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Black Ties and Lullabies (Grand Central Publishing Contemporary Romance) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Grand Central Publishing Contemporary Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Reissue edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446568473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446568470
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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RAVES FOR NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JANE GRAVES AND BLACK TIES AND LULLABIES:

"Irresistible. Jane Graves writes with charm, wit and heart!"
--Carly Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

"Fun, fast-paced and heartwarming"
--Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author

TALL TALES AND WEDDING VEILS:

"A breath of pure romance, this book is a real charmer. You will laugh...and cheer."
--RT Book Reviews

"I can't recommend Tall Tales highly enough...funny, and touching with wonderful characters and great love scenes."
--All About Romance (a Desert Island Keeper)

HOT WHEELS AND HIGH HEELS:
"Sassy, sexy and fun. Jane Graves will win your heart."
--Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

A delightful, funny read with a unique twist as a former trophy wife discovers herself, and true love, in the most unexpected place. A total winner!"
--Susan Mallery, New York Times bestselling author

"Sassy and Smart!" --Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author

"An interesting and fun novel with plenty of fascinating characters, this story starts fast and doesn't lose momentum."
--RT Book Reviews

"Jane Graves never fails to enchant me. HOT WHEELS AND HIGH HEELS draws you in, then blasts off! Fasten your seatbelt for a fun, rollicking ride!" --Stephanie Bond, bestselling author

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jane Graves has written eighteen contemporary romance novels. She is a nine-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award, the industry's highest honor, and is the recipient of two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Booksellers' Best Award, and the Golden Quill, among others. Jane lives in the Dallas area with her husband of twenty-eight years and a very sweet kitty who kindly keeps her lap warm while she writes.

You can write to her at jane@janegraves.com. She'd love to hear from you!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jane Graves is a nine-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's Rita Award, the industry's highest honor, and is the recipient of two National Readers' Choice Awards, the Booksellers' Best Award, and the Golden Quill, among others. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Jane lives in the Dallas area with her husband and a very sweet kitty who kindly keeps her lap warm while she writes.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Julie Brazeal on June 30, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Why I read this book: I was in the mood for a light contemporary romance.

What I liked: It was a light read, I didn't have to over think or become so wrapped up in angst I needed a massage to loosen the knots in my shoulders after reading. The plot fits the formula for a chicklit and happy ending.

What I didn't like: The female main character is a bad-ass body guard who is suppose to be able to kill a person six ways to Sunday. However, we don't get to see that side of her because she's pregnant through the majority of the book. I think the character could have easily had another occupation, like secretary, and had the same personality and background baggage she comes with. I also don't understand why a lot of male main characters are so promiscuouss and the females seem to be semi-virginal, but that's what you get here too.

Overall: This contemporary romance was a nice chicklit/romance. The characters were likable, the story moved along at a nice pace, and the tension between the two main characters was the right amount to make you think they had enough chemistry to be a great couple. I'd recommend it to chicklit/romance fans.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LeaF on July 8, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Don't be fooled by the cover art of Black Ties and Lullabies, Bernadette `Bernie' Hogan wouldn't be caught dead in a flouncy red dress. Jeremy Bridges is a gazillionaire who wears running shoes with his tuxedos and leaves his tie undone when frequenting endless high brow philanthropic events. Bernie is a tough as nails, no nonsense bodyguard who has a razor sharp tongue and doesn't mince words regarding her distain for her boss's lifestyle. She is military trained, loves guns-is a crack shot, plays a mean game of poker with the guys and detests anything remotely `girly'. Her colleagues and friends are actually afraid of her lethal defense skills. Bernie is also devoted to her ailing mother.

Jeremy has a typical rags to riches background. He is a self made billionaire who built his company, Sybersense Systems from nothing into a mega conglomerate. He is ruthless in business, wealthy beyond measure, and lives in a veritable castle that he had custom designed and constructed. Jeremy is handsome and a compulsive womanizer who has no intention of settling down. He likes blondes with large surgically enhanced breasts. Bernie has dark hair, wears black understated outfits, and uses no make-up at all. And, she has an aversion to plastic surgery.

After picking up his latest blonde bimbo at a Benefit to "Save The Whales", Jeremy and his entourage, which includes Bernie, and Carlos, his chauffeur, return to his mansion where Jeremy has one thing on his mind. He dismisses said entourage but Bernie returns because she smelled a rat from the minute she laid eyes on the female Jeremy chose to bring home. Bernie warned Jeremy about said female but he ignored her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie A. E. on September 15, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jane Graves' Black Ties and Lullabies doesn't work out side the predictable confines and popular tropes of romance novels in general. That's not a bad thing, if you're in the mood for it and don't mind a sketchy outline of the emotional aspects of their budding love story.

Bernadette ('Bernie' for short, a rather unfortunate nickname) Hogan as a hard-nosed, extremely independent and tough ex-military turned bodyguard isn't too hard of a sell but since we see so little of that side of her and is the pivotal reason she and billionaire (a shallow, 38-year-old professional womanizer, little boy in man's body and emotionally constipated) Jeremy Bridges, it gave the start of the relationship a weak foundation. The setup of the first chapter is like being thrown in the middle of an already established relationship, which added this sense of distance I felt as I continued with their story. Plus, when Bernie gets pregnant by a man she clearly doesn't respect and doesn't want in her life wasn't satisfactorily amended in my mind. The relationship always felt awkward and strained and lacking heat, chemistry or a good enough reason for these two to be together.

There was nothing inherently bad with this book but I was not impressed overall and have read far better fluffy popcorn reads that's sexy, fun and still chick-lit light. Instead, I found myself rather bored throughout as there was no real power, relevance or depth behind the plot or the characters. If the emotions are thin, generic sketches, then the scenes and the characters themselves have to compensate by being lively, energetic, hot, sizzling, anything to just get the pulse above sleepy. That didn't happen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie@My5monkeys on July 7, 2011
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Bernie is a strong independent woman and also his body Guard, who works for Jeremy Bridges a self made millionaire. They have a difficult working relationship. They are going to a party , and guest who Jeremy is interested in. Bernie feels that something is weird with the guest. Bernie saves Jeremy life, and they have angry sex with out protection. She ends up pregnant.

Bernie's mom Eleanor is also slowly losing her memory , and hopes that her daughter will get married and have kids. Once Bernie tells Jeremy that she is expecting , their lives change. They both have to make some compromises, and figure out their feelings for each other.

I needed a light book. I understood that that Bernie has/had a low self esteem , and she didn't feel pretty, 36, and that she didn't date much. This was repeated a bit much in my humble opinion. I also got that both Jeremy and Bernie both had Control issues with each other and their families.
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