Honest Illusions

Honest Illusions

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by Nora Roberts
     
 

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Honest Illusions

The daughter of a world-renowned magician, Roxy Nouvelle has inherited her father’s talents—and his penchant for jewel thievery. Into this colorful world comes Luke Callahan, an escape artist who captures her heart—and keeps secrets that could shatter all her illusions…

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Honest Illusions

The daughter of a world-renowned magician, Roxy Nouvelle has inherited her father’s talents—and his penchant for jewel thievery. Into this colorful world comes Luke Callahan, an escape artist who captures her heart—and keeps secrets that could shatter all her illusions…

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“Take a great romance, star-crossed lovers, adept jewel thieves and a master storyteller and you have Honest Illusions…Roberts keeps us guessing to the end.”—Ocala Star Banner

“Roxy and Luke will steal your heart.”—Catherine Coulter

“A finely woven tale…full of suspense [and] magic.”—The Daily Press (Newport, VA)

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Roberts ( Hot Ice ; Sacred Sins ) combines conventional elements--sizzling sex, a cunning villain, a captivating story, some tugs at the heartstrings--then adds a twist (the good guys are criminals), and the result is spellbinding. Max Nouvelle is the patriarch of a family of magicians and jewel thieves made up of Lily, his partner in love; Roxanne, his headstrong, beautiful daughter; and Luke, the abused runaway Max had taken in years ago, now a charming young man. They join Max in elaborate performances onstage and in equally elaborate robberies. For years Roxanne and Luke battle constantly, but as young adults they finally realize they are deeply in love. Luke, haunted by the fear that his past will hurt his adopted family, is the target of coldblooded Sam Wyatt, driven by a vow of revenge on the Nouvelles. Luke returns from a forced five-year disappearance for the biggest performance of the Nouvelles' career--a simultaneously executed grand heist and act of vengeance. Although Roberts's deft narrative shows occasional excesses (mostly of description and stereotypical characterizations), none of these will deter the reader from taking this diverting journey into a world of magic, passion and mystery. BOMC featured alternate. (July)
Library Journal
Romance, magic, jewel thieves, and revenge combine in this pop novel to provide readers with pure escapism. From love to political intrigue, everything but the kitchen sink appears in a tale that spans three decades. Though a quick read, it features overblown and often flowery prose that may derail readers of Danielle Steel, Janet Dailey, and LaVyrle Spencer. On the other hand, Roberts's fans will be clamoring at library circulation desks; all the tried and true elements found in Sweet Revenge (Bantam, 1988) and her other paperback romances are also present in her first hardcover. Recommended where Roberts's works are in demand.-- Sue Mevis, Ludlow Memorial Lib., Monroe, Wis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515152968
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
299,038
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Take a great romance, star-crossed lovers, adept jewel thieves and a master storyteller and you have Honest Illusions…Roberts keeps us guessing to the end.”—Ocala Star Banner

“Roxy and Luke will steal your heart.”—Catherine Coulter

“A finely woven tale…full of suspense [and] magic.”—The Daily Press (Newport, VA)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Keedysville, Maryland
Date of Birth:
1950
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland
Website:
http://www.noraroberts.com/

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Honest Illusions 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 130 reviews.
EMT-B More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Nora Roberts for years and this is one of my favorites. I take a book to work and try to read between medic calls. Just when I'm getting to a good part...... I loved the characters. Would jump Luke's bones in a heart beat. Roxy sometimes came across as a little spoiled, but considering her life style and being an only child..... The family came across as too trusting at times, especially with Sam but that developed the characters even more. I'm glad she reflected the kindness that can be shown to Dementia patients. All to often their last years are not kind to them or family. Good read. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many Nora Roberts books. This is by a long shot my very favorite!! I love how the story follows the characters from childhood into adulthood. I also love how the love looks and feels real. I get tired of the story lines where the characters meet and two laters they are madly in love and getting married. The main character Luke -- WOW -- AMAZING!!! He is my favorite male character of all the NR books I have read. He is daring, SEXY, romantic, caring, manly, just WOW!! I love Roxanne too. I read this book over the summer and I have already read it again. Prepare yourself because the love scenes are very STEAMY! I would recommand this book a thousands times over!
Harley_Quinn13 More than 1 year ago
Had my attention from the very first chapter. it's truly a favorite!!!! Luke Callahan is let me just say... HAWT AS ANYTHING!!!!!! and Roxy is THAT girl. stunning and gorgeous but not afraid to go speak up and even tackle all or any who stand in her way. Roxy's parents Max and Lily really steal the spotlight and never lose their youthful persona. Besides the characters the story itself has your attention for the whole book. between the bickering the love and the action there's a great amount of suspense that really keeps you wondering and on the ride until it's over. It was a book that i hated to see end but i was excited to start over and enjoy again and again! in fact this one book is what managed to make me the number one spokeswoman in my area for Nora Roberts. LOL i got so many friends hooked on her writing just by introducing them to this one novel! Completely worth your time and imagination!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For being someone who doesn't like to read too much, I can't stop reading now thanks to Nora. This book was so hard to put down. All the characters were awsome. I would definatly read this again...and again. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my two favorite Nora Roberts books. I fell in love with the characters! I felt as though I were a member of the Nouvelle family going through each performance, each romance, each heist, each victory, and each heartbreak right along with them. This is one of the few books that made me cry outloud - when Luke left and with Max toward the end. I was so sad to come to the end of this book, but I guarantee I will be reading it again and passing it along to my friends! Great job, Ms. Roberts! Wonderful!!!
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Fast moving,exciting,loving too.
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One of my absolute favorite books ever
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Couldn't stop reading!!! Great book
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love2readKB More than 1 year ago
A truly awesome book. Nora Roberts at her best. I just love Luke and Rox's relationship. Definitely one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read just about every Nora Roberts book out there over the last 20 years, along with lots of other authors. This book has stayed in my top 10 favorite books of all time. Nora Roberts is a writing genius.
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Nora Roberts is a legend.
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