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Posted December 20, 2013
This book was a book club read. One of the ladies started reading it early and told us not to read it because it was so bad and to pick another book. I had already started so I thought I would just dig in and finish. This book has flat characters, poor writing, and is unrealistic. I would not recommend this book .
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Posted April 15, 2012
Posted March 23, 2012
I can't possibly begin to say how much I enjoyed this book. Actually it is a great and fascinating page turner for your book clubs. Every night...I stayed up way past my bedtime because I simply could not put this book down. It is engaging right from the start ...all the way to the very end! I love to read and all I can say is that I finished this book in 3 days...and that was while working 6 days a week. You will never regret this purchase! Again it is a must-read ....and especially discussion worthy for book clubs everywhere.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 23, 2011
Posted May 9, 2011
I always find the most frightening stories are the ones closest to reality and this one is down right terrifying. Told from the perspective of an unfaithful husband and his unfaithful wife, their lovers, their children and the family and friends looking in - you begin to see just how damaged EVERYONE is by the lies, manipilation and selfishness that are all found in an affair. Unexpected ending but definately a very likely one. POWERFUL book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2008
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Posted January 25, 2007
After reading this story I realized the sad part about this book is that it might be someone's reality. Maybe yours, her¿s, his, or mine but it is someone's reality. Aside from that, this book is wonderful and creative! Cheating plots are done all the time, but this type of double life scenario is very uncommon. Millina Black has put a daring new spin on modern family drama by exploring its secrets and lies. In here we meet married executive Reginald Brooks who has been living a double life¿with two families in two different Florida cities. But after nearly a decade, he decides it¿s time to 'come clean' with both women. But the results may be tragic as the so called the ¿perfect man¿ comes undone by the consequences of a double life. Reggie is a brave soul because I don't think a lot people could have pulled off what he did and he certainly hurt a lot of them, including himself, being a 'pretender.' The story was believable and the rest of characters were well developed. It was definitely a page turner and kept my interest from beginning to end. It had an unfortunate and unexpected ending and I was very saddened by the actions taken by the other woman, although I could understand her hurt over living a complete lie. I was also shocked that the initiator of all of the problems couldn¿t handle what he had placed on others for so many years. The author made you feel as if you were a 'fly on the wall' in every scene of the book. I agree with the other reviews that this should be made into a movie¿s you have to be careful about who you deal with...if it doesn't feel right, nine times out of ten, it's not right. It broke my heart at certain parts, while other occasions made me think. Millenia Black did a great job with her debut novel and is well recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 17, 2006
''Here they were in New York City.sitting in a beautiful and elegant suite with mauve silk on the walls, drinking hot French coffee from Italian coffeepots, and practically behaving as strangers.' This novel is well paced and I finished it in no time. At the head of this story is Reginald Brooks the pretender. Reginald is able for many years to have two families, each unknown to the other. His wife Tracey and two daughters in Miami, and his mistress and daughter in Orlando. Reginald enjoys the best of both words greedily, until the day comes years after when guilt catches up with him and he wants to do away with his Orlando affair. But how can a man after being seasoned into these relations for six years and making it work so effectively, suddenly pull the plug and let jack out of the box? It is going to be problematic and complex with many broken hearts, and so Reginald enlists the help of his good friend Franklyn. Is this a good idea? Read on and see how the sparks fly. A recommended page-turner!!! Heather Marshall Negahdar 17/07/06Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2006
The Great Pretender is a great book! It is interesting and the story line isn't the norm. I really was excited that I couldn't predict what was going to happen next in the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2006
'The Great Pretender', is a wonderful and invaluable family storyline and screen play. Millenia, Millenia oh Millenia! When is your next book due out? I just can't wait. You just keep writing Girl, you do have a boundless appeal with The Great Pretender.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 15, 2006
You can't sleep on this book at all. 'The Great Pretender' is an amazaing book. Millenia Black definitely captured my heart, and my mind with this book. I could not put it down. I recommend this book to all readers. 'The Great Pretender' will blow you away. It was like I was reading a piece of my life in this book. It is so real. I actually went through the emotions while reading this book. I cried, and I was in shock. Everytime I thought I knew what was going to happen next I was totally wrong. 'The Great Pretender' is a book that is really hard to put down. You wouldn't want to put it down. When I was finished reading the book I thought I just left the movie theatre watching a flim. 'The Great Pretender' was full of real life situations and circumstances. And you better believe there are consequences to all actions. Millenia Black has a unique style of writing that I recommend to all readers. You can't sleep on 'The Great Pretender'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2006
This book was an intriguing eye opener. It dealt with real life situations that many people face. Anyone with a conscience would think twice about cheating and being deceptive after reading this book. The lives of many people were turned upside down because of one very bad selfish decision .The way that the book is written, allows you to connect with the characters, or compare them with someone in your life. The situation with the teenager and older sister makes you reflect on the relationship that you may have with your own children. I would definitely recommend this book. It is realistic entertainment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2006
Just a soap opera book about sex amongst married men and women and teenagers too. Very shallow and has a sad ending. Don't waste your time or money! I'm sorry I did!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 19, 2006
¿The Great Pretender¿ is one of the most captivating books I have read in quite a long time. Ms. Black has done a superb job of writing a book that is so compelling, it is impossible to put down. This book has a cast of the nastiest, most self-involved, self-destructive people I have ever seen, yet Ms. Black effortlessly makes you care about them anyhow. I felt for and cared about each character in the book, regardless of how hateful they were. It is difficult to allow a reader to both despise and care about a character, yet Ms. Black made that possible. As soon as I picked up this book, I became lost within its pages. 'The Great Pretender' was a real page-turner, and one that will not soon be forgotten.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2006
Eight other women in my book club would chime in that this book is TERRIBLE. It is only about sex and cheating without a drop of reality. The adults are having sex with each other (multiple times per night of course). The 21 and 17 year old daughters are having sex. One gets pregnant, the other a STD. Other unrelevant people are cheating too. The book has a terrible ending. Spare yourself the time and money!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 28, 2005
Very good book. I was saddened that Denise died. I blame Reggie for everyone actions in the book and Frank was no good at all. Go buy this ASAP. you won't be able to put it downWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2005
THE GREAT PRETENDER (Reginald Brooks) performed so well at being deceitful. Reginald (Reggie) had 'almost' everyone fooled. Thanks to the help of his boss, Roger (aka Disney executive playboy) and his childhood friend, Frank (who was a deadringer as an unstudy for Reginald's role) it was a walk in the park for Reggie, leading a life of a womanizer. Reggie enjoyed and reaped the benefits of living a double family life, until the thrill of it was gone - for 2 weeks out of the month, he lived a pretense life with his legal wife and legitimate two young adult daughters in Miami, Florida and the other 2 weeks out of a month he lived with his common-law wife and illegitimate young daughter, out of wedlock, in Orlando, Florida. His eldest, daughter in Miami had suspicions of her father's cheating while her younger sister relented to give up on her dad. The 2 women that he kept - well, as long as the money was good - and it was 'very' good - they didn't feel the need to rock the boat. This story about the Brook's family is so intense and entangled that it's almost beyond 'damage control'. In fact, for some it's curtains down! Despite the tragedy and severeness of their problems, the author meticulously has interjected humor to lighten the character's burdens. This book sat on my shelf for 17 months had I known it was this good, it would have never made it to my book shelf. Millenia Black must definitely write an encore novel for us 'lit' lovers. Her debut novel deserves great applause. Bravo! A job well done. Goodpeoples ARC BOOK CLUB Inc. Star Rating:*****5.0Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2005
This is such a unique story. At times it felt like I was watching a soap opera, but don't we get hooked on those, too?........This was a real page-turner. I had THE hardest time putting it down. I mean Reginald got away with living two lives for so many years and then he tries to choose one life and disengage from the other. The results are not only mind blowing, but the author shows how he underestimated other people's reaction to the hurt we inflict on them.......I was glued to the book. It's a guaranteed page-turner, you'll be hard pressed to put it down!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
For six years in Florida, marketing vice president Reginald Brooks has had two families. His mistress Renee lives in Orlando with their daughter Denise while his wife of two decades Tracy resides in Miami along with their two daughters, Olivia and Valerie. However, Tracy is not pure as she is having an affair with Reggie's childhood enemy, Franklin Bevins, who simply is using her because he loathes her husband and plans to destroy him................... Reggie feels his age as his duplicity is exhausting. He informs Renee that their relationship is over as he has a wife and two other daughters. He further tells Tracy that he has another child living in Orlando and learns about her affair with his adversary Frank. Other truths surface with relationships apparently nuked as each participant in this sordid situation must make decisions about the future.................... This is a fabulous insightful family drama with no one unscathed or perfect, which is why the tale is so good. The key cast is selfish and hedonistic, but though none come across as likable they all seem very human. Millenia Black writes a deep powerful character study that looks at the consequences on relationships when people live duplicitous lives to cover up bad choices......................... Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.