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Black Ties and Lullabies (Grand Central Publishing Contemporary Romance) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Jeremy and Bernadette arrive back at Jeremy's place one evening to find themselves in a comprising position. Afterwards, Bernadette quits. Jeremy believes that Bernadette will come back. When she doesn't and he learns that she is pregnant, he must find a way to show Bernadette that he is in for the long hull and is ready to be a husband and father.
I have seen this author's books around but have not gotten around to trying her out until now. I thought that this book was such a fun book to read. That is saying something when a book is fun to read. Bernadette was good. She did not take any crap from Jeremy, just because he is a celebrity. She called it like it was. Though, Jeremy did not want to admit it in the beginning but he liked Bernadette because she had brains. You would not tell that this is the type of woman that Jeremy liked from his past dating life. Jeremy turned out to be a good guy. He was only portrayed as a womanizer for a brief period in this book, which was nice. The rest of the time, I found him funny. He knew just how to get under Bernadette's skin and he did it every time that he could but only in a way to show her how stubborn she was. Black Ties and Lullabies earns four stars!
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Jeremy is a rags-to-riches, self-made mega billionaire, man-whore who keeps himself too busy to realize how lonely he really is. Bernie is his sassy, takes-no-prisoners bodyguard. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marissa John
Quick read but no depth. Great if you're looking for an easy (if simple) read!Published 12 months ago by K.Osh
As always I enjoyed reading a Jane Graves' novel. I loved the humor, the strong but caring heroine, and how both the male & female characters grew throughout the story. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
wonderful story I loved it and would read it again. Great book about opposites attracting a and becoming a family.Published 22 months ago by Kindle Customer
I love a strong woman who can take care of herself and a man who can see through the tough exterior to the beauty beyond. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Natalie S
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The beginning of their romance was a little far fetched; but, the middle and their ending was a worthwhile read!. It was definitely, a perfect fairy tale ending!!Published on October 30, 2013 by anj
Love, love, love this book!!! 100% worth every penny. At first I couldn't help too think this guy is a jerk. Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Angela Wilmoth