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"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?"

About the Author

No one does family and relationship drama quite like bestselling author Millenia Black! Heralded as a double life and relationship expert, she's been a featured guest on radio shows across the country, discussing the 7 Smoke Signals Your Man is Living a Double Life. 

A celebrated alumnus of Keiser University, Millenia lives in Florida where she was born and raised. She's currently hard at work on BLUE SATIN SASHES, book two of the highly acclaimed Favorite Things Trilogy!

Currently unmarried, she's never dated anyone living a double life...

She thinks.

Visit her on the Web: milleniablack.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453697748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453697740
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this captivating tale of deceit and betrayal, we are introduced to Reginald Brooks who has seemingly mastered the art of living a double life. On one hand, he is a devoted family man with a wife of 18 years and two children. On the other hand, he lives with his much younger girlfriend and their six-year-old daughter.

After six years, the stress of trying to keep both lives separate is eating away at Reginald, so he decides it's time to choose which life he wants to live. After making his decision, he comes to realize that exposing his secret does not bring the peaceful resolution he was expecting. Instead, it opens up a chasm of lies and deceit so deep that it's anybody's guess who, if anyone, will escape unscathed.

Like an F5 tornado, THE GREAT PRETENDER sweeps you deep into its vortex, drawing you into this enthralling tale of secrets, secrets and even more secrets. With a surprise ending that is so intense, you will be left slack-jawed and wondering why you didn't see it coming.

Look out literary world! Millenia Black, a very prolific mystery writer, has hit the scene as a force to be reckoned with. THE GREAT PRETENDER is a wonderful debut novel and I highly recommend this to readers everywhere.

Reviewed by Renee Williams
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I loved everything about this book! I relate well to Reginald's wife Tracy, she's the type of woman that most of us women find ourselves becoming at some point when we feel distanced from our mates.
The book is exciting, dramatic, mysterious and clever. The characters are interesting. Completing this book will leave you feeling the need to write the author and DEMAND a follow up of some sort!
I would also LOVE to see a movie! I would be so eager and happy to see how well the actors would portray these very complex characters and make them come to life! I could see it being a movie to watch over and over again, it would probably be just as addicting as Millenia Black's spicy book! If you read ANY book, THIS is the one to read! --.
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Reginald Brooks is a big shot gentleman that is living a dream life. He has a great job at Hart-Roman with a boss that is also a close friend, his best friend has been with him for all of his adult life, he's been married to his childhood sweetheart for almost two decades and they have two beautiful, well-adjusted daughters. However, this was not enough for Reginald. While traveling to Orlando to oversee another division of Hart-Roman's advertising ventures, Reginald meets and takes up with Renee Jameson. They have a young daughter together, Denise.
This begins the split of Reginald's life.
He orchestrates it so traveling to and fro is intertwined with his work for Hart-Roman and as the intringing prologue conveys, for six years, "All was well in Miami." and "All was well in Orlando."
THE GREAT PRETENDER was a fascinating read. The transitions from one scene to the next was quick and fluid and caused me to fly threw the story. Though I am very tempted to give away the ending of this tumultuous plot, I won't. I can only say that the author did such an exciting job of having the ramifications creep up on me that my mouth literally fell open and then I said, "Well, it figures." because it made perfect sense. Why didn't I see it coming? Needless to say, it was an ending I shant soon forget.
Once I reached the end of this story, I do have but one serious complaint of THE GREAT PRETENDER: I have not seen or heard anything about a sequel.
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I remember watching an evening news magazine once about two women married to the same man who was leading a double life, with two families. Then I saw this book, remembered the story and was fascinated by the premise. What kind of people DO that??
This is a wonderful story about a guy who tries to have it all, two families, two lives, and the people he deceives. The story will keep you on the edge of your seat through to the end. There are lessons to be learned, but enjoy yourself on the ride! You'll love this book!
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This is one of the best plot lines I have ever read, especially the sex scenes, they were so hot! I'm still fawning over the private detective, Brent Stone! His attraction to his "client" was so electric and so intense, you felt the pages were going to catch fire and I just couldn't wait for them to end up in bed together. Quite honestly, I would read all of this author's books just for the sex scenes!
The plot of Reginald's lie was equally as engaging and I couldn't have guessed it would end up the way it did with the mistress. All in all, this is a very interesting read. I could not put the book down until I finished.
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Reading "The Great Pretender" by Millenia Black was an experience. I was able to enter a lost world of deception, betrayal, lies and deceit.
Reginald, a business man, had the privilege to work in two cities. He resides in Miami with his wife and two daughters and has a secret life in Orlando with a mistress with a beautiful six year old little girl. Reginald later on had confessed about his secret life.
According to statistics, 50-70% of men cheat on their wives. 2/3 of those wives (approx. 26 million women) have no idea their husbands are having an affair despite the presence of numerous tell-tale signs. As widespread as infidelity is, most of it goes undetected until it's too late. "The Great Pretender" gave me specific details and signs to look for in a relationship. Tracy, the wife, had secrets of her own.
The story also reflects the double standard in our society as it relates to men cheating vs. women cheating in relationships. For women, it is more of an unforgiving act. The story was very well put together and it kept me interested. The characters make some sad choices and are true to life. This book is recommended very highly to all readers who enjoy an interesting, well thoughtout story.
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