May 31, 2014

Material Girl. Julia London

Material Girl.  Julia London
Material Girl
Julia London
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: 2013
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hours 56 minutes
Genre: Contemporary romance
Narrator: Natalie Ross
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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…
My thoughts.
This is the first book in the Lear family series, and no doubt I will read or listen to the others as I will want to up date on the characters in this book.

Robin Lear as the heroine was in interesting character.  Not your usual amazing, strong, female lead.  She has been somewhat spoiled by her upbringing and in ways duped by her father and his chief CEO.  She has the values of the rich, buy whatever you want, use the company jet whenever you feel like it, and buy shoes on a whim - expensive ones.  She also works in the company and has always had it easy until her father throws her in the deep end.  At first she flounders.  Evan has been put in charge of supervising her as she works up her skills.  He is a total snooty, self seeking individual.  

Jake is the hero.  The absolute opposite to Robin's father and Evan.  He is hardworking and ultimately caring.  He has what the other two men do not have, respect for Robin in spite of her various 'rich girl' tendencies.  He sees her as a person, with value.

Two men from such different walks of life.  May the better man win! Two families with their own faults, prejudices and strong points.  Can two people from such different places in society find each other?

I really enjoyed this story, especially the growth of Robin, and the acceptance of each other that both Robin and Jake have.  Natalie Ross narrated the story well and I think this was a book I appreciated more for the listening, than if I had merely just read it.
4 stars


  1. This sounds great. It is also good to know that you enjoyed it in audiobook form as I like the idea but have not been successful at listening to them. I end up blocking them out like background noise. I keep trying though, so I will give this one a whirl.

    1. LOL Stephanie, I get most of the story but sometimes have to go back. My mind just goes into a little conundrum of its own, so I sure know what you are talking about. On my present audio I am going to have to spend a bit of time going back as I fell asleep last night listening. Good and bad!

  2. Great review and I hope you get to read/listen the next books. This is one of my favorite series =)


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