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


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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: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,939,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including the popular Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series (including The Year of Living Scandalously), the Cedar Springs contemporary series (including One Season of Sunshine), and numerous other works. She is a four 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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Karlyn P - Mark My Words, Not My Name 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Brittain on August 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved AMERICAN DIVA! I thought the struggles that Audrey faced were very real. I can imagine not being able to just dismiss a guy you've known for years and who helped you reach stardom because you have fallen for a 'hottie'. I didn't like Lucas because he was a leech and used her to further his own career, but I thought Audrey needed Jack to open her eyes. Eventhough she loved Jack, she had to be true to herself for once and grow out of being dependent on others and giving in to their pressures. The bad guy was secondary and was only a means for Jack and Audrey to meet. London gave such vivid descriptions in this novel as all her novels. I could experience how Audrey and Jack felt about her blood sucking family. There were some parts that made me laugh out loud. For example, when Jack said that her family was like the making of a Jerry Springer family. The love scenes were fantastic. London gave a very insightful foray into the world of superstardom. I thought it was very believable and interesting. I admired the way Jack gave her time to come to her own decision because he realized what a tough choice she had to make. Reading this novel was like watching a great movie. London knows how to tell a story. I must agree that the ending was sort of abrupt, but it didn't take away from the story. I also love the fact that London writes both historical and contemporary. She hasn't abandoned the genre that put her on the map. I just recently discovered her through her historicals because my other favorite historical authors have started writing crime/mystery genres. London is good with both genres. I had to go back and buy all of her novels. DEVIL'S LOVE and WICKED ANGEL are must reads. The THRILLSEEKERS series is great. All of the guys are hotties.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Schreffler on September 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I was so waiting for this book. It was very disappointing. The first
two books in the series were very good. This one was a very frustrating
read I stopped and started it a couple of times. It was too up and down and you did not care about the characters. After waiting so long for the final book in this series it was a big disappointment. They made the book an oversize paperback raised the price and it was not worth it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah W 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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