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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.
From Kirkus Reviews
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The book (prologue) starts with a murder in 1994. And then chapter 1 starts in 1990.
When, in chapter 23, we catch up with the murder in the prologue, it's obvious that it is not 1994. It is November or very early December 1992.
At that point, I went back in the story to see where I had missed 2 years of the story going from 1992 in chapter 22 to a murder a few days later in supposedly 1994. Well I didn't miss anything. The story goes from May 1990 to December 1992. Scratching your head? I was.
There is no 1993 or 1994.
There is no 4 years here, it's a 2 1/2-year story.
Since it seemed at the beginning to be a 4-year story, I kept waiting for Finn and Deanna separate at one point in the story, or for something to happen that would separate them, but no such thing occurred. The flow would have been much better for me it the prologue had rightly stated 1992 instead of 1994. Aren't editors or proofreaders supposed to spot something evident like that?
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!
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Oct. 19 2003
I found this book predictable and hard to get through. Deanna, besides her issues with Angela, has a stalker. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2003
I was so delighted to begin my first novel by Nora Roberts. thinking what a gifted writer she was turning out to be. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2003
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2003
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 morePublished on Sept. 9 2001 by apoem
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
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. Read morePublished on May 10 2001
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. Read morePublished on July 1 2000 by Disco
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 morePublished on June 16 2000 by Amazon Customer