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Material Girl

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Overview

In the first book of The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters trilogy, a spoiled socialite discovers the best things in life are worth working for.

For socialite Robin Lear, being handcuffed in the back of a police car for a bogus crime is the cherry on top of the worst week ever. First, her father announces devastating news. Then, in a fit of tough love, he demotes Robin from her cushy job in the family business and reassigns her to work for an insufferable manager. Now, for the ...

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Overview

In the first book of The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters trilogy, a spoiled socialite discovers the best things in life are worth working for.

For socialite Robin Lear, being handcuffed in the back of a police car for a bogus crime is the cherry on top of the worst week ever. First, her father announces devastating news. Then, in a fit of tough love, he demotes Robin from her cushy job in the family business and reassigns her to work for an insufferable manager. Now, for the first time in her life, Robin will have to earn her place in the world — and the sexy new contractor renovating her house may be just the man to show her how.

One look at beautiful Robin Lear is all Jake Manning needs to know that she’s just another trust-fund baby who’s never done an honest day’s work. Getting involved with a woman like her would be a disaster — yet staying away is proving to be damn near impossible. But who knows better than Jake that the best things in life are worth the effort…

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Beautiful, spoiled Robin Lear may know that money can't buy her love, but it is certainly buying her a lot of fun, from Prada clothes to a Mercedes 500E. But when her doting father, Aaron Lear, is diagnosed with aggressive cancer, he is determined to teach each of his daughters the lessons they need for suvival. For Robin, that means demotion from her vice presidency in the family business, reassignment to absurdly unglamorous accounts, and a crash introduction to the school of hard knocks. Her only happy distraction is Jake Manning, the sexy contractor she has hired to redo her home. Jake has no plans to hook up with a snooty woman with a fast mouth -- but he just can't resist. In this first book of a planned trilogy with a Shakespearean twist, Julia London once again creates characters that readers will fall in love with, and she delivers a sizzling scene on a Harley that will set a new standard for sex on wheels. Ginger Curwen
Suzanne Colburn
"Simply Irresistible. Precious. A polished gem . . . Julia London has been writing stellar books from the beginning with her historical romances, but Material Girl puts the zing, ping, bang on this contemporary romance for her readers."
Dolly Moiseef
"Great characters, sassy dialogue, and a feel-good ending give readers everything they want in a romance."
Debbie Kepler
"[Robin Lear and Jake Manning] are as different as night and day, but go together like whipped cream and strawberries . . . you'll never get enough of them . . . a number one pick for you summer reading."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477805770
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Series: Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 482
  • Sales rank: 867,542
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

    cannot get through this book

    What an obnoxious main character! I don't care if she learns her lesson, i don't have the patience to spend another minute reading such a crappy, useless book-and i am only on page 66! Do not waste your time or money reading such a silly, silly book about a woman you would never want to spend 10 minutes with

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Very good read

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

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2003

    Quick and Fun Read

    This is the first time I read anything by Julia London, but it won't be my last. I am an avid reader who loves finding new authors. And I couldn't be happier to find this one. Material Girl was funny, warm and entertaining. I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy to come out.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2003

    Excellent Read

    This book held me from page 1. Excellent writing, loved the characters and cannot wait for her next book. Each persons personality come through loud and clear.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Awful

    I couldn't even finish reading it because it was too painful. Terrible, boring, stupid, unrealistic dialogue and character interaction. Blah. Don't waste your time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    really really awful

    i wish I could give it less than 1 star,. It was a struggle to get through this book. Its really hard to get into a story when the main character makes you hate her and the dialouge sounds like a couple of 15 year old kids flirting.
    Dont waste your time or money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Very enjoyable read

    My first Julia London story. Very well done, except for some minor type and punctuation trash from digitizing -- not much worse than some print paperbacks I've bought. Look forward to reading the next one in the Lear sisters series soon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Good read

    Enjoyed this contemporary romance -- characters were real and sexy! Will definitely continue with the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    fun contemporary romance

    In Manhattan, Aaron Lear, zillionaire CEO of Lear Transport Industries, is shocked when he learns he is dying of cancer. Desperate he calls his estranged wife Bonnie Lou, who immediately drops everything to be with the only man that she ever loved though they remained apart for fifteen years. <P>Not long afterward, Aaron with Bonnie Lou at his side, orders his three daughters to come to his Texas ranch. He knows that he was a poor lover, a horrendous spouse, and a pitiful father, but wants to make amends. He threw his oldest Robin into top management with no experience so she is a failure. The middle one Rebecca suffers with a lousy marriage to a SOB. The youngest Rachel is a perennial student majoring in nothing. <P>Robin hires Jake Manning to renovate her house. While he dreams of obtaining his college degree, he also wants a loving wife and children to pamper. He detests that he finds the ice princess so attractive. Robin faces several crises and does not need some stud in her life, but she cannot get Jake out of her mind. <P>The first tale of the three Lear sisters is a fun contemporary romance. The cast is a delight as the four females struggle to cope with the pending death of the patriarch who remains a nasty short-tempered individual. Jake is a wonderful protagonist who provides balance to Robin¿s obstinacy. Though the impact of the cancer on the quintet could have been more deeply explored (perhaps in the next two novels), readers will relish MATERIAL GIRL as a fine opening gamut. <P>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    A little different read

    I found this a very enjoyable read. It was a little different from most of the romance novels from the 1800's that I have read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Wow!

    It's a story that keeps you wanting more.

    -L.L.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    avidreader

    I loved it. If you're looking for deep meaning and plots this isn't for you. It had good characters and funny lines. I laughed out loud as I read it in the car returning from a quick trip out of state. (I wasn't the driver :) It made me want to read the other 2 in the series.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

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    Diamond in the rough

    I loved the relationship between Jake & Robyn, so real life. It takes a strong woman to choose love over money & to stand up for herself to her power driven father. Good examples of arrogance, stereo typing & judgement in society are written through out. I can hardly wait to read the remaining 2 books of this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2011

    Soooooo slow

    I read all the other reviews and decided to buy this. Bad chose. It was so slow and the main character was made out to be soooo stupid. Not worth reading,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2011

    Mc

    Very good.unexpected story line.You will love it.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    A MUST READ!!

    I read a lot!! And this book is great. The author made me fall in love with these characters!

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    I loved this book. Funny, chemistry, devotion.

    This hero is stuff dreams are made of. She's as quirky as they get and seriously spoiled in the beginning. Her grandparents are totally funny. I just loved it. I would read again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    Good Read...This is Book 1

    I enjoyed this book. The other two in the Lear Sister trilogy were just as good. Go ahead, spend the 99 cents. Julia London is always a sure bet.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    enjoyable and funny

    This book started off slow but as i continue reading it became unable to put down, it was sad, funny, and awwwwwwww. Julia london has a way with words, to make you laugh, cry and just simply go awww. I enjoyed all the characters in this book, i cant wait to read the next two sequels of the lear sisters.

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