Love in Reality by Magdalen Braden
A Contemporary Romance (The Blackjack Quartet)

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TV producer Rand Jennings solves two problems—his boss-from-hell, Marcy, and his overachieving dad—when he sees a way to mess with Marcy's reality TV show, The Fishbowl. It'll drive Marcy crazy if he selects genuinely talented "Fish" who'll treat the game as more than trash-talking in skimpy swimwear. At the end of the season, Rand will have written a winning screenplay he'll pitch as "The Devil Wears Prada gets Gaslighted."

He casts his first ringer, a confident bartender from South Philadelphia, not realizing that Lissa-the-bartender is actually her twin, Libby-the-law-student. When Libby's summer law job evaporates in the bad economy, and a certain cute producer kisses her, she agrees to spend the summer locked in a stage set decorated like a fish tank.

As their relationship deepens despite the show, Libby's lies and Rand's deceptions threaten any chance they have to be a real couple. Set against the humorous backdrop of a tasteless reality TV show, Love in Reality (Book 1 of Magdalen Braden's Blackjack Quartet) is the sexy story of how falling in love forces Rand and Libby to be honest with themselves and each other.
 

About Magdalen Braden

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In her series of sexy contemporary romances, The Blackjack Quartet, Magdalen Braden writes about lawyers, judges, law students, paralegals ... an entire fictional Philadelphia legal community, in fact. Hey, she left her legal career to return to her first love, romance writing, so it makes sense she'd write about the law. As she puts it, "I needed a day job to quit, so I went to law school." Be glad she doesn't draw on her other professional experiences, which include failed caterer, failed daycare administrator, failed editorial assistant, and failed hearing tester in a flour mill. Magdalen writes about Philadelphia because she went to law school there, practiced there, and even has a British patent attorney ex-husband still living in the Victorian South Philadelphia house Magdalen bought before they married. (The house used to be part of a convent—another aspect of her past that won't show up in her steamy novels.) In a shameless bid for attention, Magdalen has been known to tell people she and bestselling author Julie James have virtually identical legal careers: Magdalen went to a better law school but Julie had the better federal clerkship. In addition to writing, Magdalen keeps busy completing her Masters in Fine Arts degree from Stonecoast, the University of Southern Maine's MFA program, one of only two in the country that acknowledges romance novels exist, let alone comprise a wildly popular fiction genre. She even submitted a scholarly essay on Susan Elizabeth Phillips' "Dream a Little Dream" in her first semester. What time Magdalen has left over is spent with her second British husband (what can she say? She has a type!) in their two-hundred-year-old house in rural Pennsylvania with their cats and dog. Magdalen's debut romance, "Love in Reality", begins The Blackjack Quartet. Book three in the series, "Blackjack & Moonlight", was a 2012 finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® contest and will be published in 2013 after "The Cost of Happiness" (Book Two) and before "Lost and Found" (Book Four).
 
Published December 14, 2012 by Harmony Road Press. 284 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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So Libby is unprepared when Rand Jennings, a producer from the reality show, offers the person he thinks is Lissa a spot on The Fishbowl.

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So Libby is unprepared when Rand Jennings, a producer from the reality show, offers the person he thinks is Lissa a spot on The Fishbowl.

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