Red [NOOK Book]

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SHE'S GOT NOTHING TO LOSE AND EVERYTHING TO PROVE

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Bend, Mississippi, Becky Lynn Lee doesn't have the luxury of dreaming. With an abusive father and a broken mother, she always thought that this was it. But after the ultimate betrayal, Becky Lynn can no longer live the nightmare.

Determined never to go back, Becky Lynn escapes to Hollywood. As a photographer's assistant, she discovers a talent for ...

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Overview


SHE'S GOT NOTHING TO LOSE AND EVERYTHING TO PROVE

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Bend, Mississippi, Becky Lynn Lee doesn't have the luxury of dreaming. With an abusive father and a broken mother, she always thought that this was it. But after the ultimate betrayal, Becky Lynn can no longer live the nightmare.

Determined never to go back, Becky Lynn escapes to Hollywood. As a photographer's assistant, she discovers a talent for spotting beauty and capturing the perfect shot. When the camera eventually turns on her, the awkward, shy Becky Lynn of her childhood disappears. But when the success she's achieved is threatened, Becky Lynn must find the strength to embrace her new identity and put the ugliness of her past behind her forever.

Becky Lynn was a nobody in Mississippi, or so everybody told her. So she fled to a world where dreams come true. Jack wanted to be a somebody. He wanted to be the top fashion photographer in the world. Now, supermodel Becky Lynn and high-priced photographer Jack Gallagher are in constant demand. But beneath the surface lurk secrets that threaten to destroy all they've achieved. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With protagonists more pained than passionate, Spindler's narrative Heaven Sent, A Winter's Rose spins a Cinderella story of Becky Lynn Lee, who rises from the ``wrong side of the tracks'' in Mississippi to the pinnacle of Los Angeles's modeling world. Fascinated by fashion and desperate to leave her family's abusive, alcoholic home, 17-year-old Becky Lynn is thrilled when L.A. photographer Jack Gallagher hires her to be his assistant. Jack soon finds Becky Lynn both professionally indispensable and personally irresistible. But Jack is driven by a need to best his father, a famous Italian fashion photographer who has refused to acknowledge him, and succumbs to the lure of designer Garnet McCall. Shattered, Becky Lynn accepts an offer from Jack's hated half-brother, photographer Carlo Triani, to transform her into a star model. Reinvented as Valentine, Becky Lynn reaches the apex of model stardom but continues to be plagued by the psychological aftermath of abuse as she comes to care for Carlo, who is wrestling his own dark demons. While characters are sketched with depth and complexity, Spindler's workmanlike precision lacks the lusciousness readers will expect. July
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459228276
  • Publisher: MIRA
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 54,738
  • File size: 764 KB

Meet the Author

Erica Spindler
Erica Spindler
Erica Spindler’s bestselling novels include Copycat, Killer Takes All, See Jane Die, In Silence, Dead Run, Bone Cold, All Fall Down and Cause for Alarm. This New York Times bestselling author lives in the New Orleans area with her husband, an advertising executive, and their two sons.
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Bend, Mississippi 1984

No place in the world smelled quite like the Mississippi Delta in July. Overripe, like fruit left too long in the sun. Pungent, like a drunk's breath at the edge of a whiskey binge. Like sweat.

And it smelled of dirt. Sometimes so dry it coated the mouth and throat, but most times so wet it permeated everything, even the skin. Becky Lynn Lee lifted her hair off the back of her neck, sticky with a combination of perspiration and dust from the unpaved road. Most folks around Bend didn't think much about the smell of things, but she did. She fantasized about a place scented of exotic flowers and rare perfumes, a beautiful world populated by people wearing fine, silky fabrics and welcoming smiles.

She knew that place existed; she'd seen it in the magazines she poured over whenever she could, the ones the women at Opal's snickered at her interest in, the ones her father raged at her about.

None of that mattered. She had promised herself that someday, somehow, she would live in that world.

Becky Lynn picked her way across the railroad tracks used not only to ship rice, cotton and soybeans out of Bend, but to divide the good side of town from the bad, the respectable folk from the poor white trash.

She was poor white trash. The label had hurt, way back the first time she'd heard herself referred to by those words; it still hurt, when she thought about it. And she thought about it a lot. That's the kind of town Bend was.

Becky Lynn lifted her face to the flat blue sky, squinting against the harsh light, wishing for cloud cover to temper the heat. Poor white trash. Becky Lynn had been three the first time she'd realized she was different, that she and her family were less than; she still remembered the moment vividly. It had been a day like this one, hot and blue. She'd been standing in line at the market with her mother and her brother, Randy. Becky Lynn remembered clinging to her brother's hand and looking down at her feet, bare and dirty from their walk into town, then lifting her gaze to find the other mothers' eyes upon them, their stares filled with a combination of pity and loathing. In that moment, she'd realized that there were others in the world and that they judged. She had felt strange, self-conscious. For the first time inher young life, she'd felt vulnerable. She had wanted to hide behind her mother's legs, had wanted her mother to tell the other women to stop looking at them that way.

Becky Lynn supposed that had been back before her daddy had turned really mean, back when she still thought her mother to be an angel with magical, protective powers.

But maybe she had already realized that her mother wasn't an angel, that her mother didn't have the ability— or the strength—to make everything all right, because she hadn't said anything. And the women had kept staring, and Becky Lynn had kept on feeling as if she had done something wrong, something ugly and bad.

Most times now, the respectable folks, even the customers she shampooed down at Opal's Cut 'n Curl, looked right through her. Oh, while she shampooed them they talked to her, but mostly because they liked to hear the sound of themselves and because they knew she was paid to listen and agree with them—something their husbands almost never did. But when they came face-to-face with her on the street, they looked right through her. She wasn't sure if they pretended they didn't see her because she was one of Randall Lee's brood or if they truly didn't recognize her 'cause they'd never really looked at her in the first place.

But whichever, she'd decided being invisible suited her just fine. In fact, she preferred it that way. She felt less different when she was invisible. She felt… safer.

Becky Lynn took a deep breath as she cleared the railroad tracks. The air always seemed a bit sweeter this side of the tracks, the breeze a degree or two cooler. She stepped up her pace, hoping to get to the shop early enough to spend a few minutes looking over the Bazaar that had come the day before.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    Ugly Ducking Meets Beautiful Swan

    If you love Big Girl by Danielle Steel, you'll love Red by Erica Spindler. Before she was a best-selling thriller author, she was in romantic suspense. Like Big Girl, this deals with loving yourself for you who are, and it doesn't know what anyone else thinks. It's also about fashion, photography and modeling. Becky Lynn Lee is poor and ugly from Mississippi, who comes from a broken home and a group rape, when she escapes to California for a new life. Jack Gallagher wanted recognition from his father, when his threats his other son better. Both rage and fury brings Becky and Jack together in California, as they work together, and take on the world, with tons of obstacles in the way. When they fall in love, things are complicated, as they are thrown for a loop, as the years fall by. In the end, they let go of the past and move on. What a beautiful story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2011

    Could NOT put this down!

    Good Characters. Good Plot. AWESOME READ. I couldn't put it down...it's a page turner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    Red

    Although not her typical book - I found it to be very good reading. kept you turning the pages. It just proves that Erica can write anything - although I prefer her murder/suspense novels the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Red

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    To jace and mye

    Can i join ;) p.s. sorry if i spelt ur name wrong

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Mya

    Mya moans and moves so that his fingers go in deeper. She runs her hands down his chest and ends at his length. She starts playing with it, teasing him.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Jace

    Jace grinned, "Well, we'll just have to do something about that, won't we?" Jace, with swift and practised ease, soon had Mya in nothing but her lingeria. "Now... where were we? Oh, yes..." Jace resumes is massage, this time including a breast in the mix.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Grabs your heart and never lets go. The story also was made into a manga!!

    This story is truly moving. The perfect story for those who want something dark and yet also want a sense of hope. The beginning starts off with a sense of darkness and fear instilled in the character but as she goes it becomes a quest of sorts for her to find herself. I don't recomend it for those who are under 16.(It is very mature and there is sex). However all parts of the story are necessary and add to a plot full of twist and turns. This story is also available as a manga(japanese comic) if you know where to look. However it is not available on Nook or at B&N. It is also a very good read. It is incomplete though...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    I loved it!

    This book, I can read so many times and never get tired of it. Never read any of her books but now believe I should!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Leafspinner

    I can be your mate. Im a strong tom with dark grey fur and green eyes. I will be loyal to you and to the clan.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Fantastic

    I've read all her books and love them all. Always great stories,keeping you guessing and never wanting to put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Hotgirl

    ?..

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

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    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    i have always loved Erica Spindler since Forbidden Fruit. so i didn't hesitate to pick this one up n once i did i did not want to put down. it a great ugly duckling kind of story but with ericas flare of story telling trust me u wont be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    another great book

    Couldn't put the book down. Great to read on the beach!

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

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    Good book

    Good book I got it from BN.com the best online book sellers,

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Erica Spindler delivers again!

    Hold on tight. It's going to be a long, bumpy, nail-biting but thoroughly enjoyable ride.Ms Spindler has not failed me yet. She spends very little time on fluff such as: long, lingering glances, heaving bosoms, passions inflamed, sexual tension BLAH BLAH BLAH!! 20 years ago I ate that stuff up but now I want my mystery served with a side of suspense, a dash of whodunnit, and good guys I can really care about. I also adore the New Orleans settings in her books. She truly is an expert at her craft & her books are blessngs in my life. I escape to another place & time, even if only for a little while. But I always go running back to where I left off. I love all of her books. Every single one. Try her. I promise you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2010

    This book is fantastic!

    I highly reccomend this book. It allows you to escape your daily life. The description is phenomenal. It keeps you turning the page, and suprises come out of no where. It keeps you thinking about it after you read it. Please read this book!!

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

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    ANOTHER FAVORITE

    This book was amazingly written just like her others. I own and have read all of her books, and even though this is not my favorite of hers I would recommend to read it and all of her other ones. This is different from her others because it does not have the murder and mystery that her later books do. But it does not lack that sit at the edge of your seat cannot sleep tell its finished suspence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2009

    Great Book

    This is my first time reading an Erica Spindler book, and it definitely won't be my last! Red is very well written, and I liked that it gave you the points of view of all the main characters. Becky Lynn is a girl from "the other side of the tracks," who has no friends, no family support and is brutalized by the men around her. To escape, she runs to California where she lands a job at a salon and her luck changes, but not necessarily for the better. <BR/>The moral of the story to me was that despite everything Becky Lynn has been through, if you take away the make-up and pretty clothes, she still sees herself as the same girl from Bend, Mississippi who nobody loved and cared about. She learns to find her own voice and self worth and finally comes to peace with it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    The Best

    This is my 2nd book of hers and I will not stop here.She keeps me from sleeping and I just fall in love with stories....

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