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American Diva (Thrillseekers Anonymous, Book 3) Paperback – August 7, 2007

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London's luscious latest (after Material Girl) provides prime escapist material that's perfect for anyone who reads tabloids in supermarket check-out lines to see who's breaking up or hooking up. Audrey Larue's a talented Texas songbird who becomes a supernova stuck with a controlling boyfriend, second-rate musician Lucas Bonner, a greedy entourage and a needy white trash family. After meeting extreme outdoorsman/stuntman (and military vet) Jack Price, Audrey and Lucas hire him to oversee security for her summer concert tour. He's got eyes for Audrey (as does she, quietly, for him), and the love triangle that develops is eclipsed in drama only by a creepy, vampire-fetishist stalker who's making death threats against Audrey. This is a great one to throw in the beach bag. (Aug.)
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About the Author

Julia London was raised on a ranch in West Texas. She earned a degree in government. Now she lives in Austin with her husband and two enormous Labrador retrievers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; First Edition edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425215644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425215647
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,792,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the popular Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters historical romance series, and the Homecoming Ranch contemporary romance series. She is a six time finalist for the presitigous RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction, and RT Bookclub award recipient for Best Historical Romance for Dangerous Gentleman. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Karlyn on August 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I really wanted to like this book, as I enjoyed the first two books in this series, but American Diva was just a frustrating read. This story is about Audrey, an ultra-famous pop singer of 28, and Jack, an ex-military, pilot and stunt person for Thrill Seekers Anonymous. Jack gets hired to provide security after she gets a few threatening letters.

First let me say that I think Julia London is a very talented writer, but as I have come to know her stories are either a "Hit" or "Miss". And her misses can almost always be boiled down to the same fundamental problem: the story focuses on characters who you simply don't like or care about. This is the problem with American Diva.

In American Diva, *ALL* of the secondary characters are jerks. Her co-workers, boyfriend, and entire family are all horrible people with no redeeming qualities. None of the subplot stories were fun, entertaining, or enjoyable. The story also includes a bad guy, and we know from the beginning who he is, so it was just a subplot to keep Jack and Audrey together. When the bad guy gets caught, it was very anti-climatic. To make this book worse, the heroine Audrey is not very likable. She is a diva, and acts horribly through most of the book. She is either a raging *itch without apology, or a complete doormat getting walked all over. She has a few normal moments with Jack, but in most of their very short and totally unrealistic relationship she is awful to him. She makes a few "TSTL" decisions that frustrated me to know end. Jack was the best part of the book, but truthful he is the same guy from so many other romance novels. His character is so cookie cutter, i.e...tall, built, dark hair, blue eyes, handsome as sin, treats his woman like gold, and can perform in bed like stud he thinks he is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kiaorateora on July 17, 2014
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Jack started out as a character that I liked and I was looking forward to watching him fall in love. However, by the middle of the book, London had started to change Jack's character from a take-charge alpha male to a spineless, hormonal teenager with no pride and zero taste in women. Audrey was completely unlikeable. She was the worst book character: whiny, bratty, spineless, rude and TSTL. (Too Stupid To Live in book-speak.) How in the world Jack saw this hot mess and thought "I wanna get with this girl!" was beyond me. Usually when an author makes a character this unlikeable, they do something to make us forgive them or they go through something that makes them wake up and see themselves as the brat they've become and try to do something to change that. Not with Audrey. She is literally TSTL all the way up to 97% on my kindle. The worse plot device that London does is the "love triangle" plot. She makes it worse and writes Audrey and Jack as cheaters, like we're supposed to get behind their illicit relationship and be okay with it only because Audrey's boyfriend is a total jerk. Nope. Mature adults get out of relationships before starting new ones. Oh but wait. I was talking about mature adults of which Jack and Audrey are not. They act like horny teenagers and whine and cry about being together, blah, blah, blah. Oh! And let's not forget there's some wacko that's out there stalking Audrey which turns out to be totally lame too. Note to Author: Readers want strong characters! Not whiny brats who throw tantrums when the world isn't fair to them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I had such high hopes for Julia London's latest book. Both her historical and contemporary romances are some of the best in the romance world but American Diva was anything but the best.

Singer Audrey LaRue is America's newest sweetheart. She is the "It" girl of the moment and while this brings about many new career opportunities for her, it is also bringing out a stalker. Audrey hires Thrillseekers Anonymous member, Jack Price, to be her new security man. It is his job to watch over her, keep the press at bay, and stop her stalker.

Jack Price accepted the job as Audrey's bodyguard in order to help him fund his dream: to own and operate his own flight school and air hangar. But what should be an easy, uncomplicated job, is anything but. Audrey and her entourage, particularly her boyfriend Lucas, are demanding, needy, annoying, and whiny. Audrey has no control over them or her business dealings and this chaos shows on every page of this story.

What could have been an interesting and engaging bodyguard/celebrity romance was anything but. Audrey is a terrible character. She puts up with some major verbal abuse from her "boyfriend" and cannot make up her mind about what direction she wants her career to go in. She professes to be in love with Jack, but heck if she can truly decide between the two men. She is careless and demanding and in general, a very annoying character.

I truly don't know how Jack managed to fall in love with her. This story was a confusing disaster of characterization. Unfortunately, this series, which has had me hooked from the first book, ended with a big bust. If you truly want to read this story, pick it up from the library. It's not worth buying.

Julia London is still a favorite author of mine. I re-read many over her stories over and over again, but American Diva will not be one of them.
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