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Double Standards

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,733 Ratings  ·  287 Reviews
In the exclusive, glittering world of business superstars, Nick Sinlair was a legend

The ruggedly handsome president of Global Industries handled his business the way he handled his women-with charm, daring, and ruthless self-control. A man used to the very best, Nick hired Laura Danner, and assumed that the proud beauty would soon be another easy conquest. But Laura's fla

Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Pocket (first published 1984)
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Jan 08, 2015 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this one.

This book did it for me. I know it was outdated and definitely showed its age with some political incorrectness in sexual harassment in the office place, but I loved the story. I thought Nick was arrogant and a user and pulled one over on Lauren. He lead her to believe he was really into her and more than a one night stand. Since she was so innocent she didn't realize what a rake he was, but once she did she was strong and lead him on a merry chase. I liked how he'd try to make her jealous, yet ...more
I really enjoyed this one. I know that Paradise rates so much higher and is considered best of Judith McNaught contemporary romance but I have to disagree. I liked this one better. May be its because there wasn’t so much “work” talk since this contemporary romance is old, no cell phones, people are using typewriters and women are wearing bolero, which is a clothing item most young people may not even recognize.

Nick Sinclair is a modern rake, successful, very sexy and with a trail of admiring wo
Mar 15, 2014 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The main guy was a...

I don't know about you but bad boys are bad for the heart. They are also not good for the consumption. Totally a big no no for certified evil man pretending to be a hero at the end. Nick was such a completely ugly illustration of a man. He was selfish, self-centered and egoistic. He had no redeeming point whatsoever. Perhaps, Ms. Judith Macnaught was trying to portray him as someone with a bad past because his mother abandoned him at a young age and as a result he treats wom
Aug 08, 2009 Barbara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1 Star...

What to say, what to say....

As you all know I'm a huge McNaught fan, but this one was an absolute, no way around it, not even going to give a sympathy star for one of my favorite authors...Stinker! And I had a feeling it would be after the first 2 chapters.

Nick was great but I didn't like Lauren in the least bit. The storyline seemed very rushed and the chemistry between the two was at a minimum luke warm...

If this is your first McNaught book please take my advice and do not read this
Sophie ♥
“He interrupted her with a boyish grin. "I promise I'll never wear your clothes, and I won't steal your allowances or your boyfriends either." Lauren couldn't help starting to smile as he finished, "And if you swear never to call me Nicky again, I won't bite you."
She stepped aside and let him in, then took his jacket and hung it in the closet. When she turned, Nick was leaning against the closed front door, his arms crossed over his chest. "On second thought," he grinned, "I take part of that ba
This one totally follows the author's McNaughizing plots, with the hero eventually going into jerk mode over the big misunderstanding then having to come crawling back on his knees when he realizes how wrong he was.

But c'mon, who doesnt like a man brought to his knees over his own actions? So, though it's certainly not one of her best, I liked it. (I read the entire thing in one sitting.)

Imo, a "bad" Judith Mcnaught, is better than most that are considered "good" in romance novels now-a-days. S
Amy Sanders
Another reviewer pointed out that this was definitely an 80's book, as an employer who treated an employee this way would have made the girl very wealthy.
His treatment of her from the beginning was terrible. She was very naive. I was glad to see that she stood up to him for the majority of the book. There were some of her comments that I wanted to stand up and cheer.

The end was too abrupt. I know this is JM's earlier writing, but I know that some of her newer offerings don't always give enough
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
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May 29, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
I didn't like Nick much at the beginning of the story. He's a douche. Further, he is the typical modern romance stereotype: dark, brooding, self made billionaire, six feet three, broad shoulders, etc. Not very imaginative.
The heroine seems very grown up for her age. One wonders sometimes when she comes up with replies that would more a thirty something heroine instead a twenty year old.
Besides the characters, I liked the story. You saw the train wreck coming from the start and Mrs. McNaught ma
This turned out to be an okay read after all. It started really slow for me, but definitely picked up in the middle. I loved the heroine. She was an innocent, but she didn't make the arrogant hero walk all over her. He got more than he bargained for with her. I was cracking up at some of the things she said to the hero when he peed her off. It was great to see him get put in his place for once! The ending was driven by a big misunderstanding which I hate, so it took away from a higher rating, bu ...more
As much as I loved this one, it kinda makes me wonder if JM actually wrote it because it lacks the maturity that I usually find her writing.

As far as contemporary romance go, the story truly delivers. But there's no element of surprise as the plot is pretty cliche and cheesy. Not that it is bad thing, especially when your own love life is non-existence. So, this is a great book to be used as an escapism :)

Maybe it is just me because I can't seem to get enough of JM's story, but I find the endin
Cassandra Dexter Colby
Un chechiflín ochentero con poca chicha. Pasas un ratico y ya.
Feb 22, 2014 ElaineY rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narrator: Margaret Ball

I love these oldies. Even when I know it'll be like a train wreck approaching and I still can't look the other way.

And so it was with DS, written in 1986. The good thing about it, when I am brave enough to tackle a romance written in the bad ol '80s is that I can't complain about any nasty surprises. I am prepared for the nasty and all that I judge the book on is whether the story's compelling and whether I find the male lead attractive (or

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Kitabı bitirdim ve bilemiyorum belki uzun zaman oldu Judith McNaught okumayalı, tarzını unuttum veya bu kitap gerçektende diğerlerinden farklıydı. Kurgusu olsun, karakterleri olsun değişikti. Severek , beğenerek okudum. Nick'in kendinden emin tavırları, konuşmaları, hareketleri kimi zaman beni benden alacak kadar sinirlendirsede, iş tatlıya bağlandığı için mesudum. Yazarımızın bundan sonra çıkıpta okucağımız kitaplar arasında kötünün iyisiydi
Este es uno de esos libros que ni siquiera deberían haber sido escritos, incluso que te hacen preguntarte "¿en que estaria pensando Judith para crear una historia tan estúpida?". Llamar a esta novela romántica me parece insultante. ¿Habéis conocido a Nick? Si lo hubierais hecho sabríais que este cabrón no merece ser un héroe. Es un protagonista insoportable, uno de esos cabrones que tratan a las mujeres como si fueran solo un felpudo. Es horrible pero es asi. Nick es insoportable, y tan insipido ...more
Anne OK
Sep 15, 2009 Anne OK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My very first McNaught book. The book is very dated now but the story and the characters captivated me from the first page. I was into anything written by JM after "Double Standards."
Miki Akasako
Apr 28, 2012 Miki Akasako rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Miki by: Burgundy Girls
I had forgotten how breathtakingly wonderful a writer is Judith McNaught. I had also forgotten how heartbreaking, exciting and depressing the reading of romance novels are. I've been looking for something gripping, set in modern times, sexy, entertaining and fast paced. I got all of this in Double Standards. I now understand why my friends had gushed about this book years ago. It was a time when we were wide eyed, inadept about matters of the heart and easily swayed. And love was a magical thing ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Versha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god what can I say about this book ! It is one of those books which I can never get bored with! I really never thought reading would be this much fun and entertaining.Having known no other author apart from Jane Austen I had no idea about Judith Mcnaught books or her writing. This was my first contemporary romance novel and what a great book to start with I was mesmerized. I must say I got obsessed with this book for weeks… months I guess. I just love everything about this book from ...more
Teena in Toronto
Jul 04, 2012 Teena in Toronto rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally published in 1984. It was a hoot to read chick lit from more than 20 years ago:

* Lauren is a secretary with stenographic skills and uses a typewriter ... not a computer in sight!
* Lauren wears velour shorts with a matching top ... I remember that fashion!
* Lauren drives a six month old Trans Am.
* Nick is an experienced 37-year-old; he's intense and carrying the hurt of the abandonment of his mother ... our typical hero from that time.
* Lauren is a 23-year-old virgin (our
It's basically love at first site for Lauren when she meets Nick; a very charming and charismatic engineer--or so she thinks. But after spending an amazing few days together, Nick pretty much blows her off and she soon discovers Nick isn't the person that he let her believe he is. Not only is he a rich and powerful multi-millionaire but he's her new boss. When Nick wants a casual affair, Lauren stands her ground to keep him from hurting her again but that doesn't stop Nick from trying to persuad ...more
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Double Standard - NR
McNaught, Judith

In the exclusive, glittering world of business superstars, Nick Sinlair was a legend...

The ruggedly handsome president of Global Industries handled his business the way he handled his women-with charm, daring, and ruthless self-control. A man used to the very best, Nick hired Laura Danner, and assumed that the proud beauty would soon be another easy conquest. But Laura's flashing wit and rare spirit dazzle him-and slowly, against his will, he was intrigued, ch
Jul 05, 2011 Srisurang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
สนุกคะ แรกๆ เหมือนนิยายหวานๆ นารักกุกกิกของสาวออฟฟิศกับหนุมหลอเจาของบริษัท มีปมใหลุนนิดๆ ตรงญาตินางเอกอยากใหปลอมตัวมาสืบความลับบริษัทพระเอก (แตนางเอกไมเตมใจทำให)
ตอนหลังกมีซีนเขาใจผิดบีบหัวใจเลกนอย อานไปลุนไป
พอจบรูสึกวามันจบสันไปหนอยคะ นาจะตออีกสักสองสามบท
กเขาใจอะนะวา ถาสมมติเปนตัวนางเอก หรือพระเอกจริงๆ กคงเขาใจกันงายเพราะเธอกมีสวนผิด เขากมีสวนผิดกันคนละหนอย แตถาเปนเรา คงยากทีจะไวใจพระเอกคนนีอีกครังงายๆ นะ (อินมาก นอยใจแทนนางเอกมากไปหนอย)
สรุปวาอยากใหงอนานกวานี เหมือนคุณ Ning เลยคะ 555
Adwina Ralston Cumberbatch
mungkin banyak yg ngira critanya ala Harlequin bgt
(boss dgn sekretaris)
cuman kalo JM yang bqn, pasti slalu bikin mewek
ni contohnya
awal2 ampe tengah crita sukses bikin gw enjoy bgt bacanya
cuman pas akhir2 sukses bqn gw nangos kejer
JM emg nomer satu kalo bqn pembaca nangis..
Rania yousife
Dec 17, 2015 Rania yousife rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what to say about this one .
first of all , I picked up this book because I was planing to read another book of the same author.
as I started reading it , it was okay ..
but as I reached 25 of the book , I realized that it is kind of mature .. there were lits of description and sex scenes going one .. it ruined my mind , thanks Judith .. and it went on and on.. not once nor twice ... so , if u are the kind who doesn't read or like reading about sex , this is totally not ur kin
Nithya Subramaniam
Oct 07, 2015 Nithya Subramaniam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2015
One star.

I am tired reading the same kind of recycled stories, it's so repetitive that I feel they are the same characters with just the name changed.
Meet Nick an extremely wealthy, successful, handsome and charming business man. Meet Lauren an extremely beautiful and talented young woman. Lauren comes to work for Nick's company but there is a catch she is there to spy. The usual happens Nick finds Lauren attractive she resists, he falls in Love only to realize that she might be a spy and cruel
Nobody pens a romance like Judith McNaught does. I always go back and re-read this book once in a while and it never fails to entertain me.
My review:
I loved the idea of the book - the secretary falling in love with the big, bad boss. However, this took the "big bad boss" a little too far!

First of all - can Judith M. write a book that does not revolve around a HUGE (but usually stupid and easily avoided) misunderstanding!? If so, I have yet to read one!

Secondly - the hero was an a**hole, through and through...
A) He seduces a virgin, pretending that he really likes her and wants more from her than a one night stand, only to dump her the mor
Jul 28, 2010 Guera rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't say it is a bad book. It is just not my style. Flimsy girly novel with a typical character set. 30 Something, stunning, stinking rich, talk dark and handsome, sensitive and tender, biggest boss of the company falls in love with 20 something drop dead gorgeous and sadly naive girl from some small town looking for a job as secretary in the big city and walks right into the perfect job.

It is actually insulting but I guess there is a market for these. The female character is rather funny th
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“What hap­pens to me if this slip­per fits?"
"I turn you into a hand­some frog.”
“How am I doing so far?" she asked, forcing a cheerful lightness into her voice.
"You're doing very well," Nick's lazy voice mocked. "I'm half convinced that I'm invisible.”
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