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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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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 (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,524,518 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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Karlyn - Taxidermy for the Ladies 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 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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5 of 5 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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