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Material Girl (Lear Family Trilogy #1)

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Rich. Sexy. Beautiful. Robin Lear is all that—and her jet-set life is golden. Until the day her indestructible father sends her tumbling off her pedestal with the startling news that he is dying. Then he further shatters her illusions by demoting her from the cushy job in the family business to teach her "about life." In an instant her whole world unravels, and Robin is su ...more
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This book is a re-read for me and I am really glad I pulled it out of my old books and gave it a whirl! I think I got so much more out of it the second time around. Certainly I had a different appreciation of it simply because of the health of my father at this time of my life; I understood Robin's father and his various mood swings more now.

This is book one of a trilogy about 3 daughters and how their 55 yr. old father wants to fix everything that he sees as wrong with his beloved girls now tha
Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
Jan 17, 2010 Holly Lee (Bellas Novella) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I love this trilogy! Julia London has written the books based on three sisters. They make appearances in each others books, but each book focuses mostly on one of the sisters. These are the best contemporary romance novels I have ever read.

The first in the series "Material Girl" revolves around Robin Lear, a spoiled brat of a girl who has her life turned upside down when her father announces he is dying and plans to make big changes while he does so.

Lear Transport Industries is the company that
Sep 09, 2011 Cornelia rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, epub
that was ok...
He is cool and good except for his homophic remarks...
but her? c'est quand même une sacré pouf'!

most of the time I couldn't understand why they were in a relationship to begin with.
The Lear Sisters Trilogy by Julia London
Material Girl, Beauty Queen, and Miss Fortune.
Material Girl – Oldest sister Robin is a high powered V.P. at daddy’s company a job she is ill prepared for and frankly sucks at. Meet Jake a guy from the wrong side of the tracks trying to make it as a contractor while studying architecture.
Beauty Queen – Middle sister former Miss Texas, Rebecca, is newly divorced from her childhood sweetheart with a small child who cries for his nanny. Meet man whore Matt t
Sep 07, 2012 Alix rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
It would probably have been a solid 2.5 stars or so, for predictable, charming, heart-warmingly funny chick lit... except the completely unnecessary homophobic references and statements made me want to punch the author in the face... so let's say 1.5 stars, simply because of how enraged that made me.
3.5stars actually

This reprinted series from 2000 follows the Lear sisters, Robin Rebecca and Rachel who are all called to the family homestead to hear the news. Dad uses this opportunity to point out each of his daughters shortcomings adding to an already frustrating week for Robbie. Licking her wounds has Robbie underlining how under-qualified she is for her job; getting herself in even more trouble both on the job and off as this is the week she demanded to have her house renovated. Jake Mann
Nelle (Nelle's Nightstand)
"Meet the glamorous Lear family whose dying patriarch has vowed to teach his spoiled, pampered daughters some lessons. Rich, beautiful, sexy-Robin Lear is all that. Until her father tells her he's dying and demotes her from a cushy job in the family business. In an instant her world has unraveled-she spends a night in jail, works as a lackey to her ex-boyfriend, and is way too distracted by a sexy contractor..."

Such a great read! No simple storyline here! After reading the reviews I was prepared
May 28, 2013 Sandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is if you haven't read any of Julia's work, you need to! She has a fabulous way with words. I was drawn in from the beginning of this book and couldn't put it down until I finished it!

This is the first book in her Trilogy about the oldest sister of the Lear family, Robin.

I must admit there were times I though I had figured out what was going to happen around the next bend, but rarely was I right. I can't tell too much or I will give it away.

I can't thank Julia for having these boo
Jun 02, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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 reno
Tami (synchro from BL)
Nice try...Or not...DNF at 42%

It was well written, had some humor and could have been great.

It had a great male main character in Jake Manning, the handyman/architect. He had some family problems, not the easiest life so far, but he is adult, sane and an all around nice guy with a hunky body. A hit in the romance genre.

But the female main was a miss for me. She was too selfcentered, too material, too unorganized and her whole personality didn't make any sense. She is supposed to be 34, but has
A n n a
Jul 23, 2013 A n n a rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein nettes Buch mit einer endlich mal etwas längeren Lesefreude.
Ich mag die Charaktere und den ganzen Verlauf der Geschichte, da es sehr realistisch geschrieben ist.
Besonders viel zur Story braucht man nicht sagen, da es ohne großen Überraschungen schnell vorstellbar ist wie das Ende aussieht. trotzdem macht das lesen viel Spaß weil es mal wieder zwei absolut gegensätzliche Welten zeigt.
Den einen Stern hab ich abgezogen, weil hier leider der Man mal wieder den Rückzieher gemacht hat.
Das geht fin
Jul 20, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Robin Lear is a successful businesswoman at her father’s giant freight corporation. Or so she thinks. Once she meets Jake — the guy renovating her new house — she realizes she’s little more than an arrogant, spoiled child who can’t see outside her fancy bubble. When Robin’s feelings for Jake begin to deepen, she knows she must shed her material girl image and find her real self, the self she can share forevermore with a man like Jake.

This is a fun romance with a happily-ever-after ending.
Angel **Book Junkie**
Disclaimer: I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads Program and in no way shape or form did it dictate how I felt about this book.

I actually did not think that I would like this book when I first picked it up. 300 pages in the pool and sunburn later I realized that I was sucked in and did not want to put it down. The problem was around page 300-400 it got pretty boring (hence the missing flame). I liked the humor, the characters, and the lessons learned.

I will be reading the next
Stephanie D
Aug 18, 2013 Stephanie D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I totally love this book!!!!!!! The characters are just amazing. One minute your laughing, the next your crying. Although, this book isn't THAT dramatic. It's just a plain good ole story.

Robin Lear’s extravagant lifestyle is the envy of every socialite in Texas—until a personal tragedy changes everything. Her father, shipping tycoon Aaron Lear, announces he has just months to live. Determined to teach his spoiled daughter one final life lesson, Aaron demotes her from her cushy job in the family
Aug 30, 2013 Jolene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just read this last night. I have loved her historicals and am open minded about reading her contemporaries. But aside from a thoroughly unlikable heroine and slow drawn out plot... I was terribly offended by the use of gay slurs from the so-called "hero."

The blatant homophobia in this book was ridiculous. The "hero" was derisive towards his nephew and soon-to-be ward because he was "sensitive" and we all know "how that tends to turn out for men." And continuous use of the F word? Even if the
Lia Mcintosh
Sep 17, 2013 Lia Mcintosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 right amount of sex to spice up the story. 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
Jun 09, 2014 Trea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenges-2014
This book started out really slow going, but I wasn't willing to give up on it at 23%. By 42% in, I was thinking that it is a very boring book. It was all talk and nothing was moving forward at all! I wound up slogging through it and wound up regretting my decision to do so. Robin was the bulk of the problem in this book. Even going in knowing that she was a spoiled brat, it took her so long to actually grow up! Jake was an okay hero, but he couldn't redeem this book. I went into this expecting ...more
2,5 bintang ....
Buku pertama saya dari Julia London yang non HR.
Idenya sih gak unik unik banget ya. Tipe heroine bitchy yang super duper kaya raya manja dan gak bisa megang bisnis warisan keluarga, yang sebenernya gak 'bitchy' gak manja dll lah ... Ketemu hero cowok yang mandiri lempeng dan oh so hot ....

Jadi ceritanya itu diawali dengan Ayah Robin Lear yang ternyata kena tumor otak dan sedah sekarat. Dia punya bisnis pengiriman barang yang super sukses. Mulai dari nol dan membangun usahanya s
Mar 11, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. At the beginning, Robin was a arrogant, annoying and self-centered protagonist that I greatly disliked. It was nice for most of these character flaws to be altered by the end of the book and she became a protagonist I was rooting for. Her growth into a more mature and considerate person because of her relationship with Jake was the best part of this book. By the end she was still a prima-dona but she was at least a likable one. Jake is a kid from the wrong side of the ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"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 kn
Boooring, really booring.

Jake has some potential but Robin is annoying as hell and she's 34. She's arrogant thinks little about the working people and doesn't know a thing about affairs.

I really hope that i can finish this book, but i don't know.....

Yey i made it till 75% of the book, although Robin's character haven't improved a lot and i was a little bit grossed about his barbed wired tattoo it's bearable.

It's a little bit cruel that he is developing real feelings for her and i don't see a rea
Evelyn Wilson
Aug 03, 2016 Evelyn Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books-read
I wonder how many material girls are out there thinking they are better than people who have less money than them! Or, how about hang around with only their kind, the kind that are rude and ugly to people who don't have their money! Yes, reminds me of Hillary (gag)!!!! But Robin fixes things. Learn how Robin especially fixes things with Jake!!! ENJOYED !!! ENJOY !!!

Material Girl was book one about Robin, 1 of 3 sisters, this 2nd book, Beauty Queen, is about Rebecca and the 3rd book (I have order
I did not like the heroine in this one at all. She was snobby, judgmental, and thoughtless. I never really got why Jake, the hero ever liked her. The first two-thirds of this book are just negative, every character is just hateful and negative. It was a very tough book to get through. Only the last third is decent, but it felt like to took forever to get there. I'll read the next in the series, hopefully it will get better, otherwise, I'll feel like I completely wasted my money.
Material Girl is the first book in Lear Family Trilogy. The series is about a wealthy family, namely Lear, who owns a big transport company in Texas. Aaron Lear, the head family, is diagnosed with cancer. He’s been spending his life making money that he’s practically not around his family much. In his dying condition, he determines to prepare his three daughters for the worst.
Material Girl focuses on the first daughter, Robin. She’s a woman who thinks highly of herself, but being underestimated
Zel Polev
Jan 12, 2015 Zel Polev rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I abandoned this one a while ago. I tried to read it after I won a copy from a goodreads giveaway. And I think the fact I'd been gifted a free copy kept me reading longer than I normally would. I read 100 pages and thought I could muster my way through, but ultimately couldn't imagine doing another 300-plus pages. I hated the heroine. Hated her. She was entitled. Rude. Annoying. And not even good at her job. I do sometimes like the idea of growing in a relationship and love making you change, bu ...more
Ayu Wirdha
Dibesarkan tanpa perhatian ayah & hanya dijejelin dgn kekayaan membuat Robin menjadi gadis yg arrogant, shallow, manja & meremehkan org yg lebih miskin. Demi mendapatkan perhatian ayahnya, Robin bekerja keras di perusahaan selama 4thn dgn hasil kacau balau. Bukan sepenuhnya salah Robin sih, krn ayahnya memang tdk membimbing & hanya menjadi pajangan perusahaan ketika bertemu klien2 (jahat bgt yah). Ayahnya sendiri lebih mempercayai Evan sbg tangan kanan perusahaan drpd mendidik Robin. ...more
Jul 17, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I picked this up in a two for one credit on Audible. It was an okay story with a well performed narration. I especially liked Jake — of course — who wouldn’t. And I imagine the difference in economic status, education and opportunity would create a culture clash of sorts. Jake finds her shopping excessive — she was rather wasteful
Jeene Hobbs
Sep 11, 2016 Jeene Hobbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The almost architect & the almost not heiress

This is the first book in a 3 book series about the Lear Sisters, their parents, and the men in their lives. All of the stories involve life changes for many characters. Read them all in order. The stories are at times witty, maddening, and spicy.

The first is Jake's (a renovation contractor, uncle, and architecture student) and Robin's (Texas debutant, clueless business woman, daughter of Aaron Lear) story. Expect remodeling, a night in jail, a
Sep 13, 2016 Missy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming R ...more
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Lear Family Trilogy (4 books)
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