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VINE VOICEon 8 August 2011
Format: Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
First day on the beach in beautiful Tuscany armed with this book and from the very first chapter I was hooked. There were lots of intertwining plots to keep me from putting the book down for long. I warmed to the leading character, unlucky in love Anna, who buries herself into her media law career. The media law covered in this book helps you understand the darker side that can be encountered by high profile celebrities and the lengths that media lawyers have to go to keep their clients out of the papers!

Although Anna is central to the story, there are many other characters with a story of their own. I enjoyed how all the plots eventually came together for the inevitable happy ending, but I must say that you do keep guessing right until the end.
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I've never read Tasmina Perry before so am unable to compare this latest offering with her other highly acclaimed works, but will say that I found it an entertaining enjoyable read.
It's about a whole host of characters,some of which work for Donovan Pierce, a group of lawyers who specialise in protecting celebrities from the press. The latest recruit is Anna, who begins her work for the company by going all out to prevent a sensational exposure about Hollywood star Sam Charles. Unfortunately it all goes pear shaped and Anna is left to carry the can. But slowly she begins to realise that someone deliberately set out to sabotage her work, and that someone is closer than she thinks. This then takes her down the road of trying to discover why a young woman died and whether it was the accident everyone claims, or something more sinister.
It's chicklit with a little darkness thrown in, entertaining, easy reading that would be a great holiday read.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 August 2011
No, that's not an oxymoron in my title: this manages to straddle the divide between trashy beach-read and something a little more grown-up very well.

For one, our heroine is not some dumb wannabe starlet or a ditzy, charming girl running a flower shop or doing another suitably `feminine' job which she can give up as soon as she finds a (rich) man... she's a tough, bright and driven lawyer, admittedly in the `glamorous' area of media law, and perfectly capable of supporting herself.

Our heroes, too, (this is an ensemble novel so there are, arguably, more than one) might be good-looking but they also have a moral centre usually noticeably lacking in this kind of book and choose to use it within the world of the novel.

Perry manages to keep various plot-strands bubbling very well and handles them with detail rather than simply skimming the surface. These lawyers don't just flit around London in taxis and designer suits, they stay up all night working on cases before going to court.

That said, the book also has a deliciously shallow side with Hollywood actresses, models, call girls, the paparazzi and private jets; and is fairly topical with various plots concerning super-injunctions and the quest of celebrities to keep their private lives out of the papers.

So this certainly won't be winning any literary prizes, but for a surprisingly intelligent read that is still glamorous and full of deliciously scandalous goings-on this is perfect.
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VINE VOICEon 27 February 2013
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I have read one Tasmina Perry book before (Perfect Strangers) and that was gripping! I had got this from Vine a while ago and forgotten all about it. When I came across it, I was looking forward to starting it.

This book has a lot of characters but the main one is Anna, a lawyer at Donovan Pearse. She is a lwayer to the stars and hiding lots of 'dirty' secrets! Lots of these stars and people who work for Donovan Pearse come into the story. The main part of the story follows a suspicious death that Anna is asked to look into.

I think that is one of my main issues with the book. We are introduced to the 'main' story right at the beginning and then it is a good 200 pages before we come back to it. I felt the story was sidetracked by too many sub-plots. It was all very long and drawn out and I could see the ending coming a mile off. The conclusion to the suspicious death storyline wasn't even that shocking.

There were parts of the book that I enjoyed. The sections with Sam and Jessica were very interesting (although Jessica's lie about the pregnancy didn't come to anything.) I really liked the character of Anna as she seemed to be wanting to do good for people rather than worry about money.

Sadly, I didn't enjoy this book as much as 'Perfect Strangers.' I think it could have been shorter and needed to be more gripping. Disappointing.
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VINE VOICEon 16 August 2011
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Private Lives is a whacking 678 pages long and should have taken me a lot longer to read. However I zipped through it as the plot and characterisation appealed to me and I found it an extremely satisying holiday read.
Feisty lawyer Anna Kennedy is given a clue as to why her just case with her new firm goes catastrophically wrong and she wont rest until she finds out how and why it happened.
There is a nice mix of film stars, politicians, media personalities and showbiz glitz to keep you engaged to the end.
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VINE VOICEon 5 February 2012
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On first glance, this book looks massive and could potentially take a long time to read. But this couldn't be more wrong!

You will not be able to put it down even if you wanted to as you are instantly hooked from the word go!

Anna, our lead character ignites a lot of empathy with the reader due to her unlucky in love past and feel and she, like many of us women and of course men, she doesn't seem to be able to get it right. Instead she avoids it and constantly puts her work career in law ahead of herself and her needs. The nice thing about that is, that she is a lawyer for celebrities, which is a new take not really covered a lot in books before, it added a nice touch and different side to what we all read in the gossip mags and in the papers, showing just what lengths those in power have to go to help their celebrity clients stay out the papers and avoid scandal. Very current considering the whole celebrity injunctions as of late too.

Anna is new to the law firm who specialise in these matters and everything doesn't really go to plan when she tries to impress on a big job trying to stop information on a big scandal for a Hollywood actor called Sam Charles. Being the new recruit she is the scape goat and is left to bear the brunt of the failure in preventing it from happening.

It becomes clear though that this wasn't her fault, we the reader are privy to our own scandal, that she was deliberately set up... and what uncovers in a mystery like fashion of piecing together information and circumstances surrounding a young women's death leads her to some scandal she may wish she hadn't uncovered...

While not having read any of her other works I will definetly be checking them out since this one was so enjoyable. It was full of tension mounting moments, twists and opens the window for a look in to what goes on behind closed doors of some of the famous and rich.

Cassandra220689
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VINE VOICEon 2 March 2013
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When this book arrived, I thought; "I never get through this!" The book is nearly 600 pages long... I have not read any other books by Tasmina Perry, so don't know how it compares to others. The story is about a young lawyer in a specialist celebrity law-firm, and the reader gets a good insight in what is going on behind the scenes of the firm.It is very descriptive and the characters are beautifully set out. Anna is trying to uncover a murder conspiracy and that is one of the main story lines in the book. However, there are lots of other things happening with the celebrities and how they need covering up of their mistakes. With so much going on it is sometimes difficult to keep track on what is happening. The book is a mix between a thriller and romance and it delivers well in each of these areas. Personally, I found it a bit too long and would have liked to see it at least 1/3 less.
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This is the first Tasmina Perry novel that l have read and l really expected to be bored rigid with it as it is not my type of book or so l thought.
I couldn't have been more wrong l thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it even though the first quarter was a little slow after that the plot really picks up
and there are so many twists in the plot you just didn't know what was going to happen next. The heroine of the book is a young lawyer - Anna Kennedy
whose job is to protect the stars from the media. The one thing that really impressed me with this book is how much knowledge of media law Tasmina Perry
has - she has either a profound knowledge through meticulous research or she has studied media law at some point.

l expected chock lit and when l finished reading l realised to call it chick lit is doing Tasmina Perry a great disservice it really is a great work of
fiction which kept me engrossed and entertained and l really was sorry to finish it - read it and enjoy....
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on 11 October 2013
A story about the lengths celebrities will go to keep their private lives out of the magazines and papers! Some parts are shocking and really open ones eyes to what goes on behind the scenes in these circles, makes you wonder if things really are quite this extreme! Requires concentration due to the many characters and complex story line and sub stories, not just a light beach read. Very well written, this book also describes media law careers in detail, I am guessing Tasmina must have experience in this field or have a close friend or relative that does. A surprising ending to the investigation on the murder of a young party girl, and also the central character's personal life.
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I have just finished reading my first ever Tasmina Perry book. I have often seen her books in the book store, they all have stunning, eye catching covers, but the size of the books have always put me off!!When this huge hard back arrived on my door step( wouldn't fit in the letter box!) it was my time to delve into the world of Tasmina Perry.

My Opinion
After I got over my shock at how huge this book was and once I had stopped cooing over the front cover I started reading this straight away. The book is a whopping 534 pages long and I was a little uncertain if the book was going to keep my attention for the duration of the book. The novel starts off slowly and takes a while to get into the flow of the story but I feel this was because there were many different characters and different storylines going on so it took a little time to get to know who was who. Once the novel started to flow the story began to come into its own.

The storyline was a little unexpected for me I am a terrible one for judging a book by its cover so I assumed this was going to be a light weight easy beach read, but I was wrong the story needs your full attention as there is so much going on in the book you cannot afford to skim a part.

There is a real mix of characters in Private Lives and each of the characters have their own storyline which gives us an insight to their back ground but each of the characters are connected in some way. My favourite characters had to be Anna our leading lady who seems to have had a hard time the last couple of years and so has thrown herself into work, and also Matt who has just started working at the same firm as Anna, his character felt very genuine and like your guy next door type of guy.
The storyline did loose me at a couple of points but I soon found myself back on track. I do feel that the book could have been condensed down a little but all in all I found the book very enjoyable. I am not one to usually read about law and lawyers but I surprised myself as to how much I enjoyed this book it really was a glamourous read.
I will be looking out for more Tasmina Perry Novels
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