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Summary

A man and a woman who thrive on danger and deception find explosive passion in this compelling novel where nothing is as it seems - from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.

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...

©2008 Nora Roberts (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"[A] suspenseful, glamorous story of love, blackmail, and magic." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Reader Burr displays a variety of intonations and accents, from kids to little ladies and old men, from Cajuns to New Yorkers and Mexicans." ( AudioFile)

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unsympathetic characters

I have to say that I laboured through this one. I usually like Nora Roberts' books as light relief. The two main characters bickered their way through the whole book and I felt like telling them to grow up. I found the hero most unlikeable and rather lacking in sense. The story opens when he returns after being absent for five years. There's no good explanation of why he couldn't have contacted his family and told them what the problem was.
The summary refers to the heroine as being a thief, but I had assumed that was some sort of plot twist. In fact all the 'sympathetic' characters are thieves and their only self-justification appears to be that they enjoy it. Perhaps this was meant to give a Raffles-like air to them, but it didn't work for me.

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Poor audio

I enjoyed the story as always with Nora Roberts...not one of my favourites but still an enjoyable bit of escapism. Unfortunately the audio was very poor - sounded like the woman was under water reading...very tinny and robotic at times...this became rather annoying as the book does go on some but I stuck it out as liked the actual story (which I have read in paperback before).

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Not the best of Nora Roberts

I do not fault the writing or performance. However, I struggled to find the characters likeable. Luke was written as an arrogant bully with violent tendencies. And Roxanne is depicted as a wilful attention seeker that blew hot & cold. I kept listening in the hope it improved, but was ready to quit the story at one point when Luke grabs & handcuffs her as they are arguing. A more dysfunctional relationship is hard to imagine. I made myself listen to the end, but cannot say I enjoyed it.

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Honest Illusions

I enjoyed listening to this book very much as I have a likeness for Nora Roberts books

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Storyline isn't bad but the delivery is awful!

It sounds like it's read by a computer very disappointing indeed. The storyline isn't as grabbing as I've come to expect from Nora Roberts. Overall I would say poor, and don't waste your money.

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  • 10-07-12

One of My Favorites Ever!

Would you consider the audio edition of Honest Illusions to be better than the print version?

Audio is better for me because it allows me to listen to books while doing other things around the house. If someone couldn't get this book in Audio, then I'm sure the book version would be just as good.

What other book might you compare Honest Illusions to and why?

I wouldn't compare this book to any other. This book was amazing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the part in the book when Luke sees his son for the first time. My heart just melted. It was beautifully done.

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This has to be one of my top 3 books ever. I absolutely loved this book and will read it again in the future. I would recommend it to anyone. It was perfect.

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  • Heidi
  • 28-01-10

I loved it

What can I say - I love the way Nora Roberts writes, her story lines are great, her characters are "real".

A truly good book!

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  • Dalia
  • 03-01-13

Excellent Audiobook !!!!

NR is such a talent author! She had such multiple depths to her stories, she integrates romance, suspense, family and human relations, history and much more! You end up listening to a well constructed experience brought to perfection by the excellent narration of SB. Well done both! I absolutely loved it! All NR audiobooks are currently in my library waiting for be listened to ;) I am excited to go over her books as I know I will not be disappointed!

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  • D Blouin
  • 16-06-09

Great Book!

This was an excellent book. Nora Roberts does it again with great characters and story line. Kept my attention from the beginning.

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  • Christina Mathis
  • 24-04-19

terrible!

from the get go it was awful..the narrator, the voices she used, the story...just painful...

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  • Michelle
  • 23-06-11

Magical

Loved this book! It's full of love and magic. I absolutely enjoyed the cat & mouse games between the characters. All the characters were wonderfully written in the story.

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  • w.a.m.
  • 30-01-09

Wonderful

Wonderful and great story. It has everything in it. Magic, suspense, romance, excitement. I just loved it!!!

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  • Belinda Reardon
  • 30-09-21

Disappointed

I can’t believe I wasted a credit on this. So juvenile for my taste. Really expected better from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-20

great book

who doesn't love magic, romance n great stoty! loved it! love Nora Roberts! love her stories!

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  • Nina Faye Adams
  • 20-06-20

loved it

I've always loved this story it's so cute and powerful at the same time I can't stop listening to it over and over again I recommended for you

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