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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,336 ratings  ·  134 reviews
To the outside world, Siena McMahon has a fairytale life. Born into a great Hollywood dynasty - granddaughter of forties movie legend Duke McMahon, daughter of billionaire producer Pete McMahon - she is blessed with beauty, brains and wealth, a proverbial princess. mansion, life is far from happy. The McMahons are bound together not by love, but by ambition, greed and intr ...more
Paperback, 638 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Orion (first published December 31st 1999)
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Carolyn
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Katie OD
Jun 27, 2007 Katie OD rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls
I really enjoyed this book. It was surprisingly deeper than most "chick lit" and I found it interesting and hard to put down. It does a good job of offering a different view of the hollywood life and the ups and downs of the business. I really enjoyed this book and would reccomend it!
Rosemary Ibekwe
I read some of the negative reviews and was sincerely shocked.
First, I really didn't think Bagshawe was a terrible writer, I thought she did a splendid job of taken on such an awkward group of characters and making it work out is some odd fashion.
Second, although this part makes sense the readers are missing the whole ideology behind the way the characters are. Everyone keeps complaining about how the characters are selfish and have no moral compass. Stop!!! and think to yourself. Doesn't tha
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Krista Basilio
Barbara Rosenblat always does an outstanding job of bringing books to life on tape. This book is so close to being great that it breaks my heart to see the fundamental rules of fiction ignored: if a gun appears in scene 3, experienced readers expect that this is foreshadowing that will come into play at a later point in the book. When Siena comes under the total influence of the controlling, brutal, exploitive movie mogul, Stein, he forces her to perform pornographic sex acts, which he records o ...more
Joey
This is a good read! Really good looksee into the Hollywood world - all fictional, of course.

No matter how true or real the scenarios are though, the characters are very well fleshed out. I really could sympathise with Siena, Hunter, Max, Tiffany and all... And I really adored Max. Both he and Siena are such imperfect characters that they felt really human.

The plot is your usual scandal-ridden, heart-breaking/makeup, psychotic family story, nothing that can surprise you really. But the humanity
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Tina86
Wow!! I just finished Adored last night and i was so sad to see it end. I thought this was fantastic and i also read that this was Tilly's first book, so good job!!!

The storyline realy moved along and nothing dragged on.

Highly recommend to those who love "trashy" chick lit novels. Very easy to read and one recommenedation, make sure you have plenty of time to read it because you will be spewing when you have to put it down.

This is the second Tilly Bagshawe book i have read and i will definitel
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Brittercup
I was given this book by a friend to read whilst I was holidaying in Thailand.

She said I wouldn't be able to put it down, she was right. From start to finish this book contains thrills, sadness, good times and of course even better times. It has all the glitz and glam of Hollywood glamour, following into today's times.

It is written very well and defiantly keeps you involved.

I would say the importance this book shares is family, affairs, also the right to be adored.
Benny
I loved this book.

The characters were troubled individuals with so much real life in bedded in them. The ups and downs of a dysfunctional family that everyone at some point has to face. Dirty secretes, the misconception of children.

Innocent minds playing with the idea of right and wrong.

I found sienna's rise and downfall intriguing. I loved reading her journey through which she found herself, and threw away the person she thought she ought to be.
ReaderSP
I have read a few Louise Bagshawe books and my Mum recommended this to me. I really enjoyed it. I read it really quickly and the only negative that I had was that it was a bit predictable. I liked that the story flashed back to the main characters childhood, I felt that this background was essential to allow you to understand the characters fully. A good read.
Jennifer Johnson
When I was at the library last time, this book caught my attention for two reasons, a)the cover model was wearing the most equisite diamond necklace and b)it was thick as hell. Knowing that I needed a distraction to last me two nearly three hour train rides and a big time killer I decided to check it out.

This was clearly not going to be a nobel prize winner, nor is it ever going to charm Oprah enough to make her book list- it's a big fat, predictable, mildly smutty romance novel that reads like
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Cheryl
Let's see - - if you are beautiful and wealthy and have a great Hollywood name, you can pretty much berate and belittle everyone around you and they'll still come running back to you. Now, let's add a little humility here when that beautiful face is totally ruined by a madman that you knowingly hooked up with, and who has also ruined you financially, and VOILA! You are instantly a far better person. To top it all off, we add a gorgeous uncle who is a TV star and who is the equivalent of a saint, ...more
Sprout117
Though this was considered a trashy romance novel...it easily stands out as one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I bought this book in an airport and finished it on my round trip...even reading at my vacation destination. I then passed it on to a best friend who fell equally in love. Unexpected delight could be found along every corner of this book...it's smarter than a Collins, too bad Bagshawe didn't seem to continue the trend. Still looking for another similar book to feed my occasional hunge ...more
Pooja Jeevagan
A real long, total filmy n seriously time killer book...it has all big drama n larger than life scenarios in it...too many details, too many characters to make you wonder why they were ever there...too many open ends making you wonder what happened to those characters...n still, it keeps you turning the page...a perfect guilty read...a novel you aren't really proud to b reading, but would complete any which way ;)
Heather
Mar 12, 2009 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: jayne
Shelves: 2009
trashy trashy novel. needed a good editor. BUT SO MUCH FUN. this was a great, beachy, fast, naughty read.
and i liked that unlike so many other trashy novels, this one was a good length- most of them are over before they get going. though with better editing, this one would have been about 50-100 pages shorter.
Nadine
Superb!!! Words truly fail me......This book is simply amazing!
The author, Tilly Bagshawe, is a superb writer. I couldn't put the book down. I was immersed in the story and couldn't wait to see what happens next. WOW...WOW......I intend to read every one of her books. She is one talented writer!!
Kara Herman
An amazing book. Lots of drama, lots of heart ache. All that glitters is not gold is pretty much what sums up this book. It's an excellent read. I read for three nights straight until I finished so I recommend this to anyone who loves a bit of drama, a bit of romance and a bit entertainment.
Tory
I wasn't expecting greatness, but from the little blurb in the beginning by the author, about how there isn't enough SUPER TRASH in chick-lit right now... I was expecting some irony, some entertainment, some SOMETHING.

It was just bad. Badly written, badly imagined, bad, bad, bad.
Lydia
Couldn't get into this at all. All the characters are nasty or weak or horrible! Listened to some on audio then gave up.
Jessica
This book was super trashy and slutty and it was a waste of my time. I got through the first 5 chapters and was over it.
Kim Bui
It was my cheesy, I'm on vacation book and definitely served it's purpose.
Wendy
ugh. Can't believe I read the whole thing...
Radiya
I hated most of the characters. At times it was painful reading something with only like three redeeming characters with any sense of a moral compass. I found the whole novel irritating with the selfishness of most of the characters; their goals revolved around money, fame and power in Hollywood. Adored is mainly about the lives of members of the McMahon family, mainly young Siena who wants to shed her McMahon image and claim Hollywood through her own talent and not name. Apparently this is a tr ...more
Zee
I don't think I can fully explain why I gave this book only two stars without seriously giving the whole plot away. So in brief bullet points.

1. Tilly Bagshawe is a great writer who knows how to capture an audience and hold them ensnared by a book until its finished, whether you like the plot or not.
2. The characters were way too polarizing. The good characters were saints and the villains were demons. There were some moments that bad characters did nice things but it wasn't enough to impact t
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Virginia Markhart
I like this author. The two books I have read were very similar. This one follows Sienna, a naughty, rich, Hollywood gal who gets herself in a lot of trouble with her heart. I had some trouble keeping the family line separated. The whole idea of a wife letting her spouse bring his mistress into the home...not buying that. Then the mistress has a child. hmm. Too close for me but made for a great book.
Tiro Sibaya
Feb 17, 2014 Tiro Sibaya marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I'm not one to give up on a book, I guess I'm a book martyr, but this book I just could not bear. It is the inspiration for me creating an "Abandoned" category on my bookshelf and reminded me of something a former colleague once said "...life is too short to waste on a bad book..."
Cathy
Like an audio book soap opera, Adored chronicled the lives of the McMahon family over several decades. Drama, mystery, conflict, chaos, romance, fame, gossip and fortune ensued throughout. When te male patriarch of the McMahon family passed, a lot of people had to get used to a lot of changes - most of which were out of their control and most of which they did not like. Nevertheless, time went on, everyone grew up and went on their way, each on their own path of success. But in the McMahon famil ...more
Linda
Adored is an entertaining throw back to the hey-day of Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz. Filled with Hollywood scoundrels, love, hate, betrayal, back stabbing and plenty of steamy sex; it was a fun ‘beach book’, don’t expect depth just have fun.

Siena McMahon is the granddaughter of one of Hollywood’s greatest icons. Determined to follow in the footsteps of the great Duke McMahon, Sienna will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Throughout the book we have a bit of a love/hate relationship with
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Jennifer
Read it when it first came out. It's kind like a big fast food binge: somewhat tasty at the moment, but you don't want to do it again anytime soon. And the idea of stables and horse property in Beverly Hills still makes me shake my head. Tilly, please!
Amanda Patterson
Adored is a family saga set in the Hollywood celebrity society.
Duke McMahon is a self-made man, escaping poverty by becoming a movie star. He is a household name; a legend when westerns ruled. He has a lust for life and a charisma that makes him larger than life.
Siena McMahon is feisty, beautiful and the granddaughter of the great Duke McMahon. She wants to follow in the footsteps of her beloved grandfather and earn her own place in Hollywood history.
Her pursuit of wealth, fame and adoration t
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Tracie Hall
It was probably the British accented reader that made this a book I enjoyed listening to.
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Matilda Emily N. Bagshawe was born on 12 June 1973 in England, UK. She attended local all-girls Catholic schools near her family home in Surrey. She was a single mother at 17, but she won a place at Cambridge University and took Persephone, her ten-month-old baby daughter with her. As a journalist, she went on to enjoy a successful career in London, and contributed regularly to The Sunday Times, D ...more
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