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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Hub Books Publishing (May 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979792827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979792823
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,741,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book in less than 24 hours.
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The title speaks for itself giving the novel a brief summary of what you are going to read.
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The story line was good and the characters were interesting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Landry on May 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Sylvia Hubbard nevers fails to present intriguing stories that keep you saying "OMG, no she didn't!" The main characters Ezekiel and Grae belong together. Their road to romance is rocky with their own hangups, interfering friends, so-called friends, and Zeke's dad. There is no such thing as a smooth relationship in Ms. Hubbard's stories and I thank her for it. I always hate for the story to end but there's always another Sylvia Hubbard story on the way. If you haven't read any of her stories, you are in for a real treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bvbj on October 26, 2012
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This book was not worth the price I paid for it. And I didn't pay anything it was free so that tells you what I think of this book. The plot of the story was interesting and could have made for a good book but it just came off as ridiculous. The main female character comes off as pathetic and the main male character is portrayed as a total a$%. Don't waste your money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 22, 2008
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Author, Sylvia Hubbard has written a wonderful sensual tale of intrigue and family drama in her latest release, Secrets, Lies & Family Ties. The novel is a very different blend of sex, betrayal, family secrets, murder and corporate espionage written by a very imaginative writer.

The story opens as the characters prepare to attend the first reunion ten years after graduation from GreenLow's Academy, a private high school. The main character, Grae still held issues from her high school experience. She was the overweight and not so attractive young girl who had lost her mother and had never known her father. She was on scholarship being raised by a lawyer who was her guardian. A very focused student, she never had the time to enjoy the normal activities of teen life. She was determined to succeed and become the smartest Black woman on the planet.

Ten years later; it looked like she had accomplished her goal. She had come to the reunion with hopes of reuniting with Ezekiel without him being aware of who she really was. From that point on, the storyline got hot and heavy. Hubbard's tale of mystery and intrigue was what readers would call a real roller coaster ride. I was not prepared for some of the highs and lows and the dips and turns as this story unfolded. I just loved this book.

Grae, a shy and reclusive young woman stepped out of the box and gave the arrogant and deceitful Zeke a real run for his money. She became the woman of his dreams that he just had to capture. As the real story of her parentage was revealed and so many family secrets of the other characters were told, the bits and pieces came together that gave the reader an ending they never expected. I was hooked as Hubbard's story wove a tale of betrayal, murder and secrets way beyond my imagination.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on August 18, 2008
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Have you ever wanted to return to a place in time to claim the heart of the one person you truly loved? What would you do if given the opportunity? In high school, Grae, loved the most popular guy in her class. Not only was he out of her reach, he was popular, rich and white. She was overweight and one of the few African-American students who attended the prestigious Greenlow Academy.

Grae returns for her class reunion, several pounds lighter, but still full of doubt about whether she's good enough for the one man she has always loved. Fate will give her an opportunity to claim the man of her dreams and find out who and what is really important in her life.

Sylvia Hubbard captivates the reader with a tantalizing look at interracial love, money, greed and friendship. Bravo! You've done it again Sylvia.

Reviewed by Jacqueline Moore
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TammyTerrell on August 1, 2012
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One person posted a review about the confusing story lines in the book. I agree. It's not worth the cost. Not sure what other people are referring to regarding how well written the book is. I have found that this author has a tendency to have great story lines and bad execution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Urban Reviews VINE VOICE on January 6, 2008
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Back in the early 70's, Charlotte Reed was the love of every young man's life at Greenlow Academy. Twenty-five years later, Charlotte's daughter Grae Reed is attending the same academy thanks to her guardian. Charlotte dies when Grae is fourteen with no one to care for her. Gus Walter steps in, becomes her guardian, and sends her to the same academy that he and Charlotte attended. Arriving at Greenlow, Grae bumps into the most attractive man she's ever seen, falling in love instantly. Grae goes through her entire four years at the academy following him around. Also known as the Pig Faced Zombie, Grae will never in a million years believe Ezeikel Chambers would ever love her.

Greenlow's 10-year class reunion is here, and Grae's best friend and roommate Liz begs Grae to attend. Grae is beautiful now; she's shed the weight, lost the glasses and pimples, and is nothing less than stunning. Going up the wrong elevator leads Grae to a private suite that is not the party she had any intentions on attending. Standing in the suite of the love of her life, Grae is speechless. Ezekiel has no idea who Grae is, and he's dying to find out who the woman with the gray eyes is that's had his heart skipping beats after only ten minutes of his time.

Ezeikel Chambers (a.k.a. Zeke) is the hottest bachelor on the market today. Known for being mean and cutthroat, every one has the wrong impression of Zeke because he takes no prisoners in his business or personal life.

When these two come together by a chance meeting, Grae won't reveal her identity and Ezekiel can't get her out of his head. Going against his father's wishes, he falls for a woman he knows his father won't approve of him marrying.
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Detroit native, Sylvia Hubbard, a single mother of three, has worked tirelessly to promote and encourage emerging writers in Michigan. She independently published her first romance novel in 2000 and has continued to write in that genre, sometimes venturing into other subgenres. Always urban and contemporary styled, her writing is enjoyed all over the world. She has published 6 paperbacks and over 30 e-books.

The same year she published, Ms Hubbard also created Motown Writers Network to fill the lack of education and networking for Michigan authors online and offline. By 2004, she was frustrated that all the literary conferences had moved too far away from the city and co-created The Essence of Motown Literary Jam Conference held only in the City of Detroit annually.

In addition to romance writing, Hubbard has been featured at various conferences and workshops all over the United States and Canada, where she has taught authors how to sell their books on the Internet. She also published Internet Marketing for Writers & Businesses as a resource for those unable to attend her workshops. In the upcoming year, she will be featured in several anthologies and plans to publish additional e-books.

"I'm no superwoman," she states with a smile that seems infinite on her lips. "I'm just being an asset in the world instead of a liability."

Considered an addicted blogger by HoneyTechblog.com, nominated and recognized for her literary work in the Metro Detroit area, referred to as "A Literary Diva" by Detroit City Council and donned "Cliffhanger Queen" by her readers, she finds solace in speaking and educating on a variety of topics.

Her subjects range from Creative Intimacy, Single Parenting, Blogging, E-Books, Publishing (all aspects i.e.: writing, publishing, marketing & promoting online & offline), and personal triumphs with inspiration mixed in.

Never a disappointment, Sylvia Hubbard, has spoken in front of thousands all over the United States and Canada. Check out her website at SylviaHubbard.com.