Flawless (Love, California Series, Book 1)
no. 1, Love, California - Love, California Series, no. 1
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"An engrossing view into the world of 'beautiful people' with an ending that will leave you wanting more." - New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melissa Foster
Verena Valent is at the helm of her family's legendary Swiss skincare company, which caters to a glamorous clientele in the heart of Beverly Hills. After her parents are killed in an automobile accident, she becomes the sole provider for her younger twin sisters and her grandmother. Instead of attending college with her friends as planned, she rises to the challenge to guide and expand her family's business. She is in the midst of a critical international expansion into Asia when her carefully organized life begins to unravel.
Verena is shaken to discover that her fiancé, Derrick, might be behind a scheme to take over her growing company. While she struggles to save the business that means everything to her, she meets Lance, an executive chef at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She encounters this intriguing man again while on a business trip to Paris, and soon gains a new perspective on love, romance, and relationships.
When the unthinkable occurs and Verena's world collapses, her friends rally around her, among them Scarlett Sandoval, a top intellectual property attorney; Dahlia DuBois, a perfumer from an esteemed line of French perfumers; and Fianna Fitzgerald, a fashion designer with her own trendy boutique.
Ultimately, Verena learns that truth, family, friendship, and love are the unshakable pillars of life. But will she get a second chance in business, or in love?
Flawless is the first book in the Love, California Series. Follow a group of smart, stylish, entrepreneurial friends as they navigate the turbulences of modern life in the business of beauty. Set in Beverly Hills with action flung across the globe, this engaging series features gutsy, determined best friends, and how they manage to live the lives of their dreams.
"Flawless is an astute, intelligent, gripping romance for the modern woman. Jan Moran's writing took me to the edge; 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
Q – What's interesting about the Love, California series?
A – I love books that draw me into another world. The Love, California series is a blend of women's fiction with strong female leads and a dash of contemporary romance. The women are stylish, creative, and smart, but like any of us, they sometimes make mistakes. I really enjoy helping them overcome their challenges.
Q – Why should readers choose the Love, California series?
A – Because they're fun, vicarious stories ripped from the glamorous world of beauty, yet infused with deep friendships and romantic relationships. My award-winning books have reached the top ten bestseller list in prestigious Rizzoli Bookstore, and climbed to #14 on a Top 100 List. And I'm thrilled that my historical fiction, Scent of Triumph, is published by St. Martin's Press.
Q – What kind of books do you read?
A – I read across genres. I love Barbara Taylor Bradford family sagas series, Lauren Willig historical fiction books, Melissa Foster romance novel series, Elizabeth Adler epic sagas and travel fiction, Anita Hughes contemporary fiction novels, Danielle Steel romance best sellers and strong female leads, and Candace Bushnell contemporary fiction bestsellers. I love to snuggle with these books by the fireplace and escape into another world.
Love, California Series Categories
- Beauty Series
- Contemporary Fiction Novel Series
- Contemporary Fiction Bestsellers
- Family Saga Series
- Romance Novel Series
- Romance Bestsellers
- Strong Female Leads
- Women's Fiction Best Sellers
Jan Moran writes for St. Martin’s Press, and has appeared on CNN, in Elle, WWD, Allure, Costco Connection, and O Magazine. Visit her at JanMoran.com.
Flawless, a business thriller with heart
Flawless takes the reader on a journey from Beverly Hills to Paris and inside the boardrooms of the cutthroat world of business financing. Verena Valent is the daughter and granddaughter of a thriving skin care company when the great Recession hit. Deprived of her usual bank loans at the moment she is launching an expansion to Asia, she is lured by her dastardly evil fiance into obtaining a loan from a firm better known as vulture capitalists.
The worse thing happens and Verena is left reeling. However, out of the embers of despair and defeat, hope springs when Verena's family pull together and Lance, the sexy, handsome chef, whisks Verena away for a romantic intermezzo.
Descriptions of fashion, places, scenery, beauty products, perfume, food, and wine are excellent, and the author does a wonderful job of setting the stage for the reader to imagine being in such ritzy places.
I enjoyed reading Flawless and look forward to Scarlett's upcoming story where I'm sure there will be danger, intrigue and legal shenanigans along with a sexy man who appears at the right place and time to woo the heroine while her world falls apart.
While I like this book I feel it was a bit forced. I just don't see how Lance fell in love with Verena and how such a great person was so patient with her. I enjoyed the book overall but wish there was a bit more give on Verena's part rather then all take.
I enjoyed the overall story line of the book. The sweet romance seemed lacking between the two characters. And I was very disappointed that the ending of the book seemed rushed - leaving loose ends that were hastily put together.
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- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: Aug 28, 2014
- Publisher: Jan Moran
- Seller: Smashwords
- Print Length: 310 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: no. 1, Love, California