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Cliched Love A Satirical Romance

Author : Lynn Galli
ISBN : 1935611135
Genre : Fiction
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Vega, a journalist by trade and a cynic for life, came up with a brilliant pitch for a series of articles. Recount the tales of lesbian and gay couples to assure the heterosexual population that the institution of marriage isn't at risk now that gay marriage is legal. Her editor loved the idea. Vega loved the notion of a long-term assignment that paid regularly. What she didn't realize until too late was that she'd have to sit through every one of these often banal, regularly nauseating love stories without wanting to hurl herself off the nearest cliff. So much for her brilliant idea. By the time she arrives in Seattle, she's already had enough of interviewing couples, but she's determined to see it through. After all, if the readers of a national newspaper can recognize a love story as a love story, regardless of sexuality, she might change a few minds out there. Helping to temper the discontent is new friend Iris, who seems to know everyone's story and, more importantly, shares Vega's take on them. As the interviews continue and her friendship with Iris grows, Vega wonders if her lifelong cynical attitude toward love might be softening a bit. NOTE: This is a romance wrapped in a satire. You'll get your romance, but along the way, common romance themes, character traits, and plot points are mocked a bit (or a lot.) If you cherish every word ever written in all your favorite lesbian romances and never once thought, "Oh, come on! That would never happen," then this book is not for you.

Finally

Author : Lynn Galli
ISBN : 1935611208
Genre : Fiction
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From author Lynn Galli comes two original short stories. See how the Virginia clan series started with "Finally" and enjoy a new stand-alone tale in "Objection." Epilogues to all the Virginia friends' books are included. Finally - Willa Lacey is confident, smart, and ambitious. A few months away from being granted venture capital to start her software company, she's barely able to maintain her day job, attend to her family, and keep up with friends. It's been a long process, but her hard work is about to pay off. So, why is it that all she can think about is the friendship she's just made with a professional basketball player? She's never been distracted before, yet something about Quinn Lysander is making her rethink her priorities in life. Can the potential for a relationship outweigh the importance of her life's ambition? Objection - When a pattern of judicial bribery appears to benefit someone in the mayor's office, Lindsay St. James, political problem solver, is tasked with fixing the issue. Used to dealing with all kinds of legal ramifications and potential publicity nightmares, Lindsay has never had much trouble resolving these situations in the past. She doesn't expect this problem to be any different. However, when she enlists the help of a sassy but all too lovely superior court judge, she may find her focus blurred for the first time in her life.

One Off

Author : Lynn Galli
ISBN : 1935611267
Genre : Fiction
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How much would you endure for your best friend? Would you plan an elaborate event that you don't believe in? Put up with a woman you never wanted to see again? Fake enthusiasm for an unrealistic pipe dream? Skye MacKinnon is forced to answer these questions when she's asked to be her best friend's maid of honor. As a cynic, she rejects the notion of marital bliss, but for a friend, she'll give it her best effort. That becomes more difficult the moment she learns that her old college nemesis, Ainsley Baird, will be playing an important role in the wedding. Brilliant, beautiful Ainsley has many talents, chief among them is irritating Skye. Knowing how easily Ainsley pushes her buttons, Skye just hopes to get through the wedding without needing someone to post her bail.

The Improbability Of Love

Author : Hannah Rothschild
ISBN : 9781101874158
Genre : Fiction
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Wickedly funny, this totally engaging, richly observed first novel by Hannah Rothschild is a tour de force. Its sweeping narrative and cast of wildly colorful characters takes you behind the scenes of a London auction house, into the secret operations of a powerful art dealer, to a flamboyant eighteenth-century-style dinner party, and into a modest living room in Berlin, among many other unexpected settings. In The Improbability of Love we meet Annie McDee, thirty-one, who is working as a chef for two rather sinister art dealers. Recovering from the end of a long-term relationship, she is searching in a neglected secondhand shop for a birthday present for her unsuitable new lover. Hidden behind a rubber plant on top of a file cabinet, a grimy painting catches her eye. After spending her meager savings on the picture, Annie prepares an elaborate birthday dinner for two, only to be stood up. The painting becomes hers, and as it turns out, Annie has stumbled across a lost masterpiece by one of the most important French painters of the eighteenth century. But who painted this masterpiece is not clear at first. Soon Annie finds herself pursued by interested parties who would do anything to possess her picture. For a gloomy, exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious sheikha, a desperate auctioneer, and an unscrupulous dealer, among others, the painting embodies their greatest hopes and fears. In her search for the painting’s identity, Annie will unwittingly uncover some of the darkest secrets of European history—as well as the possibility of falling in love again. Irreverent, witty, bittersweet, The Improbability of Love draws an unforgettable portrait of the London art scene, but it is also an exuberant and unexpected journey through life’s highs and lows and the complexities of love and loss. From the Hardcover edition.

Encyclopedia Of The Romantic Era 1760 1850

Author : Christopher John Murray
ISBN : 9781135455781
Genre : History
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In 850 analytical articles, this two-volume set explores the developments that influenced the profound changes in thought and sensibility during the second half of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century. The Encyclopedia provides readers with a clear, detailed, and accurate reference source on the literature, thought, music, and art of the period, demonstrating the rich interplay of international influences and cross-currents at work; and to explore the many issues raised by the very concepts of Romantic and Romanticism.

Something So Grand

Author : Lynn Galli
ISBN : 1935611224
Genre : Fiction
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As a designer for the wealthy, Vivian Yeats doesn't have a lot of time for a relationship. Not the kind of relationships she's had in the past, anyway. She's always settled for compatibility or common interests or misplaced enthusiasm when it comes to partners. Despite being her favorite subject in books and on screen, romance constantly eludes her. For Natalie Harper, romance has never been on her radar. She prefers working hard at her construction job and doing good work to guide her through her days. When she meets Vivian, she's knocked off that focused path. They become successful colleagues and good friends. Could romance become the thing they do best together?

Life Rewired

Author : Lynn Galli
ISBN : 1935611240
Genre : Fiction
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For Falyn Shaw, life after prison isn't much better than life in prison. People she knew before want nothing to do with her. Anyone she meets now treats her with disdain as soon as they learn where she's been. Her job is lousy and the pay is pitiful. Worst of all, police consider her a suspect in anything vaguely similar to her previous crime. A chance meeting with an old friend lets her leave all the unpleasantness behind. She moves to Aspen where no one knows her, takes up her former career as an electrician, and begins to reestablish her life as a decent citizen. Making friends is easy in this small town. One friend in particular, Molly Sokol, turns out to be a kindred spirit. Life is finally back on track. In fact, it may be better than ever as her relationship with Molly turns romantic. But when her past finally catches up with her, can she keep her new life without ruining her blossoming relationship and her friend's business? Or will that come at the expense of her freedom?

Love First Site

Author : Jane Moore
ISBN : 9780767921572
Genre : Fiction
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Spunky, sweet-natured Jessica Monroe is 34 years old and perfectly happy being single. A producer at a top-rated morning show with a coterie of fun friends and a busy nightlife, she isn't in any rush to meet a man. Her girlfriends, however, disapprove. And when they secretly place a personal ad on a hot singles Web site on her behalf, Jess is reluctantly hurtled into the topsy-turvy world of online dating, where frogs masquerade as princes—but your soul mate might be just one click away. A laugh-out-loud whirlwind of disastrous dates ensues, from Simon, who seems dreamy over e-mail but ditches her at the dinner table, leaving her with the bill, to Graham, a self-described “Ferrari driver” who turns out to be a car salesman—with several (old, fat, bald, creepy, cheap, stuck-up) men in between. When an unforeseen event turns her world upside down, Jess starts to wonder if the qualities she thinks she wants in a man are what she ultimately needs. And whether, as a new mystery suitor appears in her e-mail in-box, Cupid has other possibilities up his sleeve . . . With her sparkling sensibility and brilliant knack for rendering the foibles of modern love in a fresh, unforgettable way, Jane Moore has become one of the fastest-growing names in contemporary women's fiction. Told with her signature wit, wisdom, and sass, Love @ First Site is an irresistible tale about what happens when we start to look for love between the lines on a computer screen--and a winning, unputdownable look at contemporary romance. From the Hardcover edition.

Mending Defects

Author : Lynn Galli
ISBN : 1935611232
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Life in a small town can be tricky. Laid-back Glory Eiben learned long ago that keeping personal information and opinions to herself goes a long way toward staying hassle free in her chosen home town. Much adored by the residents, she's maintained the life she's always wanted with good friends, close family, and a successful career. For someone with a rare congenital heart defect, this life is more than she could have hoped for. Leaving behind big city excitement, a demanding position, and a failed relationship, Lena Coleridge thinks this small ski town may be exactly what she needs to come back from her wit's end. She didn't think that job politics or social landmines would exist in such a small town. Keeping to herself won't be an option with these nosy locals. It doesn't help that she lives next door to one of the more popular residents who seems too easy going and nice to be true. Friendship is inevitable, but as she gets to know Glory, friendship isn't the only thing on her mind. After her last relationship, Lena doesn't want anything to do with another complication, and dating her neighbor could definitely get complicated.

Medieval Misogyny And The Invention Of Western Romantic Love

Author : R. Howard Bloch
ISBN : 0226059901
Genre : Social Science
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Until now the advent of Western romantic love has been seen as a liberation from—or antidote to—ten centuries of misogyny. In this major contribution to gender studies, R. Howard Bloch demonstrates how similar the ubiquitous antifeminism of medieval times and the romantic idealization of woman actually are. Through analyses of a broad range of patristic and medieval texts, Bloch explores the Christian construction of gender in which the flesh is feminized, the feminine is aestheticized, and aesthetics are condemned in theological terms. Tracing the underlying theme of virginity from the Church Fathers to the courtly poets, Bloch establishes the continuity between early Christian antifeminism and the idealization of woman that emerged in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In conclusion he explains the likely social, economic, and legal causes for the seeming inversion of the terms of misogyny into those of an idealizing tradition of love that exists alongside its earlier avatar until the current era. This startling study will be of great value to students of medieval literature as well as to historians of culture and gender.

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