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Flawless is an astute, intelligent, gripping romance for the modern woman. Jan Moran expertly transports the reader to Beverly Hills and, for a period, Paris, and offers a glimpse of glamour while showing those who work hard behind the scenes to create that glamour. The compelling plot had me turning the pages faster and faster. The characters reach out of the pages and pull you into their lives, and they stay with you long after you close the book. I love that Jan's writing took me to the edge; that she creates a heroine whom you can't fail to care for and understand. A fabulous first book in the series; I can't wait to read the next one. --Hannah Fielding, Author of The Echoes of Love
Jan Moran knows her stuff. Her knowledge of fashion, and food and the cosmetic industry, shine throughout the story. Flawless is a classic romantic tale with a modern business twist. It's a pleasure to read; the story kept me turning the pages. A five-star rating! --Anne Riley, Author of Aerie
If you're a Jackie Collins or Danielle Steel fan, you'll love Jan Moran's Flawless. --Debbie White, Author of Salty Dog
About the Author
Jan Moran is a bestselling and award winning author. She writes historical women's fiction for St. Martin's Press, contemporary women's fiction, and nonfiction books. Her stories are smart and stylish, and written with emotional depth.
Jan often draws on her international travel and business experiences, infusing her books with realistic details. The Midwest Book Review and Kirkus have recommended her books, calling her heroines strong, complex, and resourceful. She blogs for ProjectEve and at JanMoran.com.
Jan has been featured in numerous prestigious media, including CNN, Women's Wear Daily, Wall Street Journal, Allure, InStyle, O Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Costco Connection. As a serial entrepreneur, Jan is the founder and creator of Scentsa, a touch-screen software program for retailers and brands. The fragrance and skincare programs are at Sephora stores in the US, Canada, and international locations.
Verena Valent at 18 years old became the head of her families skin care company. She and her twin sister's had lost their parents in a terrible car accident. Their grandmother Mia had taken them in to console and comfort them after this tragedy. As the CEO of Valent Skin Care she hoped to expand their company into the Asian market, but the economy was tanking and investors would not loan her anymore funds to reach her goal. The writer has brought to light the culture of venture capitalists, most who are legitimate and showing the after effects of those who are not honest.
I really enjoyed this well written story. I felt the characters were real people, and I was constantly surprised that I couldn't figure out how things were going to end, I thought it was one of those typical romance stories, I was wrong, there were so many things going on -- good, bad, sad, some things made me mad, other things were more like-- "well, I didn't see that coming!" Just when I had it all figured out, everything changed, and that happened over and over. As I said, I really enjoyed it, this was my kind of book. I recommend this book to everyone that enjoys, real life problems that need to be worked out, and constant surprises, I wish there were more books like this one.
This was great read. This was the first book that I have by Jan Moran and it was great. Can't wait to read the next. Verena had so much tragedy in her life and needed someone to care about her. She was dating a man she thought she loved. Then she met Lance. Lance made her feel like she could just be herself. Although Verena had so much going on she kept pushing him away. Lance never gave up on her. A must read to find out what happen between the two.
Like everything else she has done, Jan Moran's latest book, Flawless, is exactly that. Her attention to detail: from the way something looks to how it feels, make you think that the book is haute couture for the mind.
Verena Verdent lives with her grandmere Mia and her twin sisters. Ever since her parents died, she has become the third generation of Verdents to head the family beauty company Verdent Swiss Spas, a high end, luxury brand.
The economy is reigning in, and her plans to expand into the Asian market are tanking due to unforseen curcumstances. Add a venture capitalist with no scurples, a conniving boyfriend, and a five star chef, and this is a five star book and the beginning of a new series I can hardly wait to read more of
This book was very entertaining. The story line flowed and was interesting. Family connection was great and then throw in a little romance to complete the story. I enjoyed this book because it was modern but somehow old fashion in the sense of manners and respect. Great combination.
I admit, I was interested at first. The heroine was living a somewhat glamorous life as CEO of her family's business. She had good friends, a good job, and a not-so-good fiancé. Sounds somewhat good, right?
Frankly, I didn't understand what drew her to the fiancé. I guess the author just set it up that way. Anyway, something happens that jeopardizes her business, so she turns to her fiancé's business for more funds. Unfortunately for her, they're all scumbags over there so she gets screwed over. We get a long, exhaustive description of the heroine letting bad events happen to her because she constantly ignores her gut feeling for no reason. She keeps saying she has no other choice, but of course there's none when the author says there's none. *rolls eyes*
When she finally lost the company, all I could say was "Finally!" I mean, what did she expect? Frankly, I don't understand how she was able to stay in her position as CEO when she was that f***ing stupid.
Oh, and yeah, there's romance with another guy, who's only there so she can complete her HEA. The guy seems superfluous to me. Her grandmother, Mia, was a more important character than him. Should this book be marketed as romance, or it just has some romance? Sheesh.
Finally, the evil fiancé and his 'sociopathic' boss die in a car accident (after heroine almost tried suffocating bad boss with a pillow). Bad lackey of bad boss goes to jail. Heroine gets to say "Karma!" I get to say "Bulls***!" Heroine has her own HEA of course but I just keep hoping that there's an Epilogue wherein her grandmother Mia gets to be the star of the show instead of the heroine who is TSTL.
This book just p*ssed me off. I suggest you find another way to kill the time.