Beauty Queen

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Overview

In the second book of The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters trilogy, a former beauty queen’s perfect life comes crashing down…but unexpected love may lift her right back up.

To the outside world, former Miss Texas Rebecca Lear has the perfect life — until her husband leaves her for another woman. Now Rebecca’s life is a perfect mess, one she’s determined to dig herself out of without a cent of her overbearing father’s money. She heads to Austin to start anew, volunteering for a ...

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Overview

In the second book of The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters trilogy, a former beauty queen’s perfect life comes crashing down…but unexpected love may lift her right back up.

To the outside world, former Miss Texas Rebecca Lear has the perfect life — until her husband leaves her for another woman. Now Rebecca’s life is a perfect mess, one she’s determined to dig herself out of without a cent of her overbearing father’s money. She heads to Austin to start anew, volunteering for a friend’s political campaign to bulk up her nonexistent résumé. Only Rebecca never counted on working with a hotshot attorney who makes her see red — and feel sexier than she has in years.

When Matt Parrish agreed to help out with his former fraternity brother’s campaign, he wasn’t signing up to babysit a former beauty queen. True, he can’t deny she’s beautiful…and sweet and funny and smarter than anyone gives her credit for. But men like Matt don’t fall in love with women like Rebecca Lear. No matter how hot the passion burning between them…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The second installment in London's contemporary Lear sisters trilogy (Material Girl, etc.) showcases her talent for depicting the progress of intimacy between two equally strong and unpredictable lovers. As a young woman, Rebecca Lear gave up her dreams of an artistic career to be a dutiful daughter, a beauty pageant queen and a glittering socialite wife. Now, a divorc e with a five-year-old son, she discovers that a life spent meeting others' expectations has left her with no marketable experience and even less self-esteem. She dives into self-help books and searches for a confidence-bolstering job but has little success until she finds a position helping manage Tom Masters's campaign for lieutenant governor of Texas. At campaign headquarters, she immediately butts heads with campaign consultant Matt Parrish, a handsome trial lawyer with a bossy, arrogant demeanor, but as they work on the increasingly problematic campaign, the two find common ground. There's little complexity of either plot or subplot to fill this book's considerable length. But the pace picks up smartly in the later chapters, and the exchanges between Rebecca and Matt are winningly fresh and funny throughout. Agent, Meredith Bernstein. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
"Showcases [London's] talent for depicting the progress of intimacy between two equally strong and unpredictable lovers...the exchanges between Rebecca and Matt are winningly fresh and funny throughout."
Staff Reviewer
"Another 'knock your socks off' read...funny, sexy, and touching. Julia London's characters and superb narrative make this one of the best books of the year."
Tanzey Cutter
"A good read that crackles with snappy writing."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477805787
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Series: Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters Series, #2
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 474
  • Sales rank: 457,482
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia London grew up on a ranch in Canyon, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, she joined the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., before landing a job at the White House as a “policy wonk” in the office of the nation’s drug czar. She eventually returned to Texas, where she decided to try her hand at writing fiction after working for the local government proved to be a serious threat to her sanity.

Fifteen years later, Julia is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of more than a twenty-five romantic fiction novels, including the popular Desperate Debutantes, Scandalous, and The Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series. She is also the author of several contemporary women’s fiction novels with strong romantic elements, including the upcoming Homecoming Ranch Trilogy. Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved it

    This was a great read. The writing is beautiful, the story wonderful. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Enjoyed the story!

    BEAUTY QUEEN is one of those type of stories that make you sad after the story has ended. I had a fun time and liked this book a lot. I think most people who read for fun will like it as much as I did!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Loved it!!!

    This was so good I am reading them in order. Julia these are very good. I am really liking these Lear sisters. Nice reading very happy the stoties intertwine very nicely and are still very indivual I like that each sister has her own story!!!! XoXo

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Not bad

    Easy read very predictable. Nothing worth paying for

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Can't wait for the next!

    This author was a VERY pleasant surprise! I am a avid reader and I gobbled the ENTIRE "Lear Sisters Trilogy'" books up! I couldn't put them down! RARELY can an author develop the characters and story to make the reader actually empathize and feel as if they KNOW the characters and are sharing TIME WITH these characters/places! I appreciate the author's skill at the story telling and development! I can't wait for the continuation.. until then; I shall reread these treasured stories THANK YOU Julia London?!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    review by Cindy Austin Julia London has a wonderful trilogy sur

    review by Cindy Austin

    Julia London has a wonderful trilogy surrounding the Lear sisters. Launching out from a historical path, to a more modern one is a big success for Julia. Each sister has a different path; and all are affected when they find out that their father is dying.

    Rebecca; a former beauty queen, and sometimes mom (a nanny has practically raised her son)goes through a bitter divorce. Looking for a job when you have NO experience doing anything is almost impossible. Luckily, Rebecca is invited to help with a political campaign.

    Rebecca meets Matt under some strange circumstances, and they butt heads immediately. Rebecca has to learn who she is and what she wants in life. She is forced to find herself. Along the way, she learns about being a mom, and even finds that she has more talents than she ever knew were inside her. Matt, and their feud to be the best during the campaign is the inspiration she needs to find herself and her place in the world.

    A great read, I look forward to reading the remaining books in the series.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

    slow

    not that good

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    It's okay

    I didn't like this one as much as the other Lear sisters books. I think the secondary storyline, (having to do with the political campaign) wasn't as well developed as it could've been. The romanctic storyline is cute, a tad predictable but cute. I like how the other Lear sisters are still involved. It's not my favorite Lear sisters book, but it's okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Whispersong this is for u

    Your mate needs u. Contact him at black first result

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    enjoyed, but just okay

    I do not mind trilogies, but I like to read them one after the other. This second story was predictable.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Easy to read romance set in Texas

    I admit this was not exactly what I had hoped. The writing felt a little juvenile and I could not really believe the relatiinship between the two characters. It was an easy, light read with a good message about standing up for one's self.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    GREAT READ

    Julie London's books are a great read for someone who wants a 'light' read and I would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Good

    So like a good opk hope you like it if you do are doinr plese still give me some feed back hope yoy like it thanks

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Wanted to read this after reading the 1st book in the series.

    The opener is funny. She's crazy and stubborn but learns a few things along the way. Great stuff. The hero is stuck on himself and not unlike a few guys I've met. But I loved the finale heated argument. worth reading the book for that to me. They definately have character.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Abby

    Its not that awesome but it goood

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Worth reading

    Loved how the last part of the story went and the child/male lead relationship.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    good read

    Really enjoyed this book - characters were real and interesting and storyline was good. Will definitely read other books from this author!

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Hmmm...? Sounds good

    Ive read the other comments and listened to the comments they help me decide on what ill buy if its free i wont worry about others but this book sounds interesting i think ill go through with the purchase dont let me down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    A winner!

    Rebecca Lear had always been pretty, popular, and part of the wealthy Lear family. She had even been Miss Texas years ago. Now she was recently divorced, had a five-year-old son, Grayson, and trying to prove that she was NOT worthless, at least to herself. She decided to start with something small like a job, any job. But no one would hire her for anything! Rebecca had never been taken seriously in her whole life. She was sick of it! So when Senator Tom Masters asked her to join his campaign team, she was thrilled. ................ Lawyer Matt Parrish had been helping Tom campaign for lieutenant govenor. Tom even had thoughts about running for District Attorney sometime in the future, himself. Matt had been shocked when Tom made Rebecca his campaign strategist. She knew nothing about politics or the needs of Texas. In fact, from the moment Rebecca had called him cheap, she had managed to turn his life upside down and inside out. ........................... ***** Author Julia London has another winner here! Each character has a personality all their own. The story flows smoothly and a touch of humor keeps everything going at the perfect pace. An awesome story by one of today's most talented authors! Brava! *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    Well done tale of romance

    Everyone believes that Rebecca Reynolds lives the life of a princess with her being the middle daughter of the immense Lear holdings. However, the mother of a small son, her gilded cage crashes when her spouse leaves her for a younger model and her father announces he is dying from cancer. Her confidence smashed to smithereens, Rebecca looks for employment, but no one wants a former Miss Texas whose only experience is that of arm candy to her father and her husband............................. However that changes when State Senator Tom Masters asks her to help him with his campaign to become the Lieutenant Governor. Also working on the campaign is attorney Mike Parrish. As Mike and Rebecca work closely together, respect surfaces that soon turn to love. However, she begins to uncover questionable practices that if surfaced will derail the individual who deserves Rebecca¿s loyalty for giving her a chance to prove herself, but she wonders what will be the cost to her new found soul?............................... The second ¿King Lear¿ contemporary Texas romance is intriguing due to a delightful heroine. Though Mike is a fine protagonist struggling with the direction his legal partnership seems to be heading, the enjoyable story line belongs to Rebecca. She remakes herself into someone she can respect once she realizes how useless her life has been. Though her spouse comes across as a womanizing dirty rat who makes no time for his son, fans will appreciate this second chance at life and love story that works because Rebecca makes it so................................ Harriet Klausner

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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