Deanna Reynolds has everything mapped out: her dream job, her dream life. A talented TV journalist, she is determined to make it big on her own terms. But in a world of public smiles and private feuds, Deanna has attracted some dangerous enemies - including her old mentor, the brilliant but emotionally manipulative Angela Perkins.
As Deanna's star rises, she is flung together with Finn Riley, the network's most charismatic journalist. Finn is instantly attracted to Dee - but he is also Angela's ex-lover. As sparks fly between Finn and Deanna, Angela plots her revenge. But there is an even darker obsession growing in the shadows - and no one is safe.
Filled with intense passions, dark obsessions and bitter feuds, Private Scandals is pure, addictive pleasure.
The latest from veteran Roberts ( Genuine Lies ) is set in the glamorous world of television and concerns the rise of hot new talk-show host Deanna Reynolds. Deanna, a sincere and dedicated one-time local reporter in Chicago, has moved to New York, determined to be number one in the field. This pits her against her former mentor, the high strung and manipulative current talk-show queen, Angela Perkins. Angela doesn't take well to the competition and resorts to stealing guests, blackmail and crossing boundaries of good journalism in her effort to fight Deanna's increasing popularity. Deanna's romance with the handsome and much lauded reporter Finn Riley, Angela's former love interest, only increases the tension. But the novel's main question is who will do in Deanna first, the obsessed fan who seems to know her every move, or Angela, whose bitter vows for revenge are hastening her own downfall. Despite one weak plot device--the identity of the obsessed fan is too clear, too early--the novel is a fun read with a good pace and both thoroughly likable and thoroughly loathsome characters.