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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451230980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451230980
  • ASIN: 0451230981
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Walker has given up his playboy status and, much to his Machiavellian mother's delight, become engaged to a wealthy socialite. Now mommy dearest can go ahead with her plans to make him governor of Massachusetts. But the best-laid plans often go offtrack, and in this case the cause of the derailment is art conservationist Callie Burke. The minute Jack lays eyes on her, he forgets everything, including his politically acceptable fiancee. He hires Callie to restore a recently acquired John Singleton Copley portrait of one of his ancestors and moves her into his mansion so she can work uninterrupted on the $5 million art treasure, but both Callie and the painting conceal secrets. Bird, author of Heart of Gold [BKL My 1 03], presents another fine, emotion-filled romance about two people whose pasts stand in the way of present happiness. Readers who appreciate books rich in strong feelings, such as those by Barbara Freethy, Kathryn Shay, and Judith McNaught, will also enjoy this tale. Shelley Mosley
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He was a confirmed bachelor?and a gorgeous work of art.

For struggling art conservationist Callie Burke, the chance to restore a world-famous painting is the opportunity of a lifetime?one that no one in her right mind would turn down. Call her crazy, but Callie has serious reservations about working with the painting?s owner. Warm and sexy, Jack Walker makes no attempt to hide the strong attraction he feels for Callie?even as she tries to keep their relationship professional. Now, cocooned in his studio in Boston, she will either have to learn to ignore the man and concentrate on the masterpiece, or give in to the kind of passion that can never be captured on canvas.

Jack Walker is a practical man who runs his life, his empire, and his fortune effortlessly. Yet from the moment he met Callie Burke, he wanted her with all the intensity of a first crush. As he gets to know her, the desire blossoms into something more?and Jack finds that for the first time in his life he is leading with his heart instead of his head. . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I love J.R. Ward books.
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I had not liked a book I read for quite a while now and was starting to think it was just me, until I read this book.
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This is a very well written contemporary romance novel.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on February 12, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story begins the day after a lavish gala hosted by the Hall Foundation. Callie Burke is an art conservator who had just been handed a job offer that could easily make her career! Grace Woodward Hall introduced Callie to Jackson "Jack" Walker during the gala. Jack had just purchased back a famous painting that had been sold off by his own father years ago. Knowing Grace would not have introduced Callie to work on the conservation of the painting if she was less than excellent, he immediately offers the job. But Callie knows Jack's playboy background and knows danger when she sees it. Even so, she ends up accepting and travels to his mansion, Buona Fortuna, to work on the painting.
The attraction between the two is obvious to those around, including Jack's stuck up mother, Mercedes. Jack became engaged to a lady of his own class only three weeks prior and Mercedes could not have been more displeased to see how Jack reacted to Callie, so beneath him in class. But Jack always gets what he wants and he wants Callie from the moment he first saw her. He is even willing to break off his engagement to prove he prefers Callie.
But is he really a new, improved, socially responsible Jack Walker? Or is he still a playboy? And can he ever accept the secret Callie has kept hidden her entire life?
***** Callie Burke and Jack Walker were introduced in the romantic suspense book, "An Unforgettable Lady", which hit book stores only a few weeks ago. You do not need to read the previous book, which is Grace and John's story, to totally understand this one though. Both books easily stand alone. However, this story will mean more to you if you do read both books. Grace and "John" are secondary characters in this novel, along with another hot bachelor, Gray.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Buggy on August 16, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Written in 2004 An Irresistible Bachelor is the companion book to Jessica Bird (JR Ward's) AN UNFORGETTABLE LADY. Each can easily be read as stand-alones however you'll get much more out of this one if you read them in order. Having said that I should also tell you that while I loved Grace and particularly John from the first book, Jack and Callie's romance here was a major disappointment and has turned out to be my least favourite Bird/Ward book to date. Unfortunately I just couldn't ever get a feel for them as a couple, and without the suspense factor from the last book or any real notable sexual tension this time, the dreary storyline involving art restoration, family secrets and multi-billionaire businessmen running for governor just wasn't enough to hold my interest.

However this is still Ward writing, so while the plot never grabbed me it does of course have its moments, they're just few and far between. For example I learned everything I ever (didn't) want to know about restoring art. Thankfully there are some great secondary characters; like Jack's meddling mother, a one armed chef and Artie the dog. My wannabe boyfriend John Smith shows up again although he doesn't get to speak and we meet Gray, who had me wondering if he was the same Grayson Bennett from The Moorehouse Legacy book (His Comfort And Joy?) Speaking of which we also get a brief cameo from Spike (A Man In A Million) In the end though when you care more about a little dog and cameo spotting then the heroes you know you're in trouble and it was with a lot of eye rolling that I finished this book.

Callie Burke is a struggling art conservationist so when she's given the chance to restore a world famous painting she of course jumps at the offer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hoosiergirl on August 23, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is great. This book answered the questions that were left unanswered in "An Unforgettable Lady". The story moves on, and fills in what you wonder about from the 1st one.

I fell in love with Jack. I kinda disliked him in the first book because of his playboy ways, but then he redeemed himself when his own story was told.

Great read. Buy it today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Davie on December 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Second in the Unforgettable Lady romance series revolving around a group of friends and their families on the East Coast.

Another warm and intelligent romance from Bird between two people one of whom combines the artistic with the scientific while the other is ruthless in business. It explores the insecurities of a woman fed up with secrets yet unable to throw off a lifetime of keeping them while it delights in a man's first experience with love. No real surprise there after reading of his parents!

Ward continues to use misperception between Jack and Callie to create the greatest tension although Callie's accident with the painting incorporated a good bit of fear. What I don't understand is why Jack didn't throw his mother's origins back at her?! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Nor why Callie didn't get on the phone to Grace a lot sooner.

I appreciate Ward not insulting us or her intelligent characters' understanding of the realities of political campaigning. I also adored Jack continually stepping up to defend Callie!

The cover definitely gives off that playboy air with Jack Walker looking out at us, his shirt unbuttoned to display a gorgeous chest and his bow tie undone as he stands at the foot of a curving staircase. Jack definitely has the look of a determined and sexy man with that five o'clock shadow and his assessing gaze.

The title sums up what An Irresistible Bachelor Jack Walker is as well as an indicator of the reputation he must overcome with both Massachusetts and Callie.
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