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

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"Irresistible. Jane Graves writes with charm, wit and heart!"
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"Fun, fast-paced and heartwarming"
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"Sassy, sexy and fun. Jane Graves will win your heart."
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"An interesting and fun novel with plenty of fascinating characters, this story starts fast and doesn't lose momentum."
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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.

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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: 4.1 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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2.5 out of 5 stars. A sweet story about what love and family means to those who believe they would never have that for themselves. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance books about a couple who ordinarily you would not think they would work out together but in someways they are perfect together.

The reason I gave this book such a low rating was because even though I liked the main characters, I got really annoyed with how Bernie really doesn't try to put any effort in asking Jeremy to help her out. I mean some things I understood but even after he proves himself a little bit she still keeps him out of her life and any/all things to do with setting up the place for the baby. I mean it's like she never got a clue. Or even gave Jeremy a shot in seeing where things could be. Very annoying.

What saved this book from getting an even lower score was the last three chapters were GREAT!! I loved how this book turned out.

Another thing I did LOVE about this book was the banter between the main characters!

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Black Ties and Lullabies by Jane Graves is an absolute delight.

Bernadette "Bernie" Hogan takes her job as a bodyguard/security expert seriously. She doesn't make mistakes, she can't afford to. Bernie has the caring of her mother and Texas's most difficult and eligible bachelor to protect. Jeremy Bridges makes his own rules in business and in pleasure. He literally drives Bernie up a wall until one night she gives in and falls into his arms.

Jeremy Bridges is a self made millionaire and realizes security is a needed necessity. But its not going to get in his way of having a good time. He likes Bernie's dry wit but never looked at her as a bed partner until one night locked in his safe room.

That one night leads to a pregnancy that neither had planned on. Bernie starts to protect her heart with everything she has while Jeremy wants to show Bernie he can be the man for her and their baby.

Black Ties and Lullabies is laugh out loud funny and deliciously sexy. Jeremy and Bernie are complete opposites but have an attraction that is smoking hot. Watching their romance grown and develop is a treat worth savoring.
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