Material Girl : The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters

  • by Julia London
  • Narrated by Natalie Ross
  • Series: The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters
  • 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Loved London's Contemporary Debut

I loved this book by Julia London and the real romance she develops between Jake and Robin, as well as the real problems the two must face and overcome in their quest to be together and try for their own happily ever after. I am so glad I read this book. It was a contemporary romance that depended on developing real relationships and just the right amount of sex to add some spice to the listen. If you want a real, feel good romance this is the book for you.

Robin Lear has it all, or so it seems. She has money at her disposal and a cushy job. She can take one of the family jets to Paris on a moment's notice or shop frivolously for designer shoes. But she's still seeking the approval of her father, who's now dying of cancer. When he decides she must make it on her own, she has no direction except that of ex-lover Evan who dogs her every step. Both humorous and poignant, it's fun to watch her growth into a mature woman.

She's hired Jake Manning to renovate her mansion and has ridiculed him from the beginning. She's unaware of his struggles with his nephew or that he's close to his degree in architecture. She does recognize his virility, and there's a strong attraction. Jake is aware of their different places in society although he refuses to take a back seat to her status. He fears her relationship with Evan but plows ahead despite it. He uncovers a real person beneath the veneer.

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I laughed, then shed a tear at the unexpected conclusion. Pick up this book if you want to read about people that are flawed but become more aware of themselves as the book progresses. A good contemporary romance.
Natalie Ross was outstanding with the delivery of the story.
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

More enjoyable than I expected

I didn't think I would enjoy this nearly as much as I did. Very well performed and competently written - a writer who knows her craft. The plot reminded me of a Susan Elizabeth Phillips' story line, except Phillips somehow made her spoiled females likable - I never liked the protagonist in this story. Phillips also incorporates humorous dialog that usually puts her books in 5 star category for me. Material Girl is not without humor, but neither is humor a key element.

If you expect plenty of hot bedroom scenes, you might be a bit disappointed with this book. I get the feeling that the author included only what she thought she had to in order to sell the book and didn't enjoy writing physical scenes.

The narrator does a fantastic job, doesn't falter once.
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- Gretchen "Use books for escape- typically avoid nonfiction. Enjoy action-romance, espionage/military, sci-fi. Skilled writing is most important."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-21-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio