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Nora Roberts
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Dec 1 2008
Deanna Reynolds had it all planned: She'd start out in the newsroom of a small Chicago station, then move up to host her own talk show. When her mentor Angela Perkins leaves for New York, Deanna risks everything for the chance to replace Angela on the air. The network's sexiest journalist, Finn Riley, admires Deanna's daring ambition. But soon they are caught up in the bitter backlash of Angela's revenge—and they must unmask the hidden betrayals of Deanna's fiercest rival by taking the biggest risk of all....

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From Publishers Weekly

The latest from veteran Roberts ( Genuine Lies ) is set in the glamorous world of television and concerns the rise of hot new talk-show host Deanna Reynolds. Deanna, a sincere and dedicated one-time local reporter in Chicago, has moved to New York, determined to be number one in the field. This pits her against her former mentor, the high strung and manipulative current talk-show queen, Angela Perkins. Angela doesn't take well to the competition and resorts to stealing guests, blackmail and crossing boundaries of good journalism in her effort to fight Deanna's increasing popularity. Deanna's romance with the handsome and much lauded reporter Finn Riley, Angela's former love interest, only increases the tension. But the novel's main question is who will do in Deanna first, the obsessed fan who seems to know her every move, or Angela, whose bitter vows for revenge are hastening her own downfall. Despite one weak plot device--the identity of the obsessed fan is too clear, too early--the novel is a fun read with a good pace and both thoroughly likable and thoroughly loathsome characters.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A scheming rival and an obsessive fan convince a TV star that she's a long way from Kansas--in more sudsy romantic suspense from Roberts (Honest Illusions, 1992). Deanna Reynolds and Angela Perkins are both smart, talented, attractive, and ambitious. The big difference between the two talk- show hosts is that Angela is an attention-hungry woman desperate to maintain her fading charms and worshipful audience at all costs, while Dee maintains her Midwestern values even as her Chicago-based show makes her a star and threatens Angela's in New York. Angela, who was once Dee's mentor, has never forgiven the younger woman for turning down her offer to come to New York with her. Even less forgivable is Dee's romance with Finn Riley, a footloose foreign correspondent and once Angela's lover. Finn, who coolly calls in exclusives from a crash-landing 747, shrugs off a bullet wound while he broadcasts live during a shootout, and indisputably earns the nickname ``Desert Hunk'' during the Gulf War, finds his match in the unbelievably beautiful, desirable, and sweet Deanna. While the two make seismic love on any available surface and Angela plots Dee's downfall in the ratings, a secret admirer (whose identity is more obvious than the author must have intended) writes her love notes. Then, one by one, he begins to kill off all the people who have hurt or betrayed her--and attempts to realize his insane dream of making Deanna entirely his own. A sexy hero whose no-nonsense presence cuts through the vapors and cattiness of the womenfolk and a convincing behind-the-scenes look at TV--both help make up for the weak humor, implausible plot, and trite glitz of this predictable novel. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read! Dec 21 2001
By Sophie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Private Scandals" by Nora Roberts is an absorbing novel that provides a fascinating view of the world of daytime talk shows. This book will captivate readers everywhere, as Nora Roberts once again proves why she is my favourite romance author!
Deanna (Dee) Reynolds is a beautiful, lovable, and ambitious newswoman turned talk show host. Her popularity and ratings are rapidly increasing, much to the dismay of her ex-mentor and rival, the attention-hungry Angela Perkins. Angela is past her prime, and she is desperate to remain #1 in the ratings and ruin Deanna in the process. To add to Angela's bitterness towards Deanna is the fact that Dee has begun an exciting new romance with Finn Riley, Angela's former lover! The romance between Dee and the ultra sexy Finn is provocative and fresh. Dee is a sweet yet determined heroine who readers will surely fall in love with. And who wouldn't want a man like Finn?
As the story progresses, Deanna soon finds she has bigger problems than a catty rival who plays dirty. An obsessed fan who has been sending her unsettling notes turns violent, as people who have hurt or upset Deanna in some way start turning up dead. Now Deanna must watch her step, or she herself may end up in the hands of an obsessed madman!
This book will surely entertain and satisfy you. The characters are all realistic and intriguing, and the mystery is suspenseful and thrilling. This is a truly enjoyable and well-written book, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read Oct. 9 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Private Scandals" is a well-crafted murder mystery with a good dollop of Nora Roberts brand romance as well. Deanna Reynolds, a news reporter-turned-talk show host, finds herself the target of a stalker's obsession, and must try to uncover her stalker's identity before anyone else around her -- or even she herself -- turns up dead. Along the way she finds love and romance with a fellow newsman, and in so doing unwittingly triggers her stalker into desperate action.
Readers will fly through this nearly 500-page read as they race to the finish to either figure out who the stalker is or, as was the case with me, to see if their suspicion was correct. For some reason I was confident very early that I knew who this person was, but knowing didn't keep me from staying up until all hours to verify it.
This was an extremely well-written and very entertaining novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a standard novel, but with wonderful charcters July 10 1996
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Have you ever read a novel about the intrigues behind the scenes of TV world? Well, the plot of Private Scandals follows the same cliches.
However, Ms. Roberts' way of handling characters make the reading of Private Scandals worth your while.
Angela Perkins is your standard "old star", she's beautiful (but aging), successful and hard as nails.
Deanna Reynolds is the proverbial rising star. She's fresh, caring, smart and pretty too boot. This is not the case of "Something about Eve", but the other way around.
Finn Riley is the very sexy journalist caught in the web (an echo of Murphy Brown's Peter).
The plots takes us trough the rivalry between those two strong women, with an extra twist of a crazed stalker obsessed with Deanna.
This novel is not quite up to Nora Roberts usual standards, but it makes for a few hours of great fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read!!! Aug. 28 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There was never a disappointing moment while reading this novel. Roberts delivered on all that the critics have praised her for: passion, suspense, and the realistic portrayal of the underground world of television. Deanna and Finn were such a believable pair - she, the perceived to be naive and unsuspecting star who was in danger, he, the charasmatic hero who would not only try to protect her from the hardknocks of the world, but educate her about it as well. However, the novel possessed one minor flaw. Of course, I will not give the perpetrator's identity away, but it became quite evident who was behind these crimes. In my opinion, Roberts did not do a very effective job in masking it. Overall, I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Again! :-) July 1 2000
By Eris
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in a day and then two days later picked it up and read it again. It is really a great read, really brings you into the world of local news and talk shows. Ever wonder if Oprah and Sally Jesse like each other? Imagine if they were like this? Or if Deanna and Angela were real celebrities? Unlike many of Nora's other novels I was able to figure out "whodunit" rather early in the novel which was a great ago boost for me. I am usually unable to figure out whodunit until she actually reveals it and that is also a great feeling. The shock of "I had no idea" is always wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Ending! May 10 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a very well written murder mystery mixed with romance that we love Nora Roberts for! Deanna Reynolds and Angela Perkins are basically in competition. Deanna was a news reporter who then turned to talk show host to replace Angela's spot after turning Angela's job offer down. Something Angela never forgets. You fall in love with Deanna and she manages to find love along the way herself. She does have somebody stalking her all the way through. The ending was great as I didn't know for a minute the "who done it " and was very surprised. This was a great book and truly Nora at her best!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pager turner for sure...
This book kept me fliping. The first page gets you hooked. The devlopment of the characters is not overly detailed but enough to get you tuned into who they are. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Fluff at its flimsiest
I found this book predictable and hard to get through. Deanna, besides her issues with Angela, has a stalker. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Offensive to Christians
I was so delighted to begin my first novel by Nora Roberts. thinking what a gifted writer she was turning out to be. Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite
Of all the books Nora Roberts has written this one is by far my favorite. Deanna Reynolds is a reporter trying to make her way into her own talk show. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by "girvinia"
4.0 out of 5 stars Least Favorite Nora Roberts Book
I LOVE Nora Roberts books. I rarely find one I don't enjoy. Although I enjoyed this book, I think it was my least favorite book. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2001 by apoem
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one
In the tradition of all Nora Roberts stories, this was a dark clash of murder, mystery and romance.
In the story of two leading daytime talkshow hosts who's bitter rivalry is... Read more
Published on July 26 2001 by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Revealed
While the mystery of this story is in itself not difficult to unravel, it still has Robert's ever guiding grasp on the reader. Read more
Published on June 16 2000 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting !
This is not the first book of Nora Roberts that i have read. Despite the catching plot created with intriguing suspens and romance. The book failed to have a deep impact. Read more
Published on March 14 2000 by Nuzhat Sohail
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