The Great Pretender [NOOK Book]

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ONE MAN… TWO LIVES…

For over six years, Reginald Brooks pulled it off - having two families, leading two lives. Now, the pretending must stop. But how?

THE GREAT PRETENDER…an electrifying tale of how one man's attempt to untangle his life sets a full-fledged arena of husband against wife, lover against ...
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The Great Pretender

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Overview

ONE MAN… TWO LIVES…

For over six years, Reginald Brooks pulled it off - having two families, leading two lives. Now, the pretending must stop. But how?

THE GREAT PRETENDER…an electrifying tale of how one man's attempt to untangle his life sets a full-fledged arena of husband against wife, lover against lover, friend against friend, and family against family. Once you begin this engaging tale, you witness how a decision to pretend ricochets through the lives of several people. For some, escape is the only solution…

Reginald Brooks—a polished marketing VP who shrewdly built a dual life around his work. But without warning, that life begins to come apart at the seams and Reginald makes a decision that could threaten his very future, and the lives of those he loves most…

Tracy Brooks—Reginald’s wife of nearly 20 years. While the cat’s away...She’s got secrets of her own to protect…

Renee Jameson—the younger woman with the killer body who managed to turn Reginald’s head long enough to become pregnant…

Franklin Bevins—a UPS executive and Reginald’s best friend since the carefree days of childhood. Reggie has never made a life-changing decision without Frank’s input; a practice they may soon live to regret…

Olivia Brooks—Reginald and Tracy’s eldest daughter. Family isn’t very high on Olivia’s list of priorities. Primarily focused on a man, Olivia seems nonchalant about the changes in her family’s life until a shocking demand gets her full attention…

Valerie Brooks—the younger of Reggie and Tracy’s two daughters. A curious teen on the verge of adulthood when a hard knock lesson brings her questionable habits to a screeching halt.

From the plush streets of Miami to the glamour of New York City, follow the families of Reginald Brooks as their lives of sex, love, hate and surprise unfold to an agonizing climax! This debut novel by Millenia Black is anticipated to spark a tantalizing blend of emotions, and may even leave you wondering if perhaps you know someone who might be…THE GREAT PRETENDER.
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Editorial Reviews

Sunpiper Press - The Sunpiper Press
"Someone call HBO! The Great Pretender could easily be The Sopranos of South Florida.”
Lisa Earle McLeod
"What a story! It made me wonder if I can install a Lo-Jack on my husband before his next business trip. Do they make one for men?"
Harriet Klausner
"...This is a fabulous insightful family drama with no one unscathed or perfect, which is why the tale is so good...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."
Judith Henry Wall
“Millenia Black’s first novel is a compelling, fast-paced story with intriguing, believable characters. It’s a real page-turner! I was involved from beginning to end.”
Midwest Book Review - Midwest Book Review
"The Great Pretender by Millenia Black is an original and deftly written novel about Reginald Brooks, a bigamist who for over six years, has successfully concealed his secret of having two separate families. But now the deception is beginning to unravel and it seems that the truth must win out. The Great Pretender is warmly recommended as an emotionally charged, superbly presented saga of human failings and frailties,--and the need to measure up and transcend the habit-forming lies of the past."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012243751
  • Publisher: Millenia Black, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 370
  • Sales rank: 396,166
  • File size: 216 KB

Meet the Author

Millenia Black was born and raised in South Florida. She is currently single and has never dated anyone living a double life. She thinks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    This book was a book club read. One of the ladies started readin

    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

    Good Read

    Easy read..good!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    This is a Must Read!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Surprise ending

    I highly recommend this book. It will keep you in suspense. The end will surprise you. I am planning to read other books by her. Excellent book!

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Great book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

    Bought by accident

    I bought this book on our exchange page at work. Loved the book. Read it in 2 days. I plan to read more of her work. Great Job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Great Read

    This book was very interesting. It captivated me from the very first page. It is easy to follow and the characters were well developed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    Play By Your Own Rules

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW!!!!,

    ''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 17/07/06

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2006

    Great Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2006

    Emotional and Enthralling

    '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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    Wake Up

    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'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    Excellent

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    Great Pretender

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2006

    Captivating novel

    ¿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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2006

    Great Pretender

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    DRAMA,Confusion, & Sadness all in one

    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 down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2005

    STANDING OVATION!!!!!

    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:*****5.0

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    Outstanding page-turner!

    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!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fabulous insightful family drama

    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 Klausner

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