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Secrets and Seductions (The Sweet Life #4)

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  407 ratings  ·  35 reviews
From Francine Pascal, creator of Sweet Valley High and author of the New York Times bestselling Sweet Valley Confidential, comes the fourth installment of the groundbreaking, six-part, E-original serial, The Sweet Life, continuing the adventures of beautiful blonde twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield and the gang from Sweet Valley.

Three years after the events of Sweet Va
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ebook, 32 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 29th 2012)
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kylajaclyn
Welcome to "Fifty Shades of Sweet Valley" or The Sweet Life #4: "Secrets and Seductions."

I just have to say that, back in the old days of Sweet Valley, hormones weren't an excuse for relationships falling apart. Since nobody had sex (except Annie Whitman, apparently), the gang had to find ways to fuck up relationships all on their own. Oh, sure, Jess and Liz always cheated. But they never cheated by having sex. We could say that all this discovering of new body parts in Sweet Valley has led to m
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Sara
My one complaint about this series is that the installments keep getting shorter and shorter! What's up with that? It's not like there wasn't room to throw in more characters development or plot twists or even bring back other characters from Sweet Valley High. But at least this installment did not have the lagging, boring subplot that the previous novella did. This one barely featured Steven at all! I guess I could also complain about the stupid decisions all the characters continually make and ...more
Nicole
Welcome to volume four of Francine Pascal's Sweet Life e-serial, Secrets and Seductions, or: Revenge Sex is the Solution to Every Problem Ever.

Angry Todd and Jessica have a big misunderstanding. Jessica decides to pursue someone else (presumably she has sex with him by the next installment) to really show herself--and Angry Todd--that she doesn't need AT in her life to be happy. Angry Todd is heartbroken by the big misunderstanding and mourns for all of two seconds before being all, "Well, I am
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Cheryl
Jessica wants Todd back. Only now Sarah has her arms around Todd. Elizabeth believes that Bruce's competitor Rick Wagner, owner of Wagner Gas is behind Bruce's demise. She just needs to prove it. Then there is Lila. Her secret of her fake pregnacy is revealed. Now she has no chance of winning back her husband and she looks like the fool.

I don't like Sarah. I find her annoying and don't know what Todd sees in her. Elizabeth needs to wake up and realize that Robin is not who she says she is. Eliz
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Victoria
Following up the drama of last week's Too Many Doubts: A Sweet Valley Confidential E-Serial, this fourth installment deepens the drama-factor for nearly all of the main characters. This "Sweet Life" certainly isn't so sweet for those who have been affected by yet more of Caroline Pearce's vicious gossip - she really is the continued villain of Sweet Valley, and it would be nice to finally see her what ought to be coming to her!! Her awfulness really has made her the Scourge of Sweet Valley as sh ...more
Rouselle
In the eleven short chapters of this fourth book, two drama queens have managed to get their husbands divorce them, and two guys have managed to get off their pants and screw the nearest available woman faster than you could say 'rebound sex'. Oh, it just gets trashier and trashier. So hooked already.
Elizabeth
I guess I can't make fun of all the Fifty Shades fans when I'm reading about Todd Wilkins and his "gutteral shouts."

Seriously, though, anyone who grew up reading SVK, SVT, SVH, and SVU needs to read these.
Paula  Phillips
All Lila Fowler has ever wanted was to be the centre of attention and deep
down she has realised that she actually loves Ken Matthews. After Ken left
her for Ashley Morgan- one of the other contestants on the hit TV Show
"True Housewives of Sweet Valley". Lila comes up with the perfect plan to
win Ken back , she will fake a pregnancy. All goes as accordingly to plan
until Gossip queen Caroline Pearce gets ahold of the truth and it
backfires. What will happen though when Lila realises that during the
wh
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Samantha Janning
I just finished the fourth installment in The Sweet Life eSeries from Francine Pascal, Secrets and Seductions. A new development is happening with Bruce’s accuser, and Elizabeth is starting to doubt her creditability. She feels terrible that she was so quick to write Bruce off, and now she can’t even talk to him because he has fled from the States. Jessica is crushed when she finds out from TV that Todd has filed for a divorce. She had high hopes they would somehow reconcile, but she is forced t ...more
Amber
"Hi! My name is Francine Pascal and I have one plot line and one plot line alone: break everyone up and have them screw everyone else around them because they're all idiots incapable of sensing deceit, having decency or communication!"

Seriously, I wrote better plots than this as an eight-year-old. This is literally the worst of the worst soap operas. I thought Sweet Valley Confidential was bad, but this series tops it! At this point, I'm reading on in hopes that a) everyone dies in a fiery explo
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Manda
At times the writing is a bit juvenile and there's some parts that are predictable. But I'm enjoying this eseries.
Fran
This part, and the proceeding part, kind of merged into one for me as I read them so close together. They're a bit filler/padding-ish, just drawing out to the (mostly) predictable endings.

A few daft 'twists' are thrown in that stretch the believability rather too thin; other things are dragged out. Standard soap stuff.

Everyone in Sweet Valley needs to be in counselling, because no one can communicate properly or express their feelings in a normal, healthy fashion. Sweet Valley also seems to suff
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Virginia
Seriously, WTF? This series is simultaneously the best and worst read of the summer, in the greatest possible way.

Now everyone's sleeping with the wrong person, although Todd and that skank Sarah kind of deserve each other. And I'm starting to really like Annie Whitman. Elizabeth was such an idiot, she deserves to lose Bruce.

I'm anticipating that Liam is going to turn into a crazed stalker to Jessica. And by "anticipating," I mean "really, really hoping."
Sarah
AUGH THESE ARE LIKE CRACK. (Granted it's written about as well as you remember, yet just a shade or two above 50 Shades of Battered Wife Syndrome and Twidiocy, but not too much better.)

Remember that soap opera "Passions"? It's like that - silly and kitschy and self-aware enough to know it and it just doesn't care. Do you like RuPaul's Drag Race? Do you love wink wink nudge nudge in jokes at 90s references? Read this.
Selina
This was one of the better ones in this short series so far. I feel a bit squicked out by the Sweet Valley sex scenes, but they aren't too detailed, so I can manage. Also- Elizabeth is an idiot. I'm interested in the Lila storyline the most right now. Some things do seem too off the cuff- Aaron and Steven out in NY without any warning or fanfare?? Weird and out of character.
Kelsey
Well there are things that are starting to get a bit old- the many pop culture references to show how hip the author and Jessica and Elizabeth are and some of the obivous problems, like Jessica assuming Todd slept with Sara without having any proof or even asking him.
But I'm continuining on and liking it.
Beth
More like a 2 1/2 star rating. Don't know why I keep reading, but now I have to finish all 6. I also don't know why there had to be 6. Could have been all 1 book. Maybe it's to get people to keep reading. Too much like a soap opera and a little trashy, but I read these when I was younger so I had to get them!
Maile
Perhaps my least favorite installment to date. I still feel uncomfortable with these characters that I grew up with having sex scenes. It doesn't get graphic, but I could use the fade to black a few minutes sooner.
Marilyn
This has got to be the shortest one yet.

As much as I am enjoying them, I am really disappointed in the length. I wish they where longer and more enjoyable as well.
Mindy
Oh, this series is really heating up. I cannot wait to drive into the next one. The drama and misunderstandings are intense. Sarah is awful!
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Tara
Todd and Jessica; splitsville... Elizabeth and Bruce; splitsville.. Lila and Ken; splitsville.. Such a great book!
Amanda
The plot thickens by this book four of the six book series. Now I'm hooked and need to know how things resolve.
Amanda Sachs
Great quick read. It took me back to my younger days when I used to read Sweet Valley Twins.
Maria
Arghhh... a whole lot of sex, lies and plenty confusion.
Indira
WTF are you doing, Francine Pascal? Stww
Sheila Read
I remember the cover but just not the story.
Stephanie
Why are these books so short?? :(
Kelly Hager


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Francine Pascal (May 13, 1938— ) is an American author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of novels. In 1982 she created the characters and the stories for the first six books and her agent, Amy Berkower of Writers House sold them to Bantam Books. Book number one is mostly written by Ms. Pascal. From then on she wrote the stories for every book ever published in the series. After the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Sweet Life (6 books)
  • The Sweet Life (The Sweet Life #1)
  • Lies and Omissions (The Sweet Life #2)
  • Too Many Doubts (The Sweet Life #3)
  • Cutting the Ties (The Sweet Life #5)
  • Bittersweet (The Sweet Life #6)
Best Friends (Sweet Valley Twins, #1) Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1) Fearless (Fearless, #1) Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later Secrets (Sweet Valley High, #2)

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