We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Honest Illusions | [Nora Roberts]

Honest Illusions

As the daughter of a world-renowned magician who is equally accomplished as a jewel thief, Roxy Nouvelle inherits her father's genius. Dashing escape artist Luke Callahan also possesses a gift for relieving the wealthy of their valuables. Brought up together, Roxy and Luke are partners first in illusion, then in crime, and finally in passion.
Regular Price:$27.27
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

As the daughter of a world-renowned magician who is equally accomplished as a jewel thief, Roxy Nouvelle inherits her father's genius. Dashing escape artist Luke Callahan also possesses a gift for relieving the wealthy of their valuables. Brought up together, Roxy and Luke are partners first in illusion, then in crime, and finally in passion.

But the shadow of his past stalks Luke, forcing him to vanish or see his loved one ruined. Years of hollow fame and lonely affluence pass before Roxy and Luke reunite to execute the most daring heist of their careers and to exact sweet revenge.

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

What the Critics Say

"[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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (250 )
5 star
 (117)
4 star
 (84)
3 star
 (39)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.2 (158 )
5 star
 (80)
4 star
 (46)
3 star
 (23)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.2 (155 )
5 star
 (76)
4 star
 (49)
3 star
 (22)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 07-10-12
    Kimberly Jacksonville, NC, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    84
    32
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Debra A. Blouin 06-16-09 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Book!"

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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michelle Highland, CA, United States 06-23-11
    Michelle Highland, CA, United States 06-23-11 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 01-28-10
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 01-28-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    143
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    187
    59
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    0
    Overall
    "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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wilma 1964 HZ Heemskerk, Netherlands 01-30-09
    Wilma 1964 HZ Heemskerk, Netherlands 01-30-09 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    65
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    319
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "Wonderful"

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 01-03-13
    Dalia Kuwait, Kuwait 01-03-13 Member Since 2010

    Audio-fiction ADDICT !

    HELPFUL VOTES
    224
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    150
    89
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    116
    39
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 05-04-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    611
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    332
    332
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    73
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I don’t like blackmail plots"

    where the victim gives in and just pays and pays. Two different blackmails were used to get characters to do things that did not fit their motivations. Not a good story for me.

    CAUTION SPOILER:
    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 violates part of the blackmail order by coming back to town, but still doesn’t tell B that he was blackmailed -- stupid. Made me mad.
    END SPOILER.

    Some arguments felt stupid. Like Roxy was sick but kept insisting she could do a job. Toward the end Roxy kept a secret from Luke for no good reason. It was a cheap plot device to create conflict. I didn't like it.

    I did not enjoy the romantic relationship. She pursued him, he repeatedly rejected her. When they did get together I didn’t feel anything.

    The main characters were magicians who were thieves on the side. They justified it saying that they only stole jewels from the wealthy who were insured. I did not like the thief part. I loved another series where the main guy was a thief (The Parker series by Stark). But it was not enjoyable here.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    Sandra Burr was awful. Her male voices were terrible. Some sounded like cartoon characters. It seemed all her energy was used to create weird low voices instead of emotional interpretation. Luke’s voice was so unsexy -- a turn off. Her voice for the heroine at times sounded like a little girl - too high pitched and baby doll like. You could hear the narrator taking breaths -- also annoying.

    Genre: contemporary romance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lucy WEST SUNBURY, PA, United States 01-04-14
    Lucy WEST SUNBURY, PA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Mom w/3 kids 23 22 & 19. Luv audible. listen while I editing photos I take.Portrait wedding family Mystery Historical N.Roberts,I.Johansen,

    HELPFUL VOTES
    0
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Take the time to listen to this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Honest Illusions the most enjoyable?

    I did not want to purchase this book...it just didn't grab me at first, but I am almost thru all of Nora Roberts extended time books (more than 13 hours). I so enjoyed all of the book. Some a little predictable, but who cares, I didn't. I love the book. Didn't think I would enjoy a book that glamorized thieves, but it was more of a Robin Hood type....it was fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The New Orleans scenes. The family created by non biological characters.


    Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

    Roxy


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it's to long...but that's what I like...I feel I get more of my money's worth


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 08-01-13
    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

    HELPFUL VOTES
    97
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    303
    302
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    18
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "FANTASTIC! Book Hit All My Marks Except Trashy Sex"
    Where does Honest Illusions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a great suspense and adventure thriller-full of twists and turns. I'll definitely listen again. I have over 200 books so it is hard to rank among so many-and many different genres.


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

    It is so unique that I cannot compare it to anything but it is fantastic. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a romantic mystery.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As the daughter of a world-renowned magician who is equally accomplished as a jewel thief, Roxy Nouvelle inherits her father's genius. Dashing escape artist Luke Callahan also possesses a gift for relieving the wealthy of their valuables. Brought up together, Roxy and Luke are partners first in illusion, then in crime, and finally in passion.

    But the shadow of his past stalks Luke, forcing him to vanish or see his loved one ruined. Years of hollow fame and lonely affluence pass before Roxy and Luke reunite to execute the most daring heist of their careers and to exact sweet revenge.

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


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy books with graphic, mature scenes. This didn't have any so if you are looking for Lora Leigh or Maya Banks this isn't for you-however, if you've run out of those type (as I have) this is a great mystery with powerful characters, layers within the story line and romance.

    Some [minor] cussing & [again minor] sexual innuendos.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    barbara wellsboro, PA, United States 07-06-13
    barbara wellsboro, PA, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2010
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nora Roberts BEST!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely..it is a great book...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Honest Illusions?

    Of course...it is when the dashing Luke and the beautiful Roxanne become lovers on the cruise ship...


    Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

    Luke...the quintessential bad boy outside and the truly good inside


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A tale of romance,treachery and sweet revenge


    Any additional comments?

    This book was one of those you just do not want to end. The love story of Luke and Roxanne is the timeless tale of the dark and dangerous..yet likable man and the strong, beautiful woman...doesn't get any better. The supporting characters and plot line were also well developed. I have read lots of Nora Roberts...this was the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 19 results PREVIOUS12NEXT
Sort by:
  • Catriona
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    4/12/10
    Overall
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.