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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446576883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446576888
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Glamour, fashion, gossip, scheming—they're all here in a page-turning debut starring Siena McMahon, feisty granddaughter of Hollywood movie legend Duke McMahon. In the tradition of Jackie Collins and Danielle Steel, Bagshawe strews Sienna's path to stardom with bumps aplenty. Family trouble began before Siena was born, when Duke decided his mistress should move in with his wife and kids, but Siena, born in 1981, had a pretty cushy childhood as a granddaughter of the wife—at least until she finds her beloved grandfather dead in the family's Hollywood manse. Siena's father, jealous of the attention Duke lavished on Siena, cows his wife into packing their outspoken 10-year-old to an English boarding school, and when Siena later defies her father's plans for her (Oxford med school) to become a supermodel (and thus kick-start an acting career) he disinherits her. Bagshawe nimbly captures Siena's fierce ambition, and like her glam novel predecessors, she keeps the pages flying with steamy sex and keen behind-the-scenes takes on the fashion, movie and television businesses. Secondary characters, such as British director wannabe Max De Seville, Sienna's on again/off again love interest, shine almost as brightly as Siena, and Bagshawe nips in an entertaining side plot about Max's half-brother's struggle to keep his 16th-century Cotswold farm from the hands of a dodgy Cockney developer. This is one of those big, juicy summer beach reads—not too deep, just wildly entertaining.
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From Booklist

Bagshawe set out to write a book that broke free from the chick-lit mold. She succeeded in producing an epic romance with ultraglamorous characters--no Bridget Jones here. The book opens with the story of philandering movie star Duke; his coolly detached wife, Minnie; and their decidedly untraditional home--Duke's mistress shares quarters with his true family. After Duke's death, Bagshawe follows the lives of his granddaughter, Siena, and his illegitimate son, Hunter. The two have reunited just as they're both becoming Hollywood stars. But when Hunter's best friend, Max, betrays Siena, their refashioned family is split once again. Siena then becomes involved with a hotshot producer until a violent incident leaves her forever changed. Although the lengthy novel could have done with some judicious editing, the Hollywood setting and the volatile relationships will keep readers enthralled. Recommend it to fans of Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts. Aleksandra Kostovski
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Customer Reviews

I look forward to her next book and I am sure it will only get better.
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Also, there was a very bad twist to the story that got thrown in towards the end.
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As I read I felt like I was just watching a movie play out right in front of me.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SAMM on July 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for an deep character novel - look elsewhere. If you are looking for a good beach book, this could be the one.

The main character is easy to hate/love/hate/love (you get the picture). Predictable? Maybe - with a few twists along the way.

After I finished the book, I did not wish for the time back. Actually, I finished it wanting more.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paula Emeigh on December 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For those of us who read Jackie Collins but hate waiting years for a new JC book to come out, this book is the one for you! From the first page through the last, you will find lots of sex, dirty language, hollywood gossip, back stabbing, trials and tribulations and a very comfortable ending. For those of us that like to get away from our daily routine and just read a book for the fun of it, give this new writer a try! I don't think you will be dissapointed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on July 12, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading the other reviews for this book, I realized that you either love this book... or hate it.

I loved it.

I couldn't believe so many people disliked it! I could not put this book down the entire time I had it. I love the way Bagshawe presents several different stories, that eventually come together in the end.

I strongly reccomend this book. I absolutely loved it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By romance reader 22 on May 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book looking for an escapist read. Based on the book's description, I expected that if anything, it would lean towards the sleazy side. Instead, I was surprised to find that I was actually pretty bored.

The story line should have been fairly intersting, but I was never in a hurry to get back to it and find out what happens next. I kept reading for lack of other book options, but I definetly wouldn't call it a page turner - not even a decent "shallow" beach read.

Overall, I felt Adored just lacked spark and energy. The best way I can think to describe it is like a soap opera narrated in a journalist style - the characters and plot line were scandalous, but it lacked juiciness. It would be like a New York Times writer submitting an article to a grocery store tabloid - mismatched.

Overall, it's a decently interesting read, but ultimately pretty forgettable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
IF YOU LIKE JACKIE COLLINS, YOU WILL LOVE TILLY BAGSHAWE SHE IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR :)

I absolutley loved this book, I have read it 3 times & it only gets better. I can't believe the negative feedback some poeple have left.

This book has all the ingredients, Sex, Power & Greed.

Duke McMahan & his graddaughter Sienna McMahan give us a ride through their Hollywood lives with all the highs & lows in the fast lane. It's full of all the juicy stuff like gossip, hot sex, greed, the disfunctionial family & their trials through life. It's fast pace keeps you well & truly hooked.

I strongly recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol D. Hepburn on June 8, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While the book is a mindless summer beach read, the horrible story structure, grammar, and lack of editing makes one think it is actually a hoax perpetrated by Warner books. New York Times best sellers list? I have seen 7th grade essays written more proficiently than the 725-page drone that concludes with the last two paragraphs discussing horse [...]. Give me a freaking break.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ninoska Titinger on July 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Beginning with the fact that the book is based on a famous Hollywood family of dysfunctional actors and movie producers, just gives you an idea of the parallel universe out there, and even though we know fairly well about such parallel universes, it's just impossible to like and commiserate with such a spoiled, egocentric, self absorbed and immature character as Bagshawe's leading lady.

I swear I wanted to scream while I was reading, I just couldn't take it anymore!!!!!!! And my God, these people suffer such tragedies are so utterly out of touch with their inner self that you just want to drop the story.

I honestly thought of throwing the book away or just leaving it somewhere to be forgotten but as a rule I never leave anything (much less books) unfinished so I had to take it until the very end. It finally came though. Don't get it if you value a good read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl L. Fumerola on May 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Let me start by saying..I love to read, I read 2 to 3 books a week, most of them in a day or two. This book has taken me 2 weeks to finish. There really is no character development to speak of. The players go from hating each other, to rolling around naked on the floor in under a 1/3 of a page. The writing seems forced, there is no chemistry between the players, and the whenever the author seemed lost as how to proceed, she jumps several years into the future. You really have no clue where you are. A total waste of time and money. Normally I give authors a second chance..this author..never again!
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More About the Author

Tilly Bagshawe upset the nuns at her catholic girls' boarding school by getting pregnant unexpectedly at seventeen. Expelled but undaunted, she gave birth to a beautiful daughter alone and went on to Cambridge University as a single mom, taking her baby with her. Tilly had a successful career in finance before fulfilling her dream of becoming a writer. Now married with two more children, she lives in Los Angeles and London. In addition to her bestselling novels, Tilly has contributed to numerous British newspapers and magazines including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Elle, The Sunday Times, The Times and The Daily Mail.

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