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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reissue edition (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425190382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425190388
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,633,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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Recommend this to anyone who enjoys romance, .
Nancy R Strachan
This book is a very well written murder mystery mixed with romance that we love Nora Roberts for!
"intentaccess"
I read this book in a day and then two days later picked it up and read it again.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on May 10, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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. Deanna was a news reporter who then turned to talk show host to replace Angela's spot after turning Angela's job offer down. Something Angela never forgets. You fall in love with Deanna and she manages to find love along the way herself. She does have somebody stalking her all the way through. The ending was great as I didn't know for a minute the "who done it " and was very surprised. This was a great book and truly Nora at her best!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 1999
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There was never a disappointing moment while reading this novel. Roberts delivered on all that the critics have praised her for: passion, suspense, and the realistic portrayal of the underground world of television. Deanna and Finn were such a believable pair - she, the perceived to be naive and unsuspecting star who was in danger, he, the charasmatic hero who would not only try to protect her from the hardknocks of the world, but educate her about it as well. However, the novel possessed one minor flaw. Of course, I will not give the perpetrator's identity away, but it became quite evident who was behind these crimes. In my opinion, Roberts did not do a very effective job in masking it. Overall, I loved it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anne Cahill on October 9, 2000
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"Private Scandals" is a well-crafted murder mystery with a good dollop of Nora Roberts brand romance as well. Deanna Reynolds, a news reporter-turned-talk show host, finds herself the target of a stalker's obsession, and must try to uncover her stalker's identity before anyone else around her -- or even she herself -- turns up dead. Along the way she finds love and romance with a fellow newsman, and in so doing unwittingly triggers her stalker into desperate action.
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2005
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I've recently discovered and began to enjoy Nora Roberts' books. 'Private Scandals' kept me entertained, but the identity of the stalker/obsessive fan/murderer was easy to figure out, since I'm HORRIBLE at solving mysteries and my guess turned out to be correct. The book did drag at spots, certain things became repetitive and were more in depth than necessary. The abundance of sex scenes became annoying. I don't think that for normal couples, every little kiss morphs into a ridiculously passionate lovemaking session, but then again, this was in part a romance novel. But these parts were not necessary to the plot and I began skimming over them after a few. Other facets of the book were somewhat far-fetched, but again, it's fiction. Worth reading, but check it out from the library instead of purchasing the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "girvinia" on January 4, 2003
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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. Finn Riley is a reporter who travels the world to get the latest scoop. Deanna finds herself being stalked, with Finn by her side to help her through it they embark on a journey of murder and deceit. With all the twists and turns you find yourself anticipating how they will catch Deanna's stalker while discovering each other. They manage to do it with only a few bumps along the way. I would give this book 7 stars if I could.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on December 21, 2001
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"Private Scandals" by Nora Roberts is an absorbing novel that provides a fascinating view of the world of daytime talk shows. This book will captivate readers everywhere, as Nora Roberts once again proves why she is my favourite romance author!
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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kylie Simmons on November 29, 2005
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This was one of the first Nora Roberts books that I read and I am somewhat disappointed. All though I thought that the book started out all right, I think that it dragged in certain spots and became very predictable. Her books came highly recommended by a close friend so I think that I will give a few more a shot. If I knew more about the glamorous life of tv stars this book may have appealed to me more.
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