"Are things or Love what truely matters in life?"
Robin Lear's life is in crisis. She found out her father
is dying; her father has demoted her and left her ex-
boyfriend in charge of her "training". To top all this
off, her office burns down and she gets arrested on her
way home for lack of ID and registration. While waiting
to appear before the judge, she has a confrontation with
an attractive man. Later, she discovers that this man is
the contractor that she has hired to remodel her house.
Jake Manning, the contractor has seen her type many
times. As far as he is concerned, it is unfortunate that
he is attracted to her. Jake thinks that he has too much
on his plate to get involved with a lady that has trouble
written all over her. He has a new business to establish,
a degree in architecture to finish, and an orphaned
teenage nephew to keep out of trouble. Will two such
opposite people be able to overcome the strikes against
them and have a lasting relationship?
Ms. London really took a chance on the main character of
Robin; in that she is not a very likeable character in the
beginning. This is the first romance that I can remember
reading which the heroine is the character in need of
redemption. At first, I found it quite easy to dislike
the spoiled, arrogant Robin; but later, with Jake's help,
Robin learns to treat people with more consideration.
Jake, who at first thinks Robin is what she appears on the
surface, looks deeper to see the woman inside and her
great potential. Jake has a steadying effect on Robin,
and she realizes what truly matters in life to her. All
in all, MATERIAL GIRL was an enjoyable read; you just need
to give Robin's character time for growth.
Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted May 21, 2003
Money can't buy you love.
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
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 her cushy job in the family business to
tech her "about life." In an instant her whole world
unravels, and Robin is suddenly swimming in unchartered
waters, including a bogus night in jail, a new job as the
lackey of her toady ex-boyfriend, and a major distraction
in the form of one very sexy contractor who's renovating
Jake Manning has had some tough knocks in life. Now all he
wants is to make enough money to finish his degree and,
maybe, get a nice house with a nice wife and a nice kid.
But the Prada-clad ice princess is turning his life upside
down with her sassy--and disastrous--ways. Jake's head
tells him to run, don't walk, from this gorgeous train
wreck of a woman. A man would have to be crazy to pursue
someone like Robin Lear. But Jake is crazy--about her...
Genre: Contemporary Romance