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The Great Pretender
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2004
This storyline makes the book a real page turner. I am an avid reader and I found this book to be the best I have read so far this month. The author brings us right into the lives of the characters and made me feel as if I knew these volitile people. I loved to hate most of them. The person I liked the most oddly enough was Renee Jameson. No matter what she did, I felt sorry for her.
A very deep and telling story. Makes us realize that a family is not something one should ever take for granted. I hope Millenia Black writes many more novels.....I will be looking out for them so I can read them all.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2004
I heard about and became interested in this book when several of my online reading freinds were mentioning it and I now see why it has made such an impact on them...not only is it gripping, and a real page-turner, but it also held a useful message for unfaithful men. Married men have a very big responsibility, it is important that they choose to honor their wives and family instead of play deadly games. It is obvious that Reginald Brooks, played games too long and two wonderful women were hurt and their families torn apart. Take note all married men.
Kristie Hanrahan
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2004
An utterly delicious tale of self-indulgence, love, lust, betrayal, juicy secrets, excess and all those gripping things we all love to read about...I first read this back in January, and picked it up again for the break of summer. All the characters are so well-drawn, the storylines so cleverly interwoven -- definitely one of the better storylines I've read in recent years! And if the punch of an ending doesn't send you reeling, try another genre, because page-turning fiction rarely gets better than this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2004
I read this book on recommendation from several friends. I must say that I was not disappointed. All of the characters are portrayed in such a way as to really make you feel you are only feet away from their dramatic lives, and Black's writing enables you to really empathise with them even if you have never lived their dysfunctional lifestyles.
The plot is spicy and full of zeal, which makes it a real page turner, and I can't wait to get sucked into another one of her novels.
Kelly F.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2004
This is a wild ride with great sex scenes that I must admit I read several times over again! The moral to the story still comes through, though, that there is a price to be paid for careless and selfish behavior for men when they decide to cheat on their wives.
The family members each had a voice and a stake in the lie they didn't even know they were a part of. I lost sleep for needing to know how they would all overcome some of their plights.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2004
The characters in The Great Pretender were all living in some type of "pretender" world. When the main character makes his decision, the cards start tumbling down and this is very exciting to see the family members be affected by his choice and their own secrets. I recommend this novel. It's good reading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2004
Reading "The Great Pretender" by Millenia Black was an experience. I was able to enter a lost world of deception, betrayal, lies and deceit.
Reginald, a business man, had the privilege to work in two cities. He resides in Miami with his wife and two daughters and has a secret life in Orlando with a mistress with a beautiful six year old little girl. Reginald later on had confessed about his secret life.
According to statistics, 50-70% of men cheat on their wives. 2/3 of those wives (approx. 26 million women) have no idea their husbands are having an affair despite the presence of numerous tell-tale signs. As widespread as infidelity is, most of it goes undetected until it's too late. "The Great Pretender" gave me specific details and signs to look for in a relationship. Tracy, the wife, had secrets of her own.
The story also reflects the double standard in our society as it relates to men cheating vs. women cheating in relationships. For women, it is more of an unforgiving act. The story was very well put together and it kept me interested. The characters make some sad choices and are true to life. This book is recommended very highly to all readers who enjoy an interesting, well thoughtout story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2004
The Great Pretender is well-written, and brilliantly executed. It's like a movie full of drama and edge-of-your seat wonderment.
The main character, Reginald, is not a exactly the man he thinks he is with everything going his way. He is a man with a conscience that shows itself at a time when his family needed him. He makes a grave error but believes it is the right choice to tell Renee part truth and part lie about himself. Renee's instincts are pretty keen and she is eager to marry, as if she foresaw that things were about to fall apart fast. Tracy is led down a path of betrayl and self-realization herself. Being left alone for so many years created a void she filled with something that could only cause more pain in the situation. She comes around and finds out the truth about her feelings and the man she thought she wanted. Finally, a lesson is learned by all...after a high price is paid for it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2004
A real mature person can appreciate this book because it is realistic fiction. The characters in this story are not in any way survivors, they get destroyed either by their own deeds or that of others. It's understandable though, because it is the same indulgent practice by a host of people everywhere you go.
Reading it in this book brings you close to people going through the compelling emotional ideas in their minds that keep bringing them down to where they really don't want to be. Very entertaining on your toes kind of read. Alright, you talk about a real page-turner with suspense on every leaf? This is it!! "The Great Pretender"
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2004
What makes a good soap opera is great characters you love, great characters you love to hate, a compelling storyline, plot twists and turns and gut-wrenching reversals. The Great Pretender has all of these elements. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster, at times rooting for Reginald, at other times hating him. I was pulling for Tracey yet she would let me down then when I counted her out, come back fighting. A real page turner and the perfect antidote to the routine of daily life. This book will truly take you out of yourself.
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