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Material Girl (Lear Family Trilogy #1)

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In the first book of her sizzling new trilogy, Julia London introduces readers to the glamorous Lear family, whose dying patriarch has vowed to teach his spoiled, pampered daughters to appreciate the important things in life-like love...

Glamorous jet-setter Robin Lear gets a crash course in Reality 101 when her father demotes her from her cushy job in the family business
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2003)
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Alix
Sep 07, 2012 Alix rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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Melody
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
Cindi
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
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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
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Jolene
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
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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
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Stephanie
Jul 17, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
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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
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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
Zel Polev
Jan 12, 2015 Zel Polev rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelly
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.
Kristin
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
Cornelia
Sep 09, 2011 Cornelia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
3.5 STARS

"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
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Istiningdyah
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
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Donna
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
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PepperP0t
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
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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
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Cindy
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
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Donna
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
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Angela
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.
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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
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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
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Anne
Aug 03, 2015 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I get impatient when the main characters are still angsting 100 pages later about the same stuff - just a rehash, which could've been edited out and made for a faster read. "Oh, she has too much money, why am I even trying?" "Oh, he's just the handyman, how can it work?" The main female started out totally unlikable, and while I believe people can change, they don't just do it at a flip of the switch. I slogged my way through to the end but will not be reading the other books in the series.
Barbara Blanc
Mar 21, 2014 Barbara Blanc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So loved this story. First one in the Sister's trilogy. She came from a very spoiled and elite lifestyle to figure out what in life was truly important. The hero was my kind of man. A man who could do just about anything. His nephew added an element of danger and worry. Glad he came around in the end. Not sure what to think of his mother. Some of the time she was ok. Now the father of the heroine. He was a mess, but his estranged wife made him likeable in away. Loved that these characters all ap ...more
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
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Mindy
Apr 17, 2016 Mindy rated it liked it
The story was okay, just couldn't get into it quickly, mainly because of the heroine-she's not someone I could relate to and I had a hard time seeing such a nice guy connecting with such a snob. I kept reading hoping that Robin would see how shallow she was, but it felt like she kept getting more shallow, yet she did have her shining moments every so often. I guess since I enjoyed Jake so much I just wanted her to catch on a little faster.
Maggie
Jul 21, 2014 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was a great one. The book was pretty predictable but it was still a fun read. I took the two stars off because of predictability and because of the corny romance. I honestly thought that the author was a good writer and could paint a picture with her words. But when it came to "those" scenes I found myself making sour faces. I usually don't pay much attention to the scenes because that's not why I read the books.
Linda
Sep 19, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book a 3.5 rating. It seemed to have started a little slow but once you got into it, the story was interesting and fun. Sometimes money is not the cure all and Robin Lear had to learn that before she could open her heart up for love. Jake Manning was just the man to show her what real people are like and how to be comfortable with them. Fun read.
Julie
Feb 07, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
At last a contemporary romance worth reading. The main characters are Robin and Jake. Robin is a little spoilt and Jake is a hunky guy doing some renovations on her house. Robins finds out her father is ill, and her life has to change. This is a great book, I look forward to the rest of the trilogy
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than a 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 ...more
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