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Secret Sisters Book Review

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Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Publication Date: December 8, 2015

Publisher: Berkley

Source: Library

Synopsis:  No one does romantic suspense better than Jayne Ann Krentz. Now, the New York Times bestselling author of Trust No One andRiver Road delivers a novel that twists and turns into a read that will leave you breathless.
Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.
Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.
Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.
Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth…

Personal Thoughts: In the latest Krentz novel, we are taken on to a place where the past is best left alone and not talked about. Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death and finds out that the secret that she and Daphne have kept buried is no longer a secret. Without a choice, she and Daphne are brought back together both in friendship and in fear of the past. It’s unfortunate that she cannot trust the local cops due to the past, so she turns to the hotel’s new security expert, Jack.

He is no ordinary man and has many hidden talents. He brings in his brother Abe to help out when things start to get murky and dangerous. There is no one else that he could trust more. As the four of them begin to delve deeper into the mystery of what happened all of those years ago, there is no turning back.

Overall, this was a great read and I loved the banter between Jack and Madeline. Their characters were done really well and made the storyline that much more likeable. I’d recommend this to fans of Jayne Ann Krentz as it will not disappoint.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Trust No One Book Review

Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

Synopsis: It’s no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying–and deliberate–reminder of the horrors of her past. Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she’s learned about positive thinking into practice–a process that is seriously challenged on the world’s worst blind date. Awkward doesn’t begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright.

She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense ex-Marine does have some skills that Grace can use–and he’s the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked.

As Witherspoon’s financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her…

Personal Thoughts: I have been waiting for this new release by Jayne Ann Krentz for quite some time and I was really excited to dive in. Trust No One tells the story of how Grace, the protagonist, starts her day off by finding the body of her dead boss. Not only is that traumatizing but now she is out of a job and she doesn’t really know where to go next. She runs away to her home town hoping to regroup and find out what she wants to do with her life and there she meets Julius Arkwright on a blind date gone wrong. Or right, depending on how you look at it.

As these two start to get to know each other, they soon learn that Grace’s boss was more than they thought and those around them couldn’t be trusted. Jayne Ann Krentz brings a fast action packed story line where the heroin doesn’t need a man, but it is nice to have one when the bad guys come calling. Her writing is witty, her characters fully developed and the romantic suspense just right. The elderly neighbours that are meddling with Grace and Julius and trying to set them out throughout the book are pretty hilarious and make the book even better. Who said the old don’t know any better? 😉

For fans of romantic suspense and Jayne Ann Krentz.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

River Road Book Review

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Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue.

Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night—and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.

A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother—though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .

Personal ThoughtsRiver Road was exactly what I was expecting from  the author but so much more. It was a suspenseful story full of mystery, romance and unexpected twists and turns. It kept me on my toes up until the end and I love when that happens 🙂 Lucy’s life was changed thirteen years ago when Mason saved her, or dragged her from a popular kids party home. Although she didn’t know it at the time, Mason saved her life. In the present day when we meet with Mason once more, he is more of a man than he was back then and sparks begin to fly between the two.

When suspicious circumstances begin to happen to Lucy, Mason steps in once again to make sure she is safe, but this time she is right by his side to figure out what is happening. Wine country is not all that it is cracked up to be and everyone has their secrets. Will Lucy sell her inherited shares back to the family that should have them or keep them for herself? Only time and money will tell.

Overall, River Road was a deliciously suspenseful book that kept me entertained to the end. The characters were fabulous and I felt like they were developed to their full extent. However, the secondary characters could have used a bit more work. I would recommend this book to fans of Jayne Ann Krentz.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Waiting on Wednesday: River Road

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Putnam

Synopsis (from authors website): From the New York Times—bestselling author of Dream Eyes and Copper Beach, a brand-new quintessential Jayne Ann Krentz romance.

It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue.

Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night—and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.

A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother—though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .

Personal Thoughts: I love all of Jayne Ann Krentz books and I cannot wait for this one to come out.  The plot sounds amazing and I know it will be a page turner. If only it was coming out this year and not January 2014! That is way too long to wait 🙁 It’s not even up on Goodreads yet.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Book Review: Dream Eyes

Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would rather forget. Two years earlier, a killer stalked the members of one of Ballinger’s research studies including Gwen. And though she survived while two others didn’t,  Gwen knows that Ballinger’s death is related.

Sent by a friend to help Gwen, psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith arrives in Wilby barely in control of his own talent and his own life, haunted by urgent dreams. His attraction to Gwen is primal, but there are secrets he must keep to protect himself from surrendering to her completely, even as their investigation draws them into dreamscapes, into decades of deception, and into the paranormal fires of a desire too strong to resist. . .

Personal Thoughts: I’ve finally had a chance to pick up the newest book and I am so glad that I did! 🙂 One thing I’ve noticed with Jayne Ann Krentz lately is that she does a lot of cross over between her pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick.  She goes from the 18th century under one name to the 21st century under another name with the continuation of the same story. It is interesting to see how the story develops over several books. I’ve never seen an author do this before.

I had a great time reading this book  and seeing Judson try to fight his attraction to Gwen. There are a lot of trust issues in this book and it was good seeing how the author made them be resolved in the proper manner. It didn’t happen to early or too late in story. It was fascinating to hear about the mirror machine and how it worked. I loved the connection at the end of the book, which I won’t say here just to not spoil it.

There was a lot of action and adventure throughout the book which kept me on my toes until the end. I was expecting one bad guy but it ended being someone else entirely and I loved the plot twist. 🙂 Great work Jayne.

I heard that she is already working on another book and I can’t wait. I know that it will be a while before there is a title/summary and even longer before it comes out. However I am just happy to know there is more adventure on the way.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Book Review: Twist of Fate

 Twist of Fate by Jayne Ann Krentz

Published: March 1, 1991

Publisher: Severn House Publishers

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Cloistered as a faculty member at a small college, beautiful Hannah Jessett can almost forget her family heritage. Few know she’s the niece of Elizabeth Nord, the legendary anthropologist who stunned the world with her revolutionary work–until her aunt dies, leaving Hannah in sole possession of her priceless unpublished journals.

But Hannah has other matters to contend with. Her brother’s company is about to be destroyed by Gideon Cage, a wealthy entrepreneur with a notorious reputation in the boardroom… and the bedroom.

When she confronts Gideon, all she sees is a powerful man with a fast smile and soft eyes. Yet before she can catch her breath and really understand this puzzle of a man, her whole world is suddenly threatened: her brother, her aunt’s legacy, her heart–and her life!

Personal Thoughts: I came across this book by accident since it came out quite a while ago. However, since it was by one of my favorite romance contemporary authors I dived right in with no  qualms about whether I would enjoy it or not.

Both Hannah and Gideon were a laugh riot throughout the book with their bickering, playing tug of war and just trying to figure out what each of them wanted. The character development was complete and it made me think of Hannag and Gideon as real people and I was able to relate to them. Krentz writing style was great as always and it made my reading experience great.  Overall I enjoyed reading this book and will continue to read this author. There are always surprises and twist and turns that pop up and intrigue you.

Rating: 4/5 Stars