Beauty Queen by Julia London
(Lear Family Trilogy, Book 2)

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In the second book of The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters trilogy, a former beauty queen’s perfect life comes crashing down…but unexpected love may lift her right back up.

Former Miss Texas Rebecca Lear knows a thing or two about looking perfect—even when her life is anything but. When her no-good husband leaves her for another woman, the fairy-tale illusion shatters. Heartbroken, Rebecca heads to Austin to pick up the pieces of her life, volunteering for a friend’s political campaign in a desperate attempt to start anew. When she clashes with a gorgeous, hot-shot lawyer over campaign strategies, Rebecca realizes she’s in way over her head. And maybe that’s a good thing…

Matt Parrish is the toughest litigator in Texas—and a notorious heartbreaker. When he agrees to help out with his former fraternity brother’s campaign, he never imagined he’d be stuck working with an ex-beauty queen. There’s no denying she’s beautiful…and sweet and funny and smarter than anyone gives her credit for. But men like Matt don’t fall in love with women like Rebecca, no matter how hot the flames of passion burn between them…

 

About Julia London

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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Dangers of Deceiving a Viscount, The Perils of Pursuing a Prince, The Hazards of Hunting a Duke, Highlander Unbound (a finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Historical Romance), Highlander in Disguise, and Highlander in Love (also a finalist for the RITA Award)?all published by Pocket Books and Pocket Star Books. She is also the author of Guiding Light: Jonathan's Story, the New York Times bestselling novel based on the Emmy Award?winning daytime drama Guiding Light. Don?t miss her short story ?The Merchant's Gift? in the anthology The School for Heiresses and watch for her new short story in the holiday anthology Snowy Night with a Stranger, coming soon from Pocket Books. A native Texan, Julia lives in Austin, Texas. You can write to her at P.O. Box 228, Georgetown, TX 78627, or email her at julia@julialondon.com.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by Montlake Romance. 474 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Martin ­McDonagh's writing sparkles with ­deadpan irony as he tells the tale of Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old woman trapped by her ­cantankerous old mother, Mag, into a life of barren ­inertia.

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Rural Ireland, McDonagh suggests, is romantic to everyone but its inhabitants left behind by the years of economic success.

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The Guardian

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You can scent the outcome of Martin McDonagh's 1996 debut play as surely as visitors to the home of Mag and Maureen Folan can smell pee in the kitchen sink.

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At campaign headquarters, she immediately butts heads with campaign consultant Matt Parrish, a handsome trial lawyer with a bossy, arrogant demeanor, but as they work on the increasingly problematic campaign, the two find common ground.

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This leads to a climactic showdown in the middle of the book in which Matt and Rebecca rip away one another’s masks and expose exactly what is most wrong with the other.

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