Honest Illusions is another of Roberts' "time progression" stories in that it moves through different periods of the characters' lives instead of only being set in the present. The book starts off in the now with a short prologue where the hero, Lu ...more
'The hero abandons the heroine without a word for a few years because he is being blackmailed and doesn't want her to be involved in the mess. Unbeknownst to him, while he is gone she is giving birth to and raising his child. When he comes back, he tells her that he was so miserable without her that he had to drown himself in alcohol and sex. And that "the alcohol helped kill the pain some, but the sex helped more." I thought that was so bizarre that he would tell her about ...more
-Good relations in general (NO DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES)
-Good relationship development (except for the transition.. uhh Luke became creepy)
-and my favorite, THIEVES.
Reasons why this book did not blow my mind
-Wayyy too long
-Umm I don't understand the villain. Perhaps because he was a sociopath or perhaps his motives were absolutely ridiculous. DUDE! THIS HAPPENED YEARS AGO! Build a bridge. GET OVER IT. Plus what does it matter to you, aren't you a so ...more
Hace mucho tiempo, Luke y Roxanne crecieron como hermanos bajo la tutela de Max, un gran mago y estupendo ladrón de su época. Vivieron juntos parte de su adolescencia, pelearon, discutieron, fueron más rivales que amigos, hasta que un día toda esa energía se volcó en la atracción que cada día crecía más fuerte.
Llegado un momento, ya adultos, después de cinco años de haber desaparecido sin haber dicho una palabra, Luke regresa. Roxanne lo odia. El libro comienza.
Habrán de pasar cerca de trec ...more
Max Nouvelle is no everyday carnival side show magician. ...more
I suppose ...more
It still amazes me how many very good books Nora Roberts has written. Her suspense books are my favori ...more
2.5 STARS - IT WAS OK
It's possible that I'm not being completely fair with this review, maybe if I had read this book back in 1992 when it was written, I would have loved it, but it is now 2015 and this book is outdated in a lot of ways. I sometimes find it disconcerting when I read *current day* books that don't have our current technology, I find myself thinking "just freaking use your cell phone" and then remember they didn't yet exist when the book was written. So cell phones and in ...more
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1) The storyline
2) The narrator
In this book both of these factors fell way off the mark and I could only stick it out to the halfway mark. I have outgrown Nora Roberts books a long time ago and should never have started this audio book b ...more
I was upset about Max's fate and it is interesting to read a romance where all the characters don't have a HEA.
I liked the early stories when they were kids and watching them grow up and change over the years.
Luke SHOU ...more
Het thema van dit boek is magie / illusionisten en dievenbendes, eens iets volledig anders maar zeker niet slecht. De personages zijn zoals altijd goed onderbouwd en spreken ook onmiddellijk aan.
Deel 1 en deel 3 lezen erg vlot en de spanning bouwt zich mooi op.
Echter deel 2 vond ik langdradig, het mocht hier voor mij gerust met 50 pg minder.
Vandaar de 4 sterren en geen 5.
I find myself reading this book at least once a year when i'm looking to curl up and engulf myself in other people's lives that are far more exotic than my own.
I laughed, cried, was tormented, angered, intrigued-- Yes it has your typical romance novel elements, but it has depth, and plots twists, and heart. You love these thieves! You LOVE Lilly Nouvelle, she may look like trailer trash, but she is a Queen- a diamond in the rough. Mother earth! Max Nouvelle, a magician, a thief, a ...more
Two different blackmails were used to get characters to do things that did not fit their motivations. Not a good story for me.
In one blackmail, the victim A is supposed to leave the person he loves (B) and not tell B. It was a stupid device to make them both suffer. I think A could have told B and asked B to keep it secret, and B would have kept the secret. But the author did not do that. Then later A vi ...more
When I first picked it up, I wasn't sure what it was about, but I decided to read it anyway, knowing that Nora Roberts is supposedly a very good author, and pretty upset for never giving a book of her's a chance sooner. I was surprised by the amount of romance in it, as I expected it to be mostly a magic ...more
So Honest Illusions gave me what I craved. Nothing more, nothing less.
Since I have worked with a lot of magicians (not in the scale of the Nouvelles in the story, but still) rope-dancers and ...more
Quem conhece os livros da Nora Roberts sabe que os seus livros não primam propriamente pela originalidade ou imprevisibilidade, mas ainda assim é uma leitura que prende e cativa o leitor do início ao fim. Este livro n ...more
The plot was new to me. The characters were magicians/thieves. I have never read a romance novel that centered around these "talents" and I was riveted page after page just as I am in real life where magic is concerned. It also contains "heist" plots. Max, Roxie, and Luke are accomplished and professional thieves, and I was reminded of one of m ...more
Este é um livro mágico que engloba um drama familiar no mundo do ilusionismo. A família Nouvelle é o foco desta estória. O patriarca, Max, é um homem astuto e determinado, cujo carácter impulsiona o resto da família. A seu lado encontra-se Lily, a sua companheira elegante e inteligente; a sua filha Roxanne e Luke, um rapaz acolhido pela família. Os valores familiares são a base desta estória e é notório o amor e o carinho emanados entre tod ...more
"Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take unrelenting and unabating practice."
The villain stole irreplaceable things from them...from illusionists; love, time and trust and now he has to pay.
Another fantastic book by Nora Roberts.
Inspiring quot ...more
The story revolves around Luke, an abused runaway, Max, a magician (and part-time jewel thief) who takes Luke under his wing, and Roxanne, Max's fiery daughter.
It was quite enjoyable and I liked the mains but I never went into obsession, largely because of two flaws: (1) they are thieves - I am sorry, that prevented me from really rooting for them. I am not into criminals and (2) the bad guy is a liter ...more
Nora Roberts is an *extremely* prolific writer so if you like this one, you'll have ...more
Desta vez foi de vez!
Não foi dos livros da Nora Roberts que mais me seduziu. Tem uma história fluída e interessante. As personagens são rebuscadas e intrigantes. A história de vida de Luke é impressionante e proporciona o lado negro da narrativa. Jogo de Mãos é ...more
The daughter of a world-renowned magician, Roxy Nouvelle has inherited her father’s talents—and his penchant for jewel thievery. Into this colorful world comes Luke Callahan, an escape artist who captures her heart—and keeps secrets that could shatter all her illusions…
**From Publishers Weekly
Roberts ( Hot Ice ; Sacred Sins ) combines conventional elements--sizzling sex, a cunning villain, a captivating story, some tugs at the heartstrings--then adds a twist (the good guys ar...more
Dat is echter lang niet het enige dat Max hem leert. Samen met zijn vrouw ...more
Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her ...more