Julia, who hides a lovable and sensual side under this controller, organized and self reliant career woman Her son, Brandon, is one of those young kids you can engage with he s cute not obnoxious and smart I cared for these characters and became so involved in their lives as the story progresses Loved all the suspense, the twists, the glamour, the glitz, secrets and scandals and some delicious tidbits of a Hollywood life I was surprised to discover the REAL bad person in the end, which was really sad in a way and I wish Eve Benedict would get to spend time playing with Brandon.This is such a fabulous book and I loved reading it again and losing myself in the world of LA LA land 4,5 starsInkvotaryThis was the second time that I ve read this book And I was again hooked and very entertained My rating stays the same and to dive into the glamor and shiny facade of Hollywood as gorgeous as ever The style Nora Roberts had in her early work is fascinating and expresses the feeling the 80ies and 90ies had Eve is a real diva Everything she does, she plans or even has to deal with, she needs to have the control The people in her life have to live the way she wants them Wit 4,5 starsInkvotaryThis was the second time that I ve read this book And I was again hooked and very entertained My rating stays the same and to dive into the glamor and shiny facade of Hollywood as gorgeous as ever The style Nora Roberts had in her early work is fascinating and expresses the feeling the 80ies and 90ies had Eve is a real diva Everything she does, she plans or even has to deal with, she needs to have the control The people in her life have to live the way she wants them With some, that works, with others, it doesn t In the end, when she has to learn the very hard way, that she can t control everything, not even nature, she again, does everything to get that feeling back And fails.Soft, sensitive and with no word too much or too less has Nora Roberts written this great novel about the shiny world of Hollywood, family, love and what it means to be adopted This is an I am woman hear me roar style book It is all about the women in the story being empowered my their truth Of course, it takes a man or two to tromp all over for the plot to be interesting I m not a real fan I can t call it romance, although there is a couple who eventually find each other and true love It sromantic suspense There is a murder in the Prologue and that hangs doom over the whole plot, but, it doesn t actually happen until well into the book There end up bein This is an I am woman hear me roar style book It is all about the women in the story being empowered my their truth Of course, it takes a man or two to tromp all over for the plot to be interesting I m not a real fan I can t call it romance, although there is a couple who eventually find each other and true love It sromantic suspense There is a murder in the Prologue and that hangs doom over the whole plot, but, it doesn t actually happen until well into the book There end up being a lot of suspects But guessing the baddie isn t that hard, but the motive was a surprise and the climax was fantastic I found it very difficult to care for any of the characters They were all very flawed people |Free Book ♑ Bugie ♷ Per Julia Summers, essere prescelta da Eve Benedict, una delle ultime leggende di Hollywood, per scrivere la sua biografia autorizzata, rappresenta certamente l apice della carriera, ma anche una sfida impegnativa, logorante, elettrizzante Cinquant anni della vita di Eve come donna e attrice le vengono offerti per la prima volta senza veli, senza menzogne, in tutta la loro stupefacente, esaltante, a volte crudele, realt La sua storia come un copione gremito di personaggi, ognuno dei quali ha recitato un ruolo insostituibile, lasciando un segno, pi o meno profondo, nella sua tormentata esistenza Ma dopo tanti compromessi, dopo tante bugie, la verit pu essere dolorosa E pericolosa Per Eve e per la stessa Julia An engaging, complex story about Eve, a writer tasked with writing the biography of Julia Summers, a legendary actress with a colorful past full of secrets.Eve moves in to Julia s mansion with her young son and slowly discovers the story behind the glamorous actress s life, her regrets, the love of her life and the people and events that shaped her Thetime they spend together, thethey come to respect and love each other, and the book becomesthan a job for both of them.A lot of An engaging, complex story about Eve, a writer tasked with writing the biography of Julia Summers, a legendary actress with a colorful past full of secrets.Eve moves in to Julia s mansion with her young son and slowly discovers the story behind the glamorous actress s life, her regrets, the love of her life and the people and events that shaped her Thetime they spend together, thethey come to respect and love each other, and the book becomesthan a job for both of them.A lot of people are unhappy about the secrets that are about to be revealed, however, from an abusive ex, to an actress who is afraid that her image will be ruined, and Eve soon starts getting threats to abandon the book, but both women are determined to see it through no matter what.Paul, the son of one of her ex husbands and son of her heart, is skeptical about the book and Eve at first, but soon becomes intrigued by her professionalism and her seeming indifference to him It s not long before he starts pursuing her, and slowly gets past Eve s defenses, but their romance is not the focus of the story.There are a number of people who could be behind the threats, and all of them become suspects when Julia turns up murdered, but the main suspect is Eve, who view spoiler has just learned that she is the child that Julia gave up in secret She doesn t take it well, and their loud fight lands her at the top of the detectives list.In the end we find out that the murderer was none other than Julia s assistant, who was the daughter of someone from Julia s past who felt that Julia owed her for her father s fate, and ended up working with a gangster with a grudge against Julia for rejecting him hide spoiler.Engaging story, if a little long and dated, with colorful, flawed characters and an intriguing mystery Disclaimer I receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I feel something for you, some dangerous thing, some volatile thing This is my first Nora Roberts read Definitely won t be my last.I love her writing style, how she tell her stories The descriptive of each actions, her characters and the plotline.I have to do my research on her best works and people s recommendation.I got hooked on the prologue.I know it was a murder mystery but at some time I was reading I forg Disclaimer I receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I feel something for you, some dangerous thing, some volatile thing This is my first Nora Roberts read Definitely won t be my last.I love her writing style, how she tell her stories The descriptive of each actions, her characters and the plotline.I have to do my research on her best works and people s recommendation.I got hooked on the prologue.I know it was a murder mystery but at some time I was reading I forgot what genre I was reading because I was just too into the book.There were so many characters in the book, I thought it was going to take me time to catch up but I got into it alright.Every character literally has their own personality like real life people and I feel like there is somebody out there similar to the characters Eve is such a diva I love it I mean come on she is a famous film star.I love her humour, her arrogance and her stories being in the industry.It got me like shock but not really because hey celebrity life.I love her relationship with each main characters And with each of them we get to see the side of her At times no matter how big of a star she is, she is only just human.I love the romance in this book.Is it just me.I fell in love with Paul like dangerously immediately I was unsure if we could trust him in the beginning but I deeply fall in love with him.He is good with his words, well he is an author.I love Julia In a way, this was also her journeys and not ust Eve.The plot twist was wow.She has her own secrets and stories.Her son Brandon is so cute I can t.However, I felt like the case solving happen too fast.Like it happen and I think it was solve in less than 50 pages.I wish there wasfight and thrilling side to it.I definitely need to read her other works FIND ME A PAUL SOMEBODY Give them your brains, girl, never your guts Holy 80 s Ok, so the book was originally published in 1991 but really, we re splitting hairs Eve and Julia walk around in coral colored silk jackets and elegant leisure pajamas And the trainer Fritz OMG this quote had me cracking up Standing beside Eve as she lay on a weight bench doing leg curls was Mr Muscle He had to be nearly seven feet a Nordic god whose bronze body bulged out of an incredibly brief unitard Seriously Unitard Sexy Only in the 80 s ish could this be possible Holy 80 s Ok, so the book was originally published in 1991 but really, we re splitting hairs Eve and Julia walk around in coral colored silk jackets and elegant leisure pajamas And the trainer Fritz OMG this quote had me cracking up Standing beside Eve as she lay on a weight bench doing leg curls was Mr Muscle He had to be nearly seven feet a Nordic god whose bronze body bulged out of an incredibly brief unitard Seriously Unitard Sexy Only in the 80 s ish could this be possible Don t worry Mr Muscle ends up being gay could explain the unitard but he is still continuously viewed throughout the book as some sexy, unitard wearing, eye candy Love It Aside from the dated cultural references this book still pleases the romance fan Julia and Paul s relationship doesn t get a whole lot of development or play What isinteresting is Eve s long history of men.Roberts traces Eve s romantic history from her very first husband lover to the multiple affairs still in Eve s life at the age of 67 This woman has it going on What s so refreshing is that Eve s character is able to look back on her history and honestly relate the specifics of each relationship She admits when she s made a mistake, and also proves true emotion where most tabloids have written her off It made me wonder about the celebrities we all follow, and the judgements we place at their feet There s definitely a lot we don t know and a lot we take for granted To see a fictional account of a celebrity life made me interested in real celebrity relationships What really went down with Bennifer Brad and Jen Brad and Angelina heck, I d even like to see an honest breakdown of the Speidi ordeal.Maybe I should pick up a celebrity bio anyone have a good suggestion Anyway, back to the book Alongside Eve s romances are a slew of industry secrets and lies Seriously, I had no idea who was threatening Julia and Eve because so many people were accused of hideous ordeals in Eve s stories SM sex with the underage, torrid secret affairs, aborted love children murder This woman was mowing people down with her tale Just about anyone hadthan enough reason to want to stop the story How all the secrets wind together is really fun to see And the big shocker of the book is one you ll probably see coming about halfway through Paul tipped me off but it s not a secret you ll see coming from the start of the book definitely a really good twist.In the end what I enjoyed most about this Roberts title was that it was different The big love story of this tale happens in Eve s past not Julia s present It was fun to go back in time to the golden days of Hollywood and see all that old school romance This book is full of champagne, love affairs, and secrets It s a fun romp through the 80 s with a murder mystery to boot A good choice if you re in the mood for some retro trashy romance.http thelibrarianreads.wordpress.com