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Genuine Lies

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New York Timesbestselling author Nora Roberts weaves scandal, celebrity secrets, and murder into an explosive novel of Hollywood almost too wicked not to be true: the story of a legendary actress who knows too much—and the woman she’s chosen to reveal it all….

Eve Benedict is the kind of subject who could make any biographer’s career. Last of the movie goddesses, she has t
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Published July 22nd 2009 by Bantam (first published August 1st 1991)
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May 05, 2016 Xana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosto sempre de voltar a Nora!!
São leituras descomplicadas, que começamos a saber que vai acabar tudo bem, mas que me dão imenso gozo!
Gostei muito deste livro, embora tenha previsto o desenlace bastante cedo, adorei ler o desenrolar da amizade entre Eve e Julia, a simplicidade de Julia e o facto de Eve ser tão excêntrica e especial!
Recomendo sem reservas, uma leitura leve e descontraída!
Mar 18, 2013 Falina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first Nora Roberts novel...truly a milestone.

In "Who's Afraid of Happy Endings?" there's a clip of Nora Roberts describing an encounter with a woman who, upon learning Roberts' identity, said "Oh, you write that smut." Nora's response? "No, I do not write smut. What the hell is wrong with you?"

My instant response was to think Lady, lighten up -- how can you write romance and still be that easily offended? My response now, after reading one of her novels, is...yeah, she's still too easily offe
Nibra Tee
Alex is The Romance Fox
Book Description: New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves scandal, celebrity secrets, and murder into an explosive novel of Hollywood almost too wicked not to be true: the story of a legendary actress who knows too much—and the woman she’s chosen to reveal it all….

Eve Benedict is the kind of subject who could make any biographer’s career. Last of the movie goddesses, she has two Oscars, four ex-husbands, and a legion of lovers, both famous and infamous. Now she is ready to write a
Jul 07, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-lit
Holy 80′s!…Ok, so the book was originally published in 1991 but really, we’re splitting hairs. Eve and Julia walk around in coral colored silk jackets and elegant leisure pajamas. And the trainer Fritz…OMG this quote had me cracking up!

“Standing beside Eve as she lay on a weight bench doing leg curls was Mr. Muscle…He had to be nearly seven feet – a Nordic god whose bronze body bulged out of an incredibly brief unitard.”


Only in the 80′s (-ish) could this be possible.
Feb 06, 2016 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This was over wayyyyy too fast. It's plotted crazily, in that messy way that turns out to be simple, and the beginning Hollywood glamour thing goes away when the trial starts, so the book feels uneven. And then it just ends. But Paul and Julia are great, and so is Brandon.
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"Is love worth it?"

"It's worth everything. I wouldn't waste a day, not an hour, not a moment. Take what you want, and damn caution. Or the biggest regret you'll have at the end of your life is wasted time."

When Julia Summers is asked by wildly famous and legendary Hollywood actress Eve Benedict to write her biography, she agrees but has no idea what she is getting herself into. Certainly not the amount of people in Eve's life that do not want the book written. Certainly not the growing friendshi
Jun 28, 2016 Mariazita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Completamente maravilhoso este livro de Nora Roberts, envolvi-me completamente na sua leitura, foi com este género de livros, romance, mistério ,intriga e crime que Nora Roberts conseguiu conquistar-me nos primeiros livros que li da autora, e este é retornar as origens.
Eve Benedict , uma antiga estrela de cinema, resolve escrever a sua biografia, na sua longa carreira assistiu a muita , fez também muito e sabe demais de toda as estrelas e do mundo do cinema.Esta sua intenção de escrever tudo o
Oct 13, 2011 Alyssa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book three stars because I felt like there wasn't very much development leading up to Eve's killer. Obviously someone wanted the secrets kept just that - secrets - enough to kill for them. However, there were a couple of things that made me angry, (okay, okay, I understand that this book was published nearly two decades ago, but really?!) first, how Paul seemed to be verging on the edge of killing Julia himself at some moments, and second, there is no way a woman nearly in her sevent ...more
Oct 21, 2008 Cyrisse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers
Recommended to Cyrisse by: n/a
Shelves: nora-roberts
Eve Benedict is the last of the movie goddesses, a smoky-voiced sex symbol with two Oscars, four ex-husbands, and a legion of lovers to her name. There is no secret, no scandal she doesn't know. Now Eve has decided to write her memoirs -- no holds barred. All Hollywood begs her not to. But Eve has her reasons...

Julia Summers is the biographer Eve has handpicked to tell her story. Transported from her quiet life in Connecticut to glitzy Beverly Hills, Julia hates the limelight but loves her work
Sep 05, 2011 2JennyN rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
August 31
The key characters are Eve Benedict, a famous movie goddess, Julia Summers, a biographer, and Paul Winthrop, Eve's handsome stepson. Alot of other movie stars are involved. Who plots against Eve, disliking the fact about her writing out her biography.
Eve Benedict who is now in retirement, decides to write a biography about her and the things she did and went through in order to get the top of Hollywood. She planned on spilling every detail, leaving nothing out, including the people wh
Jan 22, 2014 Whisper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
What can I say? I'm a sucker for old hollywood and headstrong beautiful women. Nora Roberts wrote a breathtaking story of a glamorous actress who by the end of her life wanted to right all of her wrongs. She brought her long lost daughter to her home, into her world to write her biography. The twist? her daughter Julia didn't know Eve was her biological mother, as she was given up for adoption as a newborn. This book has so many twists and shocked me to the core to the point I slapped my hands t ...more
Two stars because I felt like reading it again after I read it the first time. I found this one oddly compelling despite its flaws. It was overlong and spent a lot of time introducing a plethora of characters who just seemed to be there to clutter up the suspects list.

There was a lot of old Hollywood glamour in this book and I think I enjoyed that the most about it: the aging leading lady who has held her appeal all these years, illicit affairs, organized crime, general betrayal all made for a s
Dec 11, 2014 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Nora Roberts about 15 years ago. I believe it was my sister-in-law who told me about her. I read one book and I was hooked. I can't even tell you the first book I read by her, only that I was hooked and she quickly became one of my top favorite all-time authors. Now she releases a book and I buy and read.

Fifteen years later I am getting a chance to reread her books via audio and remember why I love her so much! This book reminds me why she is one of my favorite authors! The cast of
May 11, 2015 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was another good read. I actually finished a few days ago, but hadn't had time to give my review. this kept you guessing right til the end. while reading, I compared Eve to Betty Davis from the way she was described. while reading, and wondering why she wanted to do this book, knowing how much it would hurt others, I figured there had to be a reason. half way through, I thought-wouldn't it be something if Julia was Eve's daughter, even though she never had children. During the story, threat ...more
6/10 ...more
Rachel Klestinec
Fascinating **SPOILER ALERT**

Roberts is one of my all-time favorites, and with Genuine Lies, she certainly didn't disappoint. In fact, I might go so far as to say it is one of, if not the best Roberts book I've read.

Not surprisingly, the characters are so stunningly well-developed you can't help but get attached. Eve was the best; she had flaws and beauty, realistic habits, and was so believable as a silver screen goddess. I wanted to be among her entourage, even if it meant my secrets being rev
Jun 10, 2010 Cheri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sporadic objectionable language - detracted from the story which was pretty good. Read on the plane (captive audience) It was that or the pathetic movie or pay for TV :(
Jul 28, 2014 Yukino rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miei, 2014
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Jun 28, 2014 Meryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is certainly not Roberts' best one. The storyline is totally predictable.In fact I anticipated the illegitimacy of Julia and never empathised or sympathised with Eve. Well, she could have still become a star minus some of the sleaze!

Furthermor Roberts converts Paul, Julia and Eve into sex machines; thereby robbing them of their humaneness. I hate her treatment of characters and her repetitive storyline. does she have anything else but truckloads of casual and unsafe sex to offer? Totally di
Thais Gisele
Muito bom suspense romântico que tem como pano de fundo o “mundinho” das grandes estrelas de Hollywood.

Mentiras Genuínas tem um estilo clássico de história de suspense. É um típico “Who Did It” (Quem Matou), em que todos os personagens parecem culpados e são suspeitos, lembrando muito a dinâmica de livros da Dama Agatha Christie. Como já sabemos desde praticamente a primeira página que Eve será assassinada, a questão é saber quando e comoisso irá acontecer e,claro, prestando a atenção a cada “p
"I’m serious." Nina set the cup on the dressing table, among Eve’s lotions and creams. The scent of the room was pure female, not floral or fussy, but mysterious and erotic. "You know—well, I’ve already told you how I feel. And now … Anthony Kincade’s reaction the other night really worried me."

"Tony’s not worth a moment’s worry." She patted Nina’s hand before picking up her tea. "He’s slime," she said mildly, drawing in the subtle scent and taste of jasmine. "And it’s more than past time someon
Kari Ramirez
One of the things I've noticed going back and re-reading these older Nora Roberts books is how she's evolved her female characters. In these older books the women are all not looking for any sort of relationship and then here comes this irresistible man who nearly forces himself on them and they fall in love two days later. There are some exceptions to this, but this one, Genuine Lies, was probably the worst offender.

Maybe it didn't help that I didn't care for any of the characters and the book
Becca Evans
Sep 27, 2011 Becca Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed reading Nora Roberts. She is definitely has a very strong voice as a writer and it is always great to read her books.

Julia Summers travels across the country with her son to write a biography of a movie goddess, Eve. Eve decided she wanted her story told and all the lies from her past to be revealed, and handpicks Julia out of the crowd of writers. Their relationship begins all business, but slowly over time they begin to develop a more personal relationship as well. Throu

Gostei, como gosto de qualquer livro da NR. Não está nos meus favoritos, mas gostei bastante de vários pormenores que achei interessantes. Houve outros aspectos que não me surpreenderem, à falta de melhor palavra.

Foi um livro que me pôs a pensar sobre as injustiças da vida.

Começando pelas partes que não achei tanta piada... - foi uma história bastante previsível. Todas aquelas relações familiares, filhas de este fulano e do outro, consegui deduzir tudo. Toda e qualquer atitude da Eve esta
Mar 14, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eve Benedict, queen of Hollywood, has decided at the end of a fruitful career to have her memoirs written. She hires Julia Summers to do the job, with the bonus intention of hooking Julia up with Eve's stepson, Paul. Unfortunately, Eve knows many secrets about some very powerful and dangerous individuals, one of whom will kill to keep them from coming to light. The first chapter reveals that someone does kill Eve, and that Julia is being charged with the murder.
Nora Roberts has been a queen of
Dec 26, 2012 Christianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: will-read-again
This was definitely a great read for me. I bought this at a book sale and it was a quick-scan, quick-buy moment for me because I was with my friends. I read Sacred Sins before reading this book and that was an okay read for me. But this is absolutely amazing! Genius!

Although I have to admit it was a bit dark for me, darker than the other Nora Robert's I've read, I have to say I enjoyed reading until the end. I had a bit of a hunch who the killer was which disappointed me a little bit but eith
Aug 23, 2012 Mafi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2012, pt

Já há algum tempo que um livro na Nora não me prendia tanto. O último que li da autora "A Villa" foi bom, mas este "Mentiras Cruéis" é um dos melhores dela! Adorei do princípio ao fim e conseguiu verdadeiramente surpreender-me. É um livro parecido com outro que já li (lá está eu dizer que pro vezes as histórias são recicladas) que é o Escândalos Privados, mas acho este ainda melhor.

Ao princípio pensava que não ia gostar nada da Eve, mas adorei-a, tem um bom coração e sofreu muito para c
Oct 14, 2010 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Quando foi convidada para escrever a biografia da famosa estrela de cinema Eve Benedict, Julia Summers tinha noção das dificuldades que teria de ultrapassar, mas nunca pensou que teria pela frente de enfrentar um sem fim de pessoas que não queriam que os segredos do passado de Eve e, consequentemente do seu próprio passado, viessem a lume.

Por isso mesmo, logo nos primeiros dias da sua chegada a casa da famosa actriz, Julia começou a receber estranhos bilhetes anónimos com ameaças.

Primeiro foi o
This is my first Nora Roberts`s...And last one, I think..The book was okay, but the settings and styles were a bit too dull for my taste. It was overelaborate in certain parts, and it has this weird grandeur style that I find a bit tedious to read..A reason why I only read this before sleeping and why it took me some time to finish it off..

Anyway, this story is about Hollywood`s finest Superstar ,bar Marilyn Monroe`s (if not better) , Eve Benedict. Her knowledge of famous people`s dark secrets a
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

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“I wonder if you can understand, I never really knew what it was to want, until you.” 56 likes
“Eve rose stiffly when he strode out of the house. In silence, she watched Julia look after him. "The male ego," Eve murmured as she crossed the room to put an arm around Julia's shoulders. "It's a huge and fragile thing. I always envision it as an enormous penis made of thin glass.” 39 likes
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